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Thursday
Jul032014

July 4th Jams: "Billboard" Rounds Up 20 Songs About America

Stockbyte/ThinkstockIn honor of the Fourth of July, Billboard has put together a playlist of 20 notable songs about America, from the worlds of rock, pop, rap and country.  Some of them are flag-waving songs that demonstrate pride in our country; others are critical of the land of the free and the home of the brave; while others simply name-check the good ol' U.S.A.  Among the rock artists whose tunes were chosen are Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Guess Who and John Mellencamp.  Here's the list, in no particular order: we've organized them as to whether they're pro-U.S.A, critical or neutral -- and you can listen to them all over at Billboard.com:

Pro-U.S.A.

James Brown - "Living in America"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "Living in America - hand to hand, across the nation Living in America / Got to have a celebration… / You might not be looking for the promised land, but you might find it anyway"

Neil Diamond - "America"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "Everywhere around the world / They're coming to America / Every time that flag's unfurled / They're coming to America / Got a dream to take them there / They're coming to America / Got a dream they've come to share / They're coming to America"

Kanye West and Jay-Z - "Made in America"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "We made it in America / I pledge allegiance to my grandma / For that banana pudding, our piece of Americana / Our apple pie was supplied through Arm & Hammer / Straight out the kitchen / Shh, don't wake Nana!"

Kid Rock - "American Bada**"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "I'm an American bada**, watch me kick."

Brad Paisley - "American Saturday Night"
Key 'America' Lyric, according to Billboard: "It's a French kiss, Italian ice / Margaritas in the moonlight / Just another American Saturday night"

Toby Keith - "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "Oh, justice will be served and the battle will rage / This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage / And you'll be sorry that you messed with the U.S. of A. / 'Cause we'll put a boot in your a**, it's the American way."

Neutral

Miley Cyrus - "Party in the U.S.A."
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "And I got my hands up / They're playin' my song / I know I'm gonna be ok / Yeah, it's a party in the USA"

Demi Lovato - "Made in the U.S.A."
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard:"Our love was made in the U.S.A. / Made in the U.S.A."

Kim Wilde - "Kids in America"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "Outside suburbia's sprawling everywhere / I don't want to go baby / New York to East California / There's a new wave coming I warn you / We're the kids in America."

Simon and Garfunkel - "America"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, they've all gone to look for America."

John Mellencamp - "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A."
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "Some are black and some are white / Ain't to proud to sleep on the floor tonight / With the blind faith of Jesus you know that they just might / Be rockin' in the U.S.A."

Don McLean - "American Pie"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "So bye-bye, miss American pie /Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry."

Critical of the U.S.A.

Bruce Springsteen - "Born in the U.S.A."
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "Nowhere to run / Ain't got nowhere to go / Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A."

Eminem - "White America"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "The women and men who have broke their necks for the freedom of speech the United States government has sworn to uphold, or (Yo', I want everybody to listen to the words of this song) so we're told…"

2 Live Crew - "Banned in the U.S.A."
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "The First Amendment gave us freedom of speech. So what you sayin'? It didn't include me?"

Green Day - "American Idiot"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "Don't want to be an American idiot / One nation controlled by the media / Information age of hysteria / It's calling out to idiot America"

Madonna - "American Life"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "I'd like to express my extreme point-of-view / I'm not a Christian and I'm not a Jew / I'm just living out the American dream / And I just realized that nothing is what it seems."

Lil Wayne - "God Bless Amerika"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "My country 'tis of thee / Sweet land of kill 'em all and let 'em die / God Bless America / This ol' godless America"

Lenny Kravitz/The Guess Who - "American Woman"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "I don't need your war machines / I don't need your ghetto scenes / Colored lights can hypnotize / Sparkle someone else's eyes / Now woman, get away / American woman, listen what I say"

Tom Petty - "American Girl"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard: "Well, she was an American girl / Raised on promises / She couldn't help thinkin' that there was a little more to life somewhere else."


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