You have to hand it to Lee Greenwood. Very few songs have the kind of longevity as his beloved “God Bless the U.S.A.” According to Music Row today, Greenwood’s 1983-penned tune has gifted him with yet another pair of honors.
Thirty-three years following its creation, the patriotic tune that every American knows word-for-word has re-entered Billboard (1991, 2001, 2003) on the Top 10 Country Digital Songs chart, having finished the week of July 7 at No. 9. Additionally, Universal Music Group Nashville Chairman and CEO, Mike Dungan, presented Greenwood with RIAA plaques for Gold and Platinum certification.
Upon receiving the honors, Greenwood stated:
Throughout our history, we’ve had songs that have been a battle cry, that have given us courage and strength. Each time, people reach out for something that will unite them, and make them feel proud as Americans. And every time they look for it, they find “God Bless the U.S.A.” So I sing it as much as a I can across America and I’m thankful for every download.
Congratulations to Lee Greenwood, and God bless the U.S.A.!