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4th of July Playlist: 13 Songs to Soundtrack Your Cookout

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Happy (almost) 4th of July weekend, PopCrushers!

The festivities are just about to officially kick off, and we’re feeling especially patriotic — err, poptriotic — at the moment. To celebrate the America’s gool ol’ day of independence, we’ve gathered together some of the most America-centric pop gems recorded by some of our favorite pop stars in the past few years…and a few classics for good measure, of course. From Katy Perry to Lana Del Rey to, yes, even Team America: World Police, there’s no shortage of American pop goodness.

So, whether you’re headed to the beach with friends for a cookout or cracking open a beer and eating some hot dogs at a BBQ, this playlist ought to get you in the spirit. America…f–k yeah!

Estelle, “American Boy”


Estelle may be British, but you don’t need to be a native in order to appreciate the charms of stateside guys.

Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A.”


Jessie J co-wrote this enduring earworm, and Miley made it a No. 2. hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s still catchy as hell and pairs well with grilled hot dogs and potato salad.

Bonnie McKee, “American Girl”


The powerhouse singer-songwriter is best known for co-writing some of Katy Perry’s biggest hits, but she’s turned out some gems herself.

The lyrics “I fell in love in a 7/11 parking lot / Sat on the curb drinking slurpees we mixed with alcohol /We talked about all our dreams and how we would show ’em all” certainly paint a vivid picture of American life.

Katy Perry, “Firework”


You didn’t think we were going to leave this one out, did you? It’s a little on-the-nose to play this track as you light your sparklers, but we recommend it nevertheless.

Lana Del Rey, “National Anthem”


Lana has a few songs that examine life in America — including one actually titled “America,” but that track’s a little down-tempo for a party. “National Anthem” covers the more lurid aspects of our capitalist culture, set to a hip-hop beat.

Demi Lovato, “Made in the USA”


Demi sings of a bond that’s stronger than domestically-manufactured denim on this Demi single. “No matter what the people say, I know that we’ll never break / ‘Cause our love was made, made in the USA.” 

Carrie Underwood, “All-American Girl”


Our American Idol — and proud of it! The powerhouse performer cycles through dozens of careers in her ode to the All-American Girl, underscoring the fact that we’re free to be anything we want in this country…including a massively successful country star.

One Direction, “Kids In America”


Sure, this is another non-American act — but that isn’t going to stop 1D from rocking out like they’re born in the USA! Back before shooting to superstardom, the boys took on the Kim Wilde classic on X Factor UK. And don’t worry — those kids sure came to America!

Mariah Carey, “Fourth of July”


What would a festive celebrations of patriotic moments be without the Elusive Chanteuse and Queen of Festivity herself, dahhhling? Mimi’s fabulously romantic ode to the 4th is a real firecracker, if you will.

5 Seconds of Summer, “Mrs. All American”


So, it’s official: International boy bands just love them some all-American girls. 5SOS might be Aussie-bred, but their hearts are clearly living in the USA.

Team America: World Police, “America, F–k Yeah!”


This hilarious patriotic jam might be the theme song to a movie, but it’s kind of become a legitimate American anthem for the new generation. Seriously! F–k yeah, America!

Beyonce, “Freedom”


In Beyonce’s America, freedom is something you’re born with, and if it’s stolen away, you take it back. It’s aggressive, uncompromising and steadfast, and its never-give-up mantra is about as American as it gets.

Weezer, “I Love the USA”


Spacecraft Juno’s arrival to Jupiter is set for Independence Day 2016 — so, naturally, NASA asked Weezer to ring in the occasion by writing a song. “I love the USA” was born shortly thereafter, which includes the simple sentiment “I love the USA / F— yeah, this place is great.”

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