As Fourth of July approaches, it's nice to take time to appreciate what life in America has to offer. And one of the best ways, at least according to us, is through music.
But instead of listening to songs about getting over a break-up, or trying to get someone new to notice you, why not listen to music that makes you happy just to be alive in the land of the free?
Of course, country music already has plenty of songs that mention why being an American is so exceptional, but we've scoured our playlists for songs will also make you realize why life as a whole is exceptional.
So grab a beer, cook up some burgers, set off some fireworks, and crank up these songs. Not only will they help you enjoy your day off from work, but your many freedom-filled days to come.
Darius Rucker, "Alright"
Darius Rucker expresses his appreciation for life no matter how simple it may be. He mentions how even though he may not be dining at a five-star restaurant, living it up on the French Riviera or eating the fanciest Caviar, he's happy right here in America, eating spaghetti and drinking a cheap bottle of wine with a roof over his head and shoes on his feet; those simple things make everything alright for him and for every other American.
Zac Brown Band, "Chicken Fried"
This song highlights the little joys that make our day, all the way down to some good fried chicken. After all, not much beats fried chicken — unless of course those burgers we suggested you put on the grill are already cooking. (Burgers never disappoint.)
Montgomery Gentry, "Something to be Proud Of"
Montgomery Gentry says it best: "If all you ever really do is the best you can, well, you did it man." If you try your best every day, that’s all you really can do; if your best isn’t good enough, don’t sweat it and keep on working hard.
Tim McGraw, "Live Like You Were Dying"
This song is a classic. Whether you’re a country fan or not, many people are familiar with this song and its meaning. So whether you know all the lyrics or you’ve never heard it before, make sure you make the most of your Fourth.
Alan Jackson ft. Jimmy Buffett, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
It’s the motto many use when they’ve started drinking a bit earlier in the day and need to justify their actions — so it’s the motto many of us will be uttering this Fourth of July. Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet pair together to sing a song that outlines our workplace frustrations and offers a way to escape the stress. So no matter what time it is right now, just know that it's five o'clock somewhere, and pour yourself a drink.
George Strait, "Here for a Good Time"
One of country’s most iconic and well-known artists teaches us that life isn’t about how long it is, but how much we capitalize on the time that we have. He’s "here for a good time," and so are we. Cheers to that, and happy Fourth to you and yours.
LoCash, "I Love This Life"
In case the title didn’t give it away, this song is about loving life. Go figure, right? Locash’s catchy tune is sure to get stuck in your head and leave you smiling, but be sure to listen to the details of the lyrics and the basic meaning behind the words they sing.
Kenny Chesney, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems"
No shoes, no shirt, no problem: Sounds simple enough to me.
Rascal Flatts, "Life is a Highway"
Life is a highway that Rascal Flatts want to ride all night long. Although, on this relaxing holiday, a highway may be too fast-paced. So instead, maybe consider life a driveway, and just park it and relax.
Luke Bryan, "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day"
We don't do much hunting of fishing, but Luke Bryan makes it sound very appealing. For the Fourth, however, we think we're just going to listen to this song rather than partake in those activities, but you should do as you please.