Hannah Wade / The Daily Gamecock

Playlist of the week: Songs for America

As the Fourth of July approaches, the yearly hubbub of humid weather, hot dogs and fireworks begins to build. Parties and cookouts are planned; red, white and blue decor pops up all over; fireflies start showing up at dusk; the cicadas are in full recital of their nightly songs; firework displays are pondered over. 

The celebration of America's independence is a powerful and prideful day. It is a day about the fight for freedom, the protection and unity of all and the courage of a nation. So, what better way to celebrate our nation's independence than with fireworks, burgers and a playlist of songs about the United States of America. From sing-along songs you might hear at a pep rally to reverent homages to the flag to songs about the states themselves, this playlist has something to satisfy every genre and everyone at the family cookout. 

“Party In The U. S. A.” – Miley Cyrus

“Born in the U. S. A.” – Bruce Springsteen

“American Pie” – Don McLean

“Take Me Home, Country Roads” – John Denver

“Firework” – Katy Perry

“California Love” – 2Pac, Roger, Dr. Dre

“Margaritaville” – Jimmy Buffet

“Kids In America” – Kim Wilde

“Welcome To New York” – Taylor Swift

“All Summer Long” – Kid Rock

“Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond

“Jack & Diane” – John Mellencamp

“Ragged Old Flag” – Johnny Cash

“Surfin’ U. S. A.” – The Beach Boys

“Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

“American Girl” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

“American Woman” – The Guess Who

“American” – Lana Del Rey

“You And I”— Lady Gaga

"God Bless the USA" – Lee Greenwood

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