Fourth of July means food, fun, and fireworks!
While it’s definitely important to enjoy that bonding time with friends and family to celebrate out country, it’s also a good idea to sneak in a little workout.
Whether it’s the morning of or during the week leading up to the festivities, here is a Fourth of July themed playlist to pump you up for your workout and get you feeling all kinds of pride to be an American.
There’s a mix of old and new, pop, rock and country, so there’s sure to be something for everyone!
There are 15 songs and the playlist lasts approximately 56 minutes.
1. Party in the USA Miley Cyrus
This song came out almost six years ago, and while Miley Cyrus has changed her image countless times since then, this song will always get you the mood to move.
2. American Girl Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
When it was first released in 1977, it surprisingly was more popular in the UK than the US. This song even has a line that’s sort of about running! After all it was a great big world//With lots of places to run to
3. American Idiot Green Day
The title track from their rock-opera styled seventh album, this song is sure to get your heart pumping with its quick beat. Everyone could use a good Green Day flashback, and this is one of the songs they’re most known for.
4. Chicken Fried Zac Brown Band
So this song doesn’t directly mention anything about America, but the references to fried chicken and a Friday night beer remind me of classic America, especially regarding the South. I’m not from there, but this song feels like it just fits right in.
5. Made in the USA Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato coordinated the release of this single to coincide with Independence Day 2013. Billboard described it as “an up-tempo, red-white-and-blue-tinged celebration of everlasting love,” and I have to agree. A positive song about love is always a good workout motivator.
6. American Oxygen Rihanna
This is your reminder to “breathe out, breathe in!” This song was actually inspised by “Born in the USA” (see number 13) and is all about chasing the American dream. Use it to help you chase your workout goal.
7. Small Town USA Ashley Rhodes
This song is originally by Jason Moore, however, this version is more upbeat and better suited for a workout/pump up playlist. It’s all about being proud of your roots. No matter if you’re from a small town or a big city, we all have a reason to be proud of where we come from.
8. Firework Katy Perry
You knew I’d throw this in here. This song was released 5 years ago, yet it still makes a regular appearance on my workout playlists. This is just a feel good song about how you can do anything you set your mind to. Just own the night and your workout!
9. America Glee Cast
Another great song about chasing the American dream! It was originally written for the soundtrack of 1980 movie The Jazz Singer by Neil Diamond. This version, featured in “City of Angels” in Season 5 is more suited for a workout, as the intro is significantly shorter.
10. American Saturday Night Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley does an excellent job listing all the different things that make up America. From blended cultures, to Greek Life, to SNL you’ll be smiling at all the references you get, which will distract you from your workout.
11. U.S.A. Lovex
Lovex is a fairly unknown band from Finland. I happened to find this song while perusing Spotify and liked the beat it had. The lyrics are about dreams coming true in America, and there’s also one line I really love that’s so perfect for the current time: Rich or poor, straight or gay//Be what you want in the USA. How’s that for motivation?
12. Fourth of July Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy always delivers when it comes to good workout songs. This one is a bit nostalgic for a past love, but it gets the job done. It’s from their latest album where you can also dance like Uma Thurman.
13. Born in the USA Bruce Springsteen
If ever there were a classic “America” song, this would probably be it. The verses talk a lot about the Vietnam War, but it’s become an anthem of its own, with people (including Ronald Reagan!) disregarding what the lyrics actually mean, and focusing on the chorus.
14. Route 66 John Mayer
For some reason when looking up songs for this list I thought of the movie Cars. Then I thought of this song, which is on the soundtrack. It’s been around since 1946 and has many covers. I chose this one because of its modern artist and more upbeat rhythm.
15. Kids in America Cascada
This song was originally released by an artist from the UK. It’s been covered many times, and I chose the Cascada one as a throw back to middle school when “Everytime We Touch” was the biggest dance hit. This is great song to end your workout with. It’s leaves you feeling happy and in a great mood to celebrate the U.S. of A.