Wednesday Question: Which Song Should Be the New American National Anthem?

July 4 around the corner, votes and nominations inside.

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Wednesday Question: Which Song Should Be the New American National Anthem?

With July 4 around the corner, we decided to give this week's Wednesday Question a bit of a 'murican spin; here goes:

Which song should be the next national anthem?


  • Post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).
  • Multiple nominations of one song create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given track to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same tune, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.
  • Vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike.

We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    So much this. I came here to post this! "Sportsmanship...books..."
    Somebody once
    The world was gonna roll me
     I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed
    She was looking kind of dumb
    I have to poop
    Well, the poops start coming and they don't stop coming Fed me fast food and I hit the john running Didn't make sense not to live for fun The drain gets clogged by your active bum So much to poop, so much to pee So what's wrong with taking the crap seat? You'll never know if you don't go You'll never dine if you don't flow
    Aryan Death Man
    Real American -  Hulk Hogan
    There is literally nothing more American than Hulk Hogan. So... Yeah.
    It should change to the USSR anthem
    Better dead than red - stop reading the fake news
    Better Red than a trump supporter
    Not getting into it with you - you have to be under the age of 25 - if you had said that back in the 80's or 90s you father would have thrown you through the wall -  I'll end this with a quote for Winston Chruchill -  "Any man in his 20s who is NOT a liberal, has no heart.  Any man in his 30s who is a liberal has NO Brains"  Don't be a sheep Nin - use your head - and one more quote for you...courtesy Ronnie James Dio ( you do know who that is correct?) "When you listen to fools, the mob rules" 
    The Goats - Typical American Usually I don't like politically driven songs, but this track is sooo great - groovy and clever at the same time!
     Woody Guthrie- This Land Is Your Land 
    this is the true national anthem. the anthem for the people.  there are other verses that are rarely heard in popular recordings of the song... "in the squares of the city, in the shadow of the steeple by the relief office, I'd seen my people as they stood there hungry, I stood there asking is this land made for you and me"
    Wake Up - RATM
    I thought it might be too cliche to go with something like Killing in the Name or Bulls on Parade.  This one is much more openly US Centric.
    And, if you think RATM and think Killing in the Name or Bulls on Parade, enjoy your flaccid life, I guess.
    Just saying, their worst two songs. Not even their best singles.
    Come on now... It's not like thy're pop-music sellout radio friendly jingle songs....
    Arguably, those two songs are more repetitive and simple than most pop songs. Just more aggressively played...but my gripe is moreso that any time they get brought up, those are the two songs that come up, and I feel like they have so many better songs.
    They certainly do have better songs,- but let's not get angry because one particular aggressive, political, genuine, rock song gets more love than another. It's good they exist... Even if overplayed... 
    I'm not mad about it. I feel like, if those are the two songs by them that come to mind when you think of RATM, you must be a pretty damn boring person.
    Take the power back or know your enemy is probably their best. Plus, know your enemy has manyard james Keenan
    I voted killing in the name but this ones awesome too. I also really think take the power back is a good one
    Badass UltraMan
    Alestorm - Fucked with an Anchor
    See, most people are scrolling past these. But please, imagine a whole super bowl stadium, yelling this at the top of their lungs and then rethink your vote.
    Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen obviously. 
    You should Check out the Jason Isbell version. Not saying the boss isn't a great songwriter, but the narrative is lost in the tempo of the original song. Isbell's version brings that songwriter quality to it and makes it seem like a completely different tune
    I think the contrast between the tone of the lyrics and the tone of the song itself fits pretty well. Like you wouldn't know it from looking at us, but we can't wait to get the hell out of here.
    Darude - Sandstorm
    That song is from Finland
    Yea i know (im Finnish too) but there even was an address made to get this as the national anthem of USA
    In all fairness, the melody to to the Star Spangled Banner comes from a British drinking song, so a Finnish song is fair game.
    Don't Tread on Me- Metallica, but in all seriousness the National Anthem should never change. I do not like the song (or rather how it is usually sung) but the Star Spangled Banner tells an amazing story about American pride and it is a wonderful representation of the importance of our flag.