Coming at you one more time: A few more Independence Day songs to keep your Fourth rocking
As we shared our 13-track Independence Day playlist with some of the most iconic songs about and for America, we realized we just had to had a few more.
Here are 10 others that shouldn’t be left behind this Fourth of July.
Only in America, Brooks & Dunn (2001)
Musicians and songwriters Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, the duo behind the country band Brooks & Dunn, released this song in the summer of 2001. It became even more popular after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as a patriotic anthem to unite the country.
4th of July, Shooter Jennings (2005)
This song was Shooter Jennings’ debut single, on his 2005 album Put the “O” Back in Country. The song peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard country charts
American Woman, Lenny Kravitz (1998)
The talented, New York-born musician shouted this warning “mama, let me be” in the late ’90s, and it’s been a hit ever since.
Party in the U.S.A., Miley Cyrus (2009)
This fun-loving gem is from Miley Cyrus’ early days. It was a single from her very first EP in 2009. The lyrics are like an autobiography for the daughter of singer-songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus, who was just 17 years old at the time.
American Girls, Counting Crows (2002)
This song is the second track on Counting Crows’ fourth studio album Hard Candy and features Sheryl Crow on backing vocals. The song was featured in a Coca-cola commercial the same year it was released.
This is America, Childish Gambino (2018)
This song, by comedian and rapper Donald Glover (alias Childish Gambino), also made our list of top protest songs. The lyrics lament America’s societal ills, especially as related to gun violence and the disenfranchisement of the black Americans.
The song won in all four of its nominated categories at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Music Video.
Southern Voice, Tim McGraw (2009)
This song, written by Bob DiPiero and Tom Douglas and performed by Tim McGraw, lists off several influential natives of the South. Many are not referred to by their full name, but include Martin Luther King Jr. and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.
It’s America, Rodney Atkins (2009)
This is another patriotic anthem that came out the same year. The lyrics describe iconic American things, from a lemonade stand to the high school prom.
Merica, Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibble Jr.
If you’re unapologetically proud to be American, this gem from country music star Granger Smith is for you.
All Summer Long, Kid Rock (2007)
The song flashes back to Kid Rock’s teenage years, growing up in northern Michigan.
The song samples two hit songs of the 1970s, Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.”
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Journalist and author Danielle Nadler grew up in South Dakota, where a patient writing teacher fostered in her a love for stories told well. She's worked for newspapers in the Midwest, on the West Coast and the East Coast, and recently launched a storytelling company called Tales and Ales.