July 4th is just around the corner and some of my favorite patriotic songs go way back. Who doesn’t feel patriotic when you hear Ssgt Barry Sadler’s Ballad of the Green Berets? If you haven’t heard it in a while or never heard it, check out the lyrics — a solemn tribute to our brave heroes who fought for our freedom.
Who doesn’t want to put their hand over their heart when they hear Lee Greenwood sing God Bless America? And can you keep your feet from moving when you hear James Brown lovin’ and livin’ in America? Then there’s Springsteen packing a mega hit punch as he gloats about being Born in the USA., while Mellencamp is always rockin’ in the USA.
Country artist Aaron Tippin has always been a hardworking patriotic singer whose songs reflect his attitude. His down to earth, honest country music is timeless. His 2001 song Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly makes a proud and loud statement. The lyrics tell the story of the “lady that stands in a harbor” and hits it home with “…I pledge allegiance to this flag and if that bothers you, well that’s too bad –but if you got pride and you’re proud you do, hey we could use some more like me and you…where the stars and stripes and the eagle fly…” Check Tippin out on YouTube.
Also on YouTube for 60’s rockers looking for a psychedelic version of our National Anthem, there’s nothing like Hendrix’s version at Woodstock in 1969. Check out his groovy white fringe shirt and blue bell bottoms as he electrifies our anthem like nobody else ever could or ever will. Pure instrumental, pure 100% Hendrix. Feeling more 70’s hard rock? You can find Kiss (oh yeah) with their wild laser show complete with their promo Statue of Liberty and fireworks, putting their own spin on our Star Spangled Banner.
While American Woman doesn’t ooze of patriotism, it’s still a fun classic song that everyone knows and can dance too – yeah, let’s get the party started!
For a double beyond words performance of American Woman, nobody will light your fire like Prince teaming up with Lenny Kravitz. While the Guess Who’s version was stellar with a rugged, hard-edge pulsating beat, watching two of the best guitar players ever, teaming up together, blows my mind. Their mesmerizing riffs and moves had me grinding in my chair. One woman commented on Facebook that she got pregnant just watching the video on YouTube! One can only imagine if Jimi were alive and joined them, it would be beyond rock history. Imagine – 3 legends with their unique guitar slides, prima donna struts and world class guitar playing spanning decades! Prince is probably up “there” now, jamming away with Hendrix – they didn’t knock on heaven’s door – they broke it down!
Check out my handpicked July 4th song choices below, load them into your music devices or check them out on YouTube – let’s celebrate our freedom and independence by thanking all those who have served our country in the past and continue to do so in the future. For those who have sacrificed so much, we salute you and honor you. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS.
4th of JULY SONG LIST:
God Bless America – Irving Berlin classic, popularized in 1939 by Kate Smith and Connie Francis in ‘59
Back in the USA – Chuck Berry (’59)
Surfin’ USA – Beach Boys (’63)
America, the Beautiful – Frank Sinatra (recorded with Nelson Riddle) (’63)
The Ballad of the Green Berets – Ssgt Barry Sadler (’66)
Born Free – Roger Williams (’66)
American Woman – The Guess Who (’70) — (check out the Lenny Kravitz and Prince version on Utube)
American Pie – Don McLean (’72)
America – Neil Diamond (’81)
Remember Those Heroes – Sammy Hagar (’83)
God Bless the USA – Lee Greenwood (’84)
Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen (’85)
R.O.C.K. in the USA – John Cougar Mellencamp (’86)
Living in America – James Brown (’86)
Where The Stars and Stripes and The Eagle Fly – Aaron Tippin (2001)
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY — STAND PROUD AND CELEBRATE!
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