Well, it’s like 4th of July and Fireworks – country music and patriotism are the ultimate combo! Come rain or shine, those American anthems have been crowd-pleasers in the country scene for eons, and boy, there’s no shortage of songs that proudly show off one’s love for the U.S.A!
See below our list of the top 10 patriotic country songs for your 4th of July celebration:
1. “American Soldier” – Toby Keith
Back in 2003, the country music sensation and outspoken military advocate, Toby Keith, unleashed his powerful anthem “American Soldier,” proudly celebrating the dedication and service of our brave troops.
2. “Some Gave All” – Billy Ray Cyrus
The heartfelt ballad “Some Gave All” was written by Billy Ray Cyrus himself. Inspired by a visit to a Vietnam veteran, he crafted this moving tribute to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Cyrus went on to re-record this powerful track for his patriotic album titled “I’m American,” released in 2011.
3. “If You’re Reading This” – Tim McGraw
Prepare to grab some tissues for this emotional track. “If You’re Reading This,” performed by the legendary Tim McGraw, is a heart-wrenching ballad that narrates the story of a fallen soldier who, tragically, couldn’t make it back from the battlefield. The lyrics of this song serve as a letter written by the soldier to those he left behind, leaving an undeniable impact on listeners’ hearts.
4. “American Heart” – Faith Hill
Released in 2012, Faith Hill’s song “American Heart” is all about this woman who goes through tough times but never gives up, thanks to her belief in the American dream. It’s a song that’s real and raw, proving that the American heart can’t be broken.
5. “Color Me America” – Dolly Parton
In 2003, Dolly Parton graced us with the patriotic masterpiece “Color Me America,” a heartfelt tribute to the United States of America. This uplifting anthem embraces the diversity and harmony of all Americans. Written by Dolly Parton herself, the song found its place on her album “For God and Country,” resonating with audiences far and wide.
6. “Only in America” – Brooks & Dunn
“Only in America” rose as one of the most popular patriotic country songs, embodying the American dream. It tells stories of people from all over the United States and how America embraces big dreams. Following the unfortunate events of September 11, it quickly became a source of patriotic inspiration, uplifting spirits across the nation.
7. American Flag on the Moon – Brad Paisley
In Brad Paisley’s song “American Flag on the Moon”, Paisley is telling Americans to hold onto their big dreams because, as he says in his song, “I mean, after all, there’s an American flag on the moon.” He revealed that the inspiration behind “American Flag on the Moon” came from a conversation he had with his five-year-old son while they were gazing up at the sky one night.
8. Ragged Old Flag – Johnny Cash
In his 1974 album “Ragged Old Flag,” Johnny Cash expressed his deep admiration for the American flag through a song he wrote. The iconic country legend shared that he composed this heartfelt anthem as a means to rekindle patriotism in America, especially in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. The song captures why he is proud of the flag and its significance to the nation.
9. Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
If you’re looking for a patriotic country songs to liven up your next BBQ or party, then look no further than “Chicken Fried.” This catchy tune is guaranteed to have everyone singing along while celebrating life’s simple pleasures.
Zac Brown revealed that he was moved to write this patriotic anthem during the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, which served as his inspiration for this heartfelt track.
10. God Bless the USA – Lee Greenwood
“God Bless the USA,” also recognized as “Proud to Be an American,” is a song that beautifully recounts the journey of an individual rejoicing in the cherished freedom provided by the nation, acknowledging that it was made possible by the sacrifices of the brave men and women throughout history who laid down their lives to keep the countries liberty.