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14 of the Most Patriotic Songs of All Time: Playlist

Get ready for the 4th of July with our favorite America-lovin' tunes

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Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A.”

Alright, so "Party in the U.S.A." is written about Miley's move from Nashville to Hollywood, perhaps marking her transition into tongue/twerk territory. We get it! But it does say "U.S.A." and it celebrates being young in this nation. That's a really cool thing.

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Kanye West & Jay Z, “Made in America”

Few people have lived the American dream quite like Kanye West and Jay Z, two of the biggest (and most grateful, can't forget about grateful) rappers in the game. In fact, they love our nation so much, they teamed up for the anthem "Made in America." Sound familiar? There might also be a festival you can attend to embrace your positive patriot spirit, too...

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5 Seconds of Summer, "Independence Day"

Hang on there, cowboy. The Aussie lads of 5 Seconds of Summer might not hail from the United States, but they've certainly found a home here. Their fave bands are from America and they love our great nation so much, they wrote a personal tune around the concept of Independence Day. We love 'em for it.

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Toby Keith, "American Soldier"

A lot of Keith’s repertoire is patriotic (who could forget “Made in America” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," but not quite like "American Soldier." Listen above and get ready for the country icon to tug at those heart strings.

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Bob Dylan, “Blowin’ in the Wind”

Bob Dylan's entire catalogue is political, usually veering towards dissent. But that hardly means he doesn't love his country...or its people. "Blowin' in the Wind" is largely a Civil Rights anthem, and nothing shows pride like the fight for equality.

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Three Doors Down, “Citizen Solider”

First things first: this video features the National Guard, so they basically win the Patriotism Olympics right there. The song is a celebration of the American people, and their celebration of those in uniform. Everyone wins!

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Billy Ray Cyrus, “We the People”

Miley came from some good genes! Billy Ray's take on those amber waves of grain is found in a celebration of the hard-working Americans who make this country great. We feel ya, Billy.

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Rodney Atkins, “It’s America”

Patriotism doesn't have to be outright political. Atkins knows this better than anyone, and it speaks to the universal appeal of his famed "It's America." Celebrate your nation abstractly and intimately.

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Merle Haggard, “The Fightin' Side of Me”

Haggard's classic is a complex one. He's singing in defense of the American patriot, but also in defense of those who are vocal about different—and often opposing—viewpoints. That's called freedom, honey!

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Thursday, “Friends In the Armed Forces”

Much of this list exists pop and country territory, but love for country stems way deeper than just those two genres. "Friends in the Armed Forces" by the late emo/post-hardcore band Thursday is a political number—celebrating soldiers but not war. Who said patriotism isn't complicated?

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Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Red White and Blue”

Lynyrd Skynyrd are one of the great working-class bands America is famous for producing. You know the drill: they're a little bit country, a little bit rock n' roll... and a whole lot of proud. These guys are all about democracy, with this song basically declaring, "Hey, I don't care where you come from as long as you're cool and hardworking." Sign me up!

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Bruce Springsteen, “Born in the U.S.A.”

Save for George Washington, no red-blooded American drips with the same kind of patriotism as the Boss. "Born in the U.S.A." is not only one of the best rock n' roll songs ever written (we're not saying that lightly,) it glorifies the complicated awesomeness of being born in this fair nation. Are your eyes watering, glimmering with pride? They should be. U.S.A.!

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Lil Wayne, "God Bless Amerika"

Loving your country means recognizing its faults, too. Lil Wayne criticizes the American dream in this cut from 2013's I Am Not a Human Being II, which gives it some sort of power. It's also a total banger, so, you know. Press play already!

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Demi Lovato, "Made in the USA"

On "Made in the USA," Demi Lovato uses very American imagery to describe how much she loves some unnamed significant other. Like, she loves her country so much, she uses it as a metaphor for romantic love. That's pretty deep, if you ask us.

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