According to YouTube data, the Fourth of July brings out the patriot, country lover and Katy Perry fanatic in all of us.
An analysis of YouTube data collected from 2013 to 2015 noted an increase in 14 different songs across YouTube, spanning the many videos attached to each song title. To filter the list for known, popular songs, only songs that average at least 10,000 views per day over the entire year are included.
The list skews traditional and overtly patriotic, with “God Bless America,” “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “The National Anthem” all appearing (the latter two appear separately despite being the same song because of the prevalence of searches for each title).
Songs with lyrics that touch upon the military and wars, from Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s anti-war anthem “Fortunate Son” to Toby Keith‘s salute to the military “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue,” are prevalent. Classic rock and country dominate, with Keith making three appearances, while pop gets its shine in the form of Miley Cyrus‘ “Party in the U.S.A.,” plus one Fourth of July-related Katy Perry tune (“Firework”) and one completely unrelated Katy Perry song (“Teenage Dream,” which is much more suited to May and June’s prom season).
The top 14 songs with the largest percent increase on Fourth of July versus the rest of year, from 2013 to 2015:
Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.”: 32.4x
Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)”: 12.4x
“The Star-Spangled Banner”: 10.1x
“God Bless America”: 10.4x
“Yankee Doodle”: 4.2x
Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia”: 3.2x
Toby Keith’s “Hope on the Rocks”: 3.0x
National Anthem: 2.9x
Katy Perry’s “Firework”: 2.3x
Don McLean’s “American Pie”: 2.1x
Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”: 2x
Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”: 1.8x
Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup”: 1.7x
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son”: 1.7x