America’s Playlist

By Rocco Del Monte
October 30, 2012

When you think of America what comes to mind? Do you think about your American dream, where we started as a nation, what we have become, or just about what is going on now in today’s world.

Lee Greenwood’s song “I’m Proud To Be An American” describes the tribute he gives to the men and women that have and still fight for our country. His album “United We Stand” was released in Oct. 2007. These powerful lyrics will bring a lump to any ones throat.

When we hear the title American Pie most of us think of the 1999 movie but it is also to title of Don McLean’s song written in 1971. American Pie has more energy to it than “I’m Proud To Be An American” but it s message about our nation is equally important.  He gives us a time-line about what was happening in the 60s

Bruce Springsteen’s patriotic lyrics throw a rock ‘n’ roll twist on the fighting over seas. His strong lyrics were released in 1984 it was also his seventh studio album. This album shows signs of hope in the fight for the American Dream.

“The Time of Our Lives” was released in 2009 with one of the year’s most patriotic pop songs. Miley Cyrus’s song “Party in the USA” is a fun pop-infused country song about having a party and showing your pride for our nation.  “Party in the USA” reached the top of the charts in eight countries and was a commercial success.

 

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released a song called “American Girl” in 1993 in an album called Greatest Hits. “American Girls” is a standard rock instrumental of electric guitars and other rock instruments. This song was rumored to written about a girl who committed suicide where Tom Petty grew up.

 

If you did not know what it meant to be an American girl the Counting Crows song “American Girls” describes what an American girl was. This song was released in 2002 and is an edition to the many rock songs out there about our country.

 

If you’re a fan of southern and country rock then “Sweet Home Alabama” is the song for you. Sung by Lynyrd Skynyrd in the album Second Helping which was released in 1974 describes the US state Alabama.

 

David Bowie released his ninth studio album “Young Americans” which demonstrates the 1970’s obsession with soul, funk and rock music.

 

“Coming Home to America” throws a different approach to the list of songs about our nation. Neil Diamond sings about the historic immigration of immigrants to America. This song is a pop song from the album “The JAZZ Singer Soundtrack” which was released in 1981.  This song is up lifting and hopeful for anyone making a big move to a new place.

 

A song that most may not know is “Statue Of Liberty” Sung by Ivan Parker. This song pays tribute to our Lady Of Liberty and all her glory. This is a traditional song; there is hardly any back music but just the strong voice of Ivan Parker.

 

Bruce Springsteen made our list again for his song “Our Hometown “ from his album “Born in the U.S.A.” the genre of this song is rock and was released in 1985. The Label of the song was Columbia. This song describes the hometown pride of the speaker’s father and about the racial violence and the economic depression of a middle-age man in this town.

Rocco Del Monte

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