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Fourth of July Playlist

BY REBECCA MORIN AND BRIANNA JETT | JULY 02, 2015 5:00 AM

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Celebrate the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave with tunes that will make you proud to be an American.

Here’s a perfect mix of classics with a modern flair to get you ready to celebrate the United States this Fourth of July weekend.

“Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue,” by Toby Keith
You have to begin the Fourth of July celebrations with a classic. This will get you and your party in the patriotic spirit.

“Summertime Sadness,” (Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais Remix), by Lana Del Rey
This song is light, quick, and sounds like summer. It’s perfect for afternoons in the sun with family and friends.

“Party in the U.S.A.,” (Biggie Small Remix by Andrew Hathway)
When you build this playlist, it needs to be this remix. Miley Cyrus’ original is great, but this version keeps the party going with a flashback to the ’90s.

“Sweet Home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
When your day slows down and you gather around to share a meal, this song will make you feel at home. Even if you’re not in Alabama, something about it reminds us of summer evenings spent chasing fireflies and making s’mores.

“Ring of Fire,” by Johnny Cash
Everyone knows the words to this classic. So when it comes on, you can expect a campfire-like sing-along.

“American Girl,” by Tom Petty
Let’s be honest; every girl wanted to be the one Tom Petty was talking about. But even if we aren’t, we’re still American — and that’s even better than being Petty’s girl.

“Made in America,” by Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean
So we’re slowing it down with a song that highlights the struggles that some Americans have to go through and the search for the American Dream.

“Everyday America” by Sugarland
The best part of the Fourth of July is celebrating being an American — and that means every aspect of it. This reminds us of home with our families.

“I’m Proud to be an American,” by Lee Greenwood
Besides the obvious patriotic tone, this song brought the nation together.

“Sweet Caroline,” by Neil Diamond
As the big hurrah, stick to a classic. It will end the night on a familiar and fun note.


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