4th of July: An Independence Playlist

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

Ultimate Guitar

In case you missed it, today's 4th of July! Marking the Independence Day, we're bringing you a list of some of the finest independence tracks the guitar-driven domain has in store.

The rundown shaped up as a predominantly metal one, but nothing says revolt and stand up for yourself like a healthy dose of ripping guitars. We tried avoiding the obvious choices and cliches (and stuck to some as well), but enough chit-chat, the list awaits below.

Exodus - Scar Spangled Banner

"Tempo of the Damned" is by far the best album Exodus ever released, there I said it! But back to the topic, "Scar Spangled Banner" features some brilliant lyrics appropriate for the occasion, along with equally blistering riffage from Mr. Holt. "We pledge allegiance to no god/Only to the blood/Liberty is just a dream/When dying in the mud" - heavy stuff it is.

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Megadeth - Peace Sells

Sticking to the thrash style, "Peace Sells" might be the ultimate song about sticking it to the man and being independent. It's also a definite metal classic.

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Soundgarden - 4th of July

Taking a rock detour, Soundgarden's "4th of July" seemingly has the perfect title to mark the occasion. Some say it's about the irony of American pride, others claim it's an LSD song. What do you think?

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Kreator - Violent Revolution

Picking it up a notch yet again, Kreator's "Violent Revolution" has all the ingredients to get your blood pumping with rebellion.

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Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name

An obvious choice, a bit of a cliche, but if you need to get yourself in anti-establishment mood and not "do what they told ya," "Killing in the Name" is simply the song.

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Sepultura - Refuse/Resist

While we're at it, we might as well bring up "Refuse/Resist" by Sepultura. A fairly obvious choice yet again, but it wouldn't be an independence list without it.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird

Breaking the metal monotony we created, we got "Free Bird." Not much needs to be said about this one really.

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Motorhead - America

Lemmy and co. check in on our rundown with "America." "Hot as hell, cold as death."

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Metallica - Don't Tread on Me

"...And Justice for All" works just as fine, but we opted for "Don't Tread on Me" this time around.

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Twisted Sister - You Can't Stop Rock N' Roll

We'll round it up with a simple, yet beautiful message - "You Can't Stop Rock N' Roll." Well, it's not exactly the end.

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Team America - America, F--k Yeah

Couldn't resist placing this one here. 'Murica. Happy Independence Day everyone!

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Got more Independence Day tunes to share? Do it in the comments.

22 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Today isn't "the" independence day, it's just the US independence day. So UG Team, you better prepare a list for Finlands independence day too
    Doubt it, American's think they're the most important people on the planet.
    JD Close
    Funny, because UG isn't even American
    Funny, because I didn't say Ultimate Guitar was an American website.
    It was heavily implied whether you meant it or not. The person you replied to was speaking to UG and then you took your shot at Americans. Had your comment been phrased differently, JD probably wouldn't have said that
    I think the original poster implied it was the UG Staff more than Jonagorn did.
    America's independence day is pretty culturally huge (even that Emmerich film where 4th of July turns into humanities independence day). Willing to bet the number of songs, from highly popular bands, about America's holiday dwarfs what you could find from others.
    Don't forget the scottish independence. Coming next September. I can barely wait to see "Scotland the Brave" on the front page.
    JD Close
    1. America - Simon & Garfunkel 2. America - Neil Diamond 3. America - Marcy Playground 4. America - John Fahey 5. America - Trini Lopez 6. America - Yes (you get more street cred for listening to The Nice's version, though) 7. America - Nas 8. America - Lee Greenwood 9. America - Rita Moreno 10. America - Barry White