Independence Day (or the Fourth of July) is one of the most revered holidays in the United States because it memorializes the day the U.S. declared independence from Great Britain by adopting the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
OK, now that we’ve briefed you on all the historical stuff, go about your business cooking up some great barbecue, relaxing in the sun, and freaking out over pretty fireworks. You’re an American. You deserve it.
To aid in the festivities, we’ve created a list of the Top Ten Songs About American Life & The Pursuit Of Being Awesome.
10. “American Boy”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Estelle[/lastfm]
British Estelle knows that some things are just better in America. Like the men. We won’t disagree.
9. “4th of July (Fireworks)”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kelis[/lastfm]
“Bossy” Kelis might have the sort of milkshake that brings all the boys to her Fourth of July picnic, but there is one special boy that makes her feel as high as a firework on Independence Day:
You make me high (And I don’t wanna come down)/You make me/Just like the sky/Like the 4th of July
8. “Americano”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm]
Lady Gaga’s new album, Born This Way, has many Americana musical tributes within her normally uber-poppy songs. In a way, “Americano” is Lady Gaga’s great American standard.
7. “Fireworks”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Drake[/lastfm] featuring [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alicia Keys[/lastfm]
Drake might be Canadian, but when he really starts to feel a girl, she takes him to a higher level–American style:
When I go off like July 4th/feels like a fire, Got to go higher/Its your revelation my sweet celebration/light me like a rocket, cause nothing can stop it/all I see is fireworks/all I see is fireworks/every night its fireworks/every night its fireworks/all I see is fireworks/taking off like fireworks/taking off like fireworks
6. “Party In The USA”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Miley Cyrus[/lastfm]
We’re sorry. We had to.
5. “Proud To Be An American”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beyonce[/lastfm]
Doing a modern R&B pop take on [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lee Greenwood[/lastfm]’s heart-warming lyrics of unwavering patriotism, Beyonce makes us proud that we can claim this vocally talented Houston girl as our own.
4. “Fourth of July”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mariah Carey[/lastfm]
When it come to singing songs about holidays, Mariah Carey might be the queen. She takes no exception to “Fourth Of July,” by essentially channeling the whole spirit of the day:
It was twilight/On the Fourth of July/Sparkling colors were/Strewn across the sky/And we sat close enough/That we just barely touched/While roman candles/Went soaring above us and baby
3. “Freedom”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Madonna[/lastfm]
As an American, we are free to express ourselves as freely as humanly possible: Madonna is a great representation of this and reminds us of this blessing in her song “Freedom.”
‘Cause “no” is just a word/That people say when they are lost/And if you say “no” to me/Then I will fight you till I’m free/Say freedom, brotherhood/Justice, just say “yes”/Freedom, brotherhood/Justice, just say “yes”
2. “Firework”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Katy Perry[/lastfm]
Katy Perry’s song “Firework” might not be about the Fourth Of July per se, but it does talk about being free to be who you are. And, of course, the obvious usage of the firework metaphor is what makes it such a strong contender on our Fourth of July list.
1. “Freedom”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Akon[/lastfm]
Akon’s song is basically describing the American dream: coming here from another country, raising your children, becoming successful. We’d like to thank Catherine and Donna, as well, whoever they are, for bringing us Akon.
From Senegal West Africa/To St. Louis, Missouri/Thanks to Catherine and Donna/For giving my Pops his glory/He came down with his drum/And a dream to change the world/In a free uplifting world/And thats all we ever want
- Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!