May 16

Top Five Country Songs About Patriotism


In memory of all the ones who died to protect our country, we share to you songs that represent patriotism. Since Memorial Day is fast approaching, this list of songs can be played to honor the men and women who died for our freedom.

The songs we have chosen here are not arranged in any order.

Five Country Songs About Patriotism

“God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood

We begin with the wonderful words from Lee Greenwood‘s “God Bless the USA.” This patriotic country song was written by Greenwood in 1983 as a response to how he felt during the tragic shooting of the Korean Airline flight 007. In addition, Greenwood wanted to write something to honor his country too. Therefore, he ended up writing the song for his third studio album, You’ve Got a Good Love Coming.

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Lee Greenwood/ Photo by Yoland Hunter (US Air Force)

“God Bless the USA” became the song that’s closely associated with Greenwood. On the year it was released (1984), the song reached number seven on the country chart. It made another appearance on the chart in 2001, this was when the 9/11 attacked happened.

Greenwood wanted us to stand as one for our country. It is our duty to not fall apart, but to protect this home like what many of our soldiers have done. Let us not put the sacrifices of the men and women who gave their lives to this country into waste.

And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me

“Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash

Despite the many hardships that America has endured, it will and forever will stand strong. This is what Johnny Cash wanted to send out from his song “Ragged Old Flag.” The song was written by Cash during the time when President Richard Nixon stepped down from his office. Cash was a supporter of Nixon, yet he questioned himself when a huge issue happened during Nixon’s term.

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Johnny Cash with the Ragged Old Flag/ Photo via madlyodd.com

Instead of writing a song about the fall of the government, Cash wrote a song that strengthens America. His spoken word masterpiece reminds us how great America is, how good the people are, and how strong his country is. Despite being a wonderful patriotic song, “Ragged Old Flag” only peaked at number thirty-one on the chart.

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

“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” by Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson couldn’t express the way he felt when he found out about the tragic 9/11 attack. He was out of words despite wanting to write something about it. But, on October 28, 2001, Jackson woke up with a melody on his head, which he recorded. He then finished writing the song on that day.

“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” was released as a single in November 2001, receiving numerous positive reviews. Jackson’s single reached number one on the chart and won various awards from different awarding bodies. In addition, he won his first Grammy award in 2002.

Where were you when the world stopped turnin’
That September day?

“American Soldier” by Toby Keith

Toby Keith surely knows how to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country. His single “American Soldier” was penned by him and another Nashville songwriter, Chuck Cannon. Keith said that he wrote the song as a thank you to the troops and their families who supported him, and who also worked hard for America’s freedom.

“It’s written for all the times that I get to meet the troops on these USO tours…”Since ‘Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American),’ the P.O.W.s and the families and stuff that have come and brought me back my old CD covers and stuff that they had and shown how much support they had, and this is my support for the American fighting men and women.”

“American Soldier” reached the top of the country chart. In addition, it has also secured a spot on the all-genre chart of the Billboard at number twenty-eight. Because of its theme and its heartwarming message Keith sold millions of copy of his single. Therefore, it was platinum-certified by RIAA in 2013.

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Photo Credit: via Billboard. com

As a matter of fact, Keith has released four songs that contained the word America on it. All of which reached the top of the country chart.

  • “Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)”
  • “American Soldier”
  • “American Ride”
  • “Made in America”

“Arlington” by Trace Adkins

“Arlington” is perhaps one of the best and perfect songs to be played on Memorial Day. The song is told on the perspective of a soldier who died during the war. At a young age, he had been going to Arlington to see his grandfather’s tomb. Now it’s his turn to be living there. “Arlington” may have not reached the top of the chart (number sixteen) but it’s the story of the song that made it a strong patriotic song.

It was penned by Jeremy Spillman and Dave Turnbull in 2005. The song was recorded by Trace Adkins, and he released it as a single on the same year. “Arlington” was released from his album Songs About Me.

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Trace Adkins/ Photo by Kristin Barlowe

Adkins said in an interview with CMT that he had been waiting for a long time to record such song, and when he finally got the chance, he couldn’t be happier. We can all agree that the song definitely fits Adkins way of telling the story and his deep voice. You can feel the emotions pouring out on every word.

“But then this song came along, and I said, ‘Oh, there it is. That’s what I’ve been waiting for.’ It’s just a nonpolitical song. It doesn’t glorify war at all or anything like that. It’s just simply playing tribute and homage and respect to the people who gave that last full measure.”

Those are five songs you can play on this coming Memorial Day. If you want more, here are some songs that also has the same theme.

  • “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” by Toby Keith
  • “Home” by Dierks Bentley
  • “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” by Aaron Tippin
  • “Letters from Home” by John Michael Montgomery
  • “Some Gave All” by Billy Ray Cyrus


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