Top 10 American National Anthem Performance Fails

Top 10 American National Anthem Performance Fails


Oh see these are the horrific remixes of America’s most patriotic tune welcome to watchmojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 u.s. national anthem performance fails [Music] for this list we’ve chosen performances in which singers vocally destroyed the star-spangled banner or rewrote their own words to us number 10 Victoria’s are langa a 2012 soccer match between the US and Scotland was the setting for this pitchy performance which had fans gasping and athletes staring at each other in amazement although Victoria’s Arlanda rocked the diva finger and looked like the belle of the ball her voice strained just enough to resemble a dying animal to her credit the singer managed to keep the universe in order by nailing the lyrics and blamed the earplug inspiring vocal on poor auditory perception [Music] [Applause] [Music] number nine Michael Bolton [Music] the Boston Red Sox were a year away from World Series glory in 2003 and their intense rivalry with the New York Yankees caused fans to tremble with anticipation one glorious American hero named Michael Bolton temporarily calmed the storm and brought the country together with this confused rendition of the national anthem during the ALCS that same year like so many singers unable to remember America’s most famous songs Bolton took to the hand and belted away in a star-spangled slumber [Applause] [Music] oh say does that star eight cuba gooding senior he’s the lead singer of the main ingredient and the father of an Academy award-winning actor so what happened to this experienced performer in 2008 this awkward theatrical production of how high can you go featured outstretched arms and squeaky pitching along with a butchering of the lyrics at one point Cuba Gooding senior attempts to rally the audience with an innovative pacing technique but unfortunately his dynamic pronunciation flipped the script on the thespian affair number seven Christina Aguilera [Music] the Super Bowl stage is the home to classic American suspense but sometimes the Greek masks of comedy and tragedy make an appearance in 2011 the illustrious Christina Aguilera began a heart-wrenching rendition of the national anthem only to remix the vocals by the fourth line like a true Pro the Grammy award-winning singer moved on with bravery but the audience experienced a collective deja vu moment and wondered if it was all a dream directed by Christopher Nolan [Applause] number six Mike Eli [Music] on a sunny Kansas City day in 2010 a country singer did the unthinkable while it’s not uncommon for singers to creatively alter the star-spangled banner the lead singer of the Eli Young Band established his own legacy by not only starting over but also skipping two entire lines during this football game scholars have not yet given this approach a name anyone in attendance that day shall forever remember the awkward affair as Mike Elie sang his heart out from beginning to beginning to end [Applause] whose broad stripes and remember five alexis nama at the 2013 memorial cup a jazz singer from Saskatchewan Canada scattered her way to national anthem infamy despite a strong opening line Oh [Music] Alexis Norman’s vocal confidence quickly transformed to sheer confusion as she attempted to collect herself and move forward with grace [Music] [Applause] what happened next was the creation of a new language consisting of part mumbling and part singing only to be followed up with a powerful rendition of the national anthem spinal lines for you that’s a battle riding away through that crowd helping out some teamwork here at credit union Center number four Ezra Harris while some of America’s most prestigious singers prepare for the bright lights of television others simply adhere to the call of duty at a 2006 police memorial ceremony in Chattanooga Tennessee Ezra Harris was asked to perform and became a youtube sensation with his unique rendition of the star-spangled banner for one shining moment an amused colleague attempted to sing along only to realize that mr. Harris was playing by his own rules [Music] number three Roseanne Barr [Music] truly one of America’s greatest mysteries this comedian was booked to perform the national anthem at a 1990 major league baseball game and shocked the world with her brash intonations despite a lyrically sound interpretation the rushed style and aggressive voice of Roseanne Barr became an early internet sensation [Music] with each increasingly exaggerated note Jack Murphy Stadium roared with booze and the performance became a perfect example of how not to perform the star-spangled banner [Applause] but as a wise man once said you get what you pay for [Music] [Applause] [Music] all right are we all ready number two Carl Lewis Olympic athletes become natural heroes through commitment and excellence but their dedication to performance doesn’t always translate to the mic on one fateful day in 1993 Carl Lewis stunned NBA fans along with Michael Jordan by delivering a confused spoken word rendition complete with crowd integration and a thorough restructuring of the Francis Scott Key classic while the enthusiasm of Lewis was off the charts his general understanding of the national anthem earned him a collected Francis got off key before we unveil our top pick here are a few honorable or in this case dishonorable mentions [Music] single man [Music] batwave that me does that star-spangled banner yet wave whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming [Applause] [Music] free hello ah number one Kevin in Mastan [Music] whether it’s a lyrical mishap or a vocal disaster performers understand that the show must always go on Kevin in massive forgot the lyrics not once but twice prior to a 2004 exhibition hockey game between the USA and Canada and apologised before leaving the ice [Applause] however just a few moments later now soon returned with written lyrics for a shot at redemption only to suffer an embarrassing backwards tumble and literal fall from grace [Applause] as the audience pondered what else could possibly go wrong now still swiftly made her exit and called it a night [Applause] do you agree with our list what’s your favorite national anthem performance fail [Music] [Applause] for more mind-blowing top 10s published every day be sure to subscribe to watchmojo.com [Music] you [Applause] [Music]

100 thoughts on “Top 10 American National Anthem Performance Fails

  1. Hey! We're making ANOTHER Top 10 National Anthem Fails as we speak! Fergie is obviously going to be on there, but who else should make it? Who are some other terrible anthem singers?

  2. Rosanne Barr’s hurt me. It’s like she was screaming. I’m not being arrogant because I can’t sing either.

  3. I really hate it when pop stars sing the national anthem especially if it’s acapella. I would rather prefer instrumental.

    Except for Whitney Houston

  4. It pisses me off when people do this. 2:11 They promote themselves and disrespect the flag we didn't fight for your voice we fought for the song and its meaning

  5. Christina should be number one for the simple fact she bombed so bad as a trained singer. Not like she had never sang live before and she completely blew it. She is a Voice coach and bombed. Not as bad as some of these other performers though. At least Charley Pride sounded good when he screwed up.

  6. I love how proud the Americans are of their anthem. I’m English and I hate Gods save the Queen it is such a dirge. England should have Jerusalem and I always sing that at events for England instead.

  7. You know, when they hire someone to sing the National Anthem, maybe they should make that person has actual singing talent. Most of these people sound like a coyote in a trash compactor.

  8. Americans are all fake patriots. They have nothing to be patriotic for. They're just europeans/asians/africans who took over the REAL native american's lands, killed , genocided and conquered them.

    "united states of america"
    The chapter for more imperialism and death

  9. Wtf…you only had one job. But why?! You should remember all the soldiers who sang this beautiful song as they battling for freedom!

  10. The narrator has to comment excessive to keep herself in the “fair use” law and not get dinged by the copyright thing. I know it sucks…I was trying to hear the songs more too lol

  11. That was pretty classy of Mo Cheeks to go help that girl when she couldn't remember the lyrics and I mentioned that to him when his team passed through my town. I remember him saying that he wasn't sure if he could remember the lyrics either.

  12. I feel like the US national anthem is actually meant to be horribly sung by a good looking famous person that also forgets some of the lyrics

  13. Carl Lewis singing the star spangled banner: oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo(my thumb hurts)oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cut away

  14. Christina Aguilera couldn't just sing the song the way it was meant to be sung? No. She's gotta go the extra mile and make herself look like an idiot.

  15. I'm only watching this because I messed up at a volleyball game a few minutes ago and I'm trying to feel better

  16. I’m not American but they need to respect the national anthem.
    There’s have a law about imprisonments or penalty when they do wrong?

  17. I absolutely despise when people make every song gospel. That high and low of their screaming and they’re thinking it sounds amazing but in all actuality it’s horrendous
    Christina Aguilera does it to every song

  18. I have one question hopefully someone can answer. How in the name of Jesus is this song so hard to sing? I've seen it in school most of my life. All the way to 12th grade never missed it. I'm a smoker so I don't have much of a singing voice left but I know every last word of The Star-Spangled Banner why is this such an impossible task. You either see people trying to Jazz it up or Punk It Up or better still make it into a hip hop. All it says to me is there is very little respect for the song. It's not that difficult my ten-year-old granddaughter can sing that song and not miss a Beat. I was left to say I would guess it's the only one on this list I feel bad for is Roseanne Barr because everybody knew she couldn't sing she told him before she took it but everything wanted to hear Roseanne so why give the lady a hard time she told you beforehand she couldn't sing. She's the only one in this list with an excuse to everyone else try going back to second grade I figure you'll understand the song by then

  19. 12:49
    No, no, NO….when you EPICALLY mess up like that, you dont get up and run back into the bush like a frightened rabbit. You had the freaking lyrics in your hand…stand up straight and show them that you can sing straight even after hitting your head.

  20. Did Michael Bolton lip sync the anthem?
    Cuba Gooding Sr sounded worse that a cat screeching in pain!
    Thank god I’m British and we don’t have Country singers!

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