Sa'iyda Shabazz
Updated Feb 05, 2017 @ 7:57 pm
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Country singer Luke Bryan sang the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. Bringing a little country to the game seemed totally appropriate, since the 2017 Super Bowl took place in Houston, Texas this year. Even though renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner” are usually performed slow and sweet, Bryan definitely brought the harmony and emotion to the iconic song.

Of course Bryan isn’t the only one to recreate this ballad. Singing the National Anthem for the Super Bowl is one of the most prestigious times to get to perform the song. There have been many epic performances of it over the years, good and bad, but these are 10 of the very best performances of the iconic song.

1 Luther Vandross

Superdome, New Orleans 1997

2 Carrie Underwood

Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens 2010

3 Alicia Keys

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans 2013

4 Jordin Sparks

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona 2008

5 Christina Aguilera

Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas 2011

6 Jennifer Hudson

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida 2009

7 Kelly Clarkson

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis 2012

8 Mariah Carey

Superdome, New Orleans 2002

9 Lady Gaga

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California 2016

10 Whitney Houston

Tampa Stadium, Tampa 1991
This is considered by many to the the gold standard of National Anthem performances. Whitney’s performance is the one that singers like Mariah and Christina based theirs off of. It will give you chills.

And if you missed Bryan’s version of the National Anthem, here it below:

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!