American Anthem: The Playlist

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Bruce Springsteen in 1985, performing in Washington, D.C. during his Born in the U.S.A. Tour.

Sometimes, a song isn’t just a song: It’s shorthand for an idea. Hear the music of NPR’s American Anthem series, on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action.

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