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American tunes: Fourth of July playlist

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Given the massive success of the tune -- and the cross-promotional opportunity afforded by Thursday's release of the movie "Katy Perry: Part of Me" -- it's likely that a vast majority of fireworks displays across the country today will, once again, feature Katy Perry's "Firework."

As does the following playlist. Can't help it. It's gotta happen.

But here, too, are 21 other Independence Day tracks to score your summer holiday grillin', swillin' and general chillin'.

Spanning the melting pot that is modern pop music, our Fourth o' July playlist includes cool hip-hop (Drake & Alicia Keys), classic politi-funk (Prince), patriotic soul (the Impressions, Sam Cooke), classic folk protest (Tom Paxton), newly revived folk-rock (Neil Young), hometown alt-rock (the Plain White T's), a hometown national anthem (Jennifer Hudson), even a wicked Woody Guthrie cover (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings). Bonus: no Lee Greenwood!

Try out this Spotify playlist of star-spangly tunes -- and share your own!


Thomas Conner

Thomas Conner covers pop music for the Chicago Sun-Times. Contact him via e-mail.

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