Top 5 Songs to Get You In a Patriotic Mood [LISTEN]
It's easy to get wrapped up in the barbecues, the fireworks, the fun, and all the activities of the Fourth of July.
Don't get me wrong, but that's not what Independence Day is about. It's about celebrating our country: a country that, while flawed, is a fortunate place to live.
It's no secret that our country is extremely divided right now, but here's five songs that hopefully will remind you that before thinking of how you are different than your fellow neighbor, remember that we are all Americans.
Obviously, the "Star Spangled Banner" has to be considered the most patriotic song out there, seeing that it's the national anthem. Still, this rendition of the song definitely stands out.
The overall concensus of Whitney Houston's performance before Super Bowl XXV in 1991 is seen by many as the most moving and powerful version of all time.
I remember singing this one in primary school, and always loving it. I was only 5-7 years old at the time, but even then I knew that the words in this song meant something important.
This one is always seen as the little brother of the "Star Spangled Banner". There have been many efforts over the years to make "America The Beautiful" as or more regarded than "Star Spangled Banner" as the country's national anthem. Katharine Lee Bates wrote the words to the song in 1893 after a trip to the top of Pike's Peak in Colorado.
Written following a particularly contentious time in American history (Vietnam War), Cash wrote this song to remind the American people about what the flag stands for.
Pretty much everyone is related to or at least knows someone in the armed forces. Toby Keith wrote this song to glimpse into what they go through on a daily basis.