America The Beautiful (3:36)

Cover of Ray Charles 16 Greatest Hits

From Ray Charles 16 Greatest Hits and 20 other releases

Without a doubt…replace the “star spangled banner” as our national anthem with “America”!

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  • s_wonderful_sue

    Best version ever.

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • freetofu

    Somehow it's just not the same without the TV snow afterwards.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • rayneonme

    Home of the free...Because of the brave....For all of the fallen......

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • rockandrolljoe

    America is Beautiful

    5 Nov 2011 Reply
  • steamboat58

    OH YES>>>>>

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    sing it, Ray!

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • burnsbaby

    Thank you Ray...

    11 Feb 2011 Reply
  • nohothumbelina

    And, of course, The Sandlot. Perfection.

    8 Feb 2011 Reply
  • JUJUBEAD184

    THE epitome of a patriotic song

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • any-name

    ray does this with perfection.

    28 May 2010 Reply
  • marcin7232

    It is so beautiful that even I can believe in beauty of this country.

    19 Feb 2010 Reply
  • CROCHET4EVER

    THROW IT UP RAY...............................XOXOXOX...................LOVE THIS LOVE IT.......GOD BLESS YOU RAY...............

    27 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Galley99

    Why does the version of this track on the "Genius & Soul" boxed set include a Coke commercial?

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • ledzepisok

    USMC 75-79 UURAA!

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Zhowlnwolfz

    Semper Fi Coachreese. Devil Dogs forever!. I too am proud I am a Marine,albeit one from another generation.(Sgt M.A.D---71-77) You know," Once a Marine Always a Marine" right? casting another vote in favor of America the Beautiful 4 Nat Anthem.

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • coachreese

    AS A KID IFELT THIS WAS THE GREATEST SONG EVER SUNG. AS A MARINE, RAY MAKES ME BELIEVE IN WHAT/WHO I FIGHT FOR. THERE IS MUCH TO SAY ABOUT MUSIC WHEN HEARING HIM SING THIS. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE WE'VE BEEN THROUGH AND WILL FOREVER GO THROUGH HARDSHIPS AS A PEOPLE AGAINST OURSELVES. AS MUCH AS AN OXYMORON AS THESE WORDS SAY, AT THE LEAST, FOR 3-4 MINUTES, ONE MAN SCORNED, FORGAVE A NATION THAT HATED TO LOVE HIM. I AM PROUD TO SAY I AM A UNITED STATES MARINE. GOD BLESS ALL THAT YOU'VE TOUCHED RAY CHARLES ROBINSON

    23 Jun 2009 Reply
  • notbilled

    Amazing Song

    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • soopahgrover

    I grew up singing this song in school, but I never really listened and heard the lyrics until I heard Ray Charles sing it.

    11 Oct 2008 Reply
  • RepCom1140

    I first heard this on the Mark Levin show on Fridays. A beautiful rendition of the song.

    4 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Tedtrivia

    The lyrics were written in 1893 by Katherine Lee Bates, Bates, a professor of English literature at Wellesley. She penned them after climbing Pike's Peak on her trip to visit the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It was set in 1910 to the music of Materna composed in 1882 by Samuel A. Ward.

    27 Feb 2008 Reply
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