10 Inspiring Songs About America
Celebrate the Fourth of July with these great patriotic songs!
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5. James Brown - Living In America
James Brown contributed this funky piece to our patriotic songs list via the Rocky IV soundtrack. The song itself puts a soul twist on many of the themes in the other songs on our list. It glorifies the highways and byways of this land, focusing on celebrating the joy that can be found in America's cities and how good it feels to be here.
6. Martina McBride - Independence Day
“Independence Day” isn’t a song about America, but it is about the spirit of freedom. The lyrics tell the story of a woman who is abused by her spouse and the violent steps she takes to claim her freedom. As the song says, “I’m not saying if it’s right or wrong,” but the history of America certainly shows that freedom is worth fighting for. That’s the real message of this song, and it’s certainly a part of our nation’s history.
7. Ray Charles - America the Beautiful
“America the Beautiful” is considered by many to be as inspiring as our own national anthem. While many versions have been recorded, Ray Charles’ performance has risen to the top. The soulful singer put a gospel twist on this traditional tune and made it the most stirring rendition of the song yet. Just see for yourself.
8. John Cougar Mellencamp - R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.
There are numerous songs about how great it is to dream in America, but this John Cougar Mellencamp hit takes on a more narrow focus – the dream of pursuing music. The stars who captivate, many of whom are on this list, come from all parts of America. This song celebrates them, reminding us that entertainers often give up everything they have in order to chase their dreams, and there isn't anything much more American than that.
9. Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
This stunning song isn't first a patriotic song, but the 1964 single does represent something central to America – freedom. “A Change Is Gonna Come” became the song that defined the civil rights movement of the sixties. It's stirring refrain captured both the pain and hope of that dark time in our nation's history. As a patriotic song it works in two ways – it reminds us of the freedoms that we have, but it also reminds that we have a long way to go until everyone in America can experience that same freedom.
10. Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land
Woody Guthrie's “This Land Is Our Land” is an instantly recognizable folk classic. The song focuses on the beautiful geography of America, describing the many sites that can be seen across the country. It's a land of promise, but it is also a land of beauty. The song also serves as a reminder that even as the times change, this land is ours and it always will be. It was made for you and me.