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“American Girl” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
This is the second single off of the self-titled debut album for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. The song’s lyrics are a common topic of controversy for the meaning behind them. Many say that the song is about a girl committing suicide, but Petty denies this claim and just says that this theory is an urban legend.
“American Pie” – Don McLean
This is the hit song off of folk singer Don McLean’s most successful record American Pie. The album went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and also featured “Vincent”. The lyrics to “American Pie” are about the day music died when rock legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash. The song was even ranked number five on the RIAA list of Songs of the Century.
“The Land Is Your Land” – Woody Guthrie
This is one of the United States’ most famous folk songs. Guthrie wrote the lyrics for This Land is Your Land in 1940 and put it together with an existing melody, but the song was not published until 1945. Guthrie wrote the song in response to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” because he considered it to be “unrealistic and complacent.”
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