Whitney Houston is probably turning in her grave after Alicia Keys’ long-winded jazz rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XLVII fell flat.
Many have tried, but few have done it quite like Whitney, whose ensemble with The Florida Orchestra is one of the greatest National Anthem performances not only in Super Bowl history, but of all time.
That being said, there have been more than a few memorable performances of our country’s beloved anthem during the 47-year history of the Super Bowl, as we’ve seen everything from solo, “a cappella” acts to full choirs with instrumentation, implying that there’s no specific criteria that makes a Star-Spangled performance shine, it just does.
A masterful performance of such a meaningful song can send shivers to your spine, goosebumps to your arms and tears to your eyes, invoking emotions you weren’t sure existed in a world of hot wings, beer and pigskin.
Only a great few can transcend the game, demanding your attention, if just for a short while, in order to honor the magnanimous nation that brought us the sport we love so much.
Those are the performances that comprise this list.