What Song with “America” or “U.S.A.” in the Title Are You Thinking About? A Flowchart

July 4th is quickly approaching and I’m sure you’ll find yourself at a cookout where someone is playing one of Pandora’s “4th of July” playlists. People at this cookout might be talking about the songs on it, or not on it. You should participate in the conversation, but maybe you’re just not good with knowing the name of songs. Or who sings them. Or even how they go. That’s where this flowchart could help:

Some notes:

  • A couple songs I opted not to use, but probably could’ve fit in somewhere: “American Soldier” by Toby Keith, “American Baby” by Dave Matthews Band, “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” by John Mellencamp and “American Saturday Night” by Brad Paisley.
  • Detective Inspector Yang Naing Lee BIG fan of The Beach Boys. Detective James Carter not so much
  • “American Pie” has got to be one of the most popular sing-a-long songs ever, but I’d say about 1 in 50 people know the lyrics to one verse or more. But EVERYONE knows the chorus.
  • The Guess Who originally sing “American Woman”, but Heather Graham didn’t dance to that version. Also, Kravitz’ version has a more sexual theme than The Guess Who version, which is more political.
  • Shout out to Shea Serrano of The Ringer who wrote The Gangster Movie Flowchart back when Grantland was around that sparked this idea for me.

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