Oh say can you sing? 10 questionable national anthem performances
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Oh say can you sing? 10 questionable national anthem performances

Oh say can you sing? 10 questionable national anthem performances

Many stars have had the honor of singing the ever-challenging national anthem in high-profile performances, and it doesn’t always go well. Here are some of the worst renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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Roseanne Barr | San Diego Padres Game, 1990

Roseanne Barr’s vocal performance of the national anthem before a San Diego Padres game back in 1990 received a lot of attention and earned her second place on Billboard‘s list of worst national anthem performances. Barr later expressed regret that the performance was not received as she’d intended and that people hadn’t found it funny.

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Michael Bolton | American League Championship, 2003
Michael Bolton ended up having to revert to a note card for his 2003 version of the song for the American League Championship Series. It was ranked fourth-worst in an IHeartRadio survey of its “active listener” population. (Pictured at the Orange County Fair on July 25, 2006.)  (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Scott Stapp | NASCAR Ford 400 race, 2005
Scott Stapp of the band Creed performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2005 NASCAR Ford 400 race, adding a few growls along the way. IHeartRadio listeners ranked his version as the fifth-worst. (Pictured during the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup on Dec. 3, 2004, in New York City.)  (Chris Trotman / Getty Images)
R. Kelly | Hopkins/Taylor boxing rematch, 2005
Billboard  ranks R. Kelly’s soul-tinged performance (complete with hand claps) at the Bernard Hopkins/Jermaine Taylor rematch in 2005 as the seventh-worst version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” (Pictured at Nokia Theatre on June 11, 2011.)  (David Livingston / Getty Images)
Franklin, Neville and Dr. John | Super Bowl XL, 2006
Aretha Franklin, Aaron Neville and Dr. John performed the national anthem together at Super Bowl XL in 2006. Billboard ranks the collaboration as fifth-worst. (Pictured: Franklin at Nokia Theatre on July 25, 2012; Neville at the MusiCares concert on Feb. 6, 2015, in Los Angeles; Dr. John at the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana.)  (Clockwise from left: Jay L. Clendenin, Gina Ferazzi, Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
Keri Hilson | NBA Game, 2010
According to a Billboard list of the 10 worst performances of the national anthem, Keri Hilson is ranked 10th for her 2010 performance at an NBA Lakers game, during which she forgot the lyrics. (Pictured onstage at “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” on Dec. 3, 2010, in San Diego.)  (Matt Sayles / Associated Press)
Josh Groban and Flea | BCS championship game, 2010
Josh Groban and Flea teamed up to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner" at a BCS Championship game. The unlikely collaboration earned them a spot as Billboard‘s ninth-worst performance of the national anthem. (Pictured: Josh Groban during Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XXI on March 28, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Flea on April 8, 2007, in Melbourne, Australia.)  (From left: Ethan Miller, Kristian Dowling / Getty Images)
Christina Aguilera | Super Bowl XLV, 2011
Aguilera’s effort at the 2011 Super Bowl, during which she botched the lyrics, is ranked as the worst version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by nearly 37% of respondents in a survey of IHeartRadio listeners.  (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)
Steven Tyler | AFC Championship Game, 2014
Not far behind Aguilera in the IHeartRadio survey was Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, for his 2014 version for the AFC Championship Game, where he failed to hit several high notes and appeared lyrically challenged. (Pictured June 22, 2013, at the Hollywood Bowl.)  (Bret Hartman / Los Angeles Times)
Jamie Foxx | Mayweather/Pacquiao boxing match, 2015

Jamie Foxx’s performance of the national anthem before the championship bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, left many viewers “less than impressed,” according to Billboard.

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