What's Your Favorite American Anthem?
What elevates a mere song to the status of anthem is its ability to tap into the collective emotions that listeners and performers have around an issue, whether it's joyful patriotism or rage over injustice.
The stories behind these musical manifestos -- why they are written and how they are embraced -- can reveal much about the cultural pulse of the societies that create, share and celebrate them. Over the next year NPR will zero in on 50 different anthems across a range of themes: patriotic, civil rights, anti-war, female empowerment, sports, mental health and more, in a series named American Anthem. And we want your input too: