20 American-Themed Songs to Play During Class This Week

It's that time of year again! Dancers everywhere are pregaming for 4th of July festivities by wearing their best red-white-and-blue dance gear, and planning where their team will meet up to watch their city's long-anticipated (and potentially illegal) firework show. It's flat-out patriotic!

To keep up with the celebration (and to solidify yourself as your student's favorite teacher for at least the next month), we've compiled 20 songs that are great for your Independence Day dance class this year. Whether you're in need of music for a jazz, hip-hop or ballet class, with a little creativity, these songs are sure to bring down the house.

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1. "America the Beautiful": Ray Charles with Alicia Keys

2. "Your Best American Girl": Mitski

3. "American Boy": Estelle, Kanye West

4. "The Star Spangled Banner" - Live from Superbowl XXV: Witney Houston

5. "All-American Girl": Carrie Underwood

6. "God Bless the U.S.A.": Lee Greenwood

6. "American Woman": Lenny Kravitz

7. "Kids in America": Kim Wilde

8. "Sweet Home Alabama": Lynyrd Skynyrd

9. "Firework": Katy Perry

10. "Born in the U.S.A.": Bruce Springsteen

11. "Surfin' U.S.A.": The Beach Boys

12. "This Land Is Your Land": Woody Guthrie

13. "Party in the U.S.A.": Miley Cyrus

14. "American Honey": Lady Antebellum

15. "This Is America": Childish Gambino

16. "America": Imagine Dragons

17. "Made in the U.S.A.": Demi Lovato

18. "Take Me Home, Country Roads": John Denver

19. "Made in America" (clean): JAY Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean

20. "America the Beautiful": Zac Brown Band

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