Author’s note: republishing and promoting for Veterans’ Day.
I love country music, and all types of music really, but it seems that country music is the genre that pays the most tribute to veterans. Of course, this first one from Billy Joel is good too. The Ray Charles “America the Beautiful” is the version from the 2001 World Series, right after 9/11.
Every year, we go to the Memorial Day parade in Kennett Square, and as my sons get older, I am explaining more and more about Memorial Day. Lately, Brian has been asking about flags on graves and that has been tough to explain. “Well, why did they fight?” Ah, the wisdom of the youth!
Here is my list of songs that are either pop Patriotic or pay tribute to Veterans, in case you wish to scroll down and skip over some.
- Billy Joel-Goodnight Saigon
- Tim McGraw-If you’re reading this (I can’t hear this song without crying!)
- Whitney Houston-Star Spangled Banner
- Lee Greenwood-God Bless the USA
- Brooks & Dunn-Only in America
- Toby Keith-American Soldier
- Kate Smith-God Bless America
- Bruce Springsteen-Born in the USA
- James Brown-Living in America
- John Mellencamp-Our Country
- Toby Keith-Made in America
- I’m not Home-tribute to Homeless Veterans
- Ray Charles-America the Beautiful
I am sure that there are some patriotic songs or songs about veterans that I have missed…leave me a comment and I’m happy to add it!
Billy Joel-Goodnight Saigon
Tim McGraw-If you’re reading this
Lee Greenwood God Bless the USA
Brooks & Dunn Only in America
Toby Keith American Soldier
Kate Smith-God Bless America
Bruce Springsteen-Born in the USA
James Brown-Living in America
John Mellencamp-Our Country
Toby Keith-Made in America
I’m Not Home
Ray Charles-America the Beautiful (2001 World Series, right after 9/11)