Memorial Day Weekend 2020 Patriotic Songs & Playlist

Memorial Day Weekend Playlist

Getty People enjoy a spring afternoon at Brooklyn's Coney Island.

Memorial Day is observed this year on Monday, May 25; however, the national holiday is celebrated all weekend long, with barbeques, beach trips, and outdoor activities to enjoy the shift toward summer weather. While Memorial Day Weekend looks a little different this year, with social distancing orders still in effect for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the weekend with music, food, and fun that honors Memorial Day.

Here are a handful of patriotic, barbeque-worthy songs to add to your 2020 Memorial Day Weekend playlist as you’re making it:


‘Only in America’ by Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn – Only In America (Official Video)Brooks & Dunn official music video for 'Only In America'. Click to listen to Brooks & Dunn on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/BrDunnSpot?IQID=BrDunnOiA As featured on The Greatest Hits Collection, vol. II. Click to buy the track or album via iTunes: http://smarturl.it/BrDunnGH2iTunes?IQID=BrDunnOiA Google Play: http://smarturl.it/BrDunnOiAPlay?IQID=BrDunnOiA Amazon: http://smarturl.it/BrDunnGH2Amz?IQID=BrDunnOiA More from Brooks & Dunn Hillbilly Deluxe: https://youtu.be/H3QEKT2mk_Q Boot Scootin' Boogie: https://youtu.be/d05tQrhNMkA Believe: https://youtu.be/X5z-jjWyAJQ More great country videos here: http://smarturl.it/CountryAnthems?IQID=BrDunnOiA Follow Brooks & Dunn Website: https://brooksanddunn.wordpress.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrooksandDunn Twitter: https://twitter.com/brooks_dunn Google+: https://plus.google.com/+brooksanddunn/posts Subscribe to Brooks & Dunn on YouTube: http://smarturl.it/BrDunnSub?IQID=BrDunnOiA ——— Lyrics: Sun coming up over New York City School bus driver in a traffic jam Starin' at the faces in her rearview mirror Looking at the promise of the Promised Land One kid dreams of fame and fortune One kid helps pay the rent One could end up going to prison One just might be president Only in America Dreaming in red, white and blue Only in America Where we dream as big as we want to We all get a chance Everybody gets to dance Only in America #BrooksAndDunn #OnlyInAmerica #Vevo2009-10-03T04:48:28Z

Brooks & Dunn released their song “Only in America” in 2001, and it continues to be a popular addition to patriotic playlists, especially for Memorial Day weekend.

The chorus’s lyrics celebrate that “Only in America / Dreamin’ in red white and blue / Only in America / Where we dream as big as we want to / We all get a chance / Everybody gets to dance / Only in America.”


‘The Ones That Didn’t Make it Back Home’ by Justin Moore

Justin Moore – The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back HomeMusic video by Justin Moore performing The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home. © 2019 Big Machine Label Group, LLC http://vevo.ly/fc4YTz2019-02-06T05:00:00Z

Since Memorial Day is observed in honor of those who lost their lives protecting the United States’ freedom, it makes sense to include Justin Moore’s “The Ones That Didn’t Make it Back Home” is a fitting inclusion on your playlist.

The chorus reminds us what Memorial Day is all about, saying “Here’s to the ones that didn’t make it back home / The ones we ain’t seen in so long / The hold up a beer ones, the wish they were here ones / The not forgotten but gone / They’re in a better place up there / But they sure left a hole down here / We just go on living and go on missing the ones / The ones that didn’t make it back home.”


‘Born in the USA’ by Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A.Bruce Springsteen's official music video for 'Born In The U.S.A.'. Click to listen to Bruce Springsteen on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/BSpringSpot?IQid=B… As featured on The Album Collection, Vol. 1 (1973-1984). Click to buy the track or albumvia iTunes: http://smarturl.it/BSpringACiTunes?IQ… Google Play: http://smarturl.it/BSpringUSAPlay?IQi… Amazon: http://smarturl.it/BSpringACAmz?IQid=… More from Bruce Springsteen Dancing In The Dark: https://youtu.be/129kuDCQtHs Streets of Philadelphia: https://youtu.be/4z2DtNW79sQ Born To Run: https://youtu.be/IxuThNgl3YA More great rock videos here: http://smarturl.it/ClassicRocks?IQid=… Follow Bruce Springsteen Website: http://brucespringsteen.net/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brucesprings… Twitter: https://twitter.com/springsteen Instagram: https://instagram.com/springsteen/ Subscribe to Bruce Springsteen on YouTube: http://smarturl.it/BSpringSub?IQid=BS… ——— Lyrics: Born down in a dead man's 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."2011-03-10T21:06:23Z

Bruce Springsteen is a must-have on a backyard barbeque playlist, and his song “Born in the USA” is the perfect song to sing along to on a national holiday.


‘America the Beautiful’ by Samuel A. Ward

No Memorial Day playlist is complete without one of the most quintessential patriotic songs: “America the Beautiful.” Almost everyone knows the words to this American classic, so consider it a great opportunity for all to stop and sing along, together, whenever it plays from your playlist.


‘Some Gave All’ by Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All (Official Music Video)Music video by Billy Ray Cyrus performing Some Gave All. (C) 1993 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc. #BillyRayCyrus #SomeGaveAll #Vevo #Country #OfficialMusicVideo2009-06-16T23:03:26Z

While not an upbeat “party” song, Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Some Gave All” is another tune that pays tribute to all those who lost their lives for the United States of America.

In the midst of your celebrating, the chorus of “Some Gave All” will honor those lost, singing “All Gave Some, Some Gave All / Some stood through for the red, white and blue / And some had to fall / And if you ever think of me / Think of all your liberties and recall / Some Gave All.”


‘Sweet Home Alabama’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home AlabamaLynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama2008-08-15T10:45:36Z

“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd is another summertime classic that, when it plays, will make it feel like summer really has arrived.


‘Living in America’ by James Brown

James Brown – Living in America (Official Video)James Brown official music video for 'Living in America'. Click to listen to James Brown on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/JBrownSpot?IQid=JBrownLiA As featured on The Greatest Hits of the Fourth Decade. Click to buy the track or album via iTunes: http://smarturl.it/JBrownGHiTunes?IQid=JBrownLiA Google Play: http://smarturl.it/JBrownLIAPlay?IQid=JBrownLiA Amazon: http://smarturl.it/JBrownGhAmz?IQid=JBrownLiA More from James Brown It's A Man's Man's Man's World: https://youtu.be/H77fRz1rybs Sex Machine (Part 1): https://youtu.be/6KjMn-OOVHg Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Part 1): https://youtu.be/rnDEr9R0snU More great eighties videos here: http://smarturl.it/Ultimate80?IQid=JBrownLiA Follow James Brown Website: http://www.jamesbrown.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesBrown Subscribe to James Brown on YouTube: http://smarturl.it/JBrownSub?IQid=JBrownLiA ——— Lyrics: This is a man's world This is a man's world But it would be nothing, nothing Without a woman or a girl You see, man made the car To take us over the road Man made the train To carry the heavy load Man made the electrolight To take us out of the dark Man made the boat for the water Like Noah made The Ark #JamesBrown #LivingInAmerica #Vevo2014-06-13T13:47:27Z

Last but certainly not least, James Brown’s “Living in America” is a must-add on any patriotic playlist.

In the comments section for the official video for “Living in America” on YouTube, one user aptly wrote “I’m not even an American but this song makes me proud to be an American.”

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