5 Best Countries' Songs
The best countries' songs are celebratory and festive songs that sing the praises of certain countries or just the concept of the unity one can idealistically expect in any country. Some of these songs can be national anthems while others are simply long-standing and well-known songs that have remained as perennial favorites throughout the generations.
- "This Land Is Your Land." "This Land Is Your Land" has got to be the most famous countries' song because it has been used so many times throughout the years and decades in all manner of references from the media, to popular culture, and even to just basic sing-a-longs around a campfire. Written by Woodie Guthrie, who was relentlessly associated with many Communist groups throughout his life, this song seems to celebrate unity and the togetherness of being citizens of the same country, but it is actually quite a political song and has been politicized for many purposes throughout the years, most notably for Democrat Party causes.
- "The Star-Spangled Banner." On this list because of its patriotic and nationalistic purpose, "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States, and its time-honored and instantly recognizable melody is as synonymous with the United States as is apple pie or The Republican Party. Written by Francis Scott Key, the then 35-year-old amateur poet and lawyer, "The Star-Spangled Banner" came into being after Key was a witness to the bombing of Fort McHenry by the British in Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812.
- "God Bless America." When it is getting harder and harder these days to refer to God in public life in the United States, the patriotic and classic "God Bless America" still reminds Americans everywhere that patriotism is as American as apple pie and the Fourth of July. Written by Irving Berlin in the year 1918 and the signature song of Kate Smith, "God Bless America" was revised by Berlin as a response to the rising totalitarianism of the socialist regime of Adolph Hitler in Germany.
- "God Save The Queen." The United Kingdom's national anthem, "God Save The Queen" is world-famous because it has been around for a real long time, appearing first in 1744 in a published version that is close to what the English sing today. Though earlier versions or iterations of the song appeared earlier than 1744, "God Save The Queen" takes the number four spot in this list of the best countries' songs due to all the countries in addition to the United Kingdom that use it. New Zealand, Canada, Australia and several island nations use this anthem also.
- National Anthem of Mexico. The National Anthem of Mexico is sometimes called "Mexicanos, al grito de guerra," but this is only its unofficial name. Adopted as Mexico's anthem in 1943, its lyrics had, however, already existed since 1853 when they were composed by the poet Francisco Gonzalez Bocanegra. This anthem is very macho, recalling Mexican victories in many a hard-fought battle, which is why it sits at number five on this list.