Before we warm up the grills and down a few suds in honor of the good ole U.S. of A this 4th of July, let’s take a look back at the best renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner that have been performed at sporting events. Don’t worry, we thought long and hard about this list to ensure we didn’t fail as hard as Carl Lewis belting out the national anthem back in the day.
Marvin Gaye – 1983 NBA All-Star Game
THE GREATEST RENDITION OF ALL-TIME…we don’t care what you say.
Whitney Houston — Super Bowl XXV (1991)
Extremely patriotic as this performance occurred just after the onset of the Persian Gulf War.
Frank Pizarro — 2010 MLB ALCS
A non-celebrity and a firefighter fighter no less that tore the house down.
The Temptations -1984 All-Star Game
The group’s prime was way behind them, but these guys deserved a “they’ve still got it” chant after this performance.
Slash – 2010 LA Kings Home Opener
As “clean” as you’re going to get from a metal god shredding the Star-Spangled Banner.
Wayne Messmer – 1991 NHL All-Star game
This was broadcast live to the troops in the Middle East and the crowd was totally bonkers for this that they pretty much drowned out Messmer. Awesome.
Huey Lewis & The News – Oakland Coliseum (year unknown)
Short and sweet with that Huey Lewis twist.
Patti Labelle – 2008 World Series
If you said this rendition was better than Whitney’s, we wouldn’t argue. So good.
En Vogue – 1996 World Series
Remember how big these girls were in the ’90s? This was also the last game played at Fulton County Stadium.
Jimi Hendrix – Woodstock
We know, we know. This isn’t a sporting event, but this HAS to be included in any best national anthem performance list.