1. The Star Spangled Banner 
is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from “Defence of Fort McHenry”, a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, Francis Scott Key, after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men’s social club in London.

2. My Country ‘Tis of Thee
also known as “America,” is an American patriotic song, whose lyrics were written bySamuel Francis Smith. The melody used is the British national anthem, “God Save the Queen,” arranged by Thomas Arneand used by many members of the Commonwealth of Nations. The song served as a de facto national anthem of the United States before the adoption of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the official anthem in 1931.

3. America, The Beautiful
is an American patriotic song. The lyrics were written by Katharine Lee Bates and the music composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward. Ward’s music combined with the Bates poem was first published in 1910 and titled America the Beautiful.The song is one of the most beloved and popular of the many American patriotic songs.[1] From time to time it has been proposed as a replacement for The Star-Spangled Banner as the national anthem, including television sign-offs.

4. You’re a Grand Old Flag
is a patriotic song of the United States. The song, a spirited march written by George M. Cohan, is a tribute to the U.S. flag. In addition to obvious references to the flag, it incorporates snippets of other popular songs, including one of his own. Cohan wrote it in 1906 for George Washington, Jr., his stage musical.

5. Anchors Aweigh
is the fight song of the United States Naval Academy, and strongly associated with the United States Navy, composed in 1906 by Charles A. Zimmerman with lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles. Zimmerman was at the time a Lieutenant, and had been bandmaster of the United States Naval Academy Band since 1887. Miles was Midshipman First Class at the Academy, in the class of 1907, and asked Zimmerman to assist him in composing a song for that class, to be used as a football march.

6. The U.S. Armed Forces Medley
is comprised of 6 songs, including: America, the Beautiful, Eternal Father, Strong to Save, Semper Paratus, The U.S. Air Force, The Caissons Go Rolling Along, and The Marine’s Hymn.

7. Yankee Doodle
is a well-known Anglo-American song, the origin of which dates back to the Seven Years’ War. It is often sung patriotically in the United States today and is the state anthem of Connecticut.

This entire pack of songs, “Patriotic Essentials for America,” can be found here. For a more extensive list of Patriotic music, click here.

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