Anthems. They are the songs that help us find ourselves, forge identity and re/imagine ourselves free. The NFL protests put the spotlight on how racist and violent the official U.S. anthem is. Clearly, we need some better songs of our own; something to nod our head and clap a hand to. And preferably with a strong bass line.
So, here, without further ado, are my top 10 picks for new national anthems in the liberated zone.
This classic folk anthem by the underrated and often overlooked Odetta is a good start for any liberation soundtrack.
One of the happiest songs ever written about our future freedom day, Van Morrison captures the absolute joy and wonder we are fighting for.
Definitely danceable, this anthem puts justice on the table – and in a global context.
We can never have too much love or Beatles come the revolution.
This is a way better version of one people, under God, indivisible – plus that bass line tho’…
You already know…
Because we gotta “keep on pushin’ .”
Sweet Honey in the Rock called on we who believe in freedom to not rest. It was the call to “stay woke” before its time.
This song has probably replaced “Lift Every Voice” as the actual Black anthem for millions. Props are due.
Unequivocally, the best song ever written about nationhood and survival. Here’s your chance to dance your way out of your constrictions.
That’s my list. What’s yours?