Happy America, America!

We should be proud. Not only did we reinvent democracy, but since then, we've produced some pretty solid, world-class Earthlings. Even now, almost 240 years after the whole experiment started, we still have Americans changing the way the world looks, feels and is.

May our revolutionary thinkers and doers continue to enrich the world!

Here is a playlist to help the celebration!

  • 1

    American Girl

    Tom Petty

    "After all it was a great big world

    With lots of places to run to

    And if she had to die tryin'

    She had one little promise she was gonna keep"

    This song is creates one of the best feelings I've felt from music. I loved it from the moment I heard it!

  • 2

    American Woman

    The Guess Who

    "American woman, said get away

    American woman, listen what I say

    Don't come a-hangin' around my door

    Don't wanna see your face no more

    I don't need your war machines

    I don't need your ghetto scenes

    Coloured lights can hypnotize

    Sparkle someone else's eyes

    Now woman, get away from me

    American woman, mama, let me be"

    For anyone who has had their heart crushed by an American Aphrodite, this is your song.

  • 3

    Party In the U.S.A.

    Miley Cyrs

    "So I put my hands up

    They're playing my song,

    The butterflies fly away

    I'm noddin' my head like yeah

    Movin' my hips like yeah

    I got my hands up,

    They're playin' my song

    I know I'm gonna be OK

    Yeah, it's a party in the USA

    Yeah, it's a party in the USA"

    Once again, this song just makes me feel great. We all know what it's like to feel nervous, and then let a groove enter your body that brings confidence. Or, if you don't, you should try it. In the U.S.A.

  • 4

    Livin' in America

    James Brown

    "Smokestack, fatback,many miles of railroad track

    All night radio, keep on runnin' through, your rock 'n' roll soul

    All night diners, keep you 'wake, on black coffee, and a hard roll

    You might have to walk the fine line,

    you might take the hard line

    But everybody's workin' overtime

    Livin' in America-eye to eye, station to station

    Livin' in America-hand to hand,across the nation

    Livin in America-got to have a celebration"

    James Brown kills it on this one, and even made a special appearance in Rocky IV to sing in Ivan Drago's face. American style. Then Apollo Creed got punched to death. Don't Youtube that on the Fourth. It's just sad.

  • 5

    Born in the U.S.A.

    Bruce Springsteen

    "Born down in a dead man's town

    The first kick I took was when I hit the ground

    You end up like a dog that's been beat too much

    Till you spend half your life just covering up

    Born in the U.S.A.

    I was born in the U.S.A.

    I was born in the U.S.A.

    Born in the U.S.A."

    It's not super uplifting when you read the words, because it's a slice of life in America, but not really the good life. Maybe it's a reminder that we should try to create, as Leslie Knope put it, 'better, less offensive history.'

  • 6

    In America

    Charlie Daniels

    "From The Sound up in Long Island

    Out to San Francisco Bay

    And everything that's in between them is our own

    And we may have done a little bit

    Of fightin' amongst ourselves

    But you outside people best leave us alone

    'Cause we'll all stick together

    And you can take that to the bank

    That's the cowboys and the hippies

    And the rebels and the yanks

    You just go and lay your hand

    On a Pittsburgh Steelers' fan

    And I think you're gonna finally understand"

    This is a great "We'll kick your @#$%%#ing ass every time!" song.  I'm not in for the violence, but if it came down to it, it would probably be true. Don't mess.

    Plus, they are a tight group. One of the best. And, any song with a Pittsburgh Steelers reference has me at hello.

  • 7

    Pink Houses

    John Mellencamp

    "Oh, but ain't that America

    For you and me

    Ain't that America

    Something to see, baby

    Ain't that America

    Home of the free, yeah

    Little pink houses

    For you and me

    Oooh, little baby

    For you and me"

    It may be Mellencamp's finest effort. A slice of life that isn't depressing and borderline protest as is Born in the U.S.A., it still is modest, admits that all is not perfect, but we are still the home of the free. Kinda makes you want to dance through a field filled with sunflowers, and is a huge hit and easy to play on acoustic guitar at Fourth of July barbecues.

  • 8

    American Pie

    Don Mclean

    "I started singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie

    Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry

    Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye

    Singin' "This'll be the day that I die

    This'll be the day that I die" "

    An ode to the day the day the music died, referring to the aviation crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. On Feb. 3, 1959, the three were flying to do a concert in North Dakota when their plane crashed. No one knows what popular music would be like today if Buddy Holly had made it to the 60's. He was a fearless innovator, and his death, and the death of the amazingly talented Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, shook the country.

  • 9

    America the Beautiful

    Ray Charles

    "Oh beautiful, for spacious skies,

    For amber waves of grain,

    For purple mountain majesties,

    Above the fruited plain,

    But now wait a minute, I'm talking about

    America, sweet America,

    You know, God done shed his grace on thee,

    He crowned thy good, yes he did, in a brotherhood,

    From sea to shining sea."

    Let us not forget, not every country has a 'sea to shining sea'. In fact, not many countries have it. Some don't even have coasts. This land mass we call home is about as nice as it gets, because we have it all. Mountains, plains, hills, tropics, glaciers, snow, desert, deciduous forests, coniferous forests, lakes, rivers, everything under one unified flag. Not only that, but we are highly defensible, because you have to cross an ocean to attack us. Not all are so lucky. But we are.

  • 10

    God Bless the U.S.A.

    Lee Greenwood

    "From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee

    Across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea

    From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA

    Well, there's pride in every American heart

    And it's time to stand and say that

    I'm proud to be an American where as least I know I'm free

    And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me

    And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today

    'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the USA"