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Crack a cold one and turn up this 45-song salute to America

Between all the pie baking, beer drinking, and hot dog eating, it can be a pain to assemble the perfect soundtrack for your annual Fourth of July festivities. How can you be expected to carve out a few hours of appropriate song choices while your body is so full of junk food, and your mind is so focused on blowing things up?

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Let’s face it: Forging the perfect list of American-themed songs is no small feat. Questions abound from the get go. Do you blast classic blues all day, or do you kick it up a notch with rock and roll? And what about country — how much Toby Keith is too much Toby Keith? Can you really be expected to drink from a red solo cup without listening to Red Solo Cup?

The answers to all these questions and more can be found in our newly-crafted list of classic American cuts, expertly arranged by our music staff to suit the mood of your annual USA-themed summer shindig. Here we’ve provided a few hours of tunes for your enjoyment, in hopes that by the time this playlist finishes, your friends and neighbors will be blowing things up in the cul-de-sac. Who knows, you might just want to come back to this one every year.

After all, what’s more American than enjoying your country’s classic singles without having to raise a finger to pick what’s on next? That’s what we call luxurious patriotism.

So enjoy our playlist, and if you like what you hear, be sure to check out the ever-increasing number of other cool playlists emerging on our Spotify channel, including the Best songs for a summer barbecue, as well as our collection of Awesome songs to work to, in genres ranging from classical to classic rock.