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10+ Best 4th of July Songs That Should Be on Your Playlist

The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, commemorates the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence on that date in 1776, making it the official start of the American era of independence.

American Independence Day has become a worldwide holiday, marked by parades, barbecues, sporting events, and family get-to-know-you gatherings.

Thousands of people are expected to gather with friends and family to commemorate all that is great about the United States of America this weekend.

To accompany your 4th of July revelry, Leedaily has the ideal patriotic soundtrack and songs.

35+ Quotes and Sayings to Light Up Your 4th of July [2022]

‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ — U.S. National Anthem

As the national anthem of the United States since 1814, “The Star-Spangled Banner” captures the spirit of the country’s founding ideals and thus on the top spot in our list of 10+ 4th of July Songs.

Francis Scott Key, a 35-year-old lawyer, and amateur poet wrote the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry” on September 14, 1814.

When British ships bombarded Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812, he reportedly wrote the poem.

Whitney Houston, Luke Byran, Demi Lovato, Cher, Diana Ross, Carrie Underwood, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga have all recorded versions of the classic song over the years.

You’ll be moved to tears and filled with pride watching Whitney Houston’s Super Bowl 1991 performance.

With Houston’s version released after the Persian Gulf War, the song has a special place in American hearts. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the song was re-released with all of the proceeds going to a charitable foundation.

If you’d prefer a guitar-heavy instrumental version of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” Jimmy Hendrix performed it at Woodstock in 1969.

‘Party in the U.S.A.’ — Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus debuted on the music scene with a pop tribute to the United States of America following her Hannah Montana stardom.

Taking inspiration from Cyrus’ own journey from Nashville to Los Angeles in pursuit of her career as a pop star, “Party in the U.S.A.”

Avoid getting up and dancing if you can when this patriotic ditty comes on. Do include it in your playlist of 4th of July songs.

‘My Shot’ — The Cast of Hamilton

Listening to “My Shot” from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton is a treat for music lovers.

Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, is introduced in the patriotic track as he expresses his hopes and dreams for the security of the United States’ independence.

Reminiscing about the founding fathers—George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison… and Benjamin Franklin—My Shot will keep you upbeat all day.

‘Living in America’ — James Brown

There is nothing better than a live performance on such a beautiful day as the 4th of July.

Living in America, Brown’s jazzy bop will keep you tapping your toes all day.

‘American Heart’ — Faith Hill

Faith Hill released “American Heart” in 2012, a powerful tribute to the American freedoms, as a country singer.

The song’s chorus paid homage to America’s culture, with the lyrics: “And it beats like a drum down in New Orleans/ Sings like a Motown melody/ It dreams like California/ Bigger than the Texas sky/ It bleeds/ It scars.

There is no way to break an American heart, but it shines when times are tough. Include it in your collection of patriotic songs for the 4th of July.

‘Empire State of Mind’ — Jay Z and Alicia Keys

To honor their home state of New York, Jay Z and Alicia Keys collaborated on one of the greatest duets in music history.

Referencing the American Dream throughout the track, Keys sings: “Even if it ain’t all it seems, I got a pocketful of dreams /Baby I’m from New York/ Concrete jungle where dreams are made of/ There’s nothing you can’t do/ Now you’re in New York” on the chorus.

Keys recorded a slower follow-up to “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down” for her fourth album, The Element of Freedom, which was released in 2010.

‘Born in the U.S.A.’ — Bruce Springsteen

This rock anthem by Bruce Springsteen tells the story of a Vietnam War veteran who has returned to his native country after the war has ended.

Even though it touches on a number of serious topics, “America” has become an iconic anthem for American patriotism.

Regardless, the upbeat track is sure to make you feel patriotic and pumped up. The song is perfect for your July 4th playlist.

‘America’ — Simon and Garfunkel

The song “America” by Simon and Garfunkel is a tribute to the American Dream.

The song is based on Paul Simon and Kathy Chitty’s 1964 hitchhiking trip across the United States to find “America.”

American landscapes and young people’s aspirations are celebrated in a song praising the United States.

‘American Pie’ — Don McLean

The song “So bye-bye, miss American pie/ Drove my Chevy to the levee, But the levee was dry” by Don McLean is one of the most memorable songs about the United States.

“Music died” was a reference to the fatal 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives of Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and The Big Bopper.

Additionally, McLean makes reference to Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan, two of America’s most popular musicians. Add it to your playlist of 4th of July songs.

‘Kids in America’ — Kim Wilde

“Kids in America” by Kim Wilde in 1981 was a precursor to the new wave.

Despite your best efforts, you will be unable to resist singing along to the party song.

‘American Boy’ — Estelle and Kayne West

As a party staple, “American Boy” has become a fun duet between British singer Estelle and American rapper Flo Rida.

Her “American Boy” should take her to “Chicago, San Francisco Bay,” Estelle sings in the song. New York and Los Angeles are on my bucket list, so please take me there.

‘The Times They Are a-Changin’ — Bob Dylan

“The Times They Are a-Changin'” by Bob Dylan was a call to action during the civil rights and peace movements of 1964.

Known as the “protest song” of the 1960s, it calls for a change in the status quo and changes from the bottom up. It’s a must-have for your 4th of July music playlist.

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