Seventy years ago today, on Dec. 7, 1941, a swarm of 360 Japanese war planes descended on Pearl Harbor at 7:55am and unleashed an assault on the U.S. Pacific fleet. The attack crippled the US outpost in Hawaii, rendering most of the planes and ships useless. Worse yet, 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 more were injured.

In honor of those who fell at Pearl Harbor, we offered an updated version of our popular list of the Top 10 Songs About Freedom.

10. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Boz Scaggs[/lastfm] - “Freedom for the Stallion”:

Though nice versions have been done by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Three Dog Night[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Costello[/lastfm], we’re partial to Boz Scaggs’ rendering of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Allan Toussaint[/lastfm]’s classic piece of rock and roll gospel.


9. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kris Kristofferson[/lastfm] - “Broken Freedom Song”:

We’ll listen to anything Kris Kristofferson’s written. When he sings, we’re sold.


8. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]James Carr[/lastfm] - “Freedom Train”:

A dynamic Memphis soul song.


7. The [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Byrds[/lastfm] - “Chimes of Freedom”:

We dig the Byrds’ version of this Dylan classic.


6. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Brewer and Shipley[/lastfm] - “Fifty States of Freedom”:

Though it’s paid their bills for a long, long time, “One Toke Over the Line” wasn’t their only contribution to music. In fact, Brewer & Shipley were a highly underrated folk duo, worthy of being revisited.


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5. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Iron And Wine[/lastfm] - “Freedom Hangs Like Heaven”:

Our man Sam Beam, aka Iron & Wine, gets major spins around the WNEW record pool.


4. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Isley Brothers [/lastfm]- “Freedom”:

One of many songs by the simplest of names, this is the Isley Brothers funky, gospel track.


3. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Utopia[/lastfm] - “Freedom Fighters”:

Todd’s Utopia is our utopia.


2. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm] - “Freedom”:

Nothing more to say.


1. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Marley[/lastfm] - “Redemption Song”:

If there’s a better song of freedom than this one from Bob Marley, please let us know.

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