Best Patriotic American Songs

 

Our country has produced dozens of popular patriotic songs celebrating the U.S.A. using many different types of music . . . traditional, country, rock, and more.

And remember, a song doesn’t necessarily have to refer to the United States or our military to be patriotic. There are plenty of songs that people consider patriotic simply because they celebrate the Patriotic American spirit or a unique aspect of our shared culture.

There are a handful of top patriotic american songs that are considered to be the best national music ever produced, and that can stir feelings of national pride and U.S. patriotism in anyone who hears them.  Below is a list of the some Patriotic American songs, embedded videos that you can play of the songs with their lyrics.

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Back in 1861, Julia Ward Howe wrote the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and set it to music by William Steffe.

Lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.

(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.

(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on.”

(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is Wisdom to the mighty, He is Succour to the brave,
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of Time His slave,
Our God is marching on.

(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Our God is marching on.

God Bless America

In 1918, Irving Berlin wrote “God Bless America,” but it his version isn’t the only one we are familiar with today.  Kate Smith also revised Berlin’s version of the song twenty years later and re-recorded it.

Lyrics to “God Bless America”

“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. ”

God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

The Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner is the official national anthem of the United States of America (an act of Congress in 1931 designated it as such).  Its lyrics are taken from an 1814 poem by Francis Scott Key.  Believe it or not, the music for the Star Spangled Banner is actually a modified melody of a British drinking song called “Anacreontic Song” by John Stafford Smith.

Lyrics to “The Star Spangled Banner”

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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