- 1 “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty
- 2 “I Want to Break Free” by Queen
- 3 “Weightless” by Natasha Bedingfield
- 4 “Get Free” by Lana Del Rey
- 5 “Freedom” by Rage Against the Machine
- 6 “I’m Set Free” by The Velvet Underground
- 7 “Rockin’ in the Free World” by Neil Young
- 8 “God Bless the USA” – Lee Greenwood
- 9 “Birthplace” – Kris Kelly
- 10 “We Shall Overcome” – Pete Seeger
“Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty
Jeff Lynne of ELO produced Tom Petty’s debut solo record, Full Moon Fever. His biggest hit, “Free Fallin’,” was discovered on it.
The lyrics, which name locales like Reseda, Mulholland, and Ventura Boulevard, deal with LA culture in one of his rare songs without a guitar solo.
I’m a horrible guy because I don’t miss her and I’m a bad boy for breaking her heart” is how the protagonist of this song is presented.
Who knows if this is a self-portrait or an assessment on LA culture? However, it’s a wonderful song.
“I Want to Break Free” by Queen
A tribute to the women’s liberation movement, composed by bassist John Deacon.
In the music video, the band members all dressed drag and imitated a long-running UK soap opera, Coronation Street. The song itself isn’t as well-known as the video.
According to Brian May, “at that time, we lost America” (referring to US audiences).
The ANC’s anti-apartheid anthem in South Africa in the late 1980s was this song.
As far as music videos go, this is still up there with the best of the 1980s
“Weightless” by Natasha Bedingfield
Another song about letting go of the things that keep us tethered to the ground, about emancipation and a sense of serenity.
A voyage of optimism is all I want to do when the sky’s the limit.
From Natasha Bedingfield’s third studio album, Strip Me, comes the third single in the United States.
“Get Free” by Lana Del Rey
Freeing yourself from negative thoughts and living your own life rather than playing someone else’s game are just some of the themes of “Get Free,” a follow-up to Ride.
In the end, it’s all about separating oneself from the opinions of others.
Her decision to move “into the blue” indicates her desire to follow her own intuition and intuition.
“Freedom” by Rage Against the Machine
As the name implies, Rage Agains’t the Machine is a political group with revolutionary beliefs.
This song is about how the’machine,’ which includes governments, companies, and the media, deceives us into believing we are free.
Leonard Peltier, an American Indian Movement activist who was imprisoned for more than 20 years, has been a target of the song’s lyrics.
“I’m Set Free” by The Velvet Underground
Freedom is celebrated almost spiritually in this Velvet Underground classic.
When was the last time you were released from something?
Drugs, in my opinion. As a result of the effects of drugs. Lines like “I’m set free to discover a new illusion” go in that direction for people who use drugs heavily (particularly heroin).
However, like with all of these tunes, there is no right or wrong answer.
“Rockin’ in the Free World” by Neil Young
Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Neil Young’s rocker for political reform was released, and it became an anthem as Eastern Europe enjoyed a new degree of freedom.
In several of his songs, Young took aim at the Bush administrations, both the first and second, and at the way the country was being run as a whole.
Homelessness, ill-advised foreign policy, and individuals “sleeping in their shoes” are just a few examples.
In an ironic twist, the song has become a pro-America hymn for the far right, much to Young’s dismay.
It’s one of the greatest rock songs ever written on the concept of freedom.
“God Bless the USA” – Lee Greenwood
In 1984, this country guitar tune came out. It’s a time to commemorate the blessings of liberty and to revel in the privilege of calling oneself an American. Political freedom is commemorated at this event as well.
The song was nominated for Song of the Year in 1984 and 1985 by the Country Music Association. For Best Country Song and Male Country Vocal Performance, it was nominated in 1985. Beyoncé covered it in 2008, and it has been covered by a variety of other artists since.
“Birthplace” – Kris Kelly
Freedom is the theme of this song, which was published in 2019. Unburdened by baggage, old memories, prior links to other people or a self-imposed definition of who you actually are in this present moment is celebrated in the opening portion of the song. At the end of the song, there is a longing for home.
The song also mentions a troubled history, but it ends with the affirmation that freedom is a liberation that causes one to float high in the air. It’s a hypnotic poetic journey that will leave you spellbound.
“We Shall Overcome” – Pete Seeger
There is more to this folk song on guitar than simply a message of hope; it is also a promise that everyone will have equal chances and rights regardless of their ethnicity or socioeconomic status.
A recording of this song was made in 1950 by Pete Seeger. During the civil rights struggle in America in 1959, it became an anthem song—a song of hope for freedom. It focuses on the eventual triumph over obstacles.