Why the US national anthem is terrible - and perfect


  1. Vox

    Vox4 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. Mr.Moisture Loves cats

    Mr.Moisture Loves cats9 days ago

    I really thought it was terrible

  3. Jack Daniels

    Jack Daniels10 days ago

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

  4. I love noodles

    I love noodlesMonth ago

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

  5. Toryu-Mau

    Toryu-Mau2 months ago

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

  6. General Amsel

    General Amsel2 months ago

    +Sheratim because simply always complaining how something is racist doesn't do anything, we don't even sing the third verse so why complain about it? Its like complaining about how oh since some of the founding father had slaves that means even though the literally committed high treason against the British crown and proceeded to fight against the strongest army and navy in a the known world, nah since some of them had slaves that just throws that all to the side and doesn't matter.

  7. My Anh Hoang

    My Anh Hoang2 hours ago

    Lmao yall should listen to Hungarian national anthem. its depressing af. Screaming together with a laugh is so much better than crying.

  8. Ice Queen

    Ice Queen8 hours ago

    It's not terrible, but it's perfect.

  9. Lois Elliott

    Lois Elliott9 hours ago

    go to another country if you dont like our anthem you communist

  10. Grundle Munch

    Grundle Munch10 hours ago

    you americans have the best anthem hands down. i even root for you all during the Olympics because of it

  11. Morgan Yoite

    Morgan Yoite11 hours ago

    A normal person will never have to sing the national anthem in their life time. And old things are racist get over it

  12. WestNileSnipes

    WestNileSnipes11 hours ago

    Damn, Whitney killed it.

  13. PAGE

    PAGE13 hours ago

    Russian Anthom is the best

  14. Paragonix

    Paragonix16 hours ago

    Thats why Id prefer the soviet anthem and horst wessel lied

  15. MelonLikeAFellon

    MelonLikeAFellon18 hours ago

    Setup: Singer on stage Sport bois ready behind some thin walls or doors "Some-" Sport bois burst through "-body once told me..."

  16. Juan Escobar

    Juan Escobar20 hours ago

    Adam Neely

  17. Candy Life

    Candy Life23 hours ago

    Woah woah woah hold up...it’s not that hard to reach those notes

  18. Wynn Simmons

    Wynn SimmonsDay ago

    I'm with Estelle on this

  19. Simone Let the cat out of the bag

    Simone Let the cat out of the bagDay ago

    Choir teacher makes this our audition song for all of our ensembles...... y’know, makes the people who really deserve it get it... ew

  20. Austyn Kersey

    Austyn KerseyDay ago

    Should have mentions Roseanne's performance.

  21. Cedric Winters

    Cedric WintersDay ago

    I feel like over 9000 people disliked this video without actually watching this.



    I can’t relate because I am Asian, but still I watch this. 😂

  23. Ryan Lo 246 (HQ2)

    Ryan Lo 246 (HQ2)2 days ago

    The hardest would be the Austrian National Anthem, so many notes

  24. Stephen Malacaria

    Stephen Malacaria2 days ago

    I agree, "The Star Spangled Banner" is a pretty bad song. The national anthem should be God Bless America.

  25. AlanaFieldsTV

    AlanaFieldsTV2 days ago

    Fergie... that was a fail that won't be forgotten.

  26. Chanel K

    Chanel K2 days ago

    Why did I think this was talking about the Canadian anthem until I saw the replies of the “why can West Virginia be our national anthem?” Before you ask, this video started when I was in the kitchen getting biscuits and milk without my iPad

  27. xoxo xoxo

    xoxo xoxo2 days ago

    how comes the music expert can't even sing in tune

  28. its mary

    its mary2 days ago


  29. Alex Black

    Alex Black2 days ago

    If we had an anthem like the French, people would protest the lyrics

  30. Chuck Wieser

    Chuck Wieser3 days ago

    And most importantly, this song does not rejoice in the death of slaves owned by the British. It glorifies the sacrifice of hired workers and slaves that died trying to keep the American flag up while the British killed them for wanting to honor their country. Thanks for lying to us and trying to continually destroy America.

  31. Downward Spiral

    Downward Spiral3 days ago

    I think that if the creator of the American anthem found-out through time travel that the most popular version of the American anthem ever produced was sung by a black women, he would have an aneurysm. Atleast, he hope we would.

  32. Tony F

    Tony F3 days ago

    The secret is to have soulful black person sing it

  33. Eric Claeyborn

    Eric Claeyborn3 days ago

    The national anthem for the U.S.A. should be America the Beautiful. It just might repair some American hearts. The Star Spangled Banner is really worthless... and the tune is from a beer drinking song (that's what I heard).

  34. airi

    airi3 days ago

    I know the whole american anthem because i watched THAT episode of victorious too much. im european.

  35. Maskless Is This

    Maskless Is This3 days ago

    Gross song

  36. Paul Harts

    Paul Harts3 days ago

    May I suggest welcome to the black parade?

  37. roballen2/offical

    roballen2/offical3 days ago

    "America the Beautiful" should be the National Anthem.

  38. Skippy Bean

    Skippy Bean4 days ago

    "It's descriptive and phrased weirdly" It was a freaking poem, what do you expect

  39. Skippy Bean

    Skippy Bean4 days ago

    Ummm. I can sing it. I don't scream

  40. MiniWaterWolf YT

    MiniWaterWolf YT4 days ago

    Yes it is you doo doo.

  41. Andreus Triant

    Andreus Triant4 days ago

    Just more of vox’s anti American propaganda, trying to kill what is left of America’s pride

  42. Ryan Anderson

    Ryan Anderson4 days ago

    When you’ll do anything to slam America

  43. Dukhanstmichmal

    Dukhanstmichmal4 days ago

    Lets be honest here. The US anthem is one of the most crap anthems in the world. Not only doesnt it sound pleasant or have any real structure to it - its also not even iconic apart from the first 3 seconds. If you listen to the anthems of Russia, France, Germany, Italy or the UK in comparison, the US one just seems cheap and not really thought through.

  44. Some nerd 157

    Some nerd 1574 days ago

    The national anthem should be Africa

  45. black and silver diamond

    black and silver diamond4 days ago

    Millinials have respect for nothing.

  46. Helen Gilbert

    Helen Gilbert5 days ago

    I don't wanna be ~that guy~ but for a vocal student hearing that people think the national anthem is hard??? Go listen to the Girl in 14G, or... any aria ever. Then come back and tell me an octave and a half is too big.

  47. Luke Losinski

    Luke Losinski5 days ago

    This is fairly simple on a instrument to play

  48. Bob Fischer

    Bob Fischer5 days ago

    Wait. Seriously? I realize this is about the vocal challenge of the song, but, really? You're not going to mention the greatest rendition of the song ever, even though it was instrumental? Harrrummpff. *shakes fist* "you kids get off my lawn!" *goes to load up the Hendrix version from Woodstock*

  49. Enda Reddan

    Enda Reddan5 days ago

    The Irish national anthem

  50. Patrick Nilan

    Patrick Nilan5 days ago

    No the star spangled banner is PERFECT, ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGLY PERFECT! The ONLY, let me say ONLY EVIDENCE of this anyone needs to give a skeptic is playing Whitney Houston at the Super Bowl! BOOM, micdrop!

  51. James Scott

    James Scott5 days ago

    It’s not about slaves 🙄

  52. Palamedes

    Palamedes6 days ago

    good news everyone 2:55

  53. Q400fan

    Q400fan6 days ago

    Title is a lil misleading

  54. Will Stehlik

    Will Stehlik6 days ago

    I’m sorry but Lady Gaga?

  55. PewEE

    PewEE6 days ago

    Klay:why did she do that Lady:old song son Klay:it 2018 not 1765 Lady:right 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

  56. Jakeliciousdragon

    Jakeliciousdragon6 days ago

    Francis Scott Key wrote the words of the Star Spangled Banner and chose the tune so... we can't really complain. It's not that hard, people just don't try and they think too much. Plus it's worded weirdly because it is written back in the old days. We should not change it. I can sing it right and have the words memorized. You guys are just big sore baby losers.

  57. Heisted

    Heisted6 days ago

    Russia has a way better one anyways. Tbh it’s the best one. And yes I know Its so incredibly biased because I am from Russia and Russian is my first language.

  58. Puggy WoofWoof

    Puggy WoofWoof6 days ago

    petition to change the national anthem to national anthem by lana del rey

  59. The Joe Show

    The Joe Show6 days ago

    Rock cover anyone?

  60. the sinnoh trainer

    the sinnoh trainer6 days ago

    It's actually not that hard to sing when you've heard it so many times

  61. Anouchka

    Anouchka7 days ago

    I’m Canadian and I know the whole star spangled banner better than my American friends.

  62. The Grey Jedi

    The Grey Jedi7 days ago

    Our choir sang this for a Houston rockets game we put it in 4-part (soprano,alto,tenor,bass) it sounded amazing

  63. DSLR Video Shooter

    DSLR Video Shooter7 days ago

    It is a great song. Also I heard Canada is accepting new people.

  64. Logan Lucky

    Logan Lucky7 days ago

    What nobody is talking about is the historical context. It was originally a poem and it is about the strength of America to persevere. Some of the wording isn’t great because it was a poem written by a soldier who whiteness the first hope of America actually being able to work.

  65. Jasmine VanRegenmortel

    Jasmine VanRegenmortel7 days ago

    I vote that Marilyn Manson’s “We’re from America” should be the new national anthem, should we choose to change it.

  66. Ash Westbrook

    Ash Westbrook7 days ago

    Um... what are notes, and what's from with 13 or whatever we have?

  67. The Best Galaxy

    The Best Galaxy7 days ago


  68. US Air Force Nerd

    US Air Force Nerd7 days ago


  69. Deric Cheah

    Deric Cheah7 days ago

    Malaysia anthem is da best.

  70. Jimsy

    Jimsy7 days ago

    Lyrics about Congreve's rockets set to the tune of an English drinking song... what a choice for a national anthem...

  71. Prod. by MiB

    Prod. by MiB7 days ago

    That's why you sing it in monotone.

  72. memes are my life

    memes are my life7 days ago

    See this is why I play an instrument I’ll be fine.

  73. PieSauruS

    PieSauruS8 days ago

    “How can we be edgy and political”

  74. sofiaa johnn

    sofiaa johnn8 days ago

    i rlly dont think it's respectful of ppl to make "covers" of the national anthem, it's composed in a specific way,, just let it be

  75. Penelope Hunt

    Penelope Hunt8 days ago

    It's a kak cuntry, kak anthem . Totally useless place

  76. Thieving Peppers

    Thieving Peppers8 days ago

    I had to sing this everyday in school

  77. Anson Hu

    Anson Hu8 days ago

    7:31 the reason why they booed is because American don’t like change, they really don’t like it. And when Jose feliciano sang the anthem in a different way, some people took it personally because they don’t like change they really don’t like it (Americans). I’m sorry if this is offensive but this is true for most places.

  78. The Turts

    The Turts8 days ago

    the national anthem don't even slap

  79. Nathaniel Eli

    Nathaniel Eli8 days ago

    “America, The Beautiful” COULD be a good alternative for the national anthem. Edit: I was rewatching this and Matt Farnsworth says that “oo” is a vowel. Huh😂

  80. Nicole & Ethan Miller

    Nicole & Ethan Miller8 days ago

    Love your videos, could you please site significant video quotations in your extended description? "Further reading" is great, but we're all on youtube watching videos... thanks!

  81. monoceros1222

    monoceros12229 days ago

    Lyrics are great because because there are only 3 sentences: The first sentence questions whether the flag still waves in the particular battle; the second sentence demonstrates the strength of America; and the third again, and appropriately, calls to the future , questioning whether we have managed to remain the land of the free and the home of the brave!

  82. pilotdrums

    pilotdrums9 days ago

    you're supposed to sing it in your octave range not 3 above it

  83. One piece and sonic fan

    One piece and sonic fan9 days ago

    i wonder what skylar grey would sound like

  84. Tomlin Suttles

    Tomlin Suttles9 days ago

    You guys are insulting us Americans

  85. Maggie Jones

    Maggie Jones9 days ago

    America, The Beautiful but with "And Sisterhood" (Cue Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones) and we have ourselves a lovely anthem.

  86. Hurley Sim

    Hurley Sim9 days ago

    Hey Vox, does this mean Bel Canto repertoire is also terrible?

  87. Jacob :D

    Jacob :D9 days ago

    Y’all think this is bad but the Panem anthem is only high notes.

  88. Donna Ortega

    Donna Ortega9 days ago

    I feel very offended.

  89. jonathan abraham

    jonathan abraham9 days ago

    I'm not American but the Dixie chicks did the perfect rendition of your anthem

  90. Nico Enerlan

    Nico Enerlan9 days ago

    When they showed Fergie I was dead 😂😂😵


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  92. Bence Pál

    Bence Pál10 days ago

    This video/idea was stolen from Adam Neely check out the original!

  93. Lauren Zefania

    Lauren Zefania10 days ago

    I'm from Indonesia. Hey you guys had to hear our national anthem. The range is 9 and a half full notes, sounds so good.

  94. BrokenSocialScene23

    BrokenSocialScene2310 days ago

    You guys should talk about why the anthem won't change. Its difficulty makes it so emotional. It's one of the few anthems that will reduce you to tears. I'm not even American.

  95. Russian Bias

    Russian Bias10 days ago

    French National Anthem English Translation: Our hands are raised please dont shoot, the white flag flies high. The Rifles hit the ground, Mighty Maginot has been out flanked.

  96. Matsya Manuel

    Matsya Manuel10 days ago

    Jimi Hendrix is laughing in his tomb.

  97. Maybe Me

    Maybe Me10 days ago

    'O Canada Our home and native land, True patriot love, in all of us command With glowing hearts we see thee rise, True North strong and free From far and wide, 'O Canada, we stand on guard for the God keep our land glorious and free 'O Canada we stand on guard for thee 'O Canada we stand on guard for thee

  98. emily

    emily10 days ago

    2:38 y'all don't sing your anthem every morning at school?

  99. molly sandweiss

    molly sandweiss10 days ago

    France’s anthem talks about the “blood of the impure” so.....

  100. chang bin Yu

    chang bin Yu10 days ago

    so thats why soviet national anthem always win my comrade

  101. lagooned

    lagooned10 days ago

    this was structured really weird

  102. Senior Avocado

    Senior Avocado10 days ago

    The Philippine song is easy

  103. Charles Seigfried Clark Stephen

    Charles Seigfried Clark Stephen11 days ago

    (Find Wintey Houston singing the Star-Spangled Banner. Comment’s “What if we told you that that mike was not on.” - Vox July 4, 2018)

  104. Victor Walker

    Victor Walker11 days ago

    Happy Feelings!

  105. THE JRO

    THE JRO11 days ago

    @vox MORE EARWORM!!!!!! Please!