4th Of July: 10 Artists You Forgot Sang The National Anthem, From The Jackson 5 To Mandy Moore
Ain’t nobody gonna claim “The Star-Spangled Banner” is easy to sing. (Well, maybe one, but she’s dead.) Although we all know the lyrics (well, kind of) and we all know the melody (umm, mostly), public performances of the national anthem are always tricky and tend to live on…much to Michael Bolton’s terror. So let’s shine Lady Liberty’s light on those patriotic popsters whose performances have, fairly or not, been largely forgotten.
Hold on to your sparklers, kittens, and let freedom ring!
10. Stacey Q
When Bob Hope would rally his USO audiences of World War II service members by reminding them, “Boys, this is what you’re fighting for,” he obviously meant Stacy Q’s not-at-all-lip-synched whisperkitten coo.
9. The Jackson 5
Whether it was the patriotic occasion or the close proximity to all the sweaty ballplayers, Michael Jackson’s charisma and vocal talent have rarely been more glorious-ee-hee!
8. Backstreet Boys
Placing all this boyish shrieking so close to Michael Jackson was purely on accident…or was it?
7. Zooey Deschanel
A classy, respectfully jazzy cover — f*** that! We’re bored, Grandma, bring back Stacey Q!
6. Justin Guarini
A classy, respectfully — never mind, it’s not Kelly Clarkson.
5. Mandy Moore
Voicing the animated pop-tart Tabitha Vixx on The Simpsons, Mandy Moore sings the National Anthem’s often-ignored “Trouble-listic” verses added by Britney Scott Key, Francis’s sister.
4. Enrico Pallazzo
Pallazzo’s operatic training and unusual phrasing were impressive, but perhaps even more so was his ability to simultaneously umpire, save the queen, and Presley his Priscilla all night long.
3. Alanis Morrisette
Serving up Steven Tyler realness, Uncle Joey’s ex gets red, white and blue props for seamlessly integrating the “go down on you in a theater” line in without anyone noticing.
2. Marvin Gaye
The “Let’s Get It On” legend turns the National Anthem into a silky, baby-making jam. Martha Washington would approve.
1. Yoko Ono
God bless America!!
(NOTE: So this it technically Yoko doing a performance art piece while some YouTube user slapped a piano rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” underneath it. But we’re including anyway, because it’s got our fireworks shooting all over the place regardless.)
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