Best, Worst Versions Of The National Anthem

On July 25, 1990, Barr performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds. What will go down in history as probably the worst rendition ever, Barr offended many including President George H.W. Bush, who called her rendition “disgraceful.” (Photo: AP) Click Here for Video
Roseanne Barr On July 25, 1990, Barr performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds. What will go down in history as probably the worst rendition ever, Barr offended many including President George H.W. Bush, who called her rendition “disgraceful.” (Photo: AP) Click Here for Video
The Aerosmith rocker and "American Idol" judge sang the National Anthem at the AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 22, 2012. On Twitter, it’s being described with terms like screech and mangle. CBSNews.com’s “American Idol” blogger, Chris Matyszczyk, described it like this: “It was that Steven Tyler had sung the national anthem at the AFC Championship game in a manner that might have frightened the Alien back into John Hurt’s intestines." (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Click Here to watch video
Steven Tyler The Aerosmith rocker and "American Idol" judge sang the National Anthem at the AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 22, 2012. On Twitter, it’s being described with terms like screech and mangle. CBSNews.com’s “American Idol” blogger, Chris Matyszczyk, described it like this: “It was that Steven Tyler had sung the national anthem at the AFC Championship game in a manner that might have frightened the Alien back into John Hurt’s intestines." (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Click Here to watch video
Houston gave us goose bumps when she nailed her rendition of the National Anthem before Super Bowl XXV in 1991. (Getty Images Sport/George Rose) Click Here for Video
Whitney Houston Houston gave us goose bumps when she nailed her rendition of the National Anthem before Super Bowl XXV in 1991. (Getty Images Sport/George Rose) Click Here for Video
Baker butchered most of the Star Spangled banner before Game 4 of the NBA basketball finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, June 10, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  Click Here for Video
Anita Baker Baker butchered most of the Star Spangled banner before Game 4 of the NBA basketball finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, June 10, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Click Here for Video
Beyonce gave an amazing performance when she sang the National Anthem before Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. (Getty Images Sport/Frank Micelotta) Click Here for Video
Beyonce Beyonce gave an amazing performance when she sang the National Anthem before Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. (Getty Images Sport/Frank Micelotta) Click Here for Video
The Olympic runner should stick to running. His 1993 National Anthem performance won him boos, not medals. (Photo: YouTube) Click Here for Video
Carl Lewis The Olympic runner should stick to running. His 1993 National Anthem performance won him boos, not medals. (Photo: YouTube) Click Here for Video
The Grammy winner's version was more like the Star Mangled Banner since she forgot some of the words during her performance at Super Bowl XLV (Getty Images/TIMOTHY A. CLARY AFP)  Click Here for Video
Christina Aguilera The Grammy winner's version was more like the Star Mangled Banner since she forgot some of the words during her performance at Super Bowl XLV (Getty Images/TIMOTHY A. CLARY AFP) Click Here for Video
At a campaign stop in 2008, the Secretary Of State wasn't aware her microphone was hot. Well, we all herard why mics should stay off! (Photo:YouTube) Click Here for Video
Hillary Clinton At a campaign stop in 2008, the Secretary Of State wasn't aware her microphone was hot. Well, we all herard why mics should stay off! (Photo:YouTube) Click Here for Video
In 2006, this young singer forgot the words to the National Anthem twice, and when she returned to try again, she slipped and fell on the ice. (Photo: YouTube) Click Here for Video
Hockey Girl In 2006, this young singer forgot the words to the National Anthem twice, and when she returned to try again, she slipped and fell on the ice. (Photo: YouTube) Click Here for Video
At a September 2008 Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game, Kat DeLuna gave an overwrought, pitchy rendition of the anthem that got the pop star booed by the whole stadium. (Getty Images/Scott Boehm) Click Here for Video
Kat DeLuna At a September 2008 Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game, Kat DeLuna gave an overwrought, pitchy rendition of the anthem that got the pop star booed by the whole stadium. (Getty Images/Scott Boehm) Click Here for Video
Before the the 2003 ALCS at Fenway Park, Bolton forgot the words, paused and looked at his hand "cheat sheet." Ouch. (Getty Images Sport/Ezra Shaw) Click Here for Video
Michael Bolton Before the the 2003 ALCS at Fenway Park, Bolton forgot the words, paused and looked at his hand "cheat sheet." Ouch. (Getty Images Sport/Ezra Shaw) Click Here for Video

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One Comment

  1. Chris says:

    Bobby Vinton flubbed the words to the National Anthem back in October, 1990 before one of the Pirates-Reds playoff games at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. I remember hearing “Oh Land, Oh Land” at one point. The camera cut to Vinton sitting in the stands during the game with him looking dejected. I’m sure it’s in the CBS archives since CBS was broadcasting MLB at the time. Pat O’Brien and the late Jack Buck were the announcers.

  2. Auburn Dale says:

    The Anthem is a song about the Flag, so it’s fully equivalent to a physical Flag and subject to the laws of Flag etiquette. It must be sung COMPLETELY and CORRECTLY – all four (4) verses, in order, from memory, in the proper key. Anything less constitutes Desecration of the Flag, and thus TREASON.

  3. WPV says:

    I’m shocked!! Perhaps folks should U-Tube Marvin Gaye’s version for the 1983 NBA championship. It was not only the best ever, it was historical, breaking with tradition and the crowd knew it. There was NO “lip-sinking” here!

  4. carol says:

    whitney was an amazing singer, beyonce was beyonce an american sweetheart. aguielleri forgot the words but i think she has a great voice.and that kinda saved her. the others, well, no way. what about teddy , luther, barry, stevie , diana ross, prince, etc. some i mentioned passed away already but so many others could do a great job with our national anthem.

  5. jtorres says:

    Whitney’s was far and away the best I’ve ever heard. But let’s be honest — she could have sung the Alphabet song and taken it to the top of the charts (not anymore) And no one remembers Beyonce.. She was overshadowed by Janet Jackson’s stupidity at the half-time show, despite the fact the she was beautiful, classy and so fantastic. Just goes to show, no one remembers the good, only the bad.

    1. jasont says:

      Whitney lip synced her anthem!!!

  6. Ellen says:

    Hey I was more upset when they had that loser Roseanne Bar up there screaming out the National Anthem. Now that was much more horrible to witness.

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