Country’s Greatest Patriotic Songs: No. 1
Proudest Lines: “I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today/’Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land/God bless the USA”
Though Greenwood wrote this song in 1983, it didn’t become a big hit until Desert Storm in 1991, when radio stations embraced it to help boost patriotism. The song re-entered the country charts in 2001 after 9/11.