I think it’s beyond discussion that the Great American Novel is Huck Finn. And clearly the most American of poems is “Song of Myself.”
But what is the song that captures that certain it which is America?
I nominate “Lovesick Blues.”
Here’s a tin pan alley tune first made popular by a minstrel but made famous by the quintessential country & western star. It’s got that unique yodel in it, is damn sexy, and seems simple until you sit down to sing it.
Plus, it’s the kind of song that, no matter who sings it, it can be their song.