Stockbyte/ThinkstockIn honor of the Fourth of July, Billboard has put together a playlist of 20 notable songs about America, from the worlds of pop, rock, rap and country. Some of them are flag-waving songs that demonstrate pride in our country; others are critical of the land of the free and the home of the brave; others simply name-check the good ol’ U.S.A.
Here’s the list, in no particular order: we’ve organized them as to whether they’re pro-U.S.A, critical or neutral — and you can listen to them all over at Billboard.com:
James Brown, “Living in America”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “Living in America – hand to hand, across the nation Living in America / Got to have a celebration… / You might not be looking for the promised land, but you might find it anyway”
Neil Diamond – “America”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “Everywhere around the world / They’re coming to America / Every time that flag’s unfurled / They’re coming to America / Got a dream to take them there / They’re coming to America / Got a dream they’ve come to …read more