With the Fourth of July come picnics, barbecues, beer – and music.
Although music important part of nearly every Independence Day celebration, the actual songs may vary from different parts of the country, all depending on the culture, geography and taste.
As an interesting experiment, streaming music service Spotify studied all 50 U.S. states, and compared what they are listening to on the Fourth of July.
Using an algorithm designed by Paul Lamere, director of developer platforms for Spotify subsidiary The Echo Nest, the company created the ultimate July 4 playlist, which the company calls “most core to the concept of Independence Day.”
Spotify created an infographic map, showing the most characteristic “Fourth of July” song for each state. For example, in Florida, the most listened-to July 4 song was “America F*ck Yeah: Team America Tribute.”
Each song on the list represents what people in an individual state listened to the most on the Fourth last year, compared to what they were listening to on other days. They also ranked each state by how often listeners heard any song on the “Fourth of July” playlist — Florida ranked 40th of 51 (U.S. states plus the District of Columbia).
In the 140-song playlist, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” came in at No. 1, followed by “Party in the U.S.A.” from Miley Cyrus, “American Girl” from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Don McLean’s “American Pie,” Lenny Kravitz’s “American Woman” and “God Bless the U.S.A.” from Lee Greenwood.”
The full Spotify “Fourth of July” playlist is available on Spotify.com.