LIST: Country Music’s Most Patriotic Songs

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Country music has long celebrated American pride and resilience through countless songs and legendary lyrics. From tracks that bring us together in tough times to anthems that honor freedom and sacrifice, these songs have held a special place in the hearts of listeners nationwide. Join us as we explore country music’s top 25 patriotic songs, each representing the values and spirit that make up the American experience.

1. “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” by Toby Keith

Toby Keith spent much of his long career honoring service members through his music. His popular song, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” is a prime example.

Written in late 2001, it was inspired by his father’s death in March of that year and the September 11 attacks. Released in May 2002 as the lead single from his album Unleashed, it became a staple for Keith to perform over the years, including for U.S. troops overseas. It remains one of Toby Keith’s most beloved and patriotic songs.

2. “Some Gave All” by Billy Ray Cyrus

“Some Gave All” by Billy Ray Cyrus is a powerful song that pays tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for their country. Written by Cyrus and his first wife, Cindy Smith, it was released in 1992 as the title track of his debut album, Some Gave All. The lyrics express deep respect and gratitude for veterans and service members who have died in the line of duty. The song has struck a chord with many listeners over the years and has become a well-known anthem of honor and remembrance.

“All gave some, some gave all / Some stood through for the red, white and blue / And some had to fall / And if you ever think of me / Think of all your liberties and recall / Some gave all.”

3. “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood

Lee Greenwood’s iconic song “God Bless the U.S.A.” has been a staple of American culture for nearly four decades. Originally released in 1984, the song reached No. 7 on the country charts and has since become an extremely loved patriotic anthem. Due to its popularity, Greenwood has re-recorded it several times. The first re-recording was for his 1992 album American Patriot, followed by another version in 2003 titled “God Bless the U.S.A. 2003.” Most recently, Greenwood re-recorded the song in celebration of its 40th anniversary. You can listen to it in the video above or stream it HERE.

4. “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” by Aaron Tippin

“Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” by Aaron Tippin reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for one week after its release in response to the September 11 attacks. All proceeds from the single were donated to the Red Cross to assist families affected by the tragedy. Randy Goodman, the label president at the time, stated that the song raised around $250,000 for this cause.

“I pledge allegiance to this flag / If that bothers you, well, that’s too bad / But if you got pride and you’re proud you do / Hey, we could use some more like me and you / Where the stars and stripes / And the eagle fly”

5. “American Soldier” by Toby Keith

Toby Keith’s song “American Soldier,” released in 2003 on his album Shock’n Y’all, was co-written with Chuck Cannon and co-produced by James Stroud. It topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for four weeks and reached the Top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. Inspired by his USO tour experiences and stories from military members, Keith aimed to honor the bravery and sacrifices of servicemen and women with the song. It served as a tribute to their personal journeys, offering an intimate look into the human side of every soldier.

6. “Only in America” by Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn debuted “Only In America” in June 2001 as the second single from their album Steers & Stripes. The song’s lyrics portray different American lives: from a school bus driver with children aboard in the first verse to newlyweds in a limousine in the second verse. The chorus celebrates that “only in America” can individuals like them “dream as big as [they] want to.”

“Only in America Dreamin’ in red, white, and blue / Only in America / Where we dream as big as we want to / We all get a chance / Everybody gets to dance / Only in America”

7. “Color Me America” by Dolly Parton

“Color Me America” by Dolly Parton might not be as well-known as some of her other songs, but it’s arguably one of her most powerful. Featured on her 2003 album For God and Country, this track’s lyrics includes themes of unity and patriotism. It celebrates Americans coming together during challenging times, regardless of differences.

8. “Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash

“Ragged Old Flag” was written by Johnny Cash in 1974 while he was in Binghamton, New York, during a time of political turmoil that saw President Richard Nixon resign due to the Watergate scandal. The song tells the story of an old man in a town square reflecting on what the flag and the country have been through together.

“So we raise her up every morning / We take her down every night / We don’t let her touch the ground and we fold her up right / On second thought, I do like to brag / ‘Cause I’m mighty proud of that ragged old flag”

9. “Made in America” by Toby Keith

In Toby Keith’s song “Made in America,” released in 2011 on his album Clancy’s Tavern, the lyrics depict a farmer’s dedication to buying goods produced in the USA. The song shares his concern over the increasing availability of foreign-made products, emphasizing his strong preference for supporting American-made items.

10. “American Heart” by Faith Hill

“American Heart,” by Faith Hill was the first official single from her seventh studio album in 2012. Written by Jonathan Singleton and Jim Beavers, the song tells the story of a woman who overcomes her challenges through her belief in the American dream.

“And it beats like a drum down in New Orleans / Sings like a Motown melody / It dreams like California / Bigger than the Texas sky / It bleeds, it scars / But it shines when times get hard / And you can’t break an American heart”

11. “America Will Survive” by Hank Williams Jr.

Taking his popular song “A Country Boy Can Survive,” Hank Williams Jr. re-wrote and re-recorded it as a patriotic song after the 9/11 attacks, calling it “America Will Survive.” This new version reached number 45 on the Billboard country charts and has since become a go-to among patriotic country songs.

“‘Cause you can’t scare us out, you can’t make us run / What we got here is freedom and fun / We say grace and we say “ma’am” / If they don’t like that, we don’t give a damn”

12. “If You’re Reading This” by Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw’s 2007 release, “If You’re Reading This,” is one of his most impactful songs, portraying an emotional letter from a soldier to his lover, addressing the possibility of his death in battle. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard country charts in October 2007, marking McGraw’s forty-second Top Ten country hit. It also peaked at No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100.

13. “We Shall Be Free” by Garth Brooks

“We Shall Be Free” is a song by Garth Brooks, released in 1992 as the first single from his album “The Chase.” The song, co-written by Brooks and Stephanie Davis, stands out for its progressive and inclusive message, advocating for equality and freedom for all people, regardless of race, religion, etc.

14. “America Will Always Stand” by Randy Travis

Randy Travis’ “America Will Always Stand” is a song that celebrates the strength and unity of America. The song emphasizes that, even in tough times, Americans will always stand together. Travis also honors the U.S. troops, describing them as “the world’s greatest heroes.”

“She stands in the face of evil / And will not lose hope or faith / America, the land of freedom / Still the home of the brave”

15. “It’s America” by Rodney Atkins

Rodney Atkins’ song “It’s America” came out in November 2008 as the first single and title track from his 2009 album. The song captures the essence of American pride and celebrates the everyday joys and community spirit that make up the country. The song debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, reaching No. 1, and also made it to No. 47 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“It’s a high school prom / It’s a Springsteen song / It’s a ride in a Chevrolet / It’s a man on the moon / And fireflies in June / And kids sellin’ lemonade / It’s cities and farms / It’s open arms / One nation under God / It’s America”

16. “Have You Forgotten?” by Darryl Worley

“Have You Forgotten?” by Darryl Worley is a song that reflects on the September 11 attacks. Released in March 2003 as the lead single and title track from his compilation album, it quickly became a number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, holding the top spot for seven weeks after just five weeks on the chart. It also reached number 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Worley’s biggest crossover hit. Twenty years later, on June 30, 2023, Worley released a follow-up song titled “Have We Forgotten.”

17. “God Bless America Again” by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty

“God Bless America Again” is a country song performed as a duet by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. Released in 1976 on their album United Talent, the song is a plea for divine intervention to guide America back to its moral and traditional values during the social and political challenges of the time.

“God, I sure do wish You’d bless America again / You know, like You did way back when it all began / You blessed her then, but we just sorta kinda took it for granted / And never did ask again / So just hold her hand God, that’s all / And if she should stumble, please, don’t let her fall”

18. “American Made” by The Oak Ridge Boys

“American Made” by The Oak Ridge Boys is a classic country anthem released in January 1983. This upbeat track celebrates American craftsmanship and the pride of owning goods made in the USA. In the song, the narrator expresses frustration over many everyday items being foreign-made. However, he finds peace in the fact that his “baby” is American made.

“My baby is American Made / Born and bred in the U.S.A. / From her silky long hair to her sexy long legs / My baby is American Made”

19. “American Kids” by Kenny Chesney

“American Kids” by Kenny Chesney is an upbeat country song that celebrates the carefree spirit of American youth. Released in June 2014 on his album The Big Revival, the track reminisces about growing up in America. Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally, the song topped the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It resonated widely for its relatable portrayal of summer adventures and embracing individuality, quickly becoming a favorite for many.

20. “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” by Justin Moore

“The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” by Justin Moore is a touching country song released in October 2018 as part of his album Late Nights and Longnecks. Written by Moore, Paul Digiovanni, Chase McGill, and Jeremy Stover, the song pays tribute to fallen heroes who have bravely served. The song remains a reminder of courage and the importance of honoring those who have given their lives in service.

“Here’s to the ones that didn’t make it back home / The ones we ain’t seen in so long / The hold up a beer ones, the wish they were here ones / The not forgotten but gone”

21. “Fly Over States” by Jason Aldean

“Fly Over States” by Jason Aldean, released in February 2012, is a country song from his album My Kinda Party. It became his seventh number one hit and fourteenth top 10 hit, marking a big achievement in his career. The title refers to the Southern and Midwestern United States, often overlooked by travelers as they fly over. Aldean tells a story about two men on a flight from New York to Los Angeles, looking down at rural landscapes and thinking they’re not important. However, he challenges this view, showing the value of these areas and their hardworking residents. Aldean wants listeners to see that every part of the country matters, no matter where you’re from, emphasizing that all Americans are equally important.

“They’ve never drove through Indiana / Met the men who plowed that earth / Planted that seed, busted his ass for you and me / Or caught a harvest moon in Kansas / They’d understand why God made those fly over states”

22. “American Flag On The Moon” by Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley was inspired to write “American Flag on the Moon” when his young son asked about seeing the flag left by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. This sparked Paisley’s creativity, leading him to create a song that celebrates America’s historic journey to the moon. Released in June 2021, the song expresses Paisley’s admiration for this brave achievement and the spirit of exploration that continues to inspire people worldwide.

“Tonight I dare you to dream / Go on, believe impossible things / Whenever anybody says there’s anything we can’t do / I mean after all, there’s an American flag on the moon”

23. “Happy Birthday America” by Toby Keith

Just like many of Toby Keith’s other patriotic songs, “Happy Birthday America” shares his patriotism through music. However, unlike some of his previous works, this track also shares concerns about the direction the U.S. may be heading.

24. “American Spirit” by Thomas Rhett

“American Spirit” by Thomas Rhett is featured on his sophomore album, Tangled Up. It’s an acoustic track that celebrates the simple joys of living in the United States of America.

“And if you can’t baby, listen to the lyrics / It’s friday night freedom / Football game / It’s proud of where you from / It’s your last name / It’s thirteen stripes and fifty stars [in the wind?] / So hold up your beer and holler if you hear it”

25. “Home” by Dierks Bentley

“Home” by Dierks Bentley, released in February 2011, is a song that celebrates America’s resilience and spirit. It explores themes of identity, pride, and belonging. The song topped the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, praised for its lyrics and Bentley’s emotional performance.

“Free, nothing feels like free / Though it sometimes means / We don’t get along / ‘Cause same, no we’re not the same / But that’s what makes us strong”

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