Top 10 Patriot Day Songs

Patriotism is what binds society. It can unite citizens in a time of mourning while at the same time, it can send crowds into spontaneous hysteria.

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Patriotism is what binds society. In some cases, it can unite citizens in a time of mourning while at the same time, it can send crowds into spontaneous hysteria (see 2010 Winter Olympics). Nonetheless, it drives individuals to succeed, to persist and even harness their creative ability and mold pieces of music into melodic gold.

With every country, there are rock icons. The UK has The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. The fine women of the United States have Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. Hell, even Ireland has Bono and U2. What these groups have in common is a sense of patriotism that's pushed them to exceed their limits, expose their talent and craft tracks like "Gimme Shelter" or "Sunday Bloody Sunday". In the eyes of audiences across the world, these particular songs are recognized as anthems: a musical voice making a statement supported by a country. Rock anthems don't drip off a pen and onto a sheet of paper as they're quite rare, especially in today's world full of experimentation.

Listeners though are glad tracks like these did. The following are the Top 10 Patriotic Songs.

10. Bob Seger - "Old Time Rock N' Roll"

A pop culture phenomenon written by a Detroit guitarist, Bob Seger's 1979 hit sums up a brief section of American entertainment. From the memorable Tom Cruise dance in the film Risky Business to the line of Guitar Hero commercials, "Old Time Rock N' Roll" is a groove-laced single powered by bold vocals and reckless behaviour. Unlike it's public use, the song is rather PG, ample enough to have children singing along and senior citizens unleashing the air guitar.

09. Queen - "We Will Rock You"

The Brits adore the game of soccer more than their own children. Extreme yes, but trigger the Queen classic "We Will Rock You" and everything you knew about kind human nature becomes obliterated. Spearheaded by frontman Freddie Mercury's fiery rasp and a mob's war chant, the tune is drenched with comradery with an intent to strike fear. Constant repition and use of alcohol is often encouraged.

08. Beach Boys - "California Girls"

The boys of the summer have numerous unforgettable hits tied to their name, including "Surfin' USA", but none quite attract both genders. The descriptive tale of women across the United States is an odd choice but it represents patriotism as 1) it's not about Canadian or European girls and 2) almost everyone and their mailman knows every lyric. Since it's release, it's made a certain female audience proud to be from California. Just ask Katy Perry.

07. Bruce Springsteen - "Born In The U.S.A."

No one quite represents the red, white and blue like The Boss. "Born To Run" would be definitive choice as it is an anthem in it's own right, but "Born In The U.S.A." has bonded army and navy reserves for generations. Raw and brutally honest, the track fuels patriotism, lighting a fire in souls eager to holler out their love for their country in the true Springsteen way. And in true American fashion, there's a whole lot of cowbell.

06. Tom Petty - "American Girl"

Embraced with country roots, "American Girl" is a ballad linking classic rock, punk and southern twang, grown and aged on American soil. Throw in Tom Petty's lazed rasp and an ear for melody and you get one of the most memorable opening lines of a song: "Well she was an American girl raised on promises".

05. Neil Young - "Keep On Rockin' In The Free World"

Considered more of a global anthem than a stand-alone patriotic hymn, Neil Young's 1989 classic has been covered by a handful of iconic artists such as Bon Jovi and even present-day crooners Maroon 5. Pearl Jam's rendition is more known as the cover as heavily featured during the group's performances in 1992 and 1993, including an on-stage collaboration with Young himself.

04. Jimi Hendrix - "Star Spangled Banner"

Some would spend hours debating this song's position on this list, but it's support for a nation and it's significance is unmatched. Immediately following the guitar maestro's performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, protests erupted, aiming to ban Hendrix from ever playing again in the United States. The crime: representing his country while armed with a Fender guitar.

03. The Guess Who - "American Woman"

It's undeniably ironic for a Canadian rock group to create a tune about a woman born in the US, but it appears as if only Canadians could translate their beauty in disguise in the form of music. Seductive and enticing as the track's bare guitar solo, "American Woman" is a known inspiration for many of today's profound singles revolved around women and their ways. Sure other homeland beauties sparkle eyes, but none like the American one can create such a ruckus, hence vocalist Burton Cummings' venemous proclamation.

02. Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Sweet Home Alabama"

It survives in county fairs, country music festivals and even karaoke nights at the local watering hole all because it contains the power to unite in an extremely positive way. The Lynyrd Skynyrd favourite may not be a first choice while enduring a road trip, but it's bound to work it's way through a playlist, invoking a chorus that's simple, but almost more patriotic than a bald-headed eagle draped in the U.S. flag.

01. John Mellencamp - "Small Town"

Before cities were erected, there were towns and a vast majority of North Americans were born in a small town. This is why John Mellencamp's homage to living in an enclosed community stands above the rest in the minds of many. Along with touching the aspects of a rural paradise, the Seymour, Indiana, musician pays his respect to heritage: defining a family's past and showcasing a country's line of generations upon generations.


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    jeffbecklad
    A lot of these are pretty critical of the States. Has anybody seen the music video for Rockin in the Free World? Yeah. Pretty patriotic. What about Red, White, and Blue by Skynyrd? That's a whole lot more patriotic than Sweet Home.
    SmittyMan90
    Haha! Neil young was Canadian! Im sure he has America in mind when he wrote the song!
    wraith313
    I dont want to say this, because I really like Hendrix. But not only does this list suck horribly, but his rendition of our national anthem is no ****ing good. It goes from being kind of alright to being an utter cluster**** towards the end. Lets be honest here: If Hendrix wasnt the one playing it, and he wasnt dead, nobody would talk about or give a crap about what amounts to a pretty bad rendition.
    SmittyMan90
    Eirien wrote: Tempo511 wrote: What a stupid article. +1000 Why are Queen on the list? That song is in no way American and we don't have patriotism in the UK.
    i was thinking the same thing
    SmittyMan90
    heavyprog wrote: First of all: What the f*ck is this? Second of all, Born in the USA?!?! REALLLY?!?!? Third of all, 3 of the bands on this list aren't American. Fourthly, American Woman is also anti-American. Was it the intention of this list to throw most of UG into a rage at the blinding stupidity found here?
    Its because it has the word American in the title, other than that no thought went into it.
    BoBBYAMERICA
    Seref wrote: Fortunate Son by CCR. UG is now dead to me for not including that song.
    Nameless742 wrote: I would have said that one song by "Creedence Clearwater Rivival" the one that goes "Some were born, made to raise the flag, oooooh that red, white and blue" Plus the song is awesome
    you both do know that Fortunate Son is another song that criticizes the states right?
    Ackj
    Isn't UG based in Russia? How can you expect those commies to understand the US? Be thankful they didn't put "Imagine" by John Lennon the list.
    ToolCreedence
    Fortunate Son criticizes the political war machine. As did Who'll Stop the Rain and many other Fogerty classics.
    ToolCreedence
    Do the writers on UG actually get paid? If so, I can do a much better job for them. Seriously...
    bmarlatt1685
    Ghefly wrote: It's football, not soccer. Stupid yanks.
    Stupid yanks? You do know soccer was a term coined by the British, right?
    bmarlatt1685
    rebel rocker wrote: Ashland112 wrote: Sweet home alabama is about the south rising to power again. Where's the patriotism? lulwut? it most certainly is NOT about that, it was written in response to Neil Young's "Southern Man" where he basically puts down the entire Southern U.S. "Sweet Home Alabama" is about people being proud of where they come from and about how not everyone from the South is the stereotypical bigot everyone thinks of as a "southern man." Although part of the song is specific to the South, the overall meaning is very patriotic, making it one of the few songs that actually should be on this list.
    Well said, Rebel Rocker. It was also "Alabama" by Neil Young too along with "Southern Man" that they were responding to. Ronnie Van Zant was asked about the verse referencing Neil Young and he said Neil's songs were basically trying to shoot all the ducks instead of three or four.
    Randomrings
    Lion_Slicer wrote: im not mental wrote: what's patriot day? A little-used "official" title for 9/11 in America.
    if they're referring to 9/11 then they should put songs that are actually about... 9/11 maybe? Sacrificed Sons by Dream Theater. Win...
    heavyprog
    First of all: What the f*ck is this? Second of all, Born in the USA?!?! REALLLY?!?!? Third of all, 3 of the bands on this list aren't American. Fourthly, American Woman is also anti-American. Was it the intention of this list to throw most of UG into a rage at the blinding stupidity found here?
    Im_Broken
    PatVanHalen5150 wrote: And of course they pick the rendition of the SSB that sounds like utter crap.
    uh. thats the ONLY good version. f wit
    SiKthtallica669
    Iced Earth - When the Eagle Cries Just saying Also don't put any stock into these lists, they are never gonna be worth anything.
    CaliforniaKid
    Second Rate wrote: CaliforniaKid wrote: This is pathetically sick. Where did you get this idea... Fox News? Take your newly named "Patriot Day" and stick it in Sarah Palins cavernous twat. In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,993 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as "Nine-Eleven (9/11)," "September Eleventh," or some variation thereof. U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day." President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (as Public Law 107-89). You been living under a rock for 9 years?
    Evidently.
    CaliforniaKid
    travislausch wrote: Let's see... Enough's been said about American Woman. But the band is Canadian, so what the ****!? Born In The USA is a song about loss of pride in America. Jimi's rendition of SSB was intended to evoke the dread of the Vietnam War. Neil Young is Canadian. Queen are British. You Americans really don't check things out before you decide how patriotic they are, do you?
    Naww... why check things out? That only leads to knowledge and edjamication. We frown upon that sort of thing here. We like to drive our trucks, shoot our guns and invade countries for no good reason. Yeee frickin' Haw!
    moosegt
    This list is ridiculous! What kind of people are running this website?
    1nSingularity
    insurgentsteve wrote: I first read line 1 as: Patriotism is what BLINDS society.
    so did i, and it's totally true Born in the USA was protesting against Vietnam. Epic fail UG
    undead_x
    stupid article... i mean what the ****, i thought this website is about MUSIC, not AMERICA.. be more universal, not all internet users/majority is american..
    rebel rocker
    Ashland112 wrote: Sweet home alabama is about the south rising to power again. Where's the patriotism?
    lulwut? it most certainly is NOT about that, it was written in response to Neil Young's "Southern Man" where he basically puts down the entire Southern U.S. "Sweet Home Alabama" is about people being proud of where they come from and about how not everyone from the South is the stereotypical bigot everyone thinks of as a "southern man." Although part of the song is specific to the South, the overall meaning is very patriotic, making it one of the few songs that actually should be on this list.
    rocker1122
    isn't Rockin' In The Free World Neil Diamond's way of critcizing George H.W Bush's administration?
    Megadeth2011
    I'll give you a list of top 10 Patriot Day songs... 1. Star Spangled Banner 2. America The Beautiful 3-6. in no particular order... Anchors Aweigh, Marine's Hymn, Caisson Song, and the Air Force one (can't remember at the moment) 7. Star Spangled Banner (Hendrix version) 8. The Evil Has Landed- Testament 9. Raw Dogs and War Hogs- Ted Nugent 10. Fortunate Son- CCR
    Underjoggle
    This list blows so much ass. And I hardly think Ireland finds Bono to be a rock icon for their country. Try Phil Lynott, dumbass.
    Underjoggle
    Also, "Small Town"? The bombing happened in NEW YORK CITY. I don't think the victim's families will be able to sing that with much conviction.
    Bigmouth93
    Hendrix' Star Spangled Banner wasn't representing his nation, persay-it was a protest against the war in Vietnam! The harsh sounds and feedback represented bombs falling, and death
    MayorMcJeez
    Most of these songs aren't even patriotic. In fact, I think a few found their way on to this list by simply mentioning America in the title. Nice. AMURKA
    adamchafee
    only hendrix has the power to make the star spangled banner last almost four minutes.
    NewBornProdigy
    In a patriot/rebellious sense Jimi's Star Spangled Banner and Sunday Bloody Sunday are two of the best songs ive ever heard
    uninsane_guitar
    cooljew wrote: AMERICA FUCK YEAH!!! coming again to save the mother ****in day yeah!
    YEAHHHHH!!!!! I love that movie lmao
    wemonir
    bmarlatt1685 wrote: rebel rocker wrote: Ashland112 wrote: Sweet home alabama is about the south rising to power again. Where's the patriotism? lulwut? it most certainly is NOT about that, it was written in response to Neil Young's "Southern Man" where he basically puts down the entire Southern U.S. "Sweet Home Alabama" is about people being proud of where they come from and about how not everyone from the South is the stereotypical bigot everyone thinks of as a "southern man." Although part of the song is specific to the South, the overall meaning is very patriotic, making it one of the few songs that actually should be on this list. Well said, Rebel Rocker. It was also "Alabama" by Neil Young too along with "Southern Man" that they were responding to. Ronnie Van Zant was asked about the verse referencing Neil Young and he said Neil's songs were basically trying to shoot all the ducks instead of three or four.
    i have read neil young saying on multiple occasions that those songs (or at least alabama) are not about the south and were just a way to mask what he was saying about himself
    cooljew
    AMERICA FUCK YEAH!!! coming again to save the mother ****in day yeah!
    uninsane_guitar
    im not mental wrote: what's patriot day?
    September 11th. Do I need to tell you what happened that day too?
    smalRaptor
    While I was in Kuwait, they played Sweet Home Alabama over the base PA right after they did reddly, it was amazing.
    rrandumbb
    crazysam23_Atax wrote: EpiExplorer wrote:I'm sorry, I'm European. What happened on the 9th of November? In the US, we do our months and days backwards of you Europeans. See, 9/11 is how we write September 11th in shorthand. You Europeans would, obviously write September 11th as 11/9. But anyway, September 11th was when Al Qaeda bombed the Pentagon in Washington, D. C. and the World Trade Center in New York City.
    Funny story, the attacks on 9/11 were all an inside job. Food for thought.
    uninsane_guitar
    Ok Patriot Day is about the September 11th attacks, which in case there are any kiddies on here that live underneath a rock that was when (ISALMIC!) terrorists killed 3,000 innocent Americans by ramming hijacked planes into buildings, or in the case of Flight 93 rammed into the ground because the passengers tried to take it over. Now, to Ultimate Guitar staff, I AM THOUROUGHLY DISGUSTED WITH YOU FOR MAKING THIS LIST!!! Most of these songs are very anti-American, some of them aren't even by American artists/bands, and what do any one of these songs have to do with the 9/11 attacks?!?!! This list really just pisses me off to be honest. And to the total idiot that said this list was created by republicans, ummm, Neil Young is an anti-American raging liberal, dyed-in-the-wool socialist, explain to me how a republican would like ANYTHING produced by that waste of oxygen. This list made me want to punch the computer.
    uninsane_guitar
    Oh to add to that, Freddie Mercury was a flaming homo, explain to me how right wing conservatives would like him either?!? Liberals have no brains I swear. "Hey I have an idea, let's spend our way outta debt!" Genius I tell you, genius!