10 Hamilton Songs That Should Be On Your July 4th Playlist
What's the 4th of July without a great themed playlist, and what's a modern 4th of July without the inclusion of songs from Hamilton?
I'm the worst at ordering anything from my favorite to least favorite, mostly because I change my mind from day to day, but this is my list of my 10 favorite songs from Hamilton that should find their way into your ears today.
10. Farmer Refuted and You'll Be Back
I know, I know, I cheated and threw two into one spot, but they just go together so perfectly! First of all, these two songs are just hilarious, and fun to sing along with, but they are also filled to the brim with context for what we are celebrating today.
9. Story Of Tonight
"Raise a glass to freedom/ Something they can never take away" Need I say more? With lyrics like that it would be a crime to leave this one off the playlist. And for a more upbeat version, check out the We The Kings cover of this song. Whaaaat? Your favorite pop punk band from high school covered a song from Hamilton? It's true! And it's good, too!
8. The Room Where It Happens
This one is a post-revolution jam with a bit of a different sound from the other songs in the musical. The song detailing how and why the U.S. capital ended up where it did is a must-play.
7. Right Hand Man
Okay, I'll admit it. George Washington rapping is something I never knew I needed until I heard it, and now I can't imagine my life without it. "Here comes The General/ Rise up!"
Phillipa Su is a gem, and this song is one of her best in the show. It's impossible not to smile while this one plays.
5. Guns and Ships
It is a fact universally acknowledged that Lafayette is the best character in Hamilton. It's one of my goals in life to someday be able to keep up with the fastest rap ever performed on Broadway and not miss a single word.
4. The Schuyler Sisters
"We hold these truths to be self-evident/ That all men are created equal/ And when I meet Thomas Jefferson/ I'm 'a compel him to include women in the sequel/ Work!" Work, indeed! This is the song of my soul, especially since I agree unequivocally that New York City is the greatest city in the world.
3. Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)
You can't make a 4th of July playlist and not include the song about how independence was won! And I'd like to put forward the question whether or not you've truly lived if you haven't blasted this song (while singing along, of course) while IN Yorktown. As someone who's done it, I lean heavily toward "not."
2. Alexander Hamilton
No playlist of Hamilton songs is complete without the title song. In just one song, the scene is set, our immigrant hero has arrived in soon-to-be-America, and he is ready to stir up some revolutionary trouble.
1. My Shot
Do I really need to explain why this is hands down the best song in this show, and a 4th of July essential? 241 years later, our country and its people are still young, scrappy and hungry, and we can't throw away our shot to keep building on the legacy we have been left by Hamilton and so many others. This song encapsulates what it means to be American and what it means to celebrate American independence.
So many other songs I love didn't make the cut only because they aren't exactly 4th of July playlist material...and because I love pretty much every song from the show, so some had to be left off a list of 10.
But what do you think? Do you agree with my list, or did I leave off an essential favorite? Let me know in the comments.