Bob & LBF in the Morning

Bob & LBF in the Morning

Bob & LBF in the Morning

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Pink sings the national anthem prior to Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (

The 11 Worst Renditions of The Star Spangled Banner, Ranked.

Of course, it’s well known that The Star Spangled Banner isn’t an easy song to sing.

Not to be rude, but “God Bless America” is a way better jam.

Worst Renditions Star-Spangled Banner

But we’re stuck with Francis Scott Key’s warbling tribute to the US of A.

And we’re forced to hear people butcher it.

Especially at the Super Bowl.

Each year, more than 100 million people are estimated to watch the game, its advertisements and its halftime show.

But it all begins with the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

By the way, Chris Stapleton’s version at this year’s Super Bowl wasn’t bad. But dang, it was drawn out. Still, he hit all the notes. Kudos.

Of course, we all remember the best version – Whitney Houston’s performance in 1991 at Super Bowl XXV.

According to Rolling Stone:

“Still the gold standard for all Super Bowl performances more than 30 years later, Whitney Houston’s prerecorded version of the National Anthem stands as one of the most stunning moments in NFL history. It’s the only Super Bowl anthem that rivals famous versions like Marvin Gaye (at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game) or Jose Feliciano (at the 1963 World Series). It’s gone down in history as of her most beloved performances.”

Of course we remember the best, but what about the WORST renditions of The Star-Spangled Banner? We have a lot to choose from.


  • 11. Charley Pride, Super Bowl VIII

    Words. Learn the words.

  • 10. Cheryl Ladd, Super Bowl XIV, 1980

    To be fair, she’s not known as a singer. I blame her agent.

  • 9. Fergie, NBA All-Star Game, 2018

    This an act of terror.

  • 8. Chaka Khan, NBA All-Star Game, 2020

    It’s as though Chaka Kahn would NOT be outdone by Fergie. So she saw her butchered anthem and raised it to another level. Yikes.

  • 7. Michael Bolton, Red Sox vs. Yankees, 2003

  • 6. Steven Tyler, Indy 500, 2001

  • 5. Rachel Platten, Utah Royals vs Chicago Red Stars, 2018

    Platten forgot the words not once, but twice.

  • 4. Carl Lewis, Bulls vs Nets, 1993

  • 3. Alicia Keys, Super Bowl XLVII

    It’s not bad. It’s just LONG. I mean, 2 minutes and 32 seconds long.

  • 2. Roseanne Barr, Reds vs. Padres, 1990

  • 1. Christina Aguilera, Super Bowl XLV

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