Here at the City Paper, we love our country even more than we love consuming toxic amounts of grilled meat and blowing up Chinese imports. That’s why we declared this week’s edition The Patriot Issue and packed it full of columns and features about what it means to be a true lover of liberty. It’s also why we sat around the office yesterday coming up with the ultimate 4th of July playlist.

So here you go: The City Paper‘s favorite songs about the ol’ U.S. of A. You’ll notice Toby Keith appears nowhere this list. You might also notice that the songs don’t all lavish glowing praise on our country. That’s because being a true patriot means fighting to make this country live up to its lofty ideals. Rock on, America.

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