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49 Songs About Independence, Freedom, and American Liberty

Updated on July 4, 2017
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Make a playlist to display your American pride and celebrate your freedom, independence and the liberty that others have fought so bravely for.
Make a playlist to display your American pride and celebrate your freedom, independence and the liberty that others have fought so bravely for. | Source

Count Your American Blessings

Sure, there are a lot of things wrong with America: taxes, pollution, consumerism, GMO Frankenfoods, self-checkout lines, and texting instead of just talking to one another.

But wait. Wait. Before you get going on all that's wrong here, consider what America has going right.

  • We can worship how we want to, or not at all.
  • Most Americans are law-abiding and respectful of one another's human rights. We are fiercely protective of one another in times of crisis. We help one another out.
  • We enjoy freedom of speech and freedom of the press, so that even extremists can share their point of view. (Usually, someone will set them straight with their own counter perspective.)
  • Don't like something? Gather some friends and peacefully assemble to voice your complaints, or start a movement to throw elected officials out of office. You can even run for public office yourself if you want to. Try that in some countries.
  • Of course, we also have Hollywood, beautiful monuments, scenic vistas like the Grand Canyon and the lighthouses of New England, and a popular culture that absolutely rocks.

America. Once we were a loose collection of misfits and dreamers. Now we're an independent, strong and free nation like no other.

If you're proud to be an American, then celebrate the heroes who have made this nation and its culture possible. They're the veterans and everyday heroes like my aunt, a Red Cross volunteer who toiled in the aftermath of Ground Zero to clean up and care for the the traumatized. Eventually, she lost her life because of her selfless service.

These are the brave people who defend our way of life. They hunker down instead of quitting.

American pride isn't just for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Veterans Day. So make a playlist of songs about independence, freedom and American liberty. And don't forget to thank a veteran or other hero in your life.

Mt. Rushmore is an American historic monument well worth seeing. It features the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The heads are nearly 60 feet high, carved into South Dakota's granite.
Mt. Rushmore is an American historic monument well worth seeing. It features the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The heads are nearly 60 feet high, carved into South Dakota's granite. | Source

1. "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood

This patriotic country song is a must-have on any list of songs about American freedom. It was first released in 1984, and I was lucky enough to have heard Lee Greenwood sing it in concert in the 1980s. What a moving experience; I still recall the goosebumps and the lump in my throat.

The song was subsequently played at the Republican National convention in 1984 and was re-popularized following the Gulf War in the 1990s, 9/11, and the death of Osama bin Laden.

2. "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty & The Hearbreakers

This song of defiance and self-reliance was first released in 1989, but it became an anthem for American resolve, particularly after 9/11. It's about knowing what's right and never conceding defeat:

Well, I won't back down.
No, I won't back down.
You can stand me up at the gates of Hell, but I won't back down.

3. “Pink Houses” by John Cougar Mellencamp

America is a melting pot, the home of the free. This classic 1983 song celebrates the diversity of our dreamers, wannabes and has-beens. It refers to the man in the poor neighborhood who has an interstate running through his front yard, the young man who gave up on his dream of becoming President, and the rich people who vacation out of the country. We may be a collection of misfits, but together we are strong.

4. "Born Free" by Kid Rock

This rousing 2010 song is Kid Rock at his finest. It celebrates the unrivaled gift of living in a country graced with the right to build your own destiny.

With a wild, untamed heart, every American is lucky enough to be born free, to chase his or her dreams wherever they lead. May your dreams lead you far and wide, then perhaps back home again, as mine did.

Kid Rock allowed this song to be used by Mitt Romney's 2012 Presidential campaign as a theme song.

5. “The Fightin’ Side of Me” by Merle Haggard and the Strangers

Sure, it was a 1969 song about the Vietnam War, but this country classic is every bit as appropriate today as it was back then. Merle Haggard (God rest his soul) issues a warning that he doesn't take too kindly on people who enjoy America's way of life while at the same time trash talking us and refusing to stand up to defend our liberties during times of international conflict. (Tell 'em, Merle!)

He cautions those two-faced folks:

If you don't love it, leave it
Let this song that I'm singin' be a warnin'
When you're runnin' down our country, man
You're walkin' on the fightin' side of me.

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." - Voltaire, French writer and philosopher
"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." - Voltaire, French writer and philosopher | Source

6. "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" by Alan Jackson

In this emotional 2001 song, country singer Alan Jackson captures the reactions of many Americans to hearing the news of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He asks where you were when it happened and what your personal response was to the tragedy.

Where Were You When You First Heard About the 9/11 Attacks?

How did you respond? Did you cry, watch CNN, donate blood, pray, stockpile food and supplies, join the military, etc? Share your story in the Comments Section below.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." - Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." - Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President | Source

7. "You've Got To Stand For Something" by Aaron Tippin

To be truly free, a person must be guided by his or her values. When you see injustice, stand up and take action. When something's not right, speak up.

This truly American 1990 song urges us to take a stand and do the right thing, even if it's unpopular. That's because "Whatever you do today you'll have to sleep with tonight."

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8. "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" by Toby Keith

Toby Keith wrote this hot-blooded 2001 hit in 20 minutes as both a reaction to 9/11 and in honor of his father, who was a veteran and died earlier that year in a car accident.

At first, the country music star considered the song too personal to record, singing it only in live performances, mostly for military audiences. However, after being convinced to record it as a patriotic morale-booster during the build-up to war with Iraq, the song shot to the top of the country charts.

Years later, during the drawdown from Iraw, it was the last song aired by the Armed Forces Radio Newwork in Baghdad. The song is also nicknamed "The Angry American."

9. "Living in America" by James Brown

This peppy 1985 song won a Grammy. It paints America as the modern promised land—a busy, eye-popping place that demands to be celebrated. According to the song, our country is filled with opportunity and abundance:

  • superhighways that connect our coasts
  • factories and railroads
  • all night diners and overtime work.

10. "Only In America" by Brooks & Dunn

This 2001 describes a country where you if you dream it, you can do it. We work hard, play hard, and dream big:

One kid dreams of fame and fortune
One kid helps pay the rent
One could end up goin' to prison
One just might be President.

11. "The Hands that Built America" by U2

Not often played publicly, this 2002 song is about nineteenth Irish immigrants' experience as they come to New York. It pays homage to all the nationalities that flocked to America and built it from the ground up.

12. "American Dream" by MKTO

Nothing is the way it used to be. The American Dream has changed, and not everyone seeks a white picket fence, traditional job, and a marriage with 2.2 kids.

This 2014 song recognizes that the world is spinning fast and young people want to experience life, travel and carve out their own dreams rather than live those of their parents.

13. "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel

To mark his fortieth birthday, The Piano Man condensed 100 headline events from the years 1949-89 into a three-minute song. The result was this Grammy-nominated hit that is often used in history courses as a fun memory aid.

The song references American politics, sports, film, music, literature, celebrities, scientific advancements and world events affecting America. He's saying that while Americans didn't start the bad things in this world, it's in our fiber to fight against it and try to make this world a better place.

All-American Lyrics:

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it.

"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." - Gloria Steinem, American feminist and activist
"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." - Gloria Steinem, American feminist and activist

14. “American Land” by Bruce Springsteen

This 2012 song by "The Boss" describes America, the land of opportunity and plenty, that for so many years has attracted people across the globe. Immigrants glorify our country as having "diamonds in the sidewalk." They came in droves to our gates and built us up into what this country is today. (And they're still coming.)

"Freedom lies in being bold." - Robert Frost, American poet laureate
"Freedom lies in being bold." - Robert Frost, American poet laureate | Source

15. "All-American Kid" by Garth Brooks

This 2014 song tells the story of a high school football star who was recruited by the best colleges in the country, yet he signed with Uncle Sam. As his hometown cheered and wished him well, the local news headline urged him to "Come Back, All-American Kid"

Following several tours of active duty, untold battle scars and a silver star, he was back. The local paper celebrated his return: "Welcome Back, All-American Kid." The song pays homage to "those who never did come back all-American kids."

16. "Home" by Dierks Bentley

The tragic Arizona shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and six others inspired this 2011 song. It is an attempt to make sense of what happened.

The song describes our beautiful American landscape, imperfectly beautiful with its scars. It also emphasizes our hard-fought freedom and the necessity of getting along with one another, in spite of the differences that threaten to divide.

17. "Some Gave All" by Billy Ray Cyrus

Easily the best contribution Billy Ray Cyrus has made to American culture (and that counts his daughter, Miley), this 1992 song honors Vietnam War-era veterans. The country hit tells the story of an old veteran man who reminds a younger one about the price of liberty:

All Gave Some, Some Gave All
Some stood through for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall.

"If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary." - Malcolm X, civil rights activist
"If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary." - Malcolm X, civil rights activist | Source

18. "Warrior" by Kid Rock

Kid Rock recorded this 2008 song as a tribute to the National Guard. It promotes the loyalty of citizen soldiers who respond to crisis when they are called.

19. "Independence Day" by Martina McBride

Controversial at the time of its release in 1994, this powerful song is about one woman's personal quest for independence and liberty in her own home. Tired of everyone looking the other way regarding her violent husband, she fights for the independence and safety of herself and her young daughter.

The girl goes to the Independence Day parade while at home the mother "lit up the sky that fourth of July." The home down was set ablaze with the abusive husband in it. Freedom sometimes has a hefty price, as the daughter avoids the father's abuse but goes to the county children's home.

"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide."- Napoleon Bonaparte, French emporer
"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide."- Napoleon Bonaparte, French emporer | Source

20. "Don't Tread On Me" by Metallica

Benjamin Franklin once suggested that a rattlesnake image was a good symbol for the American Sprit, and this song alludes to that as well as Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. The 1991 song suggests peace through strength, surveillance, and vigilance.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin, American founding father
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin, American founding father | Source

Even More Songs About American Liberty, Freedom and Independence

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Have You Forgotten
Daryl Worley
2003
22. Born in the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen
1984
23. American Soldier
Toby Keith
2003
24. If I Don't Make It Back
Tracey Lawrence
2005
25. American Flag on the Moon
Brad Paisley
2014
26. I Drive Your Truck
Lee Brice
2012
27.Party in the U.S.A.
Miley Cyrus
2009
28. Bumper of My SUV
Chely Wright
2004
29. Made In America
Toby Keith
2011
30. Freedom
Pharrell Williams
2015
31. Where the Stars and the Stripes and the Eagle Fly
Aaron Tippin
2002
32. It's America
Rodney Atkins
2009
33. 8th of November
Big & Rich
2005
34. One Hell Of An Amen
Brantley Gilbert
2014
35. American Made
Oak Ridge Boys
1983
36. Ragged Old Flag
Johnny Cash
1974
37. For You
Keith Urban
2012
38. If You're Reading This
Tim McGraw
2007
39. Remember the Heroes
Sammy Hagar
1982
40. American Boy
Eddie Rabbit
1990
41. America
Neil Diamond
1980
42. Arlington
Trace Adkins
2005
43. We The People
Billy Ray Cyrus
2000
44. I Just Came Back From A War
Daryl Worley
2006
45. There She Stands
Michael W. Smith
2002
46. Tattoos & Scars
Montgomery Gentry
1999
47. Fly Over States
Jason Aldean
2010
48. We Shall Be Free
Garth Brooks
1992
49. R.O.C.K. In the USA
John Cougar Mellencamp
1985
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What's In A Name? Locations With Names Associated with Independence, Freedom and Liberty

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A markerEagle County, Colorado, USA -
Eagle County, CO, USA
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B markerFreedom, New Hampshire, USA -
Freedom, NH, USA
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C markerFree Will Creek, North Carolina, USA -
Free Will Creek, Taylors Bridge, NC, USA
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D markerIndependence, Ohio, USA -
Independence, OH, USA
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E markerLiberty County, Texas, USA -
Liberty County, TX, USA
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F markerLiberty Falls, Georgia, USA -
Liberty Falls, Grovetown, GA 30813, USA
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G markerPatriot, Ohio, USA -
Patriot, OH, USA
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H markerPride, Kentucky, USA -
Pride, KY 42437, USA
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I markerSoldier, Iowa, USA -
Soldier, IA 51572, USA
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J markerVeterans Mountain, Arizona, USA -
Veterans Mountain, Phoenix, AZ 85028, USA
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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Sha - Thank you. My thoughts echo your sentiments. After 9/11 we all donned American pride t-shirts and had the bumper stickers but it's hard to find them now. We need to come together in peace and strength.

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      Bravewarrior 14 months ago

      Excellent playlist, Flourish. There's so much ugliness going on in the world and on our home turf. Communities do band together and work towards healing and repair when the world tries to knock us down. I just wish the bonds wouldn't fade between catastrophic events; they should be strong day in and day out.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      MsDora - Glad to "see" you again! Thank you for your kind words of support.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 15 months ago from The Caribbean

      Great introduction and the list is great as usual. Have to find and listen to "All-American Kid." Great story.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Peggy - There has to be an end to all the violence. I hope we come together as a people in unity. Thank you for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago

      This is one of your best ever collections of songs! I guess it really strikes a chord with those of us who love our country. I am commenting tonight as another horrific terrorist attack in Nice killed many people injuring others. When will this ever end?

      May God bless you and may God Bless America and people all around the world who love freedom. Sharing!

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Bill - We have so much to be thankful for, more things that unite us than divide us in this great country. Thanks for stopping by! Have a terrific weekend!

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      Bill De Giulio 15 months ago from Massachusetts

      A wonderful list Flourish with some classics. Despite all of the daily negative news we certainly have much to be thankful for, and some great tunes to help remind us what a great country we have here. A wonderful weekend to you.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Linda - Glad you stopped by! Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for reading!

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      Linda Crampton 15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very patriotic article, Flourish! I hope you had a great Fourth of July this year.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Devika - Thanks for your positive feedback.

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      Devika Primić 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You always present such interesting and informative hubs. I like the list here.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Linda - That sounds like a blast!

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      Linda Lum 15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Flourish - At our ballpark (Triple A in Tacoma, WA) we sing "God Bless America" at the 7th inning and then follow up with "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Some people might think it worn or cheesy, but for me it never gets old.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Linda - I almost created a separate table for traditional patriotic songs but wondered if people would tolerate the length. There are so many good ones that come to mind. I wonder if they still learn these patriotic songs in school?

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      FaithReaper - Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet support. I love to travel but I sure wouldn't choose to live anywhere else. Nothing like the good old red, white and blue!

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Frank - Thanks a bunch! I appreciate your kind kudos!

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      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Amen on this one, dear Flourish! You've outdone yourself with this awesome list here. Yes, God bless America for all the freedoms we still enjoy each and every day. You know it, girl!

      What a fantastic list to celebrate the Fourth here in America. We are truly blessed.

      God bless you too, Flourish

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      Linda Lum 15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Flourish, you've hit another one out of the park. I love my country, warts and all and I love me a patriotic song. You need to add one more to the list--Kate Smith singing "God Bless America". It's a classic and it gives me shivers. What an amazing voice!!

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Patricia - Thank you so much for your kind encouragement. Have a safe and happy journey! Thinking of you and yours.

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      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      this countdown of 48 songs about Independence... really brought back memories.. wow I still find these types of hubs so refreshing awesome my friend :)

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      Patricia Scott 15 months ago from sunny Florida

      Love love the US of A.....faults and all it is still the best....and driving down the highway I am crooning at the top of my lungs to many of these favs....

      Well done

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      Angels are on the way today ps

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Shyron - How kind of you! I hope you had a great Fourth with family, friends, and fireworks!

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      Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago from Texas

      Flourish, this is awesome, I think the is by far the best one of your musical treats for our ears and our sense of honor/freedom/country.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Linda - Isn't it curious how so many of these are country songs? I think it says a lot about the song writers and the genre. Patriotic for sure. Thanks for reading and have a great holiday!

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Heidi - Thank you for the suggestion and for reading! Springstein is an all-American rocker and I love the Boss. Have a fabulous Fourth!

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      Linda Bilyeu 15 months ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy Independence Day! Well done with your selection of songs. I was very pleased to see so many country music songs included. God Bless the USA and our brave heroes.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Larry - Thanks! You too!

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      Heidi Thorne 15 months ago from Chicago Area

      First of all, Happy July 4th!

      Great list, as always. My fave? James Brown "Livin' in America." I'd also add John Cougar Mellencamp's R.O.C.K. in the USA.

      Thanks for celebrating our right to express ourselves in song... and here on HP! Cheers!

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      Larry Rankin 15 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great list and happy 4th!

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Savvy - Not enough people appreciate the tremendous value of what we have in this country and the sacrifices that have been required to get us here. Have a Happy 4th!

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      Yves 15 months ago

      Only In America, by Brooks and Dunn. What more can one say, when all is said and done? I also loved the Americana video---It was pretty neat perfect. Speaking of which, thank you for your introductory paragraphs defining this country we love and the people in it. Happy 4th of July, Flourish, from one happy American to another. ;)

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Bill - We've got it so much better than a lot of places. Thanks for stopping by! Happy 4th!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do love this country. It drives me nuts sometimes, but I do love it.

      Happy 4th, Flourish!

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      John - Amazing that it was named to a list of one of the 50 Worst Songs Ever. I so disagree! Oh course, I'll never know the lyrics but it's fun and frenetic. Thanks for being the first to comment! Have a great week!

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful hub in this series, Flourish. You go to great lengths to select the perfect songs for the topic and these are no exception. I am not American but I love these. "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel is one of my all time favourites.