How many people have sung “The Star Spangled Banner” since it was was written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key? Millions, maybe billions. Ask any group of people to list memorable renditions of our national anthem and I bet a few of these will top most lists:
- Whitney Houston- Hard to beat this!
- Jennifer Hudson– This YouTube version has lyrics so you can sing along (but please don’t)!
- Alicia Keys Perhaps a relation to Francis Scott Key? Close enough. She’s a composer and a singer.
- Carrie Underwood Had to add this version. Carrie was an American Idol.
Let’s have a few men!
- Stephen Tyler No comment.
- Meat Loaf Not what I expected. I like it!
- Raye Charles Probably my favorite male version.
- Jose Feliciano When Jose first sang this before game 5 of 1968 World Series, it caused a huge uproar. Huge! Do read this article from the Society for American Baseball Research, “Jose Feliciano Lights Tigers Fire”. It is hard to believe it was over 150 years before someone added a little flare to this well-loved, but well-worn classic.
Who do you think sang “The Star Spangled Banner” the best?
Happy Fourth of July!
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