Toby Keith's patriotic anthem strikes a chord with his fellow citizens...

A controversial song that celebrates the allied bombing of Afghanistan has helped propel country singer TOBY KEITH to the top of the US album charts.

The song, ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)’ opens ‘Unleashed’, which sold over 338,000 copies during its first week to hit the top of the country chart.

The song includes the lyrics: “And you’ll be sorry that you messed with/The US of A/’Cause we’ll put a boot in your ass/It’s the American way.”. It has sparked debate in the US over whether the highly patriotic tone crossed the line into jingoism.

Keith was removed from the bill of July 4 ABC special in America because the network got jittery over the lyrics.

The singer says he wrote the song in memory of his father. “My Dad was a GI… I wanted [soldiers] to know that any American that supported this song was behind them,” he said.

Such is the feeling that Keith has harnessed with the song that his previous album ‘Pull My Chain’, became the biggest climber of the week leaping from 120 to 89.