Why the US national anthem is terrible - and perfect


  1. Vox

    Vox7 months ago

    If you want to learn more about the anthem, check out this site: starspangledmusic.org/blog/ They're obsessed with the Star Spangled Banner and have tons of interesting facts and videos. This book by Marc Ferris is also really interesting www.amazon.com/Star-Spangled-Banner-Unlikely-Americas-National/dp/1421415186/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

  2. HTHTV3

    HTHTV32 months ago

    @2:22 Most do not believe that *that mic* wasn't on when the late great #WhitneyHouston sung it... is there any proof? The studio where she supposedly pre-recorded it? #Receipts? Many may aim to revoke accolades she honestly earned.

  3. JESUS Loves cats

    JESUS Loves cats3 months ago

    I really thought it was terrible

  4. Jack Daniels

    Jack Daniels3 months ago

    Vox thanx .. for your advice... although I am a saudi man I love to listen to the US National Anthem.

  5. I love noodles

    I love noodles4 months ago

    Vox This is an insult and un American. How dare you!!!!

  6. Toryu-Mau

    Toryu-Mau5 months ago

    ... So... Git Good? >):^?

  7. Electrify Gaming

    Electrify Gaming6 hours ago

    We Sing Our National Anthem Everytime I Start School.

  8. Haruka the gen 3er

    Haruka the gen 3er12 hours ago

    At least there no one pointed view amtham o wait there is

  9. Djfrankenstein

    DjfrankensteinDay ago

    Instrument version is epiiiiiic. MURICA

  10. Nick 1989

    Nick 1989Day ago

    It's amazing that it's difficult, people are just upset because they hate America, and because they can't sing

  11. Aurora Targa

    Aurora TargaDay ago

    What the hell WHAT R U SAYNG

  12. Aurora Targa

    Aurora TargaDay ago


  13. xoxoMYA

    xoxoMYADay ago

    basically america just needs more soul lol

  14. Barack Obama

    Barack ObamaDay ago

    Really? Every third grader in chorus at my elementary school learns this, and for a bunch of 8 year olds we sounded pretty good. I think it’s because children can go higher than most adults that makes it easier for them.

  15. Fairy Terry

    Fairy Terry2 days ago

    The anthem is about that we still exist, its that we stood strong through one of our darkest moments and came out better then before

  16. Fairy Terry

    Fairy Terry2 days ago

    The truth is we don’t want you to sing the song because we don’t want you in this country...

  17. Maria Rose

    Maria Rose2 days ago

    The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago anthem sounds *SUPER* british. So its actually in a very easy octave to sing. The only catch is that you have to hold some notes. It can put you out of breath ngl. Also i find it so odd that you guys only use your anthem at national events. Down here up till college we sing it at assembly every morning and at any school related function as well as national events. Yal really dont do that? We even recite the National Pledge in the mornings too.

  18. freedomoffandoms /freedomofandoms

    freedomoffandoms /freedomofandoms2 days ago

    Whoooooa don't do "Lift Every Voice And Sing" like that, it's the black national anthem

  19. Top Hat

    Top Hat2 days ago

    God save the Queen is much better.

  20. Lucas Pardo

    Lucas Pardo2 days ago

    That's why I love the spanish anthem, there are no lyrics. You can't sing badly if you don't sing =D

  21. JACKIE J

    JACKIE J3 days ago

    The best version of the star spangled banner is the Jimi Hendrix version

  22. pulakification

    pulakification3 days ago

    Germany national anthem is good .. I heard it in formula 1.

  23. nyc anna

    nyc anna3 days ago

    most singers should be able to sing 12 notes. singers like brendon urie can sing in all 4 vocal ranges. its not that hard.

  24. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit5 days ago


  25. GamingMint

    GamingMint5 days ago

    *Stop VOX*

  26. Jan D

    Jan D5 days ago

    The US should just make "This land is your land, this land is my land" their anthem. Also, imagine your current president trying to sing the anthem. He doesn't even know the words, lol.

  27. Julia Shab

    Julia Shab5 days ago

    All rise for the national anthem . . . *Is this the real life, is this just fantasy*

  28. Marsbar Marsbar

    Marsbar Marsbar5 days ago

    I saw this video under up next and I thought ok what does this jackass have to say and then I saw the and perfect and I was like oh😂

  29. Julia Burch

    Julia Burch5 days ago

    Yall have obviously never listened to the podcast punch up the jam with miel and Demi. Demi made a PERFECT new anthem while talking about the old one, and y'all should really check the podcast out

  30. B 12

    B 125 days ago

    Sad you can’t remember the lyrics to the star spangled banner, but can to mo bamba.

  31. B 12

    B 125 days ago

    It’s not the songs fault you can’t sing.

  32. lordfullofyogurt

    lordfullofyogurt6 days ago

    Watch Adam Neely.

  33. Loel Azarcon

    Loel Azarcon6 days ago

    Well how rude

  34. Kendrick Hernandez

    Kendrick Hernandez6 days ago

    I’ve sang this song since I was born...so I know the words by heart. Ive never met anyone who could not memorize this song or learn the words. And yes I watched the whole video. Can’t say I agree...but eh.

  35. Will 1

    Will 16 days ago

    I get chills when I sing the greatest song ever made dedicated to the greatest country in the world tf you talking about replacing it shame on you

  36. Shiro Kobayashi

    Shiro Kobayashi6 days ago

    I actually love the US anthem. It's my third fave out of the 12 anthems ive heard 💙💙 love from phil 💙

  37. Edzilla Notlastname

    Edzilla Notlastname6 days ago

    i haven't sung the athem in years

  38. Gam Jam

    Gam Jam7 days ago

    Doesn't it have racist lyrics too?

  39. underestimated kid

    underestimated kid7 days ago

    I like Indian national Anthem because it's short and easy to sing I don't know which language it is

  40. nata

    nata7 days ago

    Indonesia Raya spans 12 notes and yes, I can't sing lowest and the highest note.

  41. IGitzDiz

    IGitzDiz7 days ago


  42. Internet Explorer

    Internet Explorer8 days ago

    The extra notes are meant to show off

  43. Alex Leigh

    Alex Leigh8 days ago

    i liked the jose felliciono

  44. Neon Light

    Neon Light8 days ago

    America needs something like USSR. That anthem has a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm. Also America copied the song "To Anacreon in heaven".... made in the UK.

  45. Erdyanto Dwi Nugroho Zheng

    Erdyanto Dwi Nugroho Zheng5 days ago

    +Will 1 Yeah, the lyrics was made by Francis Scott Key, but the tones were not made him, he was taken the Anacreontic Song (To Anacreon in Heaven) that actually from British song into this. He made to be higher notes than the original version (I mean the Anacreontic Song). So that's why, nobody can sing this anthem and just the trained singers can sing this. To me, I can sing this because I am trained singer when I was in school choir...........

  46. Will 1

    Will 16 days ago

    Neon Light wait wut the American anthem is naturally made by Francis Scott key

  47. Joel Dick

    Joel Dick9 days ago

    I always loved the lyrics of Hail, Columbia: Hail, ye heroes, heav'n-born band, Who fought and bled in freedom's cause, Who fought and bled in freedom's cause, And when the storm of war was gone Enjoy'd the peace your valor won. Let independence be our boast, Ever mindful what it cost;

  48. gareter saudi arabia السعودية العظمى

    gareter saudi arabia السعودية العظمى9 days ago

    Islamic anthem then Allah make amirca garet agien

  49. Lil Sergeant

    Lil Sergeant9 days ago

    It was poem it wasn’t written with being the national anthem in mind

  50. Artemis420

    Artemis42010 days ago

    O say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion A home and a country should leave us no more! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! (For everyone else trying to sing it while watching this)

  51. Gam Jam

    Gam Jam6 days ago

    Artemis420 that's not the full song thou

  52. Kalani W

    Kalani W10 days ago

    How about the Australian National anthem?

  53. I'm Happily In Pain

    I'm Happily In Pain10 days ago

    I like the anthem

  54. Sandwich Vendor

    Sandwich Vendor10 days ago

    if this was released in the 70s and not so popular hipsters would be calling it the most genius song ever.

  55. Brian Kehinde

    Brian Kehinde12 days ago

    "Free" is on a note most people can't reach. How appropriate.

  56. alejandro ojeda

    alejandro ojeda12 days ago

    Our national anthem is so easy to sing, everyone can do it, and I mean it even you can, right now,... I'm from Spain.

  57. Bill Branning

    Bill Branning12 days ago

    When I was young, everyone sang it at various events.

  58. FlopDudeGaming

    FlopDudeGaming12 days ago

    Communist spy. Go back to Russia. Jk

  59. Paz y Amor

    Paz y Amor13 days ago

    Wait absolutely loved felicianos version ❤️

  60. Frella Forever

    Frella Forever13 days ago

    Guess I have an unnatural voice, I have a 14 note range. From B3 to G5.

  61. Kevin

    Kevin14 days ago

    S O V I E T A N T H E M

  62. melanie

    melanie14 days ago

    LA MARSEILLAISE !!! 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷

  63. MrMeowington

    MrMeowington15 days ago

    woah dude, even our national anthem is better lmao 😂

  64. ALDC Llama Cat

    ALDC Llama Cat15 days ago

    I think it's better that it's hard because it makes it more impressive when people sing it because not everyone can do it.

  65. Captain Boom

    Captain Boom15 days ago

    Chill all of you are just trash at singing

  66. wesmatron

    wesmatron16 days ago

    It originated as a bawdy drinking song in England

  67. Dinosuar Lover

    Dinosuar Lover16 days ago

    i can sing it ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  68. Viktor Nikiforov

    Viktor Nikiforov16 days ago

    Dude...it's not that hard when you can sing. But I sing it chorally, and I have to hit a high b flat at the end, since that's the first soprano part. I could never sing it all in my chest voice.

  69. ssplintergirl

    ssplintergirl16 days ago

    It takes skill to be an american

  70. Nela MSG

    Nela MSG17 days ago

    José Feliciano is a master 👌🏻

  71. YardBird Suite

    YardBird Suite17 days ago

    what do all these singers have in common... there all drug addicts

  72. Mike Hunt.

    Mike Hunt.17 days ago

    It's an awesome anthem prove me wrong. *Watches video. Yeah you failed. 🇺🇸🦅

  73. Austyn Guevara

    Austyn Guevara17 days ago


  74. Pablo Munoz-Snyder

    Pablo Munoz-Snyder17 days ago

    They brought on a music theorist and didn't even talk about the textbook secondary dominants that exist in this song. They must think that we are too dumb to appreciate that.

  75. Edu Melero Verdú

    Edu Melero Verdú18 days ago

    Pretty disappointed you didn't include Rosseanne's rendition, but very enjoyable video overall, nonetheless.

  76. Sunset Gao

    Sunset Gao19 days ago

    You can sing something proudly without sounding good you know...

  77. macdaddyalexis

    macdaddyalexis19 days ago

    I was waiting for Mariah!!!

  78. macdaddyalexis

    macdaddyalexis19 days ago

    Only Mariah and Whitney sung it perfectly.

  79. Maya S

    Maya S19 days ago

    Lady Gaga's rendition in 2016 is the best imo.

  80. Niggers Suck

    Niggers Suck19 days ago

    Ok Vox, continue with your leftism hating America agenda.

  81. Colonel Catnip

    Colonel Catnip20 days ago

    This is like saying Freddie Mercury’s music was terrible because most people can’t sing his range...

  82. Violet Rose

    Violet Rose20 days ago

    So you didn’t talk about how it used to be a drinking or song or that fact that there a stanza of the original poem by scott key that celebrates the death of slaves? :( (If you don’t believe me you can look it up)

  83. not a asshole

    not a asshole20 days ago

    Our national anthem isn't the best and easiest to sing. But still very very beautiful

  84. Christian Eesa

    Christian Eesa20 days ago

    Sing it no matter how bad u sound It's of the people by the people for the people Proud to sing it and praise it

  85. Morpheus Hill

    Morpheus Hill21 day ago

    I don't know about you, but an anthem is not made to be sung in perfect pitch by every member of that nation. It is a representation of that nation, be it's morals, prowess, or resolve. Nothing sums America up more than the star spangled banner. People seem to truly forget the sacrifices that were made to make our unique nation. On that day men literally were dying to keep the flag flying by grouping together and holding the pole up while under bombardment from the British. Not for just the flag, but for the belief behind it. A free America, the star bangled banner tells that story. It shows how patriotic Americans are, and how passionate we are for our free states. Wanting to change it because it's difficult to sing is dumb, lastly, claiming our nation for our own was not easy, and holding that flag up on that day wasn't either. Maybe you can make the sacrifice as well and sing the song, regardless of it's difficulty

  86. superrowen

    superrowen21 day ago

    5:37 this guy's voice is in Jaden Smith - Icon

  87. Buzz Offer

    Buzz Offer21 day ago

    The notes are not that bad and is actually within the average range of a normal human voice, although the jumps are far apart, the notes are still reasonable, you guys just suck at singing

  88. deja labeija

    deja labeija21 day ago

    The trailblazers coach warmed my heart 💞

  89. Kawaii Love

    Kawaii Love21 day ago

    um... i can sing it without screaming... it’s not difficult....i mean...either i’m super wrong or i’m kinda talented...idk what it is.........

  90. Kelvin Adithya

    Kelvin Adithya21 day ago

    It's nice to see them to make rendition of that song. In Indonesia, people are so butthurt that if you make the rendition of the anthem, they will sue you


    DANIEL ERON21 day ago

    Yeah, I’ve always thought that this anthem sucks , nice to see that I’m not the only one

  92. kalvin john

    kalvin john21 day ago

    The "last gleaming" is hard and also remembering

  93. Iain

    Iain21 day ago

    Our national anthem is perfect and it shall never change. Merica!

  94. ratchet

    ratchet22 days ago

    My country's national anthem has very few lyrics yet takes forever to sing

  95. Martin Nunez

    Martin Nunez23 days ago


  96. Donald J. Trump

    Donald J. Trump23 days ago

    God Bless America

  97. marinara724

    marinara72424 days ago

    any american who doesn't know our anthem disappoints me

  98. D. Cho

    D. Cho24 days ago

    We Murica's national anthem is always the best... Perfect in any way 😂😂

  99. Elijah Schmidt vlogs

    Elijah Schmidt vlogs24 days ago

    2:43 rip 1994 world series

  100. James WhiteField

    James WhiteField24 days ago

    Ah more leftist vox propaganda, gotta love it!!!

  101. Skrixzy

    Skrixzy24 days ago

    shut up go make a biased article

  102. SantosZox

    SantosZox24 days ago

    Do they really not know the words? Idk why they just fit naturally together in my heads I can't imagine not knowing the words. It tells a story very vivid imagery.

  103. Josiah Warren

    Josiah Warren25 days ago

    For the record Whitney did perform a 100% live version during her welcome home heros special!

  104. Michael Amankwah-Baidu

    Michael Amankwah-Baidu26 days ago

    *America wants to know your location*

  105. European Guy

    European Guy26 days ago

    In my opinion i think national anthems are supposed to bring the spark of hope in the people

  106. James Boyle

    James Boyle26 days ago

    Actual best national anthem is Kazakhstan’s from Borat

  107. that one cuber

    that one cuber26 days ago

    The best anthem is fhe soviet anthem

  108. NotAYouTubeStar

    NotAYouTubeStar26 days ago

    Brittish propaganda

  109. Robert Latorre

    Robert Latorre26 days ago

    7:40 nice name