Fourth of July: Fireworks, celebrations, and music! To keep the food fresh, the weather free, and the good times rolling, there comes a time when it’s necessary to find another batch of sweet tunes to accompany your fourth of July celebration. Here is a list of the top 10 songs for your fourth of July celebration. This will be sure to send a message to the home of the brave, and the land of the free!
10. 4th of July – Azure Ray. This song, with its demure guitar play, will remind listeners of that feeling of celebrating a new nation, with something that doesn’t overpower, and, instead, compliments this special holiday. This duos’ album, Azure Ray, is available through amazon.com.
9. 4th of July – The Beach Boys. I’d heard a lot of the Beach Boys on the radio, and this is the first time I’d heard this song on last.fm. This is a heavy track, with a lot of subliminal groove going on in the background rhythm and lyrics. For those that know that the Beach Boys will live on forever with their music, this track makes it to the #9 spot on the top 10 songs for your fourth of July celebration!
8. 4th of July – Aimee Mann. Another new song for me, this song marks the passage of time more-so than the historical impact on the United States of America, and that low-key personal journey makes this another great choice for, of course, the 4th of July. Some may say that I chose these songs with “4th of July” in the titles, and that person may think to themselves, either “What a Wonderful World”, which is another great 4th of July choice, or, “Hey, these songs are another original list that I may listen, thereby enjoying this 4th of July summer. That’s great!”
7. 4th of July – Soundgarden. I used to listen to Soundgarden over a decade ago, and although I’d bought the Superunknown album, this was one of the tracks I had previously glossed over. No more! At the #7 spot, this music shows what it is like to play something in tribute to a day that stands at the heart of America! Play this out in the park, or the backyard, with the grill cooking, and the sun shining!
6. 4th of July – Robert Vaughn & The Shadows. Although not much can be found on the Internet, those that like a heartfelt song dedicated to the fourth of July can find it on the album titled, “Robert Vaughn & The Dead River Angels.” The sample I listened was more than enough to convince me that this belongs at #6!
5. Fourth of July – Mariah Carey. With a sparkle across the sky that never completely fades away, Mariah Carey does justice to the fourth of July celebration. With a smooth rendition of what the fourth of July means, stars and fireworks intermingle in musical harmony. Consumers can find this song on several of Mariah Carey’s albums on amazon.com, with a bit of searching.
4. Fourth of July – Galaxie 500. This song makes the fourth of July look grand, with funky lyrics, and catchy tunes. For those that may be ill, or bereaved, this track will keep you company on the fourth of July. Fear not, there is always something to listen to. Galaxie 500’s albums are available on amazon.com.
3. Independence Day – Elliott Smith. Cited as an extraordinary individual, with no ‘4th of July’ or ‘Fourth of July’ tags left to search and review, Elliott Smith lands at #3 with “Independence Day.” With lyrics, vocals, and a band that pays homage to the word ‘harmony’, this music truly celebrates independence and free spirits. His music is available at amazon.com
2. Chinese Anthem on the Fourth of July – Stephen B. Clarke. The title is a clever puzzle that leads curious listeners in to a wonderful surprise of guitar playing. Off of the 2005 album, Roots N’ Hubris, this track is very melodic and serves as a great backdrop for Fourth of July celebrations. This album is temporarily out of stock at amazon.com, but there are other vendors that can be found on amazon.com that do sell this album.
1. On the Fourth of July – James Taylor. More guitar playing smoothness, in honor of the fourth of July. This is the song that measures the sun, at #1! This song is featured on his October Road album, available from a number of sources, including amazon.com.