The Fourth of July may be synonymous with fireworks and BBQ, but to really get the party going, you need an epic playlist. And on the most patriotic day of the year, not just any assemblage of Top 40 will do. With that in mind, we asked one of our favorite synth-pop bands, St. Lucia, who will belt out hits from their new album, Matter, at The Surf Lodge, a boutique hotel-turned-music venue in Montauk, N.Y. on Sunday—and take the stage at Lollapalooza later this month—to share 10 of their favorite tracks that scream "America." Listen to each song below, and cheers to freedom.
"Help Me Run Away" — St. Lucia
Jean-Philip Grobler: "This song is kind of my ode to America, as someone who grew up on the outside looking in."
"America" — Razorlight
Patti Beranek: "It's not American at all because they are British, but this song came out when Jean and I were still in England and about to come over to America, so it somehow did something to me back then. Now I have a nostalgic feeling about it—I think about the time when I first came to America."
"American Boy feat. Kanye West" — Estelle
Patti Beranek: "Another Brit. What can I say, she's a good bum shaker and yay to all the American boys."
"Living in America" — James Brown
"It's America and it's James Brown. No further explanation required."
"America" — Simon & Garfunkel
Dustin Kaufman: "I used to listen to this song on road trips with my parents when I was younger, so I guess it really stuck."
"Born in The U.S.A." — Bruce Springsteen
Ross Clark: "Dustin tried to choose this about five minutes after I did, so I feel like a winner, and that makes me feel even more American."
"Surfin' U.S.A." — The Beach Boys
Nick Paul: "Our country's original summer party jam, from one of the greatest American musical acts in history."
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" — Marvin Gaye
Nick Paul: "Soul is one of America's greatest pastimes, and Marvin Gaye brought that musicality that really got folks moving."
"American Girl" — Tom Petty
Dustin Kaufman: "Tom Petty has an infinite number of killer songs, but this might be the best one."
"Young Americans" — David Bowie
Dustin Kaufman: "You can't beat a young Luther Vandross on backing vocals!"