Independence Day is just around the corner once again and you may be planning your own cook out.
So what songs should you bring to the table if you want to have a July 4th themed party?
Below is a list of 10 songs that center around the holiday or have lyrics about the 4th of July or Independence Day. They definitely aren’t all huge hits but the theme certainly exists at some point within the song.
Let’s hope these songs bring a few more fireworks to your party!
10. “Independence Day” by Bruce Springsteen
The name says it all. It’s not exactly a pep up song or it would rank higher. Still a good mellow song to throw in the mix.
9. “4th of July” by the Beach Boys
Little known 1993 release may be a little too serious and mellow for some. But the title gets it in the top 10.
8. “4th Of July” by Shooter Jennings
Good little country music song by the son of a country music icon. “Put on a little George Jones and just sang along” is my favorite line. We’ve all done that, right? Maybe a little more southern rock than country.
8. “On the 4th of July” by James Taylor
Another mellow song about falling in love on the holiday from his “October Road” album.
7.”Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” by Tony Orlando and Dawn.
Early 70’s song still is one of the more patriotic tunes out there.
6. “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue” by Toby Keith
Another country tune checks in to the top 10 because of it’s powerful patriotic tone. Keith sings about his father losing an eye in one war.
Not to mention shoving a boot in a place where the sun doesn’t shine of any one who crosses the United States path.
5. “The Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton
How can you leave this song off any list where patriotism is involved. It may be the only song to this day that talks about our heritage and a first person experience of what war was like during the 1800’s. It was written by a history teacher named Jimmy Driftwood who wanted his students to learn more about the school subject. It became a huge hit in 1959 for Horton.
4. “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen
The boss checks in with another big hit. We can all celebrate our independence and reminisce about being born in the good old United States of America.
3. “Independence Day” by Martina McBride
Okay, so it’s a little country. But what else describes the 4th of July like lyrics that belt out “Let Freedom Ring”. McBride’s’ song about Independence isn’t strictly for the July 4th Holiday. But it sure sounds a lot like it in several verses.
2 “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood
“And I proudly stand up, next to you, and defend her still today, cause their ain’t no doubt I love this land, God Bless the USA.”
It’s an oldie but a goody. Can’t imagine you can have a fireworks display without this song echoing through the city.
1. “R-O-C-K in the USA” by John Mellencamp
This is about as patriotic as you can get. John Mellencamp rocks it out and it will always be a party favorite with the great guitar and fiery lyrics.
Other notables and songs you might not have know existed:
“4th of July” by Soundgarden. A little heavy but may be perfect for those who like harder, edgier music.
“Celebrate” by Kool and the Gang.
“4th of July” by U2.
“4th of July” by Aimee Mann
“Fireworks” by Roxette