We can’t guarantee the presidential seal of approval, but as far as July 4th playlists go, these songs promise to bring out the red, white and blue in you. Spin these tracks at your Independence Day celebration and party like a patriot.
• Miley Cyrus‘s "Party in the U.S.A"
The perfect anthem for your party in celebration of the U.S.A., this song will have you noddin’ your head like yeah and movin’ your hips like yeah – just try to keep it tame.
• Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’s "American Girl"
Tom Petty’s tribute to the American girl-next-door “raised on promises” will be a rock ‘n’ roll refuge at your rendezvous.
• Estelle’s "American Boy"
Estelle may hail from the U.K., but she knows the best boys live in the Land of the Free. This track scored Estelle and Kanye a Grammy in 2009 for the best rap/sung collaboration.
• Don McLean’s "American Pie"
This ballad is the perfect sing-(and sip)-along song, although its meaning is rather solemn: “The day the music died” refers to the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.
• Neil Diamond’s "America"
This dance-worthy ode to the melting pot would have gotten the founding fathers on their feet.
• Bruce Springsteen’s "Born in the U.S.A."
This “hometown jam” is signature Springsteen – classic rock best washed down with a beer.
• The Beach Boys’ "Spirit of America"
The original boy band – often referred to as “America’s Band” – pays respect to the American Dream: owning a fast car.
• Lenny Kravitz’s "American Woman"
This cover of The Guess Who’s hit is red, white and bluesy. Plus, Kravitz even picked up a Grammy for it in 2000.
• Simon and Garfunkel’s "America"
Its mellow tempo and moody guitar riffs make “America” the perfect post-fireworks tune.