Why do people feel the consistently feel the need to ruin the “The Star-Spangled Banner”? In honor of American Spirit, Pioneer Day, and the Fourth of July, we give you the worst National Anthem renditions of all time. Enjoy!

01) Rosanne Barr: Worst National Anthem Fail Ever?

The year was 1990 and Rosanne Barr had one of the hottest sitcoms on TV called Roseanne. Even though she was known for being crass, someone invited her to sing the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a San Diego Padres game anyway. The final result was a trainwreck. The Roseanne Barr national anthem attempt possibly the worst attempt at singing the “The Star-Spangled Banner” ever. Spit on that National Anthem!

02) Michael Bolton: National Anthem Lyric Cheater


Apparently, Michael Bolton keeps most of his brain cells in his hair. The soft rock showoff singer had to resort to crib notes written on his left hand at the 2003 ALCS at Fenway Park. Isn’t that cheating Mr. Bolton? You’re a role model that was immortalized in the film Office Space damn it! Actually, not really. Never mind.

03) R. Kelly: Worst National Anthem Ever (Hip Hop Version)

Do you want to clap your hands to a cheesy R&B version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Las Vegas boxing match? No? Neither did this audience. They refused to clap and booed R. Kelly‘s unnecessary spin on the Francis Scott Key timeless classic. Well, at least he got the lyrics right. Most people on this list didn’t.

04) Carl Lewis: “I’ll Make Up For It Now”

He can run, but he can’t hide from this disaster. Olympic champion Carl Lewis was invited to sing the national anthem at a 1993 NBA game. After his voice cracked and he sang several parts off-key, Lewis promises the booing audience that he’ll “make up for it” only to flub the final few lines of the song. The end result might be the wost national anthem fail in history.

05) Hillary Clinton: The Creeky & Squeaky Edition

During a presidential campaign stop for the 2008 election, Hillary Clinton decided to sing along with a band playing the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Unfortunately, her microphone was already active and picked up her creaky and squeaky attempt at the anthem. To make it all worse, MSNBC was covering the event and broadcasted it all live. Oops!

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The Star-Spangled Banner

Rosanne Barr Worst National Anthem Fail

Here are the complete lyrics for the full national anthem. Most people are just familiar with the first verse of The Star-Spangled Banner. It’s what’s typically sang before American sporting events.

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight’
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.
And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen, thro’ the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream;
‘Tis the star-spangled banner: oh, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand,
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Power that has made and preserved us as a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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