Joe GransingerThursday,4 July 2013

The Snap:

There’s no better time than the fourth of July to remind yourself that America is still a pretty badass country. We may have our fair share of problems here in the Land of the Free, but there’s still plenty to be happy about.

Is the NSA spying on your every move? Yes. Are we slowly losing our civil liberties to the overreaching Big Brother government? Yup. Is our economy getting worse with no signs of a rebound? Ummm, yes, yes it is.

However, not everything is as awful as it seems.

We’ve recently made great strides in gay rights, we have more food than we can eat, more water than we can drink, more laziness than is healthy, and more entertainment than we could ever enjoy.

And for that, we should celebrate!

The Download:

There have been literally thousands of songs written about our great country, and here’s a few to get you excited for the holiday.

Jimi Hendrix – Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock:

There’s no better way to kick off the fun than with the official anthem of America. And there’s no better version of it than what Jimi Hendrix gave us at Woodstock. Taking place during a revolutionary counter-culture time in the USA, the passion and emotion can be heard in every note of Jimi’s upside-down guitar.


Neil Young – Ohio

The political movements of the 1960’s and ‘70’s were truly incredible, and protest songs like Ohio helped shape America into what it is today. It makes you wonder, though, where are the protest songs of now?


Toby Keith – Courtesy of the Red, White, And Blue

I despise modern country music, with a few exceptions. This being one of them. We could use a few more dedicated men like Toby Keith to mold this country back into something we can be completely proud of. And while this song was created to support the murdering of ‘terrorists’, it applies quite well to our current internal state of affairs.


Marvin Gaye – Star Spangled Banner

Done in classic Marvin Gaye style, this is definitely a memorable take on the National Anthem. As a Youtube commenter wrote, it makes you want to make love to America.


Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA

Is there anyone more American than The Boss? Even to this day, he still writes and sings about veterans, wars, injustice, and everything else about America.


Team America World Police – America, Fuck Yeah!

And one last freebie that cannot be taken seriously, but is a laughably amazing tribute to our wonderful homeland.


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Hat Tips:

Youtube, America, Image Credit: Flickr

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