Celebrate Flag Day with These Patriotic Songs

Today is June 14 – Flag Day.  Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.  In honor of Flag Day, here is a top ten list of patriotic songs compiled by Lauren DuBois and posted on May 26, 2013 on The Celebrity Cafe.com to celebrate Memorial Day.  I think Lauren’s list is just as fitting to honor Flag Day.Aufblasbare Bögen


10. “Only in America,” by Brooks and Dunn; 2001
A patriotic song about the ability Americans have to not only dream, but to “dream as big as they want to.” From a school bus full of children, to a newlywed couple, everyone has the ability to dream, and make their dreams into reality.



9. “Home,” by Dierks Bentley; 2011
Inspired by the 2011 shooting in Arizona that killed six and critically injured U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords, the song was Bentley and the other two writers’ attempt to make sense of the tragedy.


8. “Some Gave All,” by Billy Ray Cyrus; 1992
The song, a single off of Cyrus’ debut album of the same name, is about the ultimate sacrifices of war.


7. “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” by Alan Jackson; 2001
Dedicated to 9/11, this song is about people’s reactions to the senseless tragedies that occurred on that infamous day.


6. “If You’re Reading This,” by Tim McGraw; 2007
This incredibly sad song serves as a tribute to the families of soldiers who have died in the line of duty, taking the form of a parent reading the letter written by a soldier, but only if they died during war.


5. “America the Beautiful,” by Katharine Lee Bates; 1895
A beautiful song about America, and the actual true beauty of the country we all live in and proudly call home.


4. “God Bless America,” by Irving Berlin; 1918
This song is one which is in the form of a prayer for peace in the country. Berlin re-wrote it in 1938, which is the version that has been most often re-recorded and sung by others.


3. “God Bless the USA,” by Lee Greenwood; 1984
This song, which was one that Greenwood had wanted to write for his entire career, has long been felt as a song that is meant to boost the morale of the people during hard times, like war.


2. “God Bless the USA,” (9/11 Tribute re-release) by Lee Greenwood; 2001
A re-release of Greenwood’s original song that was dedicated solely to the memories of those who perished on 9/11. The song is actually quite powerful, and especially after the attacks happened, sad.


1. “The Star-Spangled Banner,” by Francis Scott Key; 1814
It’s hard to get more Patriotic than our actual National Anthem.


I’d like to add one more song to the  list – “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”  This spirited patriotic march was written by George M. Cohan in 1906 and seems like a perfect finish to our Flag Day tribute.  Happy Flag Day everyone!


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Donna Haefner is a member of American Music Theatre’s Marketing Department.  She can be reached at dhaefner@AMTshows.com.