The ultimate Fourth of July playlist

Fireworks in Sound: Exploring the Best 4th of July Songs for the Perfect Soundtrack

Fire Up the Grill! Have the Ultimate Fourth of July Party! Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Offspring, Johnny Cash, Village People, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top and more.

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1. Fortunate Son

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Album: Willy and the Poor Boys
Released: October 1969

“CCR’s ‘Fortunate Son’ is a quintessential American anthem, perfectly fitting for the 4th of July. With its powerful music and thought-provoking lyrics, the song embodies the spirit of the red, white, and blue. As the memorable line goes, ‘It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no senator’s son,’ it resonates with the rebellious and independent nature of America. This iconic track has not only left a mark on the music scene but has also found its place in popular culture, appearing in movies like ‘Forrest Gump’ and others. ‘Fortunate Son’ continues to inspire listeners to question authority, fight for justice, and celebrate the true essence of American freedom on Independence Day and beyond.

2. We're an American Band

Grand Funk Railroad

Album: We're an American Band
Released: July 15, 1973

3. Born in the U.S.A.

Bruce Springsteen

Released: 1986

4. America, Fuck Yeah

Trey Parker

Team America: World Police Soundtrack

4. Living in America

James Brown

Album: Rocky IV: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Released: 1985

5. Ragged Old Flag

Johnny Cash

Released: 1974

6. Dixie

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Released: 1961

Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), known professionally as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American singer and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Westernpop, and gospel musical genres. Noted for his rich bass-baritone voice and down-home humor, he is remembered for his hit recordings of “The Shotgun Boogie” and “Sixteen Tons“.

7. R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.

John Mellencamp

January 1986

8. Americana

The Offspring

November 17, 1998

9. Surfin' U.S.A.

The Beach Boys

March 4, 1963

10. We Called it America


Released: April 28, 2009