For those of us who truly believe we live in the land of the free and home of the brave, Memorial Day means remembering those who have fought and even died so that we can live in this great country we call the United States of America. Memorial Day also means summer follows closely behind. Summer means lying by the swimming pool or on a beach soaking up the sun’s rays, watching baseball on your living room TV or possibly even going to a game, or simply relaxing. However, you view this holiday weekend, some songs help us make this weekend even better.
“Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” by Toby Keith – Released right after the 9/11 attacks, Toby certainly makes his point with the angry feeling you receive from this song. He makes no bones on his feelings about what happened to our country that horrific day in history.
“God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood – This song fits no matter what the occasion and has become an anthem for celebrating and living in this wonderful country.
“Something to Believe In” by Poison – In one of the verses of this song, Bret Michaels sings about a Vietnam veteran and how that war affected when he returned home. Vietnam took its toll on many of our military even years after the war was over.
“Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen – This song is certainly about all of those great things that make America what it is. Springsteen projects the pride he feels being born here.
“R.O.C.K. in the USA” by John Mellencamp – Like Springsteen, Mellencamp sings about how he feels about our country. He even lives right in the heart of America in Indiana, where he was born.
“Summertime” by Kenny Chesney – Memorial Day weekend wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t include a couple of fun songs like this song from Chesney. He begins the song with a reference to a baseball park being used and just cruising around in a car and moves to swimming in a quarry on a hot, summer day.
“Summertime” by Bon Jovi – One of the greatest bands of all time also sings a song with the same title as Chesney. However, this version has a rock beat with the image of driving down the road with the top down on the convertible and listening to the radio.
“Kokomo” by The Beach Boys – Back in 1988 this song became popular off of the soundtrack for the Tom Cruise movie titled Cocktail. This song is just a fun song making you want to spend the summer hanging out on the beach.
“Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett – Another classic song sung by a renowned artist, Buffett sings a playful song about drinking margaritas, eating shrimp and blaming women even though he realizes it is his own fault. This song is a great one to play for any party you may have this summer.
“Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams – Many singers sometimes sing songs about actual events in their lives, and Adams does just that in this autobiographical song about growing up as a young boy.