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Country’s Greatest Patriotic Songs: No. 1

God Bless the USA,’
Lee Greenwood (1983)

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.

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