Best National Anthem Performances

Star Spangled Banner

When done right, the pre-game national anthem can energize a sports team and reawaken everyone’s patriotic side. When done wrong, as some are saying of pop singer Christina Aguilera’s version at Super Bowl 45 last night, all sorts of criticism can be expected. With so many stellar performances of the national anthem to focus on, who needs to blast Aguilera any further? Take a look at how our favorite singers raised the bar on this national treasure.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston’s version of the national anthem at Super Bowl 25 is by far one of the most memorable.

Jennifer Hudson

By the time J-Hud sang “Oh say, can you see?” at Super Bowl 43 we knew she was going to take it all the way home.

Mariah Carey

Mariah added her sweet vocal stylings to the national anthem during her performance at Super Bowl 36.

Marvin Gaye

In perhaps the smoothest version of the Star Spangled Banner, singer Marvin Gaye added lots of soul to the national anthem.


Beyonce sang her heart out during at Super Bowl 38, which was held in her hometown of Houston.

Jordin Sparks

Fresh from her “American Idol” win, Jordin Sparks had a lot to prove when she sang the national anthem at Super Bowl 42. Luckily she passed the test with flying colors.

Destiny’s Child

Split into a three-part vocal harmony, the Star Spangled banner never sounded so sweet.


You can always count on Monica to add some personal flair into the mix, which she did during the 2010 NBA Finals.

Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul took us to church with her version of the national anthem.

Patti Labelle

Add in a little bit of soul and a whole lot of singing and you’ve got Miss Patti’s version of the national anthem.


The ever soulful Fantasia was her best on this version of the Star Spangled Banner.


Brandy brought her own unique flavor to the national anthem.