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The Star-Spangled Banner: The Best Three

by Ryan Hudson

Tomorrow is the 4th of July, a holiday set aside to remember the day when the United States declared its independence from England, which, naturally, we recognize with barbecues and fireworks. Sure, why not.

Even though America became official in 1776, it wasn't until 1931 that we had a national anthem, when "The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized by a congressional resolution in 1931 (interestingly enough, Francis Scott Key's poem was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song).

Before nearly every sporting event now, the National Anthem is either sung or played, and there have been some truly amazing, even inspiring renditions over the years. These are not those performances. Earlier today, we showed you some of the worst. Now, here's some of the best. Do enjoy.

Honorable Mention: Maurice Cheeks Saves the Day

3. The Utah Symphony Orchestra, Sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, at the 2002 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

This was the first National Anthem performed on a world-stage after 9/11.

2. Whitney Houston at Super Bowl XXV

1. Marvin Gaye at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game