5. Spirit- 1984
George Orwell’s infamous 1984 has been adapted into countless songs, films, and other assorted pieces of art. However, in my opinion this song by underrated rock legends, Spirit, is one of the best adaptations of Orwell. Should you be unfamiliar with Spirit, they are the band a young Led Zeppelin stole Stairway to Heaven from when they used to open for Spirit in the seventies. The song is a perfect Fourth of July reminder of the hazards of an unchecked government in a groovin’ prog rock ballad.
Knockin’ on your door
Will you let it come?
Will you let it run your life?”
4. Taxman- The Beatles
The Beatles’ Taxman is one of the catchiest, funniest songs you will ever hear. Almost ubiquitously hailed as the greatest band in history, it is hard to go wrong with the Beatles.
Disguised in poppy harmonies and cute accents, Taxman delivers one of the most poisonous blows ever dealt to an over reaching government. Not only is this song an absolute must for any Fourth of July celebration, it should be blasted at blistering levels on the floors of Congress at all times.
“Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman”
3. Anthem- Rush
Rush arguably got more people into Ayn Rand than Ayn Rand did. Rush boasts the world’s greatest living drummer in their virtuoso trio, Neil Peart, who in addition to this song, wrote an entire album inspired by the works of Rand. To borrow the wording of the title, this song is an anthem for the individualist, the sovereign spirit, and the liberty lover.
“Live for yourself — there’s no one else
More worth living for
Begging hands and bleeding hearts will
Only cry out for more
Well, I know they’ve always told you
Selfishness was wrong
Yet it was for me, not you, I
Came to write this song”
2. Uprising- Muse
The title of this song will tell you everything you need to know about the song, and why it deserves a spot on your Independence Day soundtrack. In the spirit of 1776, this song is a beautiful testament to Thomas Jefferson’s idea of the frequent overthrowing of tyrants.
“They will not force us,
They will stop degrading us,
They will not control us,
We will be victorious
So come on”
1. Sons Of Liberty- Frank Turner
Fair warning, at the end of the song there is a brief, justified F**k, however it is quickly chased down by a Thomas Jefferson quote. This acoustic singer songwriter smacks of a Libertarian Bob Dylan, who will energize and inspire the patriot in you. Blast this in righteous defiance to the noise ordinances I’m sure will plague your Independence Day celebrations.
“Once an honest man could go from sunrise to its set
Without encountering agents of his state or government
But a sorry cloud of tyranny has fallen across the land
Brought on by the hollow men who did not understand”