1. Whitney Houston
Before her widely public struggles with substance abuse, the late Whitney Houston possessed one of the most celebrated voices in pop music history. Which is probably why no one did a double take when it was discovered that the legendary diva’s now landmark performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during Super Bowl XXV in 1991 was actually pre-taped. Indeed, there was little outcry of outraged pitchfork-carrying observers given that Whitney’s National Anthem was delivered under the backdrop of the Persian Gulf War. American patriotism put such notions to rest as a global audience of 750 million tuned in for the broadcast. When Whitney’s version of the “Star Spangled Banner” was released to the public on February 12, 1991 it peaked at no. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending an impressive 11 weeks on the charts.