Salute peace and patriotism with songs that celebrate America. Our digital sheet music selection features traditional heart-warmers and contemporary hits.
"Irving Berlin has no place in American music -- he is American music." - Jerome Kern. Irving Berlin wrote "God Bless America" as a song of peace. It was first introduced on Armistice Day, 1939, sung by Kate Smith, and has since been considered America's unofficial national anthem.
During the War of 1812, Fort McHenry, outside Baltimore Maryland was attacked. Francis Scott Key was there to witness it. The American flag could distinctly be seen though the night by the glare of the battle. By dawn, the firing ceased and the stars and stripes were still flying on the ramparts. This inspired Key to write a poem; the words that would become America's national anthem.
Inspired by patriotic writings from Germany, Samuel Francis Smith felt the United States needed a national poem. In thirty minutes he had written "America." The poem was put to music first popularized in England as their national anthem, "God Save the Queen (King)." The melody was borrowed but the words are uniquely American.
Katherine Lee Bates wrote a poem from the top of Pike's Peak in 1893, capturing the vision and spirit of America. Her poem was set to the music of Samuel A. Ward's original hymn, "Materna." The music matches the grace and elegance of the words.
A vaudevillian showman with a keen interest in flag-waving patriotism, George M. Cohan composed "You're A Grand Old Flag" in 1906. It is a popular song for such festive American occasions as Flag Day and Independence Day.
Here are some more quick picks of popular patriotic & inspirational songs of America.