There are a lot of overwrought "patriotic" songs masquerading as inspirational, but the ol' U.S. of A. has also moved many artists to actually come up with some killer tunes. We've collected a few of our favorites here, and we'd love to hear what songs you feel capture the spirit of the country. Let us know in the comments below.
In the meantime, dig in to some sonic goodness slathered in the stars and stripes to help you get ready for the Fourth of July festivities.
Let's start with arguably the best version of the national anthem from semi-recent memory, courtesy of Whitney:
The Godfather of Soul? Yup, he dug living in America, and appearing in camp classic Rocky IV, where this song comes from:
Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine, The Oregonian and KUER-FM. He grew up seeing the country in an Air Force family and studied...