With the Fourth of July right around the corner, you're bound to sit back and relax while enjoying a backyard BBQ. Besides the impressive food spread that is sure to be at whatever event you're attending this year, one of the true markers of any good party is a great playlist to match the energy. Instead of a side dish, why not bring a well-curated playlist saluting the red, white, and blue to add that extra flair on Independence Day? If there's one thing the South is certain about, our love and admiration for the United States runs unmatched. Sometimes it's hard to put our patriotism into words, so we'll let legends like Cash and Springsteen sing it out for us. We've composed a list of the most patriotic songs that honor our brave soldiers and acknowledge our beloved nation. From classics like "American Pie" by Don McLean to contemporary songs like Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried," this roundup includes an anthem for everyone to enjoy, no matter their music preference. Make sure to add these songs to the queue for your Fourth of July celebration.
40 Patriotic Songs to Celebrate with This Fourth of July
God Bless the U.S.A.
"I'd thank my lucky stars
To be living here today
Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can't take that away..."
Ragged Old Flag
"'I don't like to brag, but we're
kinda proud of that ragged old flag
You see, we got a little hole in that flag there
When Washington took it across the Delaware..."
Born in the U.S.A.
"Born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A. ..."
Sweet Home Alabama
"Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you..."
"Bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee,
but the levee was dry,
Them good 'ol boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' 'This'll be the day that I die...'"
Only in America
"One kid dreams of fame and fortune
One kid helps pay the rent
One could end up going to prison
One just might be president..."
—Brooks and Dunn
Living in America
"Say it loud and make me proud, ooh
I live in America
Hey, I know what it means
Living in America..."
"And I will always do my duty
No matter what the price
I've counted up the cost
I know the sacrifice..."
"'Kathy, I'm lost,' I said, though I knew she was sleeping
I'm empty and aching, and I don't know why
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They've all come to look for America..."
—Simon & Garfunkel
Red, White & Blue
"And my hair's turnin' white
My neck's always been red
My collar's still blue
We've always been here
Just tryna sing the truth to you
Guess you could say
We've always been
Red white & blue..."
American Saturday Night
"It's a French kiss, Italian ice
Spanish moths in the moonlight
Just another American Saturday night..."
Take Me Home, Country Roads
"Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads..."
God Bless America
"God bless America
Land that I love
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above..."
America the Beautiful
For spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain..."
My Country 'Tis of Thee
"My country, 'tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From every mountainside let freedom ring!"
—United States Air Force Band
This Land Is Your Land
"This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York island,
From the Redwood forest to the Gulf stream waters,
This land was made for you and me..."
Yankee Doodle Dandy
"I'm a Yankee Doodle dandy
A Yankee Doodle, do or die
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
Born on the Fourth of July..."
—George M. Cohan
Star Spangled Banner
"O! say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?"
—Louis Daniel Armstrong
Color Me America
"I am red white and blue
These are colors that ring true
To all I am and feel and love and do
I stand proud and brave and tall
I want justice for us all..."
You're a Grand Old Flag
"You're a grand old flag
You're a high-flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave
You're the emblem of the land I love..."
—George M. Cohan
"And now he's wrapped around her finger
She's the center of his whole world
And his heart belongs to that sweet little beautiful
Wonderful, perfect all-American girl..."
Mr. Red White and Blue
"It's the guts, and it's the glory
A hundred stripes, a hundred stories
It's the 'Pledge of Allegiance' on the Fourth of July..."
"Well I can stand beside
Ideals I think are right
And I can stand beside
The idea to stand and fight
I do believe
There's a dream for everyone
This is our country..."
"Everywhere around the world
They're coming to America
Every time that flag's unfurled
They're coming to America..."
American Country Love Song
"In the back of an old Ford truck
In the bar, just lookin' for love
In a pair of, oh, my blue eyes
Let them fireworks start
That American country love song..."
Made in America
"He's got the red white blue flying high on the farm
Semper Fi tattooed on his left arm
Spent a little more in the store for a tag in the back that says 'USA'
He won't buy nothing that he can't fix
With WD40 and a Craftsman wrench
He ain't prejudiced, he's just made in America..."
Something to Be Proud Of
"That's something to be proud of
That's life you can hang your hat on
As your chin's held high as the tears fall down
Gut sucked in, chest stuck out..."
"We were Jesus saved me
Blue jean baby
Born in the USA
Trailer park truck stop
Faded little map dots
New York to LA..."
"She grew up on the side of the road
Where the church bells ring
And strong love grows
She grew up good
She grew up slow
Like American honey..."
John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16
"And I'm a child of backseat freedom
Baptized by rock and roll
Marilyn Monroe and the Garden of Eden
Never grow up, never grow old
Just another rebel in the great wide open..."
"Well, I was raised up beneath the shade of a Georgia pine
And that's home you know
Sweet tea, pecan pie, and homemade wine
Where the peaches grow..."
—Zac Brown Band
Back In the U.S.A.
"Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today
We just touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home from overseas to the U.S.A. ..."
"She still leans on her dreams but it seems
Sometimes she's the only one who still believes
That life is hard, so she takes it on
With an American heart..."
"Well, she was an American girl
Raised on promises
She couldn't help thinkin' that there
Was a little more to life somewhere else
After all it was a great big world
With lots of places to run to..."
—Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing
"Lift every voice and sing
'Til earth and Heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of liberty..."
"You just gotta ignite the light
And let is shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July
'Cause baby, you're a firework..."
"Ah, but ain't that America, for you and me?
Ain't that America? Somethin' to see, baby
Ain't that America? Home of the free, yeah
Little pink houses for you and me..."
"Oh-whoa, everybody's dreaming big
Oh-whoa, everybody's just getting by
That's how it goes in everyday America
A little town and a great big life..."
"If everybody had an ocean
Across the U.S.A.
Then everybody'd be surfin'
—The Beach Boys
"But maybe it's a long shot
Maybe it's a fantasy
We've given all that we got
Baby, we can live the dream..."