Happy Independence Day, America! Whether you’re poolside, at the beach or just firing up that grill for a BBQ before the fireworks get started, here are 10 songs to bring out the red, white and blue in all of us.
1. Katy Perry “Firework”
Nobody shoots off fireworks just like Katy Perry. She’s so full of American spirit that she’ll be performing at Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration this year. Here’s to hoping her costumes are as crazy as we’ve come to expect.
2. Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.”
Miley Cyrus is synonymous with partying so it makes sense she’d record this track. Take Miley’s advice and “put your hands up” when they play this song during your Fourth of July festivities.
3. Estelle “American Boy”
Estelle‘s sexy “American Boy” reminds us of the importance of weekend get-a-ways and celebrating everyday life as if it’s a holiday. And, of course, hot American beefcake. Fur and pea coats not needed.
4. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “American Girl”
We have to show some love to all those American girls too. It’s only fair. We bet you can’t help but sing along to this timeless classic.
5. Lady Antebellum “American Honey”
The country trio take things way back reminiscing of a simpler time. Remembering first kisses, long bike rides and rolling around the grass their words ring true: “Nothing’s sweeter than summertime and American honey.”
6. Whitney Houston “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Whitney Houston sure set a precedent with her version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Vocalists ever since have had quite a standard to compete against but it is no question Houston’s take on the national anthem will stand the test of time
7. Lady Gaga “Americano”
During an interview with Vogue, Lady Gaga described the song as “a big mariachi techno-house record, where I am singing about immigration law and gay marriage and all sorts of things that have to do with disenfranchised communities in America.” You have to give credit to Gaga for portraying all sides of America on this one.
8. Jay-Z and Kanye West “Made In America”
Rapping about the American dream and their rise to success, Jay-Z and Kanye West profess their love for the U.S.A. alongside Frank Ocean on “Made In America.” The boys manage to take it back to their roots and showcase how they came to be the mega-icons they are today.
9. Carolina Liar “Miss America”
The idea behind “Miss America” was inspired by Carolina Liar touring across the country. “I got to learn to see America through the eyes of somebody who hadn’t seen the country before,” lead singer Chad Wolf said. No better way to learn all about the country than to drive right across it!
10. Taylor Swift “Sparks Fly”
For a singer who had her song selected for the 2010 Olympic Team USA soundtrack, Taylor Swift knows how to evoke American pride. While her song “Sparks Fly” isn’t exactly patriotic, it’s hard not to envision sparklers flying through the air on July 4th while she’s singing. It only makes sense that she ends her performance with a fireworks display in this video.
– Annie Reuter, CBS Local