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The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and it is time to start preparing for the festivities. There are the obvious preparations such as food, drinks and fireworks to entertain guests, but the music should be just as important. The ultimate playlist that includes the top five American themed songs will rock any Fourth of July. Check out the best of the best songs that will get the guest’s feet moving at this summer’s biggest holiday party.
American Girl by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers hit the airwaves in 1977. American Girl was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ second single of the self-titled debut album. The song ranked 76 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, list.
For years, there have been rumors that American Girl was about a young girl who committed suicide by jumping from a dormitory window at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Petty grew up in the Gainesville area. It turns out the rumor is an urban myth that has spread through Florida over the years. Tom Petty once commented on the story in an interview saying, “It’s become a huge urban myth down in Florida. That’s just not at all true. The song has nothing to do with that. But that story really gets around… They’ve really got the whole story. I’ve even seen magazine articles about that story. ‘Is it true or isn’t it true?’ They could have just called me and found out it wasn’t true.”
Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen. The popular song by one of America’s favorite musical hero’s may deal with the unpopular subject of the Vietnam war, but the 1984 rock song gets America on their feet chanting the famous lyrics “Born in the USA,” especially on the Fourth of July.
Living in America by James Brown. The Godfather of Soul belts out this song in true James Brown style. The song was originally recorded for the movie Rocky IV in 1985. It reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Living in America was nominated for a Grammy in 1986 for Best R&B Song. James Brown won a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance that year.
America the Beautiful by Ray Charles. America the Beautiful was written as a poem in 1890 by Katharine Lee Bates, an English professor at Wellesley College. Lyrics and hymn, written by Samuel Ward in 1926, soon became America the Beautiful. Ray Charles recorded the patriotic song in 1972 at R.P.M studio. Charles added his own bluesy twist to the song making it his own and a beloved version among many.
Star Spangled Banner by Jimi Hendrix took the national anthem to a whole new level when he first played it at the famous three-day Woodstock festival in 1969. His performance was infused with artillery fire and bomb blast with just the use of his amazing electric guitar skills. It was the first of its kind and still an original. The famous rendition put Hendrix on the map for being one of the best guitarists in the world.
Any Fourth of July playlist will be a hit with these top five American themed songs. All five, classically recognized, and performed and written by some of the greats in music. For the nation’s biggest holiday, and the summers funnest day everything will go great with the ultimate playlist which includes songs that celebrate this great nation.
Opinion By Christina Thompson