Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. It's impossible to live in the 50 states and not know about schoolhouse classics like "The Star Spangled Banner" and "This Land Is Your Land," but those famous patriotic odes aren't the only way to give a musical shout-out to America. To celebrate the 4th of July, we've hand-selected 20 songs, each of which talks about this big, great, complicated country of ours in its own special way -- from the critical Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U. Key "America" Lyric: "The women and men who have broke their necks for the freedom of speech the United States Government has sworn to uphold, or Yo', I want everybody to listen to the words of this song so we're told…". Search term. Billboard Pro Subscribe Sign In. Top Artists. Top Charts.
"This Land is Your Land," Woody Guthrie (1945)
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"California Dreamin'," The Mamas and the Papas (1965)
Patriotism is visible in various forms. Not just waving a flag or putting one's hand over heart. But through protest and trying to bring about change and fighting for the rights that are bestowed upon us as American citizens. Music, over all genres, has touched on all that. Some of the most "American" songs are the ones that take a shot at our great land — because that's our right. Here's a look some of the best songs that truly encapsulate what being an American is about or why our country is worth celebrating. Guthrie's classic is considered by many to be the greatest folk song of all time. Bruce Springsteen's live version from is among the best covers of this legendary track.
Country music is known for its ability to create some outstanding songs about America. From patriotic anthems to protest tunes, country artists know how to sing about their home sweet home. But one thing connects them all: a passion for the USA. The upbeat tune is a charming testament to the diversity and hard-working individuals present in this nation. The anthem was released in as a standalone single and hit No. Country Airplay charts. Though he does clearly sing in tribute to his home country of America, he also implores the country to take a look at a few things that need addressing.