07 Star Spangled

07. Star Spangled

Did you know the melody to the Star Spangled Banner was once a British drinking song? In preparation for the Super Bowl, we uncover how the national anthem has been co-opted and reinterpreted by mega pop-stars. Our understanding of how this song sounds has been shaped by sporting events and the spin pop artists put on it has altered our conception of the national song.


  • Beyoncé, Jose Feliciano, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston – The Star Spangled Banner
  • Iceland Symphony Orchestra – Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Ensemble Almageste – La Mantovana
  • Songs from the the Star Spangled Music Foundation
  • Sura Yako – Sauti Sol