There has been a diverse crop of Super Bowl anthem-performers over the years. A lot of people consider Whitney Houston's Super Bowl 25 rendition from 1991 to be the definitive national anthem performance. It is good, but to me it isn't particularly stirring. This one, by the combined military academy choirs, from Super Bowl 39 in 2005, gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes:
And the harmonies in the Dixie Chicks' performance at Super Bowl 37 in 2003 are spot on:
Faith Hill's performance at Super Bowl 34 in 2000 remains one of my favorites:
Other singers I think have done particularly well are LeAnn Rimes and Jordin Sparks. Of course, I can't write about anthem performances without mentioning homegirl Karen Newman, the voice of the Detroit Red Wings.
And then there are the versions performed by children. I can't get over the Cactus Cuties or the PS22 Chorus.
Who is your favorite anthem singer?