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The 10 Best National Anthem Performances Ever

There’s nothing like listening to the National Anthem to get your patriotism flowing for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. If you’re like me, you’d probably much rather hear it sung than sing it  yourself. (Have you ever tried singing our nation’s tune? Those high notes can be hard to hit!) Whether for the Super Bowl or the president’s inauguration, and live or lip-synced, the Star-Spangled Banner is always an epic song to be heard — especially when they roll out that giant flag and strike up the band. Often, goose bumps are unavoidable! Click through for 10 of the best National Anthem performances — ever.

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    The 10 best National Anthem performances ever

  • Marvin Gaye 2 of 11
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    Let's get this started on a classy, soulful note with one of my favorite renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner by Marvin Gaye. I was only 12 when he died—not even old enough to miss him. Watch this, and you'll feel the loss.

    1983 NBA All-Star Game

  • Slash 3 of 11
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    Jimi Hendrix did it. Metallica did it. But in terms of electric guitar National Anthem solos, I like Slash. it's crisp and understated and you can't argue that Slash has got style. Watch it here.

    Dodger Stadium 2009

  • Faith Hill 4 of 11
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    Faith Hill sings one of the most lovely versions of the Star-Spangled Banner that you'll ever hear. Watch it here.

    Super Bowl 2009

  • Cher 5 of 11
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    Oh, hey. You forgot something. Do you know what you forgot? You forgot that Cher can SING. Cher forever. Party like it's 1999, by watching her here.

    Super Bowl 1999

  • Carrie Underwood 6 of 11
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    American Idol used to really turn out the goods. Carrie Underwood's National Anthem would do Simon Cowell proud. Watch her here.

    Qwest Field 2006

  • K-Ci and JoJo 7 of 11
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    This is really a very nice a capella rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner by the one and only Jodeci. Who knew Mike Tyson could inspire such delicate vocal stylings? Watch it here.

    Mike Tyson Fight 1991

  • Amber Riley and the ‘Glee’ Cast 8 of 11
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    Backed by her fellow cast members from Glee, Amber Riley belted out the National Anthem and did her country, and Mr. Schuester, proud. Watch it here.

    World Series 2009

  • Beyonce 9 of 11
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    Bey for president! Watch Mrs. Carter show you how it's done here.

    Presidential Inauguration 2013

  • Whitney Houston 10 of 11
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    Oh, Whitney. You left us too soon. This stunning rendition of the National Anthem left the world spellbound and became a top-selling single. Watch here to see what all the fuss was about.

    Super Bowl 1991

  • Jim Cornelison 11 of 11
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    On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Jim Cornelison gave this stirring rendition of the National Anthem. Though not famous, Cornelison is definitely a pro. He sings the anthem at all the Chicago Blackhawk home games. During this quickly paced Star-Spangled Banner, players from the Bears and the Atlanta Falcons held the flag and the crowd cheered him on. This is the only version that makes me tear up every time. Watch it here.

    Chicago Bears Playoffs 9/11/11

 

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