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Music That Rocks: 4th of July

The fourth of July. All you need is sun, sand, family, a barbecue, oh and some great music of course. Just in case you don’t already have an awesome playlist for your celebrations, check out ours!


John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” – Keith Urban

I blast this song with all the windows down as I drive through the fields full of alpacas in my town.  It just screams summer and America and gives you that feeling uniquely American feeling of false nostalgia.  So have a happy Fourth, and post an insta of you in front of a flag and make some America pun because how else would you celebrate Independence Day.” – Emma Allen ‘18


“American Pie” – Don McLean

“Bold claim: This is the greatest song to ever grace this country, nothing will ever compare to the lyrical genius of it, and it should probably be our National Anthem. It may be nearly nine minutes long and in the words of McLean, “beyond analysis”, but be that as it may I know every word, and anyone who can sing along is welcome to party with me anytime, or at least help belt it out in my Chevy.” – Lucy Palmer ‘19


American Girl” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

“Tom Petty’s known for being a pioneer of the genre ‘heartland rock,’ and being from the American heartland, I can’t help but have a soft spot for his music, because the sound just kind of reminds me of home. ‘American Girl’ is probably my favorite Tom Petty song, and it’s the perfect track to blast beneath the fireworks and to remember that maybe there’s not ‘a little more to life somewhere else.’” – Grace Rice ‘18


“Party In The U.S.A.” – Miley Cyrus

“I’m a little embarrassed to get off my high horse and praise such a basic song like this one, but it had to be done. Part of the allure of this pre-Bangerz hit is that it reminds me of simpler times. That, and it’s the obvious choice when you’re going crazy with your girls and singing at the top of your lungs, like Pitch Perfect but a lot less perfect.” – Trish Rodican ‘19


Chicken Fried” – Zac Brown Band

“Now I’m not normally one for country, but this song just hits home and all in all encompasses everything one can consider essential as an American: ‘Chicken fried, a cold beer on a Friday night, a pair of jeans that fit just right, and the radio up’. It doesn’t get much better than that folks, and don’t argue me on it because there’s no dollar sign on a piece mind. God Bless America.” – Korey Ryan ‘18


Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

“This is the kind of song that when it comes on, you drop everything you’re doing, and just start jamming. It’s one of those deep-rooted American instincts that stem from us being so awesome for the past 250 years. When you hear this song, you think cookouts, road trips, flip flops; everything that makes summer summer. So bump this song and celebrate as a tribute to the greatest country in the world. Saturdays may be for the boys, but this Monday is for everyone. Happy Fourth gang.” – Alex Ricciardelli ‘18


“Born in the USA” – Bruce Springsteen

“I don’t think Bruce Springsteen’s blue collar crooning exemplifies American culture and pride more than anything else besides, maybe, country music (we couldn’t have a playlist of JUST country music). Bruce’s E Street Band perfectly backs up his soulful belting of his pride in the USA, but the great thing about Bruce is that, as a quintessential American artist, he isn’t blinded by patriotism. Aside from his rock star gig, Bruce has been involved in political activism for decades. You could put literally any song by him on this list, and it would suffice, but “Born in the USA” is the most blatantly patriotic. Close second: ‘Springsteen’ by Eric Church because who doesn’t love to reminisce on a July Saturday night?” – Edward Byrne ‘18


American Kids” – Kenny Chesney

“There are very few country songs that I can listen to without wanting to jump in front of the nearest 18-wheeler but American Kids definitely is one of them.  The song is so relatable, even for those of us who don’t judge a person based on the size of their big green tractor. Chesney does a great job of making you feel like you’re in the back of a pickup truck, knee slapping, and hobnobbing with your three best friends, who happen to be your cousins, who may or may not have dated back in fourth grade. But anyway, it’s the flipping Fourth of July! Time to abandon that can of Sprite (the Corona of sodas), replace it with a cold can of Coke (the Budweiser of sodas), and blast some Kenny Chesney because deep down we’re all ‘a little messed up but we’re all alright.’” – Curtis Bullock ‘19


The Star Spangled Banner

“Most people would pick a country song, others would pick a song by Bruce Springsteen.  Well those are far too mainstream for me, so I decided to throw it back.  All the way back.  Francis Scott Key was the homie and wrote a song while being held captive by the British.  Rather than sitting in fear, he decided to craft an iconic song.  Speaks a lot about BAMF America is.  Enjoy your holiday and legally drink beer.” – Joey Dorion ‘17

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