What patriotic song do you have in your head when you think of the Fourth of July?
According to AmericanSongwriter.com, the #1 most played song on the Fourth of July is “America The Beautiful” as sung by Ray Charles.
“Oh beautiful of the vast heavens,
For amber waves of grain,
“For the majesty of the purple mountain
“Above the fruitful plain!”
Now try to get the red, white and blue earworm out of your head before Labor Day.
Some might remember the version of singer Jhene Aiko sung recently at Super Bowl LVI, and a few of us older folks might insist that the more famous version was sung by Kate Smith.
Sorry for that last guess, my old friends and colleagues. Kate Smith used to sing “God Bless America”. It’s a great song too, probably very popular on the Fourth of July, but it’s a completely different set of songs.
By the way, the number 2 most popular song played on these national holidays is Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.” It turns out he’s the “leader” of the holiday, as well as a host of other summer specials.
sing national music
The Fourth of July has over the years become a special day – an entire weekend – when a variety of music is sung and played with patriotic themes. Every year, bands and solo singers bring out music that pays homage to a country that was born almost two and a half centuries ago.
Last month, Good Housekeeping magazine’s website published a list of “25 Patriotic Fourth of July Songs for Your Party Playlist.” Top of the list included songs such as “The Star Spangled Banner” by Whitney Houston, “Color Me America” by singer Dolly Parton, “Party In The USA” by Miley Cyrus, “Firework” by Katy Perry, and “American Pie” by Don Maclean.
Southern Living magazine’s 2022 list includes “40 patriotic songs to celebrate on the Fourth of July” among its suggested titles are “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood, “Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash, and “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd . , and “Living in America” by James Brown.
Parade’s most recent list of “50 Songs About America To Add To Your Independence Day Playlist” were among its picks “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, “America” by Simon and Garfunkel, and “American Girl” by Tom. Petty and the Heartbreakers and “Stars and Stripes Forever” brought to us by John Philip Sousa.
So, you can see that there is a lot of variety in the type of songs that the people of the United States consider “patriotic.” We celebrate the birth of our country according to our individual tastes.
I suspect some people sing “(I’m a) Yankee Doodle Dandy” or chant “Yankee Doodle Goes to Town”.
Adding a little music out
Speaking of singing, let’s finish with a “big end now,” as they say in the 4th of July song business.
Here’s the rest of the first verse from “America the Beautiful.”
“God blessed you
And guide them with goodness towards the brothers
“From sea to sea!”
Admit it, you slowed down and started thinking about a shout out during that last line, right?
I wish everyone a happy holiday. Eat something from the grill. Play backyard games with kids and grandchildren. And sing a patriotic song, even if it’s just an old Chevy TV ad song, which in the ’70s wondered, “America, what’s your favorite thing?”
“Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, Chevrolet…”
Another earworm has been put in place for the absent-minded Fourth of July tinnitus.
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