Independence Day, the holiday of brews and booms, is here and our country is in need of some uplifting praise. From tasteless political campaigns to national tragedies, this holiday may seem like one to downplay this year. Yet, I feel more than ever that we need national pride and confidence. So what follows are some songs to inspire patriotism in you this holiday season. Four, to be exact, to celebrate the Fourth.
1. “Born In The U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen
Perhaps the anthem of the 80s and a catchy tune, this song is heard countless times throughout this holiday weekend. Yet the song, if you listen to it, actually speaks of the troubles a Vietnam veteran struggles with in America after the war. Oh, the irony.
2. “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band
This embodies just about every American ideal in under four minutes of recording. From a cold beer on a Friday night to a pair of jeans that fit just right (sorry, it’s just so catchy), this song is impossible not to sing along to -- trust me, I’ve tried.
3. “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)” by Toby Keith
This song inspires pride in any American that gives it a listen. There’s a saying that describes America, “home of the free, because of the brave.” This song praises that thought and makes you proud to live in a country alongside courageous men and women who serve it.
4. “American Pie” by Don Mclean
Traditional, feel-good patriotic tunes start and end here. Everyone sings along to the tune that bonds our country coast to coast.
“Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning” by Alan Jackson
“Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith
“Independence Day” by Martina McBride
“American Soldier” by Toby Keith
"God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee GreenwoodSo, grill some burgers and dogs this Fourth while relaxing to the catchy tunes of our great nation. Happy 240th America; live it up on your day.