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July 4th Jams: "Billboard" Rounds Up 20 Songs About America

Image courtesy of Stockbyte/Thinkstock (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Stockbyte/Thinkstock (via ABC News Radio)

In honor of the Fourth of July, Billboard has put together a playlist of 20 notable songs about America, from the worlds of rock, pop, 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; while others simply name-check the good ol' U.S.A.  Among the rock artists whose tunes were chosen are James Brown , Neil Diamond , The Guess Who , Madonna , Don McLean , John Mellencamp , Tom Petty , Simon and Garfunkel , Bruce Springsteen and Kim Wilde .  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 :

Pro-U.S.A.

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 share / They're coming to America"

Kanye West and Jay-Z - "Made in America"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "We made it in America / I pledge allegiance to my grandma / For that banana pudding, our piece of Americana / Our apple pie was supplied through Arm & Hammer / Straight out the kitchen / Shh, don't wake Nana!"

Kid Rock - "American Bada**"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "I'm an American bada**, watch me kick."

Brad Paisley - "American Saturday Night"
Key 'America' Lyric, according to Billboard : "It's a French kiss, Italian ice / Margaritas in the moonlight / Just another American Saturday night"

Toby Keith - "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "Oh, justice will be served and the battle will rage / This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage / And you'll be sorry that you messed with the U.S. of A. / 'Cause we'll put a boot in your a**, it's the American way."

Neutral

Miley Cyrus - "Party in the U.S.A."
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "And 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"

Demi Lovato - "Made in the U.S.A."
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard :"Our love was made in the U.S.A. / Made in the U.S.A."

Kim Wilde - "Kids in America"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "Outside suburbia's sprawling everywhere / I don't want to go baby / New York to East California / There's a new wave coming I warn you / We're the kids in America."

Simon and Garfunkel - "America"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, they've all gone to look for America."

John Mellencamp - "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A."
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "Some are black and some are white / Ain't to proud to sleep on the floor tonight / With the blind faith of Jesus you know that they just might / Be rockin' in the U.S.A."

Don McLean - "American Pie"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "So bye-bye, miss American pie /Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry."

Critical of the U.S.A.

Bruce Springsteen - "Born in the U.S.A."
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "Nowhere to run / Ain't got nowhere to go / Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A."

Eminem - "White America"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "The women and men who have broke their necks for the freedom of speech the United States government has sworn to uphold, or (Yo', I want everybody to listen to the words of this song) so we're told…"

2 Live Crew - "Banned in the U.S.A."
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "The First Amendment gave us freedom of speech. So what you sayin'? It didn't include me?"

Green Day - "American Idiot"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "Don't want to be an American idiot / One nation controlled by the media / Information age of hysteria / It's calling out to idiot America"

Madonna - "American Life"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "I'd like to express my extreme point-of-view / I'm not a Christian and I'm not a Jew / I'm just living out the American dream / And I just realized that nothing is what it seems."

Lil Wayne - "God Bless Amerika"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "My country 'tis of thee / Sweet land of kill 'em all and let 'em die / God Bless America / This ol' godless America"

Lenny Kravitz / The Guess Who - "American Woman"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "I don't need your war machines / I don't need your ghetto scenes / Colored lights can hypnotize / Sparkle someone else's eyes / Now woman, get away / American woman, listen what I say"

Tom Petty - "American Girl"
Key "America" Lyric, according to Billboard : "Well, she was an American girl / Raised on promises / She couldn't help thinkin' that there was a little more to life somewhere else."


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