Beyoncé may have caused huge controversy last year when she lip-synced the National Anthem at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony. Critics and fans alike were all commenting about her impeccable performance yet questioning whether or not she actually sang it live. ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is usually sung at major sports events and other public gatherings, so there is a certain pressure for singers to do it justice. As we prepare for this Sunday’s big game, we remember our most memorable national anthem performances. —Terry Carter
Arguably the best to ever sing the National Anthem, Whitney Houston’s rendition was so good that it was released as a single, twice.
No lip-syncing here. King Bey performed at the 2004 Super Bowl and brought the house down in her hometown, Houston, Texas.
The Country songbird kept it simplistic and elegant. Her vocals here proves why she was chosen as the winner of American Idol that year.
4. Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye brought his swag to the National anthem in only a way that he could at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game.
5. Dixie Chicks
These country singing chicks came together to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, blending in amazing pitch and perfect harmony.
Fresh off of winning American Idol, Jordin Sparks went on to perform at the Super Bowl. The newcomer proved that she could hang with the vets, delivering one of the best vocal performances of the “Star Spangled Banner” we’ve ever heard.
7. Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix performed the “Star Spangled Banner” with his guitar. It gets no more badass than that.
8. Kelly Clarkson
Kelly brought her powerhouse vocals to the field when she sang the National anthem acapella-style at the NFL 2006 Thanksgiving Day performance.
Legendary singer Luther stole the show with his R&B rendition of the anthem.
10. Faith Hill
Faith Hill belted out the U.S. anthem with soul and passion. A top performance by far.