4th of July Playlist for Vinyl Record Enthusiasts
Looking for a 4th of July playlist to take your celebration up a notch? We've got you covered!
Big Fudge has gathered the top 10 songs about America available on vinyl to set the tone for the upcoming holiday.
Ready for some patriotic tunes?
Top 10 Songs About America Available on Vinyl Records
1) Lee Greenwood - God Bless the U.S.A.
This American classic song, released in 1984, is easily one of the top songs to celebrate independence. God Bless the USA, commonly mistaken for the title of "Proud to Be an American," will reignite your salute-the-flag patriotism faster than you can say "freedom."
2) Jimi Hendrix - The Star-Spangled Banner
As America's National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner should clearly top the charts of every 4th of July playlist. Initially penned by Francis Scott Key in 1814, this iconic song dates back centuries and was inspired by The Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. But why Jimi's edition? One of the most famous Jimi Hendrix quotes is, "when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
3) Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
This Bruce Springsteen hit song characterizes a message of freedom and independence fit for any 4th of July cookout or celebration. Originally released in 1984 with an anti-war message hidden within. It speaks volumes to what we still fight for today, in our hearts and in our homes, our nation's freedom. This song is an excellent choice for an impromptu BBQ karaoke session, too.
4) Ray Charles - America the Beautiful
Originally recorded for his 1972 album titled "A Message to the People," the Ray Charles rendition of "America the Beautiful" is by far the most popular. It adds variety to our 4th of July playlist and is as smooth as the vinyl it's played on. A perfect choice to put on display to show off to your party guests.
5) Chuck Berry - Back in the USA
This 1950s song by Chuck Berry embodies the spirit of the American people; upbeat, happy, and free. Although it's not the first choice that comes to mind when considering the top 10 songs about America, we've included it for a few reasons. It gives us a sense of National pride and adds an element of nostalgia for those away from home. Sort of like the feeling you get from a freshly cleaned record. It reminds us of when we first added it to our collection. (Ahh, the memories!)
6) Elton John - Philadelphia Freedom
No music list would be complete without the likes of Elton John. The reason this song makes our patriotic playlist is simple. It's a song about freedom. What better way to celebrate your independence than with this 1975 classic? It also pays homage to his friendship with Billie Jean King.
7) John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads
John Denver's American classic, Take Me Home, Country Roads, is probably one of the most popular songs about freedom and patriotism. Why? The song is centered around taking a small piece of our great nation and adoring it forever. So much so that he has a yearning for it as it calls to him. This smooth-sounding vinyl is perfect for a get-together as it instills a feeling of calmness and relaxation.
8) James Brown - Living in America
This song from the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, is an excellent addition to any 4th of July playlist. It's a symbolic song about American patriotism that was prominently featured in the 1985 film Rocky IV during Apollo Creed's entrance to the final bout. A great addition to your holiday playlist or your record collection.
9) Otis Redding - (Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay
Yet another soulful entry on our holiday music selection, Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay, is as soothing for the ears as it is for the soul. The lyrics give you a feeling of hope and allude to the understanding of a united front to combat loneliness.
10) American Pie, by Don Mclean
Arguably one of the most iconic American songs of the 20th century, "American Pie" concludes our list. This controversial song includes lyrics about the death of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and JP "Big Bopper" Richardson. It was coined "the day the music died" when their lives tragically ended in a plane crash. This song is also infamously known for being mysteriously challenging to understand. When we think of songs about America, this definitely tops the list.
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