So it is Independence Day in the US. Time for fireworks, grilling, and spending time with family and friends. Now I could go on about how Jefferson , Adams, and Washington would all be rolling in their grave if they saw how this country, they helped create, is today and how we have trashed the constitution and made it nothing like its original intention, but I won’t. Instead I will celebrate by listing my top five “American” songs. These songs all represent a part of American life.
5. “Living In America” by James Brown
How could you go wrong with the Godfather of Soul, the song was featured in the Rocky IV movie with James Brown performing the song as Apollo Creed enters the ring. The song spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Top 40 and reached as high as #4. If this song doesn’t get you up and moving, check your pulse.
4. “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” by John Mellencamp
This song subtitled “A Salute to 60’s Rock” is off the Scarecrow CD. It provides a decent music lesson of the great 60’s artist a lot of them from Motown.
3. “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue” Toby Keith
A song considered to be controversial by many and even got Toby in a little feud with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks. The song, Toby refused to record for a long time, only performing it when he was doing shows for military groups.
2. “American Pie” Don McLean
A number one hit for four weeks in 1972, recounts “the day the music died” in reference to the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. The song’s lyrics have been open to speculation about their meaning and Don has for the most part refused to reveal them.
1. “Born in the USA” Bruce Springsteen
The song really is not a patriotic song, it is a song about dealing with the effect of the Vietnam War and the soldiers who fought in it. It reached #9 on the Billboard chart in 1984.
Now as with every list people will disagree, and that is good. Some will ask hey what about Lee Greenwood and “God Bless the USA”? It is a great song, and I am moved every time I hear it and it does represent a lot about this country. I could easily swap it with “Living In America” I would love to hear your thoughts, any songs you would add? subtract?
I hope everyone has a safe 4th of July if you live in the US, for those reading outside of the US, may you have a wonderful Thursday.