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.

Songs Discussed

  • 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