Cookouts, fireworks and freedom—we love the 4th of July! And what better way to spend part of your holiday than riding in your own personal freedom mobile—your car—and jamming out? (Windows down, of course.) Check out our picks of 19 songs for driving to your Fourth of July cookout—worthy of being belted out in your car all holiday weekend. Happy 4th!
1. “Party in the USA” – Miley Cyrus
The Fourth of July is the light-up-the-sky summer holiday of our nation’s independence and that calls for a celebration. (It’s a new American classic. Don’t fight it.)
2. “Firework” – Katy Perry
And what’s the Fourth of July without fireworks?
3. “4th Of July (Fireworks)” – Kelis
Scratch that—fireworks and a bumpin’ beat.
4. “Born In The USA” – Bruce Springsteen
Some of us are born and raised here.
5. “Made In The USA” – Demi Lovato
And others came here because there’s no place else like the USA. We’re all really one big family, and we know that what’s made in the USA is made to last.
6. “Kids In America” – Kim Wilde
We’re the kids in America. Enough said.
7. “All-American Girl” – Carrie Underwood
So here’s to all the All-American Girls “falling for the senior football star.”
8. “American Girl” – Bonnie McKee
And the American Girls “falling in love in a 7-Eleven parking lot.”
9. “American Woman” – Lenny Kravitz
And, of course, the American Woman, who has been advised to stay away from Lenny Kravitz.
10. “Empire State of Mind” – Jay Z feat. Alicia Keys
From giant metropolises like New York City.
11. “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Down south to sweet home Alabama.
12. “California Gurls” – Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
All the way west where “nothing comes close to the Golden Coast.” (And no, this isn’t even the last Katy Perry song on this list. In addition to the fine, fresh and fierce, she’s got this holiday on lock, too.)
13. “Yoü And I” – Lady Gaga
Yell “Nebraska, Nebraska, I love you!” out your car window. Just do it.
14. “Counting Stars” – OneRepublic
Because we have so many states to love. (50, if we’re counting the stars on the American flag correctly.)
15. “National Anthem” – Lana Del Rey
And while “summer’s in the air and, baby, heaven’s in your eyes,” we’ll light up the skies with red, white and blue. (God, you’re so handsome.)
16. “American Life” – Madonna
We wouldn’t give up anything for our American life. The opportunity, the diversity, the freedom! We will never give up on our own personal American dreams.
17. “Royals” – Lorde
Even though we’ll never be royals, we’re totally ok with that. Actually, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
18. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift
You hear me, England? It’s over. For good.
19. “Birthday” – Katy Perry
So Happy Birthday, America! And thanks for giving us all every reason to celebrate.
Agree with our picks or have better suggestions? Tell us in the comments and we’ll update our playlist to include all your favorite July 4th jams in time for the big day: