97. The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell (1893) is an American military march composed by John Philip Sousa. It was written for Sousa's unfinished operetta The Devil's Deputy, but financing for the show fell through. Shortly afterwards, Sousa and his band manager George Hinton attended the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. As they watched the spectacle "America", in which a backdrop depicting the Liberty Bell was lowered, Hinton suggested "The Liberty Bell" as the title of Sousa's recently completed march.

The march is often associated with the British TV comedy program Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–74). It was chosen by Terry Gilliam, the only American member of the troupe.