Memorial Day Hits

The music industry has a long history of artists who have honored our soldiers through their music. Let’s take a look at some of the best recent songs that honor our brave men and women fighting overseas These tunes definitely deserve a play during your backyard barbecue this Memorial Day.

5) “Warrior” – Kid Rock
Played to the instrumentals of Kid Rock’s hit, “Jackson, Mississippi”, this was made for a National Guard promotional campaign. The opening line, “so don’t tell me who’s wrong or right when liberty starts slipping away…” calls for Americans to put aside political differences and support our troops. In the music video, NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt rocks alongside Kid Rock.

4) “Just A Dream” – Carrie Underwood
In this ballad, a young man leaves his girlfriend to head to war and promises her that when he returns they will get married. Unfortunately, his return marks funeral plans rather than wedding plans. At the 2008 Country Music Awards, Leslie Ponder, widow of Army Sergeant James Ponder, introduced Underwood before she performed this heartbreaking number.

3) “American Soldier” – Toby Keith
Toby Keith is perhaps one of the music industry’s biggest supporters of America’s armed personnel. Talking about being a loving husband and father, “American Soldier” captures the sacrifices our soldiers make during tours of duty. Understanding that some things in life are bigger than the individual, the soldier in Keith’s song is willing to lay down his life for those he loves.

2) “I’m Already There” – Lonestar
Probably one of the most sentimental songs dedicated to U.S. Soldiers, in this Lonestar classic, a child calls his father who is on duty overseas. The child asks, “daddy, when you coming home?” The weepy-eyed father responds, “I’m already there.” The father goes on to remind the child that he is there in the wind, in the child’s imaginary friend, and the sunshine in his hair.

1) “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” – Toby Keith
Toby Keith is at it again with what is arguably his biggest hit. “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” is loud, obnoxious patriotism at its finest. Written after the September 11th terrorist attacks, Keith declares to America’s enemies that we will “stick a boot in your ass, its the American way!” The song begins talking about how his “daddy served in the Army” and “lost his right eye” but always proudly flew the American flag. This song is unapologetic in its defense of Americans troops, freedom, and patriotism.

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