As we celebrate Independence Day, I thought I’d share some great (and not-so-great) versions of our national anthem.

First off, we’ve got this dandy of a clip. With this girl being Canadian, it’s likely that she knows O’Canada much better than she does the Banner.  So, I can’t be too mad at her for forgetting the lines. Where she dropped the ball is when she…well…dropped herself:

In this clip, then Portland Trailblazers coach Maurice Cheeks bails a girl out during what was probably one of the most embarrassing moments of her life:

This police officer allegedly agreed to sing the national anthem at the last second. Perhaps he should think twice the next time he decides to sing extemporaneously:

Oy vey:

Here, Cuba Gooding, Sr. is butchering the anthem. Embarrassing the entire black race: like father, like son right…?

But rest assured folks, all is not lost. Over the years, there have also been some great renditions of the national anthem. Of course, going simple and straightforward is always a good call. But even some non-traditional versions of the song were pretty historic.

For one, who could ever forget the following performance from Super Bowl XXV? Ladies and gentlemen, Whitney Houston pre-Bobby and pre-crack:

Jimi Hendrix laid down one the sickest instrumental versions of the Star Spangled Banner I’ve ever heard. Some people have speculated that he was high as he did this. I can’t say for certain. But I do know that this was a performance for the ages:

My all-time favorite version of the national anthem has to be the one performed by the late, great Marvin Gaye. They just don’t get any better than this:

I guess that’s it for now. I’m gonna get down on some barbeque and watch the “To Catch a Predator” marathon on MSNBC. So until next time, have a happy and safe 4th. I’ll hollaaaa!

– ACL

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