THE American song?

This post over at Pentimento started me thinking:  what would be the quintessential American song?  (And let's not get obvious with the national anthem, folks....)

Much to the chagrin of my family, my pets, and many co-workers, I have a great love for country music.  Is the perfect American song from that genre?  Or would it be rap or hip-hop?  Rock-n-roll?  Delta blues?

What song would get your vote as the American song, the song that illustrates our liberty, our independence, our spirit?

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