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August 13, 2008


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Dan B

For celebrity versions nothing tops the Whitney Houston version at the Super Bowl in 1991. Being in the middle of the Gulf War definitely helps its spine-tingling impact. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AOe0ywnWes) For pure patriotic impact, any version by any of the armed forces bands can't be beat, such as this one by the marine corps band. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS9vpYL4eIk)

Michael Bradford

Anytime it is sung by Chicago's Wayne Messmer


This little girl's ability to memorize lyrics is impressive, but her response to an off-camera distraction near the beginning is especially funny.

editors note: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FUNTPPItAs


The single GREATEST rendition is Marvin Gaye's super smooth version at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game in LA. Check it out:


One of my favorite renditions was at Ft. McHenry. In the theater there they end with a stirring version of the anthem - if memory serves it was by a Naval Academy men's choir - and then uncover a large window looking out on a reproduction flag flying over the fort. It's one of those moments you can't help getting goosebumps.

Dan H.

This is my current favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5d80mqGQLE

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