Are you pumped for National Anthem Day? Surely you knew about this much celebrated day, didn’t you?
In honor of congress’ passing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” as our national anthem (March 3, 1931), a list of ten of the best rock anthems ever seemed worthy of mention. Keeping the patriotic roots of the day intact, all artists are American-born; therefore you will notice omissions from anthemic juggernauts such as Queen and AC/DC. Not that Brits and Aussies aren’t cool, but this is America! F**k yeah!
“Rock And Roll All Night” – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]KISS[/lastfm]
Honestly, what’s more American than a pair of crotch hugging leather pants, paired with black and white face paint? Although KISS has a bevy of rock anthems, this is the only one that was worthy of Olympic grandeur. Don’t remember the finale to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City? You’re welcome.
“Killing in the Name of” – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rage Against the Machine[/lastfm]
A song that leaves us all warm and fuzzy inside. Although “Killing in the Name of” isn’t the most patriotic of choices for this tribute (the lyrics do suggest a connection between KKK members and the U.S. police force), it’s a staple for rock anthems within the past 25 years.
Just don’t play it when your mom asks you to clean your room. Unless her name ends in Kardashian.
(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beastie Boys[/lastfm]
It’s about that time in the list where you should pop open a cold one.
Triggering bad decisions since 1986, this Beastie Boys favorite features more ruckus than a Wu Tang assassin. Rarely do bands manage to kickstart their careers with a monster hit and maintain stamina, but the Beastie Boys are well ingratiated with rock royalty.