19 Songs For Driving To Your Fourth Of July Cookout

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:


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