The Ten Best Independence Day Songs

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The 4th of July is one of the best holidays because it appeals to both patriots and pyromaniacs. It's a time for eating too much and spending way too much on fireworks. We at DC-9 felt it was our obligation to give you a playlist for your barbecues and parades. A few of these are a bit obscure, but each one of them celebrates this festive time in its own way.

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10. America - Neil Diamond
From the god-awful soundtrack to the god-awful movie The Jazz Singer, "Coming to America" is Neil Diamond at his overblown best. When Neil breaks into "My Country Tis of Thee," listeners will either get goose bumps or waves of nausea.


9. Indoor Fireworks - Elvis Costello
The explosions at the heart of this great song have nothing to do with the 4th, but the passion and emotion in Costello's voice is still a marvel.

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8. Fireworks on TV - Bill Janovitz
From the album of the same name, this heartfelt song from the leader of Buffalo Tom pops like string of premium black cats.


7. 4th of July - U2
An ambient instrumental that has never been played live, U2's "4th of July" appears on the woefully neglected The Unforgettable Fire. The song's mood captures the celebratory nature of the holiday.


6. Fourth of July - Dave Alvin
Robert Earl Keen does a killer version of this roots-rock classic, but Alvin's original is a powerful song that incorporates the holiday into a tale of a relationship going sour.


5. Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
Amazingly, some people still don't comprehend the anti-war themes that abound in this legendary song from The Boss. Ronald Reagan's campaign folks even tied to co-op the song into some right wing political propaganda, but they were rightfully revoked by Springsteen himself.


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6 comments
ChrisYu
ChrisYu topcommenter

love the Dave Alvin, an all time favorite. 'Indoor Fireworks'??? yeah it's a great song...about divorce! how about taking another American, like Tom Petty, who wrote 'American Girl' on the 4th of July.

Linda Hawk
Linda Hawk

THANK YOU for not listing Lee Greenwood!!!

hjboard
hjboard

While I think all of these songs are worthy candidates,I am firmly convinced that Ray Charles' version of

" America " should be the #1 choice . If you had ever heard that soulful voice singing it to a live audience, there would be no question in your mind either. I still get shivers thinking about it !

darrylrs
darrylrs

@Linda Hawk I had  to leave off about 100 fake country, fake patriotic BS

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