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13 Workout Songs to Celebrate Independence Day

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7/4/2013 6:00 AM   :  30 comments   :  24,749 Views

July 4th may be synonymous with vacation, family time and cookouts, but one thing you should also squeeze in to your patriotic celebrations is a little exercise. Most of us have the day off from work, so take advantage of that extra time!

Here are some upbeat tunes that will fit into your workout playlist (or backyard party) on the Fourth.
 
Beach Boys – Surfin' U.S.A.


Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A.


Cabin Crew – Waiting for a Star to Fall


Dave Matthews Band – American Baby


Ellie Goulding – Lights


Estelle ft. Kanye West – American Boy


George Michael – Freedom! '90


John Mellancamp – Little Pink Houses


John Mellancamp – R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.


Katy Perry – Firework


Lenny Kravitz – American Woman


Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A.


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – American Girl



Looking for more music? Don't forget to check out SparkPeople's popular music mix featuring the top running songs of all time--now available at iTunes!

What is your favorite patriotic song? Will you work out on Independence Day?





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  • 30
    Good old James Brown, Livin' in America ... both in (personal) good times and in bad .. this R&B classic song sends a message ... - 7/5/2013   12:01:46 PM
  • 29
    must be old old never heard of any of these songs I stick to my list thanks any way it gave me five spark points is all i can say about this list. don't even think many of the pictures are that special either. - 7/4/2013   10:43:32 PM
  • 28
    American Woman is not exectly a song "celebrating" America. It is instead a Canadian diatribe against American culture and it's dominance of Canadian culture. - 7/4/2013   8:50:42 PM
  • 27
    Another great one that's a good workout song--Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Flies by Aaron Tippen. (An odd thing--a couple people called out Born in the USA, but nobody mentioned American Woman, which is by no means a patriotic song!) - 7/4/2013   12:27:01 PM
  • 26
    I'm not sure I have a favorite. I like a lot of those songs. - 7/4/2013   11:53:24 AM
  • 25
    my favorites are Only In America, by Brooks and Dunn and That's America by Rodney Adkins and the best is God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood! also Toby Keith's American Soldier, Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue and Made in America, rock out to those today!!! - 7/4/2013   10:38:30 AM
  • 24
    Neil Diamond's "Coming to America" was my first choice when I read the title of this article - very surprised it wasn't on there! Also, some of the real songs - any of John Philip Sousa's marches! Stars and Stripes Forever! the latter part of the 1812 Overture! - 7/4/2013   9:47:25 AM
  • 23
    With all the truly great patriotic songs we have why in the world would you pick these?? They aren't patriotic they are peddling sex, booze, cigarettes, and who knows what else.......very poor choices.....What happened to Yankee Doodle Dandy, My Baby is American Made, God Bless the USA, She's A Grand Ole Flag, and so many others? Yes I am an oldster who remembers when patriotism was real and not something to make money on... - 7/3/2013   8:46:53 PM
  • 22
    "Independence Day" Martina McBride--Not very Patriotic but pretty bad @$$ :) - 7/3/2013   5:41:53 PM
  • 21
    "Born in the USA" isn't a slam against the United States, unless reporting the truth is a slam. The way Vietnam vets were treated in the '70s and '80s was a shame and Born in the USA brought attention to that. Is it a rah rah song? Nope, but sometimes bringing attention to a bad situation and asking Americans to do better is a very patriotic thing to do. Moving on to Toby Keith--I personally think American Soldier would be my choice, rather than Courtesy of the Red White and Blue. I'd also suggest a very old song by Frank Sinatra--The House that I Live In (That's America to Me). And Forty Hour Week by Alabama. - 7/3/2013   3:29:00 PM
  • 20
    Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" is a slam against the US, not a patriotic song. Isn't it about Vietnam vets coming back and being treated like crap by their own country after giving their lives for their country, most of them unvoluntarily because of the draft? Do some background checks before making lists like this, SP... - 7/3/2013   1:38:27 PM
  • 19
    Lee Greenwood "God Bless the USA" is a good one.
    So is Neil Diamond "Coming to America" - 7/3/2013   12:34:23 PM
  • 18
    I agree with a previous poster, Toby Keith, Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue!! Fantastic and VERY patriotic song. Quite a few of his songs are though some people don't agree with his politics so don't give them a chance. He ALWAYS supports the troops though, so how much more patriotic can you get than that??! - 7/3/2013   3:13:03 AM
  • 17
    What? Journey's "Don't stop Believing" or Bon Jovi's " living on a Prayer", "Who says you can't go home" didn't make the list. These songs scream America. Let's no forget Toby Keith's "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)" - 7/9/2012   12:46:16 AM
  • SPCRAIG
    16
    Another great one is American Girl by Tom Petty - great to run to! - 7/8/2012   4:58:38 PM
  • 15
    I think America the Beautiful is my favorite. - 7/7/2012   9:18:14 PM
  • 14
    yes I did workout today........went for a nice long walk. - 7/6/2012   12:47:01 AM
  • 13
    I just went to get the top running songs mix set from SparkPeople on iTunes and found out they are not from the original artists at all. Sorry, this is not what I was looking for at all. - 7/6/2012   12:08:03 AM
  • 12
    Beautiful Reina,

    Thanks for setting the record straight! - 7/5/2012   8:18:50 PM
  • 11
    Good choices Coach Nicole!! At first I was afraid to read this blog, thinking of the corny patriotic songs that would be listed. Surprise!! I love all these songs. I can’t believe I never think of modern music as being patriotic…..silly me.

    My family has a 4th tradition. We wake up at the crack of dawn & drive 2 hours to Mt. St Helens to hike the Ape Caves. The caves are just one long underground lava tube that is broken into 2 sections. The lower half is easy, the upper half hard. The first year I cried when we finally made it out. I was physically & mentally worn out. Happy to say this year was the best. I can feel my body is stronger and mentally I am up for any & all challenges.
    - 7/5/2012   2:26:29 PM
  • 10
    I wasn't able to swim this morning because the pool was still being cleaned so I decided to dance to these songs. I know you can't spot exercise but I wonder what doing the twist does to the waist. - 7/5/2012   1:00:06 PM
  • STEADFASTNSEE
    9
    I actually did work out yesterday. I was happy to see that the trainer @ the gym put two Silver Sneakers classes together and took time off for one hour for those who wanted to come. It was great! The only thing was driving in the heat (I have a scooter and it was over 100!) - 7/5/2012   10:36:46 AM
  • TERI081010
    8
    No thanks, don't like any of these songs. - 7/5/2012   10:19:58 AM
  • 7
    love Katy Perry's Fireworks - 7/4/2012   6:46:02 PM
  • 6
    I love Bruce Springstein but I also like Katy Perry's Firework. I am having an excellent start to my 4th, I woke up early and exercised for an hour and took a long walk/run with my dog! Ate a healthy breakfast and relaxing a bit right now. But I have the whole day ahead of me! - 7/4/2012   11:49:27 AM
  • 5
    Isn't Born in the USA the song that slams the US? The one we played at the Olympics that made the world laugh at us because we never listened to the lyrics before playing it for the world??

    YUP, I just looked up the lyrics. It is NOT a patriotic song.

    Born in the U.S.A...
    [ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/bruce+
    springsteen/born+in+the+u+s+a_20024
    969.html
    ]

    Born down in a dead man town
    The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
    You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
    Till you spend half your life just covering up

    Born in the u.s.a., I was born in the u.s.a.
    I was born in the u.s.a., born in the u.s.a.

    Got in a little hometown jam
    So they put a rifle in my hand
    Sent me off to a foreign land
    To go and kill the yellow man


    Come back home to the refinery
    Hiring man said son if it was up to me
    Went down to see my v.a. man
    He said son, don't you understand

    I had a brother at Khe Sahn
    Fighting off the Viet Cong
    They're still there, he's all gone

    He had a woman he loved in Saigon
    I got a picture of him in her arms now

    Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
    Out by the gas fires of the refinery
    I'm ten years burning down the road
    Nowhere to run aint got nowhere to go

    Born in the u.s.a., I was born in the u.s.a.
    Born in the u.s.a., I'm a long gone daddy in the u.s.a.
    Born in the u.s.a., born in the u.s.a.
    Born in the u.s.a., I'm a cool rocking daddy in the u.s.a. - 7/4/2012   11:24:47 AM
  • SEBASTIANALADY
    4
    The Broadway musical1776 is a family tradition for us to watch or listen to.
    Citizen/Soldier by 3 Doors Down is one of my favorite workout songs. - 7/4/2012   9:43:39 AM
  • 3
    I will be going running today! What great songs! - 7/4/2012   9:31:57 AM
  • 2
    Thanks for the '60's rock song. - 7/4/2012   8:41:16 AM
  • 1
    Not to this play list. I'm more of a Yankee Doodle fan. - 7/4/2012   6:16:06 AM

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