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George Washington’s Top 5 Favorite Patriotic Songs (As Imagined by Us…)

Updated: May 30, 2022

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Although not musically-inclined himself,

George Washington was a lover of good music. He once exclaimed "Nothing

is more agreeable, and ornamental, than good music." Although patriotic music has been around since the birth of our country, many of our most popular patriotic songs like "Johnny Comes Marching Home Again" were

not composed until after Washington’s death in 1799. We decided to have some fun and put together an “imagined” list of what we think would’ve been our 1st President’s favorite patriotic songs (If he had heard them).

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When it comes to patriotic songs, these few stand out above the rest. From "The

Star-Spangled Banner" to "God Bless America", these patriotic

songs have become anthems for generations of Americans. At

we celebrate America's patriotism "loudly and proudly" with our assembly, SPIRIT OF AMERICA. During the show, students are introduced to some of the most popular patriotic songs of all time.

Here are some interesting facts about each and some reasons why Washington might’ve liked them.

#1. "The

Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key

"The Star-Spangled Banner" was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814. The lyrics of the song describe the flag of the United States of America during the War of 1812. The

song has been designated as the national anthem of the United States since

1931. "The Star-Spangled Banner" is typically played at patriotic

events, such as sporting events and patriotic holidays.

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The song is also

frequently sung by school children in America. The anthem evokes feelings of pride and patriotism

in Americans and gives kids a good reason to salute our grand old flag.

#2. "God

Bless America" by Irving Berlin

The song was first released in1938, and it quickly became a popular choice for patriotic occasions. The lyrics express a desire for God to bless America, and they also contain a sense of hope and pride in the nation.

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Patriotic music often includes themes of

liberty and justice, and it often celebrates the country's natural beauty.

patriotic songs are typically upbeat and optimistic, and they often make use of

patriotic symbols like the flag or the bald eagle. Patriotic music is a genre

that is enjoyed by people of all ages, and it can be a powerful way to show

love for one's country. The song has been recorded by many different artists,

including Kate Smith, who gave the song its most famous performance. "God

Bless America" is a patriotic anthem that truly celebrates the spirit of


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#3. "America the Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates

"America the Beautiful" a patriotic favorite was written by Katharine Lee Bates in

1895, the song celebrates the beauty of the American landscape.

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The lyrics are often quoted at patriotic events, and the melody is played regularly on Independence

Day. "America the Beautiful" has also been adopted as an unofficial anthem by a number of organizations, including the National Park Service and Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 2010, Congress even passed a resolution recognizing the song as "a symbol of American freedom and liberty." Given its status as a national treasure, it's no surprise that "America the Beautiful" is often flown alongside the flag at flag-raising ceremonies. Whether you're hearing it for the first time or singing along with familiar words, there's no mistaking the power of this beautiful song.

4. Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

In 1896, John Phillips Sousa, one of America's most prolific military march composers wrote "The Stars and Stripes Forever," which quickly became one of the most popular

patriotic songs in America.

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It was a cold February day in 1897 when John Phillip Sousa took the stage at Willard Hall in Washington, D.C. to perform his new composition, "The Stars and Stripes Forever." The crowd was immediately enchanted by the stirring melody and patriotic lyrics, and Sousa was greeted with a standing ovation. In the years since, it has become an American classic, known and loved by generations of patriotic Americans. Every 4th of July, millions of people

across the country listen to this patriotic march as they celebrate our

nation's birthday. And every time we hear those familiar notes, we are reminded

of the courageous men and women who have fought to defend our freedoms. America

is truly a land of liberty and justice for all - thanks in part to "The

Stars and Stripes Forever." The patriotic spirit of Sousa's music

continues to resonate with audiences today. Every Fourth of July, its played by bands across the country, helping

to bring people together in a shared display of patriotism, all thanks to John

Phillip Sousa!

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#5. Yankee Doodle

This is the one song on our list that George Washington actually did know!

Yankee Doodle dates back to the time of the Revolutionary War, when it

was used as a marching tune by the Continental Army.

The song was originally sung by British troops to mock the American Colonists. However, theColonists quickly embraced the song and it became a rallying cry for the Patriots. Today, Yankee Doodle is still sung by patriotic Americans of all

ages. It is a simple song with over 100 verses that celebrates the United

States and its people. The lyrics tell the story of a patriotic American who is

proud to be part of his country. The chorus includes the phrase "Yankee

Doodle went to town / Riding on a pony / He stuck a feather in his cap / And

called it macaroni." Yankee Doodle is a beloved American song that will

continue to be sung for generations to come.

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The United States has a long and proud history of patriotic music that entertains and inspires millions of people every year. This list is limited to five songs but there are so many other patriotic tunes that give us all a sense of belonging and remind us

why we love our country so much. Among these are "This Land is Your Land," "My Country 'Tis of Thee and of course, the Lee Greenwood hit, "God Bless the USA." I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of the most popular patriotic tunes over the years.

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What is YOUR favorite patriotic song and is there a story behind it?

Do you think it would be one of George Washington’s favorites? Let us know why in the comments section below.

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