The Most Memorable Super Bowl National Anthem Performance

For part 2 of my three-part Super Bowl Weekend blog posts, I'm taking a look at performances of the National Anthem.  At this year's Big Game, the honors go to Christina Aguilera, who I'm sure will do a fine job.  The most memorable rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," in my opinion, was at Super Bowl XXV in 1991 by Whitney Houston.

It was a great version of our nation's anthem, and it became a best-selling single.  (Proceeds went to support Gulf War veterans.)  There was some controversy when it was revealed that Houston may have pre-recorded the song and lip synced her performance at Tampa Stadium, but it was still a powerful version, and still holds up as one of the best ever recorded.

Lately, it seems as if American Idol singers have been the choice for pre-game singing duties.  Here's a list that chronicles the national anthem singers for each Super Bowl.

Super Bowl I - University of Arizona and University of Michigan Marching Bands
Super Bowl II - Grambling University Marching Band
Super Bowl III - Anita Bryant
Super Bowl IV - Al Hirt
Super Bowl V - Tommy Loy (trumpeter)
Super Bowl VI - U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale
Super Bowl VII - Little Angels Children's Choir of Chicago's Holy Angels Church
Super Bowl VIII - Charley Pride
Super Bowl IX - Grambling State University Marching Band
Super Bowl X - Tom Sullivan
Super Bowl XI - Vikki Carr (sang "America the Beautiful")
Super Bowl XII - Phyllis Kelly of Northeast Louisiana State University
Super Bowl XIII - The Colgate Thirteen
Super Bowl XIV - Cheryl Ladd
Super Bowl XV - Wyatt Metty
Super Bowl XVI - Diana Ross
Super Bowl XVII - Leslie Easterbrook
Super Bowl XVIII - Barry Manilow
Super Bowl XIX - San Francisco Boys Chorus and San Francisco Girls Chorus
Super Bowl XX - Wynton Marsalis
Super Bowl XXI - Neil Diamond
Super Bowl XXII - Herb Alpert (trumpeter)
Super Bowl XXIII - Billy Joel
Super Bowl XXIV - Aaron Neville
Super Bowl XXV - Whitney Houston and the Florida Orchestra
Super Bowl XXVI - Harry Connick, Jr.
Super Bowl XXVII - Garth Brooks
Super Bowl XXVIII - Natalie Cole
Super Bowl XXIX - Kathie Lee Gifford
Super Bowl XXX - Vanessa Williams
Super Bowl XXXI - Luther Vandross
Super Bowl XXXII - Jewel
Super Bowl XXXIII - Cher
Super Bowl XXXIV - Faith Hill
Super Bowl XXXV - Backstreet Boys
Super Bowl XXXVI - Mariah Carey
Super Bowl XXXVII - Dixie Chicks
Super Bowl XXXVIII - Beyonce Knowles
Super Bowl XXXIX - Choirs of the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets
Super Bowl XL - Aaron Neville and Aretha Franklin with Dr. John (pianist)
Super Bowl XLI - Billy Joel
Super Bowl XLII - Jordin Sparks
Super Bowl XLIII - Jennifer Hudson
Super Bowl XLIV - Carrie Underwood
Super Bowl XLV - Christina Aguilera
Super Bowl XLVI - Kelly Clarkson
Super Bowl XLVII - Alicia Keys
Super Bowl XLVIII - Renee Fleming
Super Bowl XLIX - Idina Menzel
Super Bowl 50 (L) - Lady Gaga

Which one was your favorite?


The_Lex said…
For some reason, I distinctly remember Whitney's shiny white teeth from that performance.