Top 5 Patriotic Songs from the ’80s

american_flag_guidelines-thinkstockThis article was originally posted in preparation for the 4th of July weekend last year. Now that some justice has been served this great day, it seems like a good time to repost the “Top 5 Patriotic Songs from the ’80s”:

5. Pink Houses – John Cougar Mellencamp
This is one of my favorite John Cougar songs. It feels like he’s just driving across the country and singing about the people he is seeing. The people that make up this great country.

4. Living in America – James Brown
The “Godfather of Soul” performed this song in the movie Rocky IV, and it is on the soundtrack for that movie. You can’t help but see red, white, and blue when you hear this song.

3. America – Neil Diamond
A great patriotic song by Neil Diamond. It was a hit single in 1981, reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and appeared in his movie The Jazz Singer. It’s a positive about immigrants coming to this great country.

2. Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen
The Boss released this song in 1984 on the album of the same name. The song was in part a tribute to Springsteen’s friends who had experienced the Vietnam War, some of whom did not come back; it also protests the hardships Vietnam veterans faced upon their return from the war. It doesn’t say much for the government, but it is sympathetic for the Vietnam veteran and the working man.

1. God Bless The U.S.A. – Lee Greenwood
In my opinion, this is one of the greatest patriotic songs of all time – not just the ’80s. The song was written by Greenwood, and appears on 1984’s You’ve Got a Good Love Comin’.
It reached #7 on the Country charts when it was released. It gained popularity during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, and boosted morale.

Then it came into prominence once again after the September 11 attacks, and it was re-released as a single in 2003 after the war in Iraq began. It was released as “God Bless the USA 2003”.

Will this song be re-released once again?  It seems like as good a time as any.

3 thoughts on “Top 5 Patriotic Songs from the ’80s”

  1. Last time I took a real road trip, I kept hearing “Pink Houses” on the radio. It became the unofficial theme song of our trip. “Living in America” is one of my favorites…even though I don’t understand half of the lyrics. “America” is my favorite Neil Diamond song, hands down. Bruce’s song is solid, as is Lee’s song. Great list.


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