Whitney Houston tore the house down her performance of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at Super Bowl XXV. But as Roseanne, Steven Tyler & Christina Aguilera prove, not everyone can be as good as Whitney. Click to watch 11 of the worst performances of the song — ever!
It’s been 25 years since Whitney Houston set the bar for epic renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner.” While it may be impossible for whoever sings the song at Super Bowl 50 to top Whitney, they just need to be better than any of the following national anthem fails.
1. Roseanne Barr.
This is probably the most famous bad performance of the national anthem ever. Roseanne Barr, 63, left sports fans holding their ears when she belted out this screeching rendition before a 1990 San Diego Padres game. So much for her singing career.
2. Christina Aguilera
While Roseanne isn’t a singer, Christina Aguilera, 35, is — or is she? The “Beautiful” singer wasn’t sounding so pretty when she dropped the ball at the 2011 Super Bowl. Christina screwed up the lyrics, which is a major foul, but at least she was on tune.
3. Steven Tyler
At least Christina did better than Steven Tyler, 67. The lead singer of Aerosmith and American Idol judge would have been eliminated for his performance at the 2011 AFC Championship game. Steven screwed up the lyrics and missed some notes, making some wonder if Simon Cowell, 56, could sing it better?
4. Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx, 49, can sing. He’s proven this in the movie Ray and on songs with Kanye West, 38. So what happened at the Manny Paquiao/Floyd Mayweather fight in 2015? While trying to put a gospel spin on the song, fans were just praying that it would end soon.
5. Kat Deluna.
There’s only one Beyonce, 34. Nobody told that to Kat Deluna, 28, when she sang the anthem at a Dallas Cowboys/Philadelphia Eagles game in 2008. Kat was trying hard to channel the queen Bey, when she should have focused on singing the song correctly.
6. Michael Bolton
It’s easy to botch the lyrics to the “Star Spangled Banner,” and Michael Bolton, 62, tried to avoid any screw-ups by writing them down on his hand. Unfortunately, Michael awkwardly paused during a 2003 ALCS performance to sneak a peek. Oops!
7. Cyndi Lauper
A 9/11 memorial is the last place where anyone would want to screw up singing the national anthem. Unfortunately, Cyndi Lauper, 62, pulled off this embarrassment at the 2011 U.S. Open in New York City, singing “O’er the ramparts we watched, was the flag was still streaming.”
8. Scott Stapp
Scott Stapp, 42, lead singer of Creed didn’t take the crowd “higher” with his performance before the NASCAR Ford 400 in 2005. Where in the song is the singer supposed to growl?
9. Carl Lewis
He won nine gold medals, but none of them were for singing. Carl Lewis, 54, probably wishes he could outrun his horrible 1993 performance of the song.
10. Madison Rising
They bill themselves as “America’s most patriotic rock band” but Madison Rising proves that patriotism is not the same as talent. This nu-metal version of the song didn’t blow up as the band hoped — instead, it was a dud.
11. James Taylor
He might be a music legend but even James Taylor, 67, makes mistakes. While at Game 2 of the 2013 World Series, James actually started singing “America the Beautiful” before he caught the flub and sang the correct song.
Which bad performance was your favorite, HollywoodLifers? Who do you think will perform the national anthem at Super Bowl 50?