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50 Songs About Independence, Freedom, and American Liberty

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

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.

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.

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

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.

"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

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

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

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

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

Even More Songs About American Liberty, Freedom, and Independence

Got a suggestion? Make your recommendation in the Comments Section below!

SongArtistYear 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

50. Coming to America

Neil Diamond

1980

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: In 1969 or 1970, there was a song whose only lyrics were, "They call it a revolution." Those words were repeated several times before the song turns into this psychedelic electronic instrumentals. I can't find it anywhere. Do you know it?

Answer: Is this the song you're looking for? It's a song by the same name as the lyrics you quote, and it's by Stan Gibbs. He has a pretty extensive website that plays the song from the Vietnam era that I think you're describing. It also details the history of the recording: https://www.stangibbmusic.com/electronic. It's basically a history of early electronic music.

Question: Do you know of an old (approximately 1960s) song about a revolution in the air?

Answer: There was a charted song in 1969 by a British rock band called Thunderclap Newman. The song was called "Something in the Air." Later, in 1994, the American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers did a cover version of the song which I actually like better; it also made the charts.

Here is a sample of the lyrics and a YouTube link to each version:

"Call out the instigator

Because there's something in the air

We've got to get together sooner or later

Because the revolution's here

And you know it's right

And you know that it's right."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTZoJ01FpD8 (original Thunderclap Newman version)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OUCpKzMAbQ (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers version).

© 2016 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 09, 2020:

Bob - I bet we could learn a lot about surviving this time from the history books.

Robert Sacchi on May 09, 2020:

It does remind me of something a historian said about naval combat. While some of the crew were involved in the actual fighting most of the crew had little to do but hang on to something.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 09, 2020:

Peggy - Some say we're just in the early stages of this pandemic. I totally agree that we need to learn how to pull together in a more productive way.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 08, 2020:

Although you lost your aunt because she served others after 9/11, you must be proud of what she did. Our country drew together after that terrorist attack on our country. If only we would do the same thing during this pandemic! Perhaps it will take the upcoming elections to help heal some of the divisions in our country. Covid-19 does not discriminate between political parties, nationalities, genders, or religious preferences. If everyone realized that, we would be better off for it. Perhaps then we could all work for the common good.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 06, 2020:

Pikachutwoking - Glad you found this helpful.

Pikachutwoking on March 05, 2020:

Thanks for this article, I used The Fightin’ Side Of Me for my ELA project, don’t worry I cited it

Robert Sacchi on December 21, 2018:

You're welcome.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 21, 2018:

John William Adams - Please see the information that Bob Sacchi provided. Here's the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4i3LmR0K74

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 21, 2018:

Bob - Thanks for this information!

Robert Sacchi on December 20, 2018:

What I mentioned earlier was:

The Americans: A Canadian's Opinion By Gordon Sinclair

Robert Sacchi on December 20, 2018:

There was a narration by a Canadian where he said he was tired of seeing the U.S. being kicked around. He then spoke about all the things the United States did. That hit the airwaves at that time.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 20, 2018:

John William Adams - Although the song doesn't ring a bell for me, perhaps it will for a reader. If you know anything more about the genre (pop, rock, country), artist (male/female, group/individual, male/female), parts of the lyrics, etc. feel free to leave another comment. That may help spark something.

John William Adams on December 20, 2018:

Ive been trying to re-descover a song that was popular in the mid 70's that has a discussion about America and all the things we do for all the other people of this planet. It includes a lot about the money we spend to help other people / countries. Unfortunately its a faint memory for me.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 10, 2018:

Patricia- Thank you for commenting and pinning. I hope we can eventually repair our nation’s broken relationships and be even better than we once were.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 09, 2018:

O my....simply takes me to another place...music that is...and especially songs like these that celebrate the most precious element of our nation...freedom....I do remember vividly where I was on 9/11 and remember the days that followed. There was a resurgence in displaying love for this country....I hope and pray that resurgence comes again without some catastrophe prompting it. Pinned...enjoyed so much Angels are on the way today ps

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 09, 2018:

agusfanani - Thank you for your kind comment. I like that song, too. I hope you have a wonderful week!

agusfanani from Indonesia on July 08, 2018:

What an entertaining way to celebrate Independence day. I like this hub very much since it gives me information how America has so many talented, patriotic artists. Their songs are great including the second song " I won't Back Down" which I love to listen to.

Robert Sacchi on July 04, 2018:

A nice round number.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 04, 2018:

Bob - Great addition! It's now #50. Happy Fourth of July!

Robert Sacchi on July 04, 2018:

A great read for Independence Day. What about Neil Diamond's Coming to America?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 28, 2016:

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.

Bravewarrior on July 28, 2016:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 20, 2016:

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

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 20, 2016:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 15, 2016:

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.

Peggy Woods on July 14, 2016:

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!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 08, 2016:

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!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on July 08, 2016:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 08, 2016:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 07, 2016:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 07, 2016:

Devika - Thanks for your positive feedback.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 07, 2016:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 06, 2016:

Linda - That sounds like a blast!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 05, 2016:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 05, 2016:

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?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 05, 2016:

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!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 05, 2016:

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

Faith Reaper from southern USA on July 05, 2016:

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

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 05, 2016:

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!!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 05, 2016:

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

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 05, 2016:

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

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 05, 2016:

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

pinned

Angels are on the way today ps

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 05, 2016:

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

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 05, 2016:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 04, 2016:

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!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 04, 2016:

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

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 04, 2016:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 04, 2016:

Larry - Thanks! You too!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on July 04, 2016:

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!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 04, 2016:

Great list and happy 4th!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 04, 2016:

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!

Yves on July 04, 2016:

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. ;)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 04, 2016:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 04, 2016:

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

Happy 4th, Flourish!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 04, 2016:

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!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on July 04, 2016:

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.