Oh see these are the horrific remixes of America’s most patriotic tune welcome to watchmojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 u.s. national anthem performance fails [Music] for this list we’ve chosen performances in which singers vocally destroyed the star-spangled banner or rewrote their own words to us number 10 Victoria’s are langa a 2012 soccer match between the US and Scotland was the setting for this pitchy performance which had fans gasping and athletes staring at each other in amazement although Victoria’s Arlanda rocked the diva finger and looked like the belle of the ball her voice strained just enough to resemble a dying animal to her credit the singer managed to keep the universe in order by nailing the lyrics and blamed the earplug inspiring vocal on poor auditory perception [Music] [Applause] [Music] number nine Michael Bolton [Music] the Boston Red Sox were a year away from World Series glory in 2003 and their intense rivalry with the New York Yankees caused fans to tremble with anticipation one glorious American hero named Michael Bolton temporarily calmed the storm and brought the country together with this confused rendition of the national anthem during the ALCS that same year like so many singers unable to remember America’s most famous songs Bolton took to the hand and belted away in a star-spangled slumber [Applause] [Music] oh say does that star eight cuba gooding senior he’s the lead singer of the main ingredient and the father of an Academy award-winning actor so what happened to this experienced performer in 2008 this awkward theatrical production of how high can you go featured outstretched arms and squeaky pitching along with a butchering of the lyrics at one point Cuba Gooding senior attempts to rally the audience with an innovative pacing technique but unfortunately his dynamic pronunciation flipped the script on the thespian affair number seven Christina Aguilera [Music] the Super Bowl stage is the home to classic American suspense but sometimes the Greek masks of comedy and tragedy make an appearance in 2011 the illustrious Christina Aguilera began a heart-wrenching rendition of the national anthem only to remix the vocals by the fourth line like a true Pro the Grammy award-winning singer moved on with bravery but the audience experienced a collective deja vu moment and wondered if it was all a dream directed by Christopher Nolan [Applause] number six Mike Eli [Music] on a sunny Kansas City day in 2010 a country singer did the unthinkable while it’s not uncommon for singers to creatively alter the star-spangled banner the lead singer of the Eli Young Band established his own legacy by not only starting over but also skipping two entire lines during this football game scholars have not yet given this approach a name anyone in attendance that day shall forever remember the awkward affair as Mike Elie sang his heart out from beginning to beginning to end [Applause] whose broad stripes and remember five alexis nama at the 2013 memorial cup a jazz singer from Saskatchewan Canada scattered her way to national anthem infamy despite a strong opening line Oh [Music] Alexis Norman’s vocal confidence quickly transformed to sheer confusion as she attempted to collect herself and move forward with grace [Music] [Applause] what happened next was the creation of a new language consisting of part mumbling and part singing only to be followed up with a powerful rendition of the national anthem spinal lines for you that’s a battle riding away through that crowd helping out some teamwork here at credit union Center number four Ezra Harris while some of America’s most prestigious singers prepare for the bright lights of television others simply adhere to the call of duty at a 2006 police memorial ceremony in Chattanooga Tennessee Ezra Harris was asked to perform and became a youtube sensation with his unique rendition of the star-spangled banner for one shining moment an amused colleague attempted to sing along only to realize that mr. Harris was playing by his own rules [Music] number three Roseanne Barr [Music] truly one of America’s greatest mysteries this comedian was booked to perform the national anthem at a 1990 major league baseball game and shocked the world with her brash intonations despite a lyrically sound interpretation the rushed style and aggressive voice of Roseanne Barr became an early internet sensation [Music] with each increasingly exaggerated note Jack Murphy Stadium roared with booze and the performance became a perfect example of how not to perform the star-spangled banner [Applause] but as a wise man once said you get what you pay for [Music] [Applause] [Music] all right are we all ready number two Carl Lewis Olympic athletes become natural heroes through commitment and excellence but their dedication to performance doesn’t always translate to the mic on one fateful day in 1993 Carl Lewis stunned NBA fans along with Michael Jordan by delivering a confused spoken word rendition complete with crowd integration and a thorough restructuring of the Francis Scott Key classic while the enthusiasm of Lewis was off the charts his general understanding of the national anthem earned him a collected Francis got off key before we unveil our top pick here are a few honorable or in this case dishonorable mentions [Music] single man [Music] batwave that me does that star-spangled banner yet wave whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming [Applause] [Music] free hello ah number one Kevin in Mastan [Music] whether it’s a lyrical mishap or a vocal disaster performers understand that the show must always go on Kevin in massive forgot the lyrics not once but twice prior to a 2004 exhibition hockey game between the USA and Canada and apologised before leaving the ice [Applause] however just a few moments later now soon returned with written lyrics for a shot at redemption only to suffer an embarrassing backwards tumble and literal fall from grace [Applause] as the audience pondered what else could possibly go wrong now still swiftly made her exit and called it a night [Applause] do you agree with our list what’s your favorite national anthem performance fail [Music] [Applause] for more mind-blowing top 10s published every day be sure to subscribe to watchmojo.com [Music] you [Applause] [Music]

Top 10 American National Anthem Performance Fails

100 thoughts on “Top 10 American National Anthem Performance Fails

  • February 22, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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    Hey! We're making ANOTHER Top 10 National Anthem Fails as we speak! Fergie is obviously going to be on there, but who else should make it? Who are some other terrible anthem singers?

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  • August 1, 2019 at 6:13 pm
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    Christina Aguilara slayed the Star Spangled Banner
    👇🏽

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  • August 2, 2019 at 9:31 am
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    Victoria Justice was way better than them.

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  • August 2, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    I thank the police man should be fired

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  • August 2, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    Fergie made me watch this

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  • August 2, 2019 at 6:19 pm
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    11:40 I thought that was jojo swia

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  • August 2, 2019 at 6:26 pm
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    “Written by (Francis) Scott Off-Key.”
    😂 hahaha

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  • August 2, 2019 at 8:03 pm
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    ROFLMAO

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  • August 2, 2019 at 8:05 pm
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    Why does Christina Aguilera make everything gospel?? OMG I absolutely hate that!!

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  • August 2, 2019 at 8:05 pm
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    If this woman closed her food hole maybe we could hear the video!!
    Just a thought…..

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  • August 2, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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    Honestly, I liked Rosannes the best!!
    She at least knew the words!!!

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  • August 2, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    One of the biggest things that bother me is that 60% of “Americans” don’t even know the words of the song.
    It’s very sad to me……

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  • August 3, 2019 at 8:56 am
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    Si de por si hay himnos de paises menos desarrollados y poderosos que tienen mejores himnos que el de eua

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  • August 3, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    Thank you Rosanne, the miserable cyst on my butt finally popped.

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  • August 3, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    ang bobo naman. pucha, parang mortal na kasalanan yata sa bansa ang hindi pagkabisa ng Pambansang Awit. Haha. katawa tawang mga amerikano.

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  • August 3, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    tapos binabago pa yung mismong melody. haha. okay lang ba kayo? 😂

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  • August 3, 2019 at 8:47 pm
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    Nothing to do with the first person

    SCOTLAND MY PLACE YOOOOO🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

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  • August 3, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    “and the home of the free” lmao my man couldn’t even get the last line right

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  • August 3, 2019 at 11:48 pm
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    Can't believe renound opera singer enriquo pillaso never made the list for his rendition during the red socks baseball game!!!

    Especially as the queen of England attended that game!!!

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  • August 4, 2019 at 3:26 am
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    13:03 do You agree with our list? Are You kidding??? i could NOT hear AT ALL !!!!

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  • August 4, 2019 at 11:27 am
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    아 민망스러워라~~😰

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  • August 4, 2019 at 8:47 pm
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    Yeah…blame it on "poor auditory perception". .."poor" in that people had to hear it.

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  • August 4, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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    What really gets me is the ones who forgot the lyrics. They're only singing the first verse….just 8 lines!

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  • August 4, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    Besides her horrible singing, Roseanne Barr's spitting on the ground and grabbing her crotch were totally disrespectful to the anthem. What assclown decided to choose her?

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  • August 4, 2019 at 9:54 pm
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    That first chick thought she killed it lol
    Why does Christina Aguilera always have to be so dam extra

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  • August 5, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    If you ever do Oh Canada, Mr. Dennis KC Park needs to be up there.

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  • August 5, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Dude, Rosanne Barr is trash…

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  • August 5, 2019 at 9:07 pm
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    SKIP TO #2 MY STEP SISTER IS SINGING!

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  • August 7, 2019 at 8:13 am
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    Can you just list the national anthem fails and stop talking I could barely hear them it was so annoying

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  • August 7, 2019 at 10:32 am
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    Where the heck is ENRICO PALLAZZO ???

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  • August 7, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    I am sure that the American people know the Israeli anthem better than their anthem

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  • August 7, 2019 at 8:05 pm
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    At least Roseanne has a
    Excuse of NOT SINGING
    IT GOOD..she is NOT A
    SINGER&then there's
    FERGIE'S rendition…….
    ….that was just so wrong
    In so many levels..Fergie
    Is a professional singer,
    So what's her excuse?!!

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  • August 7, 2019 at 9:41 pm
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    People can't fucking sing another. STAY ON ONE FUCKING NOTE… PLEASE!

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  • August 8, 2019 at 8:29 am
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    I can't believe some of these people just plain forgot the lyrics of the national anthem…i mean where u from? The amazonian forest?

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  • August 8, 2019 at 9:13 am
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    To be fair she was a comedian and she new she was bad and laughed

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  • August 8, 2019 at 10:21 am
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    Oh Steven Tyler, i loved aero smith but why didn't he just play it safe.

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  • August 8, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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    can you shut the fuck up so i can hear the ear rape

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  • August 9, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Fuck America. War criminals.

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  • August 9, 2019 at 10:09 am
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    🤦‍♂️

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  • August 9, 2019 at 10:29 am
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    I accepted Fergie to be the last and the 10th and the 1st

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  • August 9, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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    The national Anthem is my favorite song

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  • August 9, 2019 at 9:10 pm
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    They weren't that bad bc I put them on mute

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  • August 9, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Pedophile sings the national anthem 👋

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  • August 10, 2019 at 6:20 am
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    At 10:25 who is the ESPN anchor??? (And Carl Lewis should've won this in a landslide, btw)

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  • August 10, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    why do i always hear satan in their lyrics

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  • August 10, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    Not memorizing your national anthem is beyond stupid.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    4:50 took me out 😭😭😭

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    Why can't you americans just sang the standard key to it and not make own rendition of it ,for me it's an insult to ones country ,just because your super power country , just you can do whatever you want…

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  • August 11, 2019 at 6:34 am
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    That cop was drunk as FUCK!!!!!

    Edit: I got suspended for three days in second grade for saying the Pledge of Allegiance in a Donald Duck voice so I can't judge.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    I feel soo bad for these people, it hurts.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 12:52 am
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    Dear WatchMojo, stop trying to be so extra at pronouncing French names. Ricky Gervais is 1/2 French Canadian, so are you gonna start saying RHrickY GHervAY?

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  • August 12, 2019 at 11:03 am
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    Well i cant relate

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  • August 12, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    Holy crap guys!!! Why was Rossane ever even allowed too do that???? I can sing better than her but yet, she gets paid to go to baseball game butcher the song entirly! I swear when I saw it, it felt like I was watching puppies and kittens getting clubbed too death by a baby seal that later turned out to be man wearing a baby seal outfit that consisted of the whole family of seals.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 12:46 am
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    Who knows why people still love Rosanne after she disgraced our country and purposely butchered our national anthem.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 3:51 am
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    The guy that made number 4, could rival the fake Enrico Pallazzo, in the Naked Gun. lol

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:09 am
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    I think a lot of us are here because of fergie

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:53 am
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    Kells is the man

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  • August 13, 2019 at 3:24 pm
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    Where's Leslie Neilson's version from Naked Gun?

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  • August 13, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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    wooo! Let me go find Whitney to clean out my ears! hahaha!

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  • August 13, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    Is it bad that I dont know the national anthem?

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  • August 14, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    singing the national anthem should be as it is.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 2:08 am
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    Screeches in capitalism

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:51 am
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    Nobody’s talking about how some of these people proudly tried either way!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    Why is borat not on the list

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:32 am
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    who cares Queentina is a Legend …
    she never lip its ok..and that tone is insane…
    Haters go away!!!!

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  • August 16, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    This really needs to be edited to include Fergie as #1.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 6:35 pm
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    Dennis KC Parks. At the first CFL game in Las Vegas (remember when the CFL had US teams? Me neither.) Dennis didnt know the tune of O Canada so he improvised a new tune similar to O Christmas Tree. It sounded awful. At his insistance he was brought back to a later game and sang it properly.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    Embarrassing.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    Least Rosanne knew the words.. However, shes still an ugly human in every aspect imaginable.

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  • August 17, 2019 at 4:06 am
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    These people o say cannn yoouuu sayyy
    Me:
    Open up the safe bitches gotta a lot to say

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  • August 17, 2019 at 5:12 am
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    Shut the fuck up and let me hear them, holly shit!

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  • August 17, 2019 at 12:10 pm
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    This is so cringe

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    The number 1💀💀💀

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  • August 17, 2019 at 8:06 pm
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    If u think these r bad look at the 2018 NBA All Star game

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  • August 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    Bro i was waiting for fergie and then I saw the date 🤷‍♂️

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  • August 17, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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    R Kelly's version was horrible in every way.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 7:12 pm
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    Christina gets on my nerves with all those damn runs.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 5:28 am
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    Rosanne Barr’s hurt me. It’s like she was screaming. I’m not being arrogant because I can’t sing either.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 6:09 am
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    I really hate it when pop stars sing the national anthem especially if it’s acapella. I would rather prefer instrumental.

    Except for Whitney Houston

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  • August 19, 2019 at 9:09 am
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    If this was made in 2018, number one would be Fergie's.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 11:55 am
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    It pisses me off when people do this. 2:11 They promote themselves and disrespect the flag we didn't fight for your voice we fought for the song and its meaning

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  • August 19, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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    8:42 When I hide my Doritos in my room only to found out my brother ate it

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  • August 19, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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    Christina should be number one for the simple fact she bombed so bad as a trained singer. Not like she had never sang live before and she completely blew it. She is a Voice coach and bombed. Not as bad as some of these other performers though. At least Charley Pride sounded good when he screwed up.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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    I love how proud the Americans are of their anthem. I’m English and I hate Gods save the Queen it is such a dirge. England should have Jerusalem and I always sing that at events for England instead.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    You know, when they hire someone to sing the National Anthem, maybe they should make that person has actual singing talent. Most of these people sound like a coyote in a trash compactor.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    You guys can't fucking stop taking can you.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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    Americans are all fake patriots. They have nothing to be patriotic for. They're just europeans/asians/africans who took over the REAL native american's lands, killed , genocided and conquered them.

    "united states of america"
    The chapter for more imperialism and death

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  • August 21, 2019 at 4:45 am
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    Mr Ezra Harris had me in stitches. 😂😂😂😂😂

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  • August 21, 2019 at 12:22 pm
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    The pinnacle of cringe

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  • August 21, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    8:37 it's not that bad

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  • August 21, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    I thought i could, but i couldn't finish the vid.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    Roseanne Barr's rendition should've been no.1

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  • August 21, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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    This is horseshit.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 1:50 am
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    Fergie… no doubt.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 8:03 am
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    Why am i Watching this i’m Belgian and i’m on vacation in London

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  • August 22, 2019 at 11:17 am
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    h e l p

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:30 pm
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    You nailed this list, everyone on it was an absolute mess.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 8:27 pm
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    God I’m sad that Steelers haven’t been in the Super Bowl since xtina

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  • August 23, 2019 at 12:21 am
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    12:52 me at life

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  • August 23, 2019 at 3:56 am
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    and they wonder why people started kneeling during this…

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