YouTube Reveals the Most Popular Fourth of July Songs
Time to round up the Fourth of July essentials: barbecue supplies, fireworks and...Fall Out Boy?
At least according to YouTube, who shared a list of songs with the biggest spike in popularity on the site come July 4th. Fall Out Boy's "Fourth of July" is among the top 10, along with classic anthems by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Neil Diamond.
The video streaming site collected data from 2015 to 2016 to identify the 10 tracks with the largest uptick in views on July 4 compared with other days of the year. To qualify for inclusion on the list, though, each song had to rack up on average at least 1 million views per year.
The results? Apparently, our Fourth of July playlists are filled almost exclusively with traditional, patriotic country tracks. Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" snags the number one spot, garnering 24.7 times more views on July 4, followed by -- unsurprisingly -- Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," with 23.8 times its usual views. Fall Out Boy enters the list at number six, with the band's fireworks metaphor "Fourth of July" racking up 8.4 times the views. Filling in the space between are artists like Diamond, Trace Adkins and Toby Keith, who notches three tracks on the list. ("Red Solo Cup," though it mentions a barbecue, isn't one of them.)
YouTube used similar data collecting methods to track the holiday's most popular musicians. Greenwood comes out on top, where the country star's popularity spikes by 21 times the usual. The rest of the musicians on the list don't even come close to such an increase -- Keith, at number two, gets 3.5 times more views on the Fourth, while Springsteen, third, gets 2.6 times his usual views. The only female artist to make the list is Martina McBride, coming in at number seven with 2.1 times the usual views.
Grab the aux cord and check out the most popular Fourth of July songs and musician below.
The top 10 tracks with the largest percent increase in Fourth of July views versus the rest of the year, from 2015 to 2016, are:
1. Lee Greenwood, "God Bless the USA" (24.7x)
2. Bruce Springsteen, "Born in the U.S.A." (23.8x)
3. Toby Keith, "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" (12.9x)
4. Toby Keith, "Made in America" (10.7x)
5. Neil Diamond, "America" (9.3x)
6. Fall Out Boy, "Fourth Of July" (8.4x)
7. Toby Keith, "American Soldier" (7.8x)
8. Trace Adkins, "Arlington" (7.3x)
9. Alan Jackson, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" (5.8x)
10. John Mellencamp, "Pink Houses" (5.3x)
The top 10 musicians with the largest percent increase in Fourth of July views versus the rest of the year, from 2015 to 2016, are:
1. Lee Greenwood (21x)
2. Toby Keith (3.5x)
3. Bruce Springsteen (2.6x)
4. Fito Olivares (2.5x)
5. Neil Diamond (2.3x)
6. John Mellencamp (2.2x)
7. Martina McBride (2.1x)
8. Ray Charles (2.0x)
9. Charlie Daniels (2.0x)
10. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (1.9x)