We’re all set to cue the music and the fireworks this summer. Celebrating American independence is a breeze with our list of Fourth of July songs. Plan holiday festivities with our patriotic 4th of July ideas, and get inspired by our best grilling recipes and Fourth of July appetizers! The summer sun is shining on barbecues and pool parties from coast to coast.
Singing sensations and celebrated stars such as Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton will have you nostalgic for Independence Day picnics of the past. Our list of 4th of July songs includes pop tracks and classic tunes that celebrate independence and American living. This playlist is all about dancing, having fun and letting freedom ring! We’ve got you covered with patriotic tunes for celebrating America — whether you’re poolside or spending summer days at the beach.
If you’re planning on celebrating the holiday with your friends and family, you’re going to be putting on your dancing shoes this summer with our playlist that will have you proud to be an American. Spend the holiday with your nearest and dearest and celebrate America’s incredible history.
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The Star Spangled Banner
The most iconic rendition of The Star Spangled Banner has to be played on the 4th of July. Houston’s take during the 1991 Super Bowl will move you to tears.
Color Me America
In 2003, Dolly Parton put out an entire album dedicated to America. One of the most moving tracks is Color me America, a ballad that declares: “I am red, white and blue.”
Party In The U.S.A.
Miley Cyrus was still a teenager in 2009 when she came out with this smash hit — with autobiographical lyrics about her move from Nashville to Los Angeles to make it as a pop star. This all-ages-friendly tune will make everyone want to get up and dance.
Katy Perry’s 2016 hit is perfect for the fourth of July, with its endlessly catchy verses and the inspirational chorus: “You just gotta ignite the light, and let it shine. Just own the night, like the Fourth of July, ‘cause baby you’re a firework, come on show ’em what you’re worth … ”
Don McLean’s ’70s tune famously mourns “the day the music died,” a reference to the 1959 plane crash that killed Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper all at once; its lyrics also reference American music superstars Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. The enduring classic is overall steeped in nostalgia and Americana.
From Neil Diamond’s movie The Jazz Singer, this powerful song celebrates immigration to America: “On the boats and on the planes, they’re coming to America. Never looking back again, they’re coming to America.” And it ends with a moving spoken-word version of “My Country, ’Tis of Thee.”
Born in the U.S.A.
It’s been decades since Bruce Springsteen came out with this hit told from the perspective of a Vietnam war vet. But it will have listeners belting out the lyrics joyfully, even if it does have pretty dark undertones when you listen close.
Kids In America
Nothing says “dance party” like Kim Wilde’s 1981 classic “Kids in America.” The lyrics transport you to a time and place when responsibility is scarce, nothing’s that serious, and it’s all about being young and having fun with the music cranked up loud.
In this fun duet, British Estelle imagines Kanye West as her cool “American boy,” and she eagerly invites him to take her on a trip to show her all of this great country’s famous spots: “Take me to Chicago, San Francisco Bay. Take me to New York, I’d love to see L.A … ”
Rest in peace to one of the greatest of all time in American music: Tom Petty, who passed in 2017. But his 1976 classic “American Girl” will forever reign as one of the best fast-paced tracks for your dance playlist.
This song originally goes back to 1970 and the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. But it’s been covered widely — including a rockin’ version by Lenny Kravitz in 1999, which became the most memorable rendition.
You know it’s a summer party song when it starts with lyrics about mixing Slurpees with alcohol in a 7-11 parking lot. Bonnie McKee’s 2004 track is pure, danceable fun and fluff: “Oh I’m an American girl, hot blooded and I’m ready to go!”
God Bless The U.S.A.
It just wouldn’t be an America-themed playlist without Lee Greenwood’s ‘80s classic.
Living in America
You be able to stop belting out Living in America once this song starts playing. The icon takes us from New York to Kansas City to Chicago and L.A.
Only In America
This song came out merely months before the attacks of September 11, 2001. The up-tempo track is an ode to America, where we are free to “dream as big as we want to.”
Martina McBride’s song will encourage you to celebrate America this Independence Day! Sing along to one of her greatest patriotic hits.
Aretha Franklin will have you celebrating freedom this 4th of July! The Queen of Soul’s popular tune from the ’60s delivers inspiration for the holiday.
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Fly Like An Eagle
The Steve Miller Band’s popular song from the ’70s will allow you to think of the future this Independence Day.
America the Beautiful
John McDermott’s rendition of the classic American tune celebrates independence and those who sacrificed their lives for freedom.
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