There's no better way to celebrate your Independence Day by sitting back with a beer, eating some barbeque and listening to some classic rock and roll. Here are our Top 5 Songs That Will Rock Your 4th of July!
1. Lynyrd Skynyrd -- "Free Bird"
Simply put, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” is one of the most iconic rock songs of all time. As one of the greatest songs from a legendary band from the American South, this song about freedom was destined to become an American rock anthem. This Independence Day, turn up “Free Bird,” sit back, and enjoy ten minutes of bliss.
2. Grand Funk Railroad -- We're An American Band
Grand Funk Railroad showed that rock can be patriotic and still top the charts with their first #1 single, “We’re An American Band.” The band namechecks cities they’ve hit on tours like Little Rock and Omaha, creating an American feel in the track while still never forgetting they’re there to rock. The song may be 40 years old, but crank up it up this 4th of July because this American band is “comin’ to your town” and will “help you party it down.”
3. Don McLean -- "American Pie"
Don McLean’s iconic “American Pie” has long been considered the soundtrack for American patriotism. While McLean has famously refused to discuss the meaning behind the song, he did say that the song was meant “to catch some kind of a special feeling that I had about my country, especially in 1970 and ’71, when it was very turbulent.” McLean’s classic hit proves that music can be both poignant and catchy, and once you listen, we dare you to get “American Pie” out of your head!
4. Bruce Springsteen -- "Independence Day"
Bruce Springsteen is well-known for being one of the most patriotic rockers out there, but he took it to a new level with “Independence Day.” The song, which was featured on The Boss’s #1 album, The River, might not be as anthemic as Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” but the moody ballad about a strained father-son relationship is a perfect snapshot of how bittersweet Independence Day can be.
5. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers -- "American Girl"
When it comes to great American rockers, it doesn’t get much better than Tom Petty. The iconic musician has written a number of classics since his start in the late ‘70s, but he got off to a great start with “American Girl.” His second single from his debut album with the Heartbreakers, the song perfectly captures the feeling of a young girl who wants nothing more than to be anywhere else. Though the lyrics are heartbreaking at times, this beautiful song showed early on that Tom Petty is an American classic.