You’ve sent out all the invitations, the grill is hot and the day looks ripe for a great party but now it’s time to prepare a fire playlist that will get your guests into the celebrating spirit. For America’s 241st birthday, it’s time to get together and enjoy the greatness of this country with tunes that revel in its beauty. So whether you’re having a barbecue, doing a picnic or getting together for a fun beach day with your friends and family, you’re going to need a great soundtrack to your day. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the top 8 songs to add to your 4th of July playlist to keep everybody dancing and singing along.
The Star-Spangled Banner
While this may not be a “party” anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem and is a must when celebrating Independence Day. The song was written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key but didn’t become the official anthem until 1931, and since then has been covered by the likes of Whitney Houston, Faith Hill, and Beyoncé, to name a few. This song is a perfect choice to play as the fireworks go off at the end of the evening while we give thanks to those who have served this great nation. It’s a suitable pick for that moment when everybody is together watching the beauty of the fireworks and enjoying each other’s company.
Key lyrics: “And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”
Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus
The song that made Miley Cyrus break out of her Disney image is a surefire way to get your guests in the party spirit! While it may be a far cry from present-day Miley, this song, released in 2009 is a guilty pleasure that everybody knows the lyrics to. Though it’s about showing up to a party and feeling like you don’t fit in until the right song comes on, it’s a fun pop jam best played at the beginning of the party once many have arrived. Great to use as an icebreaker.
Key lyrics: “They’re playin’ my song
I know I’m gonna be OK
Yeah, it’s a party in the USA”
Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
The song that made the Boss a bona fide superstar was released in 1984 but is still a major hit if you ask us. The patriotic tune tells the story of the effects of the Vietnam War that was a heavy subject during the years leading up. Not only did the song resonate with the veterans but the catchy chorus became a source of pride for those who, like Bruce Springsteen, love the country they’re born in. Not only is this song a must on every national holiday, it’s listed as one of the top songs of the century.
Key lyrics: “Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A.”
American Woman by The Guess Who
American Woman, a rock ballad for the ages. After making its debut in 1970, this song has been covered by many as well as being featured in countless films. While the lyrics are a little questionable, the great instruments and vocal stylings of Burton Cummings make the song fun to sing along to. Fun fact: while this song has become an American classic, the band, The Guess Who are originally from Winnipeg making them Canadian!
Key lyrics: “American woman gonna mess your mind”
American Pie by Don McLean
“Bye, bye, Miss American Pie…” the song that will have the whole crowd singing along, Don McLean’s American Pie is a classic. From the beautiful melody to the deep lyrics, there’s a reason this song has lasted the test of time and has been ranked as one of the top songs of the century. Since its release in 1971, American Pie has made its mark on our pop culture with its appearance in many films as well as being covered by Madonna in 2000. Starting out by referencing the death of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens in a 1959 plane crash as the day the music died, McLean covers many events that happened afterwards, giving a quick history lesson for the listeners. While the song is originally eight and a half minutes long, a shortened version of 4:30 is available to make an appearance on your 4th of July playlist. Play this towards the end of the evening when everybody’s in a joyful mood and ready for a great singalong.
Key lyrics: “So bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey ‘n rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die”
Firework by Katy Perry
While it’s not a patriotic song per-se, it does reference the holiday in an upbeat tune that gets everybody in a happy mood. Katy Perry’s Firework was released in 2010 and was one of the biggest songs of the year due to its empowering message. Encouraging people to be their best and shine their brightest like the holiday staple, Firework will definitely get your guests dancing. Play this hit during the fireworks because you know your guests will be mimicking their movement.
Key lyrics: “You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July
‘Cause, baby, you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth”
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Paying homage to the southern state, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama has been a favorite since 1974. Yes, it’s dedicated to just one state but it’s a great reminder of the love that everybody feels towards their home. Although Sweet Home Alabama only reached number 8 on the US charts when it was released, it’s undoubtedly one of the most recognized American songs beloved by many. With its southern twang and catchy lyrics, the jam will get many in the celebrating spirit. Fun fact: The song was such a hit, it became part of the state’s motto and is printed on the Alabama license plate.
Key lyrics: “Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet Home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you”
Empire State of Mind by Jay Z and Alicia Keys
Dedicated to the Big Apple, Empire State of Mind is more than a love letter to the Concrete Jungle but an ode to the American Dream. New York is where many came to through Ellis Island to fulfill their dreams and start a new life, a constant reminder of the many opportunities the country has to offer. A beautiful mix of rap and ballad, the 2009 released Empire State of Mind has lyrical references to many symbols of America, from the Statue of Liberty to the World Trade Center Towers. Play this at any point in your festivities because the upbeat tempo is bound to get people dancing!
Key Lyrics: “New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothin’ you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you”
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