This week, YouTube revealed America's soundtrack-of-choice for pounding domestic beers, housing ungodly amounts of grilled meat, and blowing the occasional finger off by aggregating the songs with the largest Independence Day search spikes from 2013-2015. To reach the most popular songs, they only included the selections which average 10k views a day over the entire year. Some of the selections are pretty predictable – there's 'Star-Spangled Banner,' no doy, and A LOT of Toby Keith on the table – but the list contains some pretty surprising inclusions as well (no, not Albanian Rihanna unfortunately). For example, OF COURSE Katy Perry's 'Firework' is on there, but so is 'Teenage Dream'. And yes, Bruce Springsteen is represented, but it's for 'Streets of Philadelphia' instead of 'Born in the USA.' Huh? And people actually want to celebrate their freedom by sitting down and listening to 'Yankee Doodle'? And we actually listen to 'Yankee Doodle' 10k per day every day of the year? Why? WHY?
You can do your patriotic duty by checking out the official soundtrack of FREEDOM below, and maybe if you and your friends listen to 'American Oxygen' enough times tomorrow, it'll make it on next year's list.
God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood : 32.4x search increase
Courtesy of the USA (The Angry American) by Toby Keith : 12.4x
God Bless America: 10.4x
The Star Spangled Banner : 10.1x
Yankee Doodle: 4.2x
Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen: 3.2x
Hope on the Rocks by Toby Keith: 3.0x
National Anthem as performed by Jennifer Hudson: 2.9x
Firework by Katy Perry: 2.3x
American Pie by Don McLean: 2.1x
Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus: 2x
Teenage Dream by Katy Perry: 1.8x
Red Solo Cup by Toby Keith: 1.7x
Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival: 1.7x