Friday, September 22, 2017

Top 100 (United States) Songs Of American Patriotism

This list is of the best American patriotic/patriotism songs for, of, about and from the U.S./United States of America.  The list includes songs who's origins reach back before the birth of the nation.  You will find Patriotic Rock songs, Folk, Soul, Country, Disco/Dance, Traditional Standard songs, the Top Military songs and Marches. These songs are perfect for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Labor Day, Election Day, Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Day, 9/11, Dec.7th. Veterans Day, Thanksgiving any national celebration, military homecoming, political function or patriotic party. A mix-tape for all parties related to patriotism can be made from this list. These are the best American patriotic songs. The songs also reflect the conflicts the USA has faced both foreign and domestic and thus define the Spirit of America. These songs embrace America's vast natural beauty, heroic human endeavors, the ongoing conflict and melding of ideas, and the unyielding spirit of the American people.

This list is for the person who is interested in patriotic songs.  It is also a list designed to help teachers, students, and parents who are searching for songs related to different events in American History.
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Top 100 Songs of United States Patriotism

100 - All-American Kid - Garth Brooks
         This song is about the small town local football hero who had big universities falling over themselves recruiting him. Instead of signing with a big university he went to the big league and singed up with Uncle Sam and served three tours of duty. He came home with battle scars and the Silver Star. The last line points out this song is for all the heroes and All-American Kids that did not come home.

 99 - America - Sammy Johns song
          Song was recorded and released in 1984 by Waylon Jennings.  It was a hit for him on the Country music charts. It is an ode paying homage to the people and the nation we call "America".
Authors Note --As Buddy Holly's base player Waylon Jennings escaped death in 1959 when he gave up his seat on an airplane chartered by Buddy Holly. He had forfeited his seat to J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson Jr.  Buddy Holly, Richardson and Ritchie Valens all died in a crash near Clear Lake Iowa. This would inspire Don McLean to write and record the song American Pie -  song #44 on this list, 
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 98 - Arlington - Trace Atkins
          This song tells the story of a deceased soldier, his honor and sacrifice to and for his country.  It is a song of the service person in the "War on Terror" and the spirit of the American servicemen and woman.
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Authors Note --  Arlington Cemetery is located across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. and is wrongly believed, by many, to be the first national cemetery.  It was land confiscated  from the Robert E. Lee Family. While it was among the first 14 national cemeteries established, as such it did not accept service men until 1864 whereas, Fort Scott, Kansas had done so shortly after 1842 on land outside of the fort.  The federal government in 1862 acquired five acres from the Presbyterian Church of Fort Scott, Kansas and immediately began interring service men. Soldiers that had been buried since 1842 were moved to the newer and larger cemetery.  The establishment of a series of National Cemeteries took place in July of 1862 during the American Civil War. Fort Scott National Cemetery is designated as Cemetery number one by the United States government. Confederate, White Union, Black Union and Indian Union soldiers are buried there.

 97 - I Just Came Back From A War - Daryl Worley
         This is a song telling the story of a veteran on  the "War on Terror" coming home and facing challenges re-acclimating to American society, but could be applied to any veteran returning from a combat zone in any conflict.

 96 - Made In The U.S.A. - Demi Lovato
The Buick Enclave has high
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   While the lyrics really don't explicitly say anything about American servicemen the video shows a man in uniform and suggests he is her boyfriend.  The refrain "Made In The U.S.A." is repeated many times in reference to her man and their love being made in the U.S.A and implies if it is made in the U.S.A. it has to be good and lasting.  This is a real party song.
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For 4th of July dance songs visit  4th. of July Patriotic Songs For Dancing




95 - Made In America - Toby Keith
         This is a song that sings the praises of the self reliant independent patriotic American who buys American to help keep his fellow Americans employed.  In June of 2011 the song was released.  While there is an out cry against business out sourcing, leading to job loss, this song address the more important issue of Americans buying foreign, it self a form of out sourcing, much more devastating to American jobs.

 94 - VOA - Sammy Hagar
     It was a single released off the album of the same name. The single essential did not chart. The song is a salute to patriotic Americans and to the Voice Of America radio network in Europe which beamed American News and music across the Iron Curtian into Eastern Europe and The Soviet Union (RussIa). This one is a real Rocker.

 93 - If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw
         A 21st. Century song during the "War on Terror" about the death of a soldier and a letter written by him in the event of his death.  The song is meant as a tribute to fallen servicemen and their families. The song resulted in sales of over one half million.
     
 92 - . I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice
         It is a song from 2012 during the "War On Terror" and is a primary source.  It confronts the issue of the loss of a loved one due to war.  This song is the tale of a father, Paul Monti,  coping with his son's loss by driving the son's truck. Paul's son, Jared, earned the Congressional Medal of Honor giving his life in an attempt to save a fellow soldier In Afghanistan.  It is based on an actual event of a father grieving for and finding joy in his son's life by driving his truck.  The circumstances and location of his son's death are not in the song..

 91 - In God We Still Trust - Diamond Rio
Steel cross at "Ground Zero"
Photo by Hey Paul, from State College, PA.

          It is a God and Country tune of some controversy   Supporters of prayer in schools and believers in a  strong tie between religion and patriotism felt that the song had been banned from radio by "Political Correctness" zealots. Radio station program directors and station managers have a great deal of latitude within their format to decide what is or is not played.  Verbal directives (for plausible deniability)  from people in even higher places could give guidance as to what was or was not acceptable   The result, at some, but clearly not all stations in the country format could have decided/elected for "political" or "anti-religious" reasons not to play the song.  However, This song would not have made this list if it did not get air play. 


 90 - Blowin' In The Wind - Bob Dylan
         This was a civil rights anthem during the 1960's during the drive to end segregation. While Dylan's vocal quality has a lot to be desired his lyrics were spot on.  It captures the inner turmoil facing the nation over racial injustice.
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89 - Party In The U.S.A. - Miley Cyrus
Seton Hall University basketball game
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         This 2009 song was essentially a song molded to fit Miley Cyrus life transition from Nashville to Hollywood.  It was not meant to be an overt patriotic song despite the displays of the American flag in the video.  It however has several qualities that place it on our list.  The title, the fact it celebrates individuality and personal independence, and in 2011 it became a celebratory song on the death of Osama Bin Ladin.
For 4th of July dance songs visit  4th. of July Patriotic Songs For Dancing

 88 - It's America - Rodney Atkiins
         This song came out in 2008 during the "War on Islamist Terrorist" but was not aimed at the issue of terrorism   It sings the praises of what it is to live in the United States.

 87 - Home - Dierks Bentley
         The song is from 2011 and sings the praises of what it is and has been to be an American.  The video is full of images of the great and ordinary Americans. This Country Music based song/video shows images of the diverse American population and lives.

 86 - A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
         It was inspired by Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind".  This 60's song became the voice of The Civil Rights Movement. It has gained additional respect over time.
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 85 - My Name Is America - Todd Allen Herendon
         Song that salutes the American serviceman and the American people's willingness and determination to defend freedom. It's popularity followed the death of Osama Bin Ladin during the "War on Islamist Terror". Todd Allen Herendeen is originally from Indiana but now makes his home in Panama City Beach, Florida. His song  format and delivery is is rooted in Country music with a solid core of American patriotism. The song was composed by Kurt Orning.

 84 - I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty & The Hearbreakers or Johnny Cash
         The song was written by Petty and Brit, Jeff Lynn. The tune was released in 1989 and saw some success.  It has been covered by several artist.  Johnny Cash's version is most associated with its connection to the American nation.  The song has been used by American politicians in their campaigns.  It has also been associated with the United States Army primarily due to Johnny Cash.
For a list of 4th. of July Rock songs visit  4th. of July Rockin' Patriotic Party Songs

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 83 - Citizen Soldier - Three Doors Down
         Song that praises and promotes the National Guard.  It has been used in advertising for recruitment by the National Guard. It was released during the "War on Terror".
For a list of 4th. of July Rock songs visit  4th. of July Rockin' Patriotic Party Songs
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 82 - Warrior - Kid Rock
        A song from the "War on Terror" era that salutes the citizen soldier and is used by the National Guard for recruitment.
For a list of 4th. of July Rock songs visit  4th. of July Rockin' Patriotic Party Songs
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 81 - 8th. of November - Big & Rich
        Song about first Black American during the Vietnam War to earn the Congressional Medal Of Honor.

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 80 - In The Summer of His Years - Connie Francis
         Country Music and march influenced dirge about assassination of President John Kennedy. The song was released shortly after the assassination of Pres. Kennedy and can be considered a primary source. In the months following JFK's assassination the citizens of the United States were brought together sharing a common shock and grief over the loss of the president.
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 79 - America Will Survive - Hank Williams Jr.
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         Shortly after 9/11 this song was recorded and released   It talks about how the events on 9/11 united this nation.  The song points out there are no longer Yankees and Rebels but one nation.  No longer Country or City folk but one America that will survive.  Primary source showing how the nation felt united in the days following the terrorist attacks.
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78 - America Will Always Stand - Randy Travis
         A post 9/11 song singing the praises of the American people and the undying strength of the nation.

 77 - American Made - Oak Ridge Boys
         An American Country song from 1983 that praises American women and suggests we should think more about buying American made products to put Americans back to work.
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 76 - We The People - Billy Ray Cyrus
         Ode to the working man with the reading of the Preamble to the Constitution in the background

75 - American Kids - Kenny Chesney
        A party song depicting small town lifestyle of America's youth in the 21st. Century.

 74 - Our Country - John Mellencamp
         The music video shows the diversity of the American people.  The song hints at aspirations and dreams of the individual as part of the over all American dream
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 73 - Bumper Of My SUV -Chely Wright
         She says the song was inspired by an angry woman who was against the "War on Terror".  The woman was angry about the U.S. Marine bumper sticker on the composers SUV.  This song goes on to explain her brother, father and grandfather had all served the country.  These people had preserved the rights of people to disagree in our nation. This song also looks at bigotry that comes from the left that is often ignored and should be looked at the same as bigotry from the right.  The song in the end promotes freedom of expression.
U.S.S. George Wasginton battle Group
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 72 -In The Navy - The Village People
     The song was a Top Ten Hit in 1979 and was about the United States Navy. The video for the song was filmed at The San Diego Naval Base. Officials within the Soviet Union called it a "Militaristic" song. Most Americans at the time looked at it as nothing more than another Disco song by the Village People.

 71 - Small Town - John Mellencamp
         Ode to life in the All American small town and specifically Seymoure, Indiana, John's home town. There are references to the values and lifestyle found in the small American town.
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Las Vegas Blvd. the Party capital of
the United States.
 70 - Dancing In The Streets - Martha & The Vandellas
         This is a Motown classic from the Vietnam era but was not about the war.  It was a crossover to Pop and Rock.  It has been covered by a number of artists.  It is an All American party song celebrating the American nation's youth.
For 4th of July dance songs visit  4th. of July Patriotic Songs For Dancing
For more on this song visit 100+ Top American Rock Standards  See song #34

 69 - National Emblem (March)
         Edwin Eugene Bagley composed the march in 1902 and published it in 1906.

 68 - Washington Post March - United States Marine Corps Band
         Jon Phillip Sousa composed the march. It is not a march honoring a military post but rather one composed for the Washington Post newspaper.

 67 -  The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
          The battle was fought at the conclusion (actually fought after the war) of the War of 1812.  It was a disastrous defeat for the British.  The song was a mega hit in the early 1960's and as such is not a primary source.  It is a some what humorous description of the battle. The American forces defending the New Orleans region were made up of regular army, sea going pirates, conscripted free Blacks and White frontiersmen from what is today (many of these states were still territories) Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi who were in the area on business.  This rag tag army put together and led by Jackson virtually slaughtered the better equipped, trained and battle hardened British force.  This song captures some of the exuberance the American people felt after learning about this massively lopsided victory.
Replica of the Liberty Bell with
Bald Eagle This is no longer on display at the
Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. U.S.A.
Different displays are put up seasonally in the Atrium.

 65 - The Liberty Bell March - United States Marine Corps Band
          In 1893 John Phillip Sousa composed the march.

 64 - Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly - Aaron Tippin
         This song was written before the 9/11 attacks but had not been recorded.  Tippin recorded the song within days following the event.  Proceeds went to charity for victims of the attacks. The song praises American values and family.

 63 - Wish You Were Here Buddy - Pat Boone
         Yes, he is the man that sells bathtubs for seniors on television and is a direct descendant of frontiersman Daniel Boone.  His daughter, Debbie Boone, (You Light Up My Life) is a famous Christian singer.  This song was an answer to those critical of the war effort in Vietnam.
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 62 - The Declaration - 5th. Dimension
          A soulful, rocked interpretation of the Declaration of Independence. They sing the Declaration - OK, so it sounds impossible, but they pull it off.. Most of the instruments and vocal styling are from the mid 20th Century. The music was composed in the 20th. Century.  The lyrics are, however directly taken from the Declaration of Independence.

 61 - Fightin' Side of Me - Merle Haggard
         This is a very aggressive song in defense of the American patriot.  He speaks of his anger against those Americans who put down the country from his perspective.  His thinking was that for Americans "Love It Or Leave It". It was an 1970 release during the Vietnam War.

 60 - Red White and Blue - Lynard Skynard
An ode to the All American working man who is willing and able to serve his country.
Replica of Statue of Liberty
in front of New York New York
Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

 59 - The Immigrant - Neil Sedaka
         This song deals with the problems of immigrants and John Lennon(Beatles) in particular.  It looks at the history of immigration to the United States. It was a hit song in 1975 prior to the issues of illegal immigration to the United States from Latin America and Mexico in particular.
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 58 - Letters From Home - John Michael Mongomery
         This is a song about a soldier and letters he received from Home.  It deals with the importance of support of family and loved ones for the soldier.  In 2004 this song was released during the "War on Terror".
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 57 - American Soldier - Toby Keith
         The song saw popularity in 2003 during the "War on Terror" and is about a man willingly going off to war because "Freedom isn't free".
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 56 - Riding With Private Malone - David Ball
        The song was written by Wood Newton and Thom Shepherd  in 2001 and recorded and released by David Ball prior to the Sept 11 attacks on the United States.  The song was about a deceased Vietnam vet.

 55 - American Boy - Eddie Rabbit
         The song was written and recorded by Eddie Rabbit. It was released one year before the first Gulf War.  The tune was popular during the war mostly with U.S. service men.

 54 - This Is The Army, Mr Jones
         Written by Irving Berlin (White Christmas, God Bless America) during World War II.  The song was from the Broadway musical "This Is The Army" and also the film of the same name starring Ronald Reagan who would latter become the President of the United States.

 53 - Dixie
         The song is believed to have been written in the late 1840's or early 1850's by a man from Ohio, Daniel D. Emmett.  The original performances were in the "blackface minstrel" style. The lyrics and performances were from the perspective of a freed slave who longed for the life on his old plantation.  During the American Civil War the song became the de facto national anthem of the Confederacy. It took on a different approach and meaning for the troops of the South who longed to be able to return to their homes. Because of it's history there are those who under the banner of "political correctness" have called for the song to be essentially expunged from the American record due to what they believe to be it's racist origins.
           "I disagree with everything you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.".
                                                                                                            Voltaire

AUTHORS NOTE -- While I stand firmly against racism I also stand firmly for freedom of expression without which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would not have been able to fight the good fight.  "Political Correctness" has become increasingly a tool of repression of expression, CENSORSHIPI don't believe in book banning/burning therefore I also don't support the banning of this song. The best way to continue our growth and development as a nation is to learn from our past, the good, the bad and the ugly.  If we destroy or bury our past or any part of it, we are handicapping our future. I am following Republican President Abraham Lincoln's lead in this matter.  He listed it as one of his favorite songs and had it played at his rallies following the surrender of Robert E. Lee. This song appears again on this list within the Top 10 as part of a medley. I personally see this song as one of promoting regional pride, individualism, independent  and rebellious thinking, all true American values.

 52 - If I Don't Make It Back - Tracey Lawrence
         This 2006 song about a soldier going off to war and how he wants to be remembered if he does not come back.  It is a musical last will and testament as sung for those who stayed behind.

 51 - American Patrol - Glenn Miller
         Was a popular instrumental song during World War II.
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Top 100 American Instrumentals  SEE SONGS 10, 3, AND 1

 50 - Abraham Martin and John - Dion
          Song that was popular in 1968-69 following the assassinations of civil rights leader, Martin Lurther King Jr. and Democrat (primary) Presidential candidate, Robert Kennedy.
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 49 - Have You Forgotten - Daryl Worley
         Song about the events of 9/11 and asking the question have you forgotten.

 48 - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Andrews Sisters
         The song was very popular during World War II. It is about the bugler that awake the soldiers for their daily duties.
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 47 - Rocky Mountain High - John Denver
         This song is one of two official state songs of Colorado.  It met with some controversy because of the word "HIGH' so closely associated with drug abuse.  But the song was about the feeling one gets at high altitudes, the massive presence of the mountains and breath taking vistas.  The song praises the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains

 46 - Pink Houses - John Mellencamp
         Song inspired by a Black man sitting on his front porch watching traffic go by on busy highway between Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana.  It is a musical snap shot from the 1980's of middle America. The last verse of the song paints a dark picture facing some Americans. Mellencamp is a Liberal Democrat and objected in 2008 to Republican John McCain about the use of the song in campaign stops.  McCain complied and stopped using it.  Mellencamp allowed John Edwards to us the song in his bid to win the Democratic Party  Presidential nomination. Edwards was disgraced by an indictment on financial wrong doing and by a sex scandal while his wife was dying from cancer. He had an illegitimate child by one of his staffers.
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 45 - Semper Peratus  
         Song of the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard not only protects the American coast line but also does illegal drug interdiction, intercepts dangerous cargo, search and rescue plus much more.

 44. - American Pie - Don McLean or Madonna
         An anthem to 1960's America inspired by the tragic death of Rock 'n' Roll artists, Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper (J. P. Richardson Jr.), and Ritchie Valens in a 1959 plane crash.
For 4th of July dance songs visit  4th. of July Patriotic Songs For Dancing
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Blind Sight 100 Most Important American Songs see song 27 American Pie.  See video and song 11 historical information (That'l Be The Day) about Buddy Holly, and (LaBamba) song information and video 26 about Richie Valens. The Valens song is important due to Hispanic influence on American Rock music.

 43. - Columbia Gem of the Ocean
         This American anthem was written in the early 1840's by British musician Thomas a' Becket. The word "Columbia" is a derivative from the name Columbus and is a substitute word for the United States of America.
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 42. - Hail Columbia
         This song was composed in 1789 and was used in the first inauguration of George Washington.  It vied with several other songs for the position of National Anthem but in 1931 lost out to "The Star Spangled Banner". It is now used as the song to announce the Vice President of the United States. It's use is the same as that of "Hail To The Chief" for the President.

 41. - Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful)
         Song was composed by John Phillip Sousa and is the official march of the United States Marines.  It was originally written at the request of President Chester Arthur to be used to announce the President instead of "Hail To The Chief" which Arthur did not like. Sousa finished the song in 1888 several years after Arthur was out office.  It never replaced "Hail To The Chief"

 40. - Ragged Old Flag - Johnny Cash
         Spoken word song from 1974 singing the praises of the American service man, the American fighting spirit and American doggedness.  It covers Americas wars and indirectly alludes to the Watergate (Nixon administration)  political scandal at the time.

 39. - Courtesy of the Red White and Blue - Toby Kieth
          This song comes out of the 9/11 experience and there is some controversy over the song.  A dispute between Peter Jennings of ABC News and Kieth erupted when Kieth stated he and the song had been banned from a special on ABC.  Kieth believed it was a form of censorship.  The song's about an angry American and a call for retribution following what happened on 9/11.  It is a primary source.

 38. - Some Gave All - Billy Ray Cyrus
         This is the title track from his debut album.  It is one of the most successful debut albums of all time.  The song gives credit to those who gave their lives in defense of America and it's values.  The songs spring from the "War on Terror" era.  Yes, he is the father of Miley Cyrus.

 37. - Only In America - Brooks & Dunn
         This song was written, recorded and released in 2001 just before 9/11 and the events that followed.  It is a song extolling the Horatio Alger concept of anyone can find success and happiness in the United States.

 36. - Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning) - Alan Jackson
          "War on Terror" song asking the listener where were they when the world changed on 9/11.
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 35. -  Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
          This is not the typical patriotic song in that it questions American Nationalism and focuses on the common man from the American soldier returning from Vietnam to an ungrateful America, to factory workers being displaced and a nation unable or unwilling to confront the problem.  The song chants of "Born In The U.S.A." has led people to believe this to be a pure patriotic song, when in reality Springsteen was questioning America about it's direction. This did not stop radio stations from playing it after 9/11 as a patriotic song
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For a list of 4th. of July Rock songs visit  4th. of July Rockin' Patriotic Party Songs 
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Arch Rock formation at Valley of Fire
State Park, Neveda, U.S.A.

 34. - I've Been Everywhere - Johnny Cash
         This song is a musical tour of the United States.   

 33. - Promised Land - Elvis Presley or Chuck Berry
         Written by Chuck Berry and melodically based on the folk song "Wabash Cannonball".  A Monon Railroad train that barreled through Hoosier land (Indiana) during the late 19th and early 20th, centuries.  It is an uptempo Rock song about a man traveling across the nation to reach his love.  The Elvis version is high powered and the original melody is there but well disguised by the strong Rock instrumentation and power vocals by Presley
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 32. - Only In America - Jay & The Americans
         A hit song from 1963 which promotes the Horatio Alger Jr. concept of the poor rising to riches through hard work, honesty and determination. And, oh yes, also getting the girl along the way.  It sings to a slice of the American Dream.
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 31. - Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
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          Elton John is British and the song was to honor the 200th. anniversary (1976) of the United States independence from the United Kingdom. It has a good dance back beat and is one of those rare songs that are both dance-able and Patriotic.
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 30. - Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning.- Irving Berlin
         Written in 1918 (World War I era) by Russian/Jewish  immigrant Irving Berlin.  Song about the United States Army.

 29. - Everyday America - Sugarland
         Takes a look at what it is to be an American, in the early years of the 21st. Century, from two peoples lives.

 28. - Back In The U.S.A. - Chuck Berry or Linda Ronstadt
         Late nineteen fifties song penned by Chuck Barry.  It was inspired by his returning to the U.S. after being in Australia.  The song was parodied by The Beatles in their song "Back In The U.S.S.R.".
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 27. - America (West Side Story) - Broadway Cast
          Late 1950's & early 60's song dealing with racial issues.

 26. - This Ain't No Rag (It's A Flag) - Charlie Daniels
          This is not the first song of patriotic concern he recorded.  The song "Still In Saigon" about the plight of those who returned from the Vietnam War had been released in the eighties. This song was penned by Danial's in the weeks following 9/11 and was an emotional response to the events of that day. This is a fine primary source on the emotional turmoil Americans felt.

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 25. - Taps
         American Civil War song used to signal lights out.. It originated in the Union Army (North) and the Confederate Army (South) used it by wars end. It has become tradition to use it at funerals of any serviceman.

 24. - Living In America - James Brown
         Disco/Electronic music written by Rock and Disco songwriters Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight during the mid eighties of the 20th. Century.  It was James Brown's, the Godfather of Soul, last huge hit. The song was featured in the motion picture Rocky IV in a patriotic context, The song sings the praises of living in the United States.
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 23. - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley or Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra(U.K.)
Video of Elvis Presley and Celine Dion in "If I Can Dream" duet.
         This song was written by Walter E. Brown shortly after the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. It essentially quotes Dr. King.  While Elvis did not write the song his input was significant.  He felt strongly about the loss of both men and what it meant to the nation. He wanted a song with a message to end his TV Singer (Sewing Machine) 68' Comeback Special. At a time when the nation was at war with itself over the Vietnam War, Civil Rights and Poverty. This song asked the country to rise above our differences and seek a common bond to build a better nation. Presley sang the song with true deep emotion giving it an almost religious (Gospel) feel.  It can be argued it was the best song to come out of the turbulent 60's about the era. A good primary source.
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 22. - Ballad of The Green Berets - SSGT Barry Sadler
         Vietnam Era song from the John Wayne film The Green Berets.  It was the most successful of the pro Indo-China involvement songs
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 21. - The Army Goes Rolling Along (U.S. Army Song, based on "Caisson Song") - U.S. Army Band & Chorus
          In 1956 it became the official song of the U.S. Army.  It is based on the Caisson Song of the field artillery dating back to the early 20th. Century. There is much controversy overt the writing of the song and who justly should have received compensation.  John Phillip Sousa (Marine Corps Band Leader) was deeply embroiled in the conflict.  He did have much to do with how the songs was used as a march. New lyrics were applied in the mid 1950's giving it the new title "The Army Goes Rolling Along".

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 20. - The Marine Hymn - U.S. Marine Corps Band 
         This song is from World War I era.  It originally sang the praises of the U.S. Marines in its military endeavors during the 19th. Century.  During the World War II era some lyrics were changed to incorporate the addition of an air component to the service.

 19. - Wild Blue Yonder (U.S. Air Force Song) - U.S. Air Force Band
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         During the 1930's the song was penned for the Army Air Corps.  In 1947 the United States Air Force was officially formed the song was changed to to fit the establishment of the Air Force.



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 18. - Anchors Away (U.S. Navy Song)
          It is the fight song of the Naval Academy and the defacto song of the United States Navy,  It was first used as a fight song in 1906 during a football game against Army. Yes, Navy won that game.

 17. - God Of Our Fathers
          Christian hymn (Protestant) written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence

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 16. - (There Coming To) America - Neil Diamond
         This song penned by Diamond is a pro immigration song.  It was released as a single in 1981 and was a huge hit.  It was used in the re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty's centennial celebration. It praises those who have come to America and helped to build it into the nation that it is today. It found renewed popularity following the 9/11 attacks. The song was written before the controversial issues surrounding illegal immigration from Latin America and Mexico in particular and as such was not directed towards the issue of illegal immigration.
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 15. - Over There
         World War I song written in 1917 by George M. Cohan.  It is the song most associated with American involvement in World War I.  It was popular during World War I and World War II in the United States.  It has had minor alterations from time to time for use by American sports teams and advertising.

14. - When Johnny Comes Marching Home
VIDEO - When Johnny Comes Marching Home by Mitch Miller & Chorus  Scenes from Film "Cold Mountain"
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         American Civil War song.  It was considered by many as an anti-war song. The Democrat Party in the North was less than enthusiastic about the war and encouraged anti-war thinking and this song. The fervent anti-war Democrats in the North were called Copperheads. In the years following the Civil War it has been used as a homecoming song for returning service men from over seas deployment in both peacetime and periods of military conflict.

 13. - Hail To The Chief
VIDEO - Hail To The Chief  
         Song to announce the President of the United States.

 12. - You're a Grand Old Flag
          This George M. Cohan song was written in 1906 inspired by a Civil War vet with a tattered old flag.  The song was included in a musical by Cohan called George Washington Jr.  The song was a massive hit. It found renewed popularity during both World Wars. It has appeared in numerous films including the 1942 movie Yankee Doodle Dandy. 

 11. - Yankee Doodle
         This song is an Anglo/American song.  It was originally sung by British troops making fun of American Colonial troops who were allied with the British in the French and Indian War (1754-1763). When the Americans declared Independence in 1776 it became an American patriotic song sung by the American Revolutionary Army. It is most associated with the American Revolutionary War.  During World War II it was featured in the film Yankee Doodle Dandy. This film and other uses revitalized the song as a patriotic song including its use as the state song of Connecticut.

 10 - Battle Hymn Of The Republic - Whitney Houston or Andy Williams  
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         American Civil War song of the Union. The lyrics were written by Julia Ward Howe. Patriotism is not necessarily tied to religious faith. Most people don't perceive it as a Christian hymn despite the word "hymn" in the title. What makes the song even more interesting is it uses the tune of "John Brown's Body". John Brown had been a religious fanatic with intense feelings for abolition.  He, his followers and allies took up violence along the Kansas and Missouri border, from Lawrence, Kansas in the north to Fort Scott, Kansas in the south, against those favoring slavery. The violence became so widespread that Fort Scott which had been closed as a fort had to be reopened by the federal government in an effort to maintain peace. Brown left Kansas and went to Virginia. There, at Harper's Ferry, he attacked a federal arsenal.  He was captured by U.S. military forces led by Robert E. Lee who would latter become the commander of Confederate forces and who's land would be confiscated for Arlington National Cemetery. John Brown was hung for committing an act of treason. The song was a favorite of the great United Kingdom Prime Minster, Sir Winston Churchill. It was sung be Andy Williams at the funeral of Robert Kennedy.  It has been used as a song of patriotism for returning servicemen and women. It was performed at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and at St Paul's Cathedral in London to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks. This song appears again on our list at #8 as a part of American Trilogy by Elvis Presley and is the only song that is in the top 10, twice.
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 9 - This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
          This Folk Song was composed in response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America".  Guthrie Did not feel Berlin's song was true to the real America as he saw it through his pro-Communist vision of America.  The song was written in 1940 during The Great Depression.  It did not receive widespread acceptance until the 1950's.

  8. - American Trilogy - Elvis Presley or Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra(U.K.)
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         A medley of the Civil War era.  "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", "Dixie", and the African-American Spiritual inspired "All My Trials". This song incorporates The struggle and pain of The North (Union) The South (Confederacy) and the Black American (Slaves) seeking freedom.  This song is not a primary source since it was penned in the second half of the 20th, Century despite the fact two of the three songs are from the Civil War. Elvis Presley's emotional presentation conveys the ideological and spiritual conflicts found within the American Spirit. The song does not celebrate the Civil War, but rather reaffirms the pain, suffering and agony all sides felt. Mickey Newbury did the original arrangement and first recording of the song. He charted with it, but Elvis Presley's version has overshadowed Newbury's version.
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Authors Note -- The Elvis version of this song was used by the Soviet Union's government in anti-American propaganda. It was played showing a scene of the KKK in rally around a burning cross.  Elvis was despised by the Soviets because he was the face of Rock 'n' Roll.  They viewed the followers of Rock as rebellious and Independent thinkers. It may seem hard to believe that American Pop Culture (Rock 'n' Roll, TV, and Movies) played a pivotal role in the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union, but the Soviets understood and Elvis was one of the biggest fears they had
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  7. - This Is My Country
         Al Jacobs and Don Raye wrote this Folk Song during The Great Depression in 1940 just prior to American entrance into World War II.

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       John Phillip Sousa penned this song in 1897, just before the outbreak of The Spanish-American War,  and it has become the national march.

  5.- God Bless The U.S.A. - Lee Greenwood
       This song was composed and performed by Lee Greenwood and arrived on the scene for the First Gulf War.  It has remained a popular song since due in large part to 9/11 and the events surrounding it.

  4.- My Country Tis of Thee
        Video was recorded at Pres. Obama's first inauguration.
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       This is in reality the United Kingdom's national anthem, God Save The Queen/King, with new lyrics for the American nation.  In 1831 the Americanized lyrics were written.

  3. - America The Beautiful - Elvis Presley, Ray Charles or Connie Francis
        This song was composed between 1892 and 1910 and had varying compositions until completed.
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  2. - God Bless America - Kate Smith or Connie Francis
         This song was composed by Jewish/Russian immigrant Irving Berlin.  It was introduced to the American people in the film "This is the Army" witch starred a future president of the United States, Ronald Reagan. Irving Berlin also wrote two of America's favorite Christian songs, Easter Parade and White Christmas. He lived to be 101 years old.


 1.- The Star Spangled Banner -- Video links at the end of this article.
        People complain this song is very difficult to sing.  There is a reason for that.  The music is taken from a British pub drinking song.  The lyrics were written during the War of 1812 by Francis Scott Key .  He was aboard a British warship as it and others  pounded Fort McHenry at Baltimore, Maryland. This song of the War of 1812 is a primary source. It wasn't till 1931 that it was named the official National Anthem.
Authors Note --  Many people have a very narrowly defined idea as to how the Nation Anthem should be performed and any deviation is close to treason.  I do not believe how the National Anthem is performed lies in the mind of any single person or group of people.  Therefore, I have included several versions of the National Anthem that have been considered controversial.
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1. Video - Carrie Underwood singing "National Anthem" Traditional acapella version.

Controversial Yah Yah conclusion - Vietnam Era rendition, but not directly connected to the war.

Controversial bombastic anti-war version of the "National Anthem" protesting Vietnam War.


Moving traditional version related to the two Persian Gulf Wars.
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5. Video - Marlana VanHoose "National Anthem" Sang before a womens basketball game at the University of Kentucky  
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Honorable Mentions

G.I, Blues - Elvis Presley
     A near autobiographical song for Elvis Presley.  He served in Germany following World War II (1958-1960) as a part of the occupation. This song is about that and also from the Cold War Era as Germany at the time was divided into East Germany (Communist) and West Germany (Democratic Republic) West Germany was dived into three zones managed by France, Great Britain and The United States. East Germany was managed by the Soviet Union. This is an excellent Primary Source song of the Cold War Era and Post World War II Europe.

There She Stands - Michael W. Smith
     Christian recording artist gives us one of the better songs about 9/11 and America. If you are planning an event about 9/11 then this song is a must.

American Saturday Night - Brad Paisley
     The song speaks metaphorically about American diversity through how we accept and buy foreign ideas and products.

Days of America - Blackhawk  
     Country music band Rocks this song. It deals with the trials of the American worker. 

In America - Charlie Daniels Band
         This song dates back to 1980 but saw renewed interest following the 9/11 attacks.

The Liberty Song
         This is an American Revolutionary Era song. Lyrics written by American patriot, John Dickinson, and set to the the tune of the  (British) Royal Navy's anthem. In 1768 it was first published 

Light of a Clear Blue Morning - Dolly Parton
     The song speaks of a person who has hope for a better life and it expresses the idea there is opportunity and freedom to advance

Unseen Soldiers - Garrett Miles*
     Song honoring the American soldier. The song points out the soldier away from home still has support from those left behind.
*Garrett Miles is a rising country star who happens to be blind.

Osama - Yo' Mama - Ray Stevens
     A song from 2001 following the 9/11 attacks of the same year. It was the title track to an album released in 2002 by Stevens.  The song made light of Osama bin Lauden , the driving force behind the 911 attacks on the United States. It can be considered a primary source keeping in mind it was a comedic approach to the issue.

My Beautiful America - Charlie Daniels
     A spoken word recording making a patriotic/love song tour of the United States with the Pledge of Allegiance at the end.

GI Joe & Lillie - The Oak Ridge Boys
   It is a touching story of a husband and wife who were World War II veterans.

For You - Keith Urban*
     This is a song of a modern warrior who is willing to give his life for his family, Country and fellow soldier.
* He was born in New Zealand, raised in Australia and in the early 1990's moved to the United States.

The Ballad of Ira Hayes - Johnny Cash
     The song is about Ira Hayes a Pima Indian from Arizona who was best known for being one of the men who raised the flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. He was immortalized in the iconic photo of the event and in a massive statue. He played himself in the film "Sands of Iwo Jima". The film inspired Peter La Farge to write the song. Following World War II Ira battled alcoholism which claimed his life.

Living In The U.S.A. - Steve Miller
     Not necessarily a positive song about America it nonetheless points to our freedoms.
   

Happy Birthday(Stevie Wonder Composition) - Stevie Wonder
     This song was written with the express purpose of helping to establish a national holiday honoring slain civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legislation was introduced during the Reagan administration and passed and went to the desk of President Reagan.  He sighed it establishing the holiday. The song salutes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While the song never charted on Billboard's Hot 100 it nonetheless raised awareness of the desire for the holiday. This song is perfect for celebrating the Martin Luther King holiday.
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One Hell Of an Amen - Brantley Gilbert
     The song deals with the loss of a loved one.  While the song mentions the loss of a loved one to Cancer it also deals with the loss of an American soldier to combat.

Born On The Bayou - Credence Clearwater Revival (CCR)
     Ode to Cajun life and youth on the 4th. of July.

Surfin' U.S.A. - The Beach Boys
         This song is based on a Chuck Berry tune.  It salutes the various beaches great for Surfing.
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Just A Dream - Carrie Underwood
     The tragic tale of young widowed bride.  Her husband gave his life for his country. The music video which accompanies the song helps to tell the story

I'm Your Biggest Fan - Neal McCoy
            Song in honor of the American service person.  Released during the "War on Terror"

California Girls - Beach Boys
          This song sings praise to the All American girl by mentioning girls and their qualities and the regions they are from within this great nation.  This song is from the Vietnam War era but was not about the war.
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Independence Day - Martina McBride
     This song rests on a double entendre.  The story takes place on the 4th. of July but is also one of a battered wife seeking her independence from her abusive husband.  The video implies he dies in a house fire set by his wife.  Like the American Colonists she was seeking her freedom from oppression. It is told from the perspective of a young girl witnessing the celebration of the nation's birth and the destruction of her family.

Our America - Big & Rich
           A blending of the reading of the Declaration Of Independence and the singing of the National Anthem

Yankee Doodle Dandy - George M. Cohan
VIDEO - Yankee Doodle Dandy by James Cagney.
           This song was a George M. Cohan song form the film of the same name.  It was released in 1942 during World War II. The song was first introduced to the American people in 1904 in the Broadway musical "Little Johnny Jones". The song is also known as "Yankee Doodle Boy". The movie "Yankee Doodle Dandy" staring James Cagney was a biography of George M. Cohan. James Cagney was famous for playing the lovable to the down right evil gangster of the twenties and thirties.  This film showcased his talent as a song and dance man that few people knew about.

Better In The U.S.A. - Glenn Frey
          A real rocker praising life in the U.S.A.

Color Me America - Dolly Parton
         A 21st Century tune of the American Spirit and Ideals.

American Pride - Alabama
         Song released in 1992 about home, family and American values indigenous to the South. Song comes from the Album of the same name.

America My Home - Ricky David Tripp
         The song was penned shortly before the events of Sept. 11, 2001 by Dr. George Simon.

American Child - Phil Vassar
         This 2002 song is another that echos the Horatio Alger Jr. theme of the poor boy who rises to fame and fortune.  It implies this could only truly happen in America.

Lets Roll by Neil Young
     The song rides with the passengers of Flight 93 on the 9/11 day.

Was My Brother In The Battle by Stephen Foster
     Penned in 1862 by Stephen Foster during the American Civil War.

Victory At Sea
         Composed by Richard Rogers and used in the television series that documented the American War effort at sea during World War II.

Battle Cry Of Freedom - George Frederick Root
     This song is a primary source for those studying the American Civil War.  The song was composed by George Frederick Root in 1862 promoting the Union side of the war. It was used in 1864 for the political cause of the Lincoln/Johnson election effort.

Heroes Don't Come Back by Joe Pickering Jr.
     Phil Coley recorded this song singing praises to 134 baseball players who gave their lives during World War II.

None So Beautiful As The Brave - Gino Vannelli
     A song dedicated to the fallen American soldier.  This one is perfect for Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances..

God Bless America Again - Bobby Bare
         A God and Country song, patriotic hymn, from 1969 during the Vietnam War Era.

R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. - John Mellencamp
         John Mellencamp comes from back country Indiana, but this song sings the praises of Pop/Rock of the 1960's and the kids that loved it.  It was a musical art form that dominated America at the time and thus this songs tells the story of a piece of American culture in the mid 20th. Century.

U.S. Male - Elvis Presley
     This song was written  and originally recorded by country entertainer Jerry Reed. Elvis Presley had the biggest hit of the song. The song warns others not to mess with his girlfriend because he is a U.S.Male. He warns of dire consequences for interloping on U.S. Male territory.

The All American Boy - Bobby Bare
     This is a Rockabilly song.  The song's story line embodies the principles set forth in Horatio Alger novels of the American rag to riches ideal.  It is loosely based on the rise of Elvis Presley from a poor boy to a wealthy Rock 'n' Roll star. The song was a hit in 1959 and can be used as a primary source about the emergence of Rock 'n' Roll.  It is easily danced to due to it's Rockabilly format. The original recording credited Bill Parsons on Vocal.  Bobby Bare actually sang the song on the recording. Bobby Bare was called before Congress to testify on the "Payola Scandal" which surrounded Rock 'n' Roll.

We're An American Band - Grand Funk Railroad or Poison
     Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad wrote the song. It sings the praises of the American Rock 'n' Roller, namely Grand Funk Railroad. The song was written at the time when American Rock bands were coming out of the shadows of bands from  the The United Kingdom. This is a rocker and a great party tune.