10 Most Patriotic Rock Songs
All The Best Tunes
If you’re looking for songs to add to your playlist for any kind of patriotic holiday, then you’ve come to the right place. From strong political statements to songs about the flag, our freedom, the country, and brave troops, patriotism in rock ‘n roll comes in various forms.
Check out some of these greatest tunes.
10. KISS – “Rockin’ in the U.S.A.”
Germany was really neat, Japan had lots to eat
And Denmark was great, but I just can’t wait, rockin’ in the U.S.A.
Just KISS being patriotic and polite to other nations at the same time.
9. Steve Miller Band – “Living in the USA”
It’s my freedom
Ah, don’t worry ’bout me, babe
I got to be free, babe
Is there anything more American than cheeseburger? This groovy song also sings about politicians, dieticians, and morticians.
8. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Red, White, and Blue”
Paid our taxes and gave our lives
To serve this great country
It’s more than just the colors of the flag, the narrator doesn’t care whether you’re a lawyer or a waitress just as long as “you got soul.”
7. Johnny Cash – “Ragged Old Flag”
He said “I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of
That Ragged Old Flag”
As expected from Johnny Cash, it’s beautifully done. It’s compelling, powerful, and hits you right in the feels.
6. Grand Funk Railroad – “We’re an American Band”
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
GFK knows how to party and sing about freedom.
5. Bruce Springsteen – “Born in the U.S.A.”
Born in the U.S.A.
I’m a cool rocking daddy in the U.S.A., now
One of the most popular rock anthems about USA and for good reason. The Boss sings about veterans and how they deserve so much more.
4. Simon & Garfunkel – “America”
And I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all come to look for America
It’s a masterpiece made by this duo who sought for the true meaning of America.
3. Sammy Hagar – “Remember the Heroes”
Returning home a wounded man
To find he’s been forgotten
A song in support of the men and women who served our country and to whom we owe so much.
2. John Mellencamp – “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.”
Voices from nowhere
And voices from the larger towns
Filled our head full of dreams
Turned the world upside down
John Mellencamp sings about Martha Reeves and James Brown and all the other struggling musicians who are chasing their dreams.
1. Jimi Hendrix – “Star Spangled Banner”
For the land of the free
And the home of the brave
At Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix showed everyone how it’s done.