America, today we honor the men and women who fought for our country’s freedom. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them. Therefore, in honor of today’s celebration, we listed five country songs that involve topics of war and patriotism.
“American Soldier” by Toby Keith
Toby Keith released his heartfelt patriotic song “American Soldier” which touched millions of people’s heart with the words written in it. Surely, Keith knows how to write a song that will make you proud to be an American.
“American Soldier” was released in 2003 as one of the tracks in his album Shock’n Y’all. The song became a hit by reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country chart. In addition, Toby also made it climb the Hot 100 chart at number twenty-eight.
“Arlington” by Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins’ song may not exactly fit the Veterans Day celebration because the main character in the song died. However, this song honors the men and women in the military. It was written by Jeremy Spillman and Dave Turnbull in 2005 and it was included in Adkins’ seventh studio album, Songs About Me.
“Arlington” was written based on Corporal Patrick Nixon who died in 2003. The writer of the song said that Nixon’s story became an inspiration for them to write a song about his bravery.
“Letters from Home” by John Michael Montgomery
One of the saddest realities about having a loved one serving in the Army is the constant fear that they will never come home. The persistent worrying can sometimes drive you crazy, and it’s not easy to get rid of it. Sometimes, all you want is for them to come home safely. All of these emotions are exactly felt and portrayed in John Michael Montgomery’s song “Letters from Home.”
This poignant song was written by Tony Lane and David Lee. It was then given to Montgomery to record it as a single in 2004. Montgomery’s song reached number two on the Billboard country chart. In addition, he was able to make his song cross over to the pop chart at number twenty-four.
“Dear Uncle Sam” By Loretta Lynn
In 1966, Loretta Lynn released her self-penned song “Dear Uncle Sam.” Loretta’s single tells the story of a wife worrying about her husband who is going to war. She may love her country, but she fears that she might lose the man she loves.
I know he’s fighting for our land
I really love my country
But I also love my man”
Loretta’s single was one of the first songs that incorporated war as the theme of the music. This single led to Loretta having her first written song to enter the country charts.
“Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly” by Aaron Tippin
Last in our list of country songs to be played this Veterans Day is from Aaron Tippin. “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly” is a patriotic song that will make you proud of this country we live in. Tippin recorded this song two days after the 9/11 attack. His timing was great because 9/11 was a tragic event, but his song gave hope to people that nothing can bring America down.
There you have it, folks, five country songs that you can listen to this Veterans Day.