The Californian’s ultimate Fourth of July playlist

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Party playlists are a wonderful way to express the mood of the moment. Independence Day playlists are a time-honored tradition across the United States and often vary wildly from locale to locale. We at the Clog have chosen to focus our playlist on not only our celebration of all things American but also our love of California and the West Coast.

  1. “Made in America” Jay-Z, feat. Frank Ocean and Kanye West
  2. “Summer” Calvin Harris
  3. “Time of Our Lives” Pitbull, Ne-Yo
  4. “Boys of Summer” The Ataris
  5. “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf•••••r” Maroon 5
  6. “California Girls” The Beach Boys
  7. “West Coast” Lana Del Rey
  8. “California Gurls” Katy Perry, feat. Snoop Dogg
  9. “Born in the U.S.A.” Bruce Springsteen
  10. “Counting Stars” OneRepublic
  11. “We are Young” Fun, feat. Janelle Monáe
  12. “American Boy” Estelle, feat. Kanye West
  13. “Party in the U.S.A” Miley Cyrus
  14. “Summertime Sadness” Lana Del Rey
  15. “Red Solo Cup” Toby Keith
  16. “Surfin’ USA” The Beach Boys
  17. “American Woman” Lenny Kravitz
  18. “Shut Up and Dance” Walk the Moon
  19. “American Girl” Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  20. “Firework” Katy Perry
  21. “Break Free” Ariana Grande, feat. Zedd
  22. “American Pie” Don McLean
  23. “CA Nation” Louden Swain
  24. “National Anthem” Lana Del Rey
  25. “Summertime” Beyoncé, feat. P-Diddy
  26. “We Can’t Stop” Miley Cyrus

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