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.
    travislausch
    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?
    bowdowntomono
    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 beg to differ, I'm patriotic and I'm British. We're a pretty stupid little country, but I still love it. Though I agree, We Will Rock You was written with football in mind, but that doesn't make it patriotic. And Patriot Day is an American thing, so they shouldn't be mentioning British patriotism anyway.
    Jesus_Dean
    Heatseeker90 wrote: The writer of the article obviously didn't read the lyrics to "Born in the USA" or "Rocking in the free world". *sigh*
    You know I see/hear this all the time. Wherever Americans gather to protest someone else and proclaim how great we are, they invariably pick this fkken song. People, listen to the lyrics. That's the problem with people today, too many of ya listening to the chorus and ignoring the deeper meaning (i.e. lyrics). Well, at least some of you here realize that it is basically an anti-American song.
    schirripar
    not gonna lie, saw "California Girls" and almost $#!t myself but then I was like.. oh ok its only Brian Wilson...
    JS5150
    im not mental wrote: what's patriot day?
    It celebrates the first battle of the Revolutionary War, The Battle of Lexington, MA. It is often celebrated in Massachusetts. But that is in April, so here they are probably referring to 9/11
    travislausch
    The_Seventh_Sin wrote: Hey, don't blame all of us. This writer's a moron.
    Well, the writer must have had reasons to write this. Case in point: Born In The U.S.A. If you read more than the chorus line, you'd find that the song is about a loss of pride in America and a loss of the freedom of blue-collar workers at the hands of a more and more controlling government. However, this is a song that Republican supporters have blasted at protests and rallies, the most recent being protests in opposition to Park51. Obviously, a large group of people, who probably aren't this writer, have already decided that song reflects "patriotic" values, when in reality he might as well be singing "screw this, I'm moving to Canada". As for the author, they might as well have just picked ten current country music radio hits.
    travislausch
    wayneaj wrote: Isn't the "American Woman" in question basically a protest against the draft?
    I don't see why a Canadian band would protest an American draft.
    EpiExplorer
    Lion_Slicer wrote: Back in 11th grade I wrote a 20-page research paper on "Patriot Rock"... My main point was that real patriotism isn't blind obedience to your country (that's jingoism) but rather questioning its motives and mistakes so that it can improve (I'm one of the most liberal Americans I know). Neil Young was pretty much the backbone of the whole thing--my teacher LOVED him. American Woman is a stupid song with a stupid premise and stupid lyrics. I just hate it. im not mental wrote: what's patriot day? A little-used "official" title for 9/11 in America.
    I'm sorry, I'm European. What happened on the 9th of November? All stupidness aside, they forgot the American Dad theme tune.
    vans1170 wrote: HELL YEAH, AMERICA, GUNS, TITTIES!!!!! IF IT HAS USA IN THE NAME ITS THE NEW ANTHEM!!!!!
    The public has spoken.
    Heatseeker90
    The writer of the article obviously didn't read the lyrics to "Born in the USA" or "Rocking in the free world". *sigh*
    Eirien
    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.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Gyoung1991 wrote: hendrixfanatic wrote: Born in the USA really isn't patriottic in any way! How dare you expect intelligence from an UG list!
    LOL!
    metal4life34
    uninsane_guitar wrote: 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.
    u mad?
    deftools
    uninsane_guitar wrote: 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.
    Your a waste of oxygen buddy, not Neil young. Clearly your right wing beliefs have damaged your hearing. That rant is just the kind of garbage that has the rest of the world laughing at America rather than fearing it these days. I cant believe they put american women on there, they should have added greenday " american idiot " too, is about as patriotic !
    uninsane_guitar
    fede01_8 wrote: when somebody say Patriot i picture a bunch of rednecks with cowboy hat and a truck blasting country music. awful
    I'm a patriot. I love my country. And I do not wear a cowboy hat, I despise country music, I drive a piece of shit Kia Spectra covered in bumper stickers I got from local bands, the mall, and found at warped tour. (favorite one: "My other ride is a MOSH PIT!" from this band called Kills and Thrills from Long Island I played a show with last summer) blaring metal music all the time! So, I don't fit your description of patriot at all, stupid ass liberal fuktard.
    Lion_Slicer
    Back in 11th grade I wrote a 20-page research paper on "Patriot Rock"... My main point was that real patriotism isn't blind obedience to your country (that's jingoism) but rather questioning its motives and mistakes so that it can improve (I'm one of the most liberal Americans I know). Neil Young was pretty much the backbone of the whole thing--my teacher LOVED him. American Woman is a stupid song with a stupid premise and stupid lyrics. I just hate it.
    im not mental wrote: what's patriot day?
    A little-used "official" title for 9/11 in America.
    Gyoung1991
    hendrixfanatic wrote: Born in the USA really isn't patriottic in any way!
    How dare you expect intelligence from an UG list!
    rossandliam
    "American Woman I said get away American woman Listen what I say Dont come Hanging around my door Idont want to see your face No more I dont need your war machines I dont need your ghetto scenes" That's super patriotic UG...
    Nirvanarien
    Uhm, American Woman isn't actually about an American Woman? They know that right? Back in the day they weren't allowed to write political songs so this one was disguised as a kind of love song. Or am i missing the point/sarcams or what ever completely here?
    Shread_6009
    i can't believe they didn't put anything by THE BAND! come on, how could you guys miss that...
    wayneaj
    Isn't the "American Woman" in question basically a protest against the draft?
    EpiExplorer
    crusherclement wrote: I thought Born in the USA was about the Vietnam war? :/
    Top Gear isn't a factual program. Mostly.
    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.
    hanselrocks1
    HELLO????? THE EVIL HAS LANDED BY TESTAMENT? its all about 9/11! The towers got hit A steel bird with wings of destruction As the buildings split The skyline has been deconstructed So many people killed Two thousand nine hundred seventy four Innocent blood spilled Extremists plotting a holy war See the flames on the river Terrorism sealed our fate Praying hands of a killer Reciting a sermon of hate oh wait its a worthlss top 10 list why should i expect worthy songs?
    travislausch
    Thrashtastic15 wrote: Why is it assumed that patriotism = America? The example of patriotism in the start of the article was in Toronto, you do realise that right? And calling UG American? wut?
    First off, the dead giveaway is the timing. Tomorrow is September 11. Who else is more patriotic on that day than any other? Americans. "Patriot Day" as mentioned in the title, is a new name for Sept 11.
    rockfreak611
    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?
    most of us americans aren't all there in the head
    SkodaATOM
    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
    I hate being nitpicky on what I take is probably a joke anyway....but I believe "Fortunate Son" was a anti-Vietnam War song. Whether or not you'd call that patriotic is up for grabs. I think the UG folks just sat down and said, "Let's think of some songs that either say something about the U.S. in the lyrics or have something relating to the U.S. in the title." Effing idiots.
    Luke200420
    Before cities were erected, there were towns and a vast majority of North Americans were born in a small town.
    Yeah because there weren't any cities in the US until after he wrote that song. I'm pretty sure the vast majority of Americans were still born in cities when that song came out.
    nigeltheginger
    Haha great list. Whose idea was it to call 9/11 Patriot Day anyways? Sounds worryingly similar to the PATRIOT Act which deprived you americans of various freedoms and civil liberties, and led you (and by proxy, us brits) into not one but two foreign wars which still haven't been won
    _TheWorst
    Hahaha, this list is hilariously misguided. Had the author spent any time reading the lyrics of the songs or their history versus simply googling "american, patriot, usa," then we might have a more interesting list. That not being the case, we have several songs which are critiquing the USA, a few that are completely unrelated to Patriotism whatsoever (and barely even regionalism), and a song by a Canadian band about avoiding an American female.
    illmental
    how about the star freakin spangled banner? or God bless the USA.. or a million of other songs I could give a shitz about but know are more fitting than this crap!
    gnfnrs
    Thrashtastic15 wrote: Why is it assumed that patriotism = America? The example of patriotism in the start of the article was in Toronto, you do realise that right? And calling UG American? wut? That being said, this list is complete shit.
    This has nothing to do with Toronto at all what you mean is vancouver thats where the 2010 winter games were held
    vans1170
    illmental wrote: how about the star freakin spangled banner? or God bless the USA.. or a million of other songs I could give a shitz about but know are more fitting than this crap!
    04. Jimi Hendrix - "Star Spangled Banner" i guess you mean the actual francis scott key banner.
    staind_dust87
    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.
    I think ur taking this Article way to seriously lol
    Ashland112
    Sweet home alabama is about the south rising to power again. Where's the patriotism?