From the moment the hot dogs hit the grill until the first fireworks light up the night sky, good music is a must-have for any Fourth of July backyard BBQ. If you’re looking for a true-blue, American summer playlist for your party, the one we created below has songs—including hits from Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, The Beach Boys, Toby Keith, Kanye West and more—that every guest will enjoy.
Playlist of Patriotic and Summer Songs for the 4th of July
And if the songs on our playlist aren’t floating your Independence Day boat, check out the patriotic themed album covers we found below for more obscure tracks that may better suit your party.
Toby Keith – Shock ‘N Y’all
In addition to boasting the patriotic song, American Solider, this album also features Toby Keith perfecting that cowboy smolder under a firework-filled sky. ‘Merica!
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Adam Lambert – Acoustic Live
With a cover of red, white, and blue—and shades of black and grey—Adam Lambert’s acoustic album has five smoky hits that’ll pair well with any 4th of July fest.
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Rise Against – End Game
The peaceful amber waves of grain featured on this album’s cover are in stark contrast to the hardcore punk rock Rise Against has in store for you. Get this album going when your party guests are ready to mosh.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd – Skynyrd Nation
Half the tracks were recorded live at Freedom Hall in Louisville, KT and 85% of the cover art is the American Flag—everything about this classic southern rock album will make you happy to live in sweet home America.
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Lil Wayne –Tha Block is Hot
While Lil Wayne is busy trying to make good on his nine-album promise over the next year and a half, you can check his patriotic ensemble and original tracks on this 1999 debut album.
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Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
Jeans, white t-shirt, worn out baseball cap, all set against the iconic red and white stripes—this shot of the Boss’s backside neatly sums up what Heartland rock is all about.
Will Smith – Big Willie Style
Yes, this album is sorely missing some stars and stripes. But you have to admit that West Philadelphian born (and raised) Will Smith is an icon for achieving the American Dream. Plus, some of this album’s tracks make for great throwback hits at any party—Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It, Miami…anyone?
Rocky IV Album
Rocky Balboa vs. Ivan Drago. USA vs. the USSR. On a scale from one to Bald Eagle, this album ranks up there with the Miracle on the Ice.
Dolly Parton – For God and Country
From start to finish, Dolly takes you through 18 tracks of American-inspired songs, including Francis Scott Key’s The Star Spangled Banner.
Trick Daddy – Finally Famous
Trick’s eighth studio album was released in 2009 and debuted at #34 on The Billboard 200. Not only does Trick Daddy keep southern hip-hop alive with this album, he also lets you know that he’s living the American dream. Living the dream so large, that he should be on Mount Rushmore “baby ’cause he’s a thug.”