Thursday, July 4, 2013

Patriotic Songs

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In honor of America’s Independence Day, here’s the DMDB’s aggregated list of 24 best-of lists focused on patriotic songs. A word to anyone who thinks any song on this list is too jingoistic, controversial, modern, or inappropriate: Patriotism comes in many forms.

It should also be noted that many of the sources behind this list did not point to a particular version of a song so the song’s composer(s) and the year the song was published are listed instead of a specific artist.

1. “God Bless America” (Irving Berlin, 1918)

2. “This Land Is Your Land” (Woody Guthrie, 1940)

3. “God Bless the U.S.A.” (Lee Greenwood, 1984)

4. “America the Beautiful” (lyrics: Katharine Lee Bates, music: Samuel A. Ward; 1910)

5. “The Star-Spangled Banner” (lyrics: Francis Scott Key, music: John Stafford Smith; 1814)

6. “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (lyrics: Julia Ward Howe, music: William Steffe; 1862)

7. “The Stars and Stripes Forever” (John Philip Sousa, 1897)

8. “You’re a Grand Old Flag” (George M. Cohan, 1906)

9. “Over There” (George M. Cohan, 1917)

10. “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (lyrics: Samuel Francis Smith, music: Thomas Arne; 1931)

11. “Yankee Doodle Boy” (aka “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy”) (George M. Cohan, 1904)

12. “Yankee Doodle (Went to Town)” (lyrics: Richard Shuckburgh, music: traditional, 1770s)

13. “The Marines’ Hymn (From the Halls of Montezuma)” (lyrics: W.E. Christian, music: Jacques Offenbach; 1917)

14. “Anchors Aweigh (U.S. Navy Song)” (lyrics: Alfred Hart Miles, music: Charles A. Zimmerman; 1906)

15. “American Pie” (Don McLean, 1971)

16. “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” (lyrics: Patrick Gilmore, music: unknown; 1863)

17. “Born in the U.S.A.” (Bruce Springsteen, 1984)

18. “The Army Go Rolling Along (The Caissons Goes Rolling Along)” (Edmund L. Gruber/Robert Danford, music arranged by John Philip Sousa; 1908)

19. “The Ballad of the Green Berets” (Robin Moore, Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler; 1966)

20. “Hail, Columbia (The President’s March)” (Philip Phile, 1789)

21. “Hail to the Chief” (lyrics: Sir Walter Scott, music: James Sanderson; 1812)

22. “Wild Blue Yonder (Air Force Theme)” (Robert MacArthur Crawford, 1938)

23. “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?” (Alan Jackson, 2001)

24. “The Battle of New Orleans” (Jimmy Driftwood, 1959)

25. “Dixie” (aka “I Wish I Was in Dixie” or “Dixie’s Land”) (Daniel Decatur Emmett, 1861)

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