I am qualified to do this ranking because I sang the National Anthem at two basketball games in high school when the girl who normally did it was unavailable, I KNOW THE DRILL
  1. 1.
    1991: Whitney Houston
    Absolutely iconic. Wearing a track suit and a headband and giving zero fucks. Then delivering the slayage of all slayage. It will never be better than this. I wasn't technically alive when this happened but I was in the womb and I know I felt the energy. There will never be another Whitney.
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    2002: Mariah Carey
    This is who was meant to do this job, biracial butterfly and America's finest living diva, Mariah Carey. She is America, she is festive, and she is everything. She should be salaried by the government to sing the anthem at every event. This was right after September 11, we needed Mariah more than ever.
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    2016: Lady Gaga
    This B turned it OUT! She wore a glitter pant suit with matching eyeliner!!! Her hair was enormous!! And her voice sounds better than ever! This is what I have come to expect and DESERVE from a national anthem! Lady Gaga murdered it in every department! Hand motions! Head tilts! Vocal runs! This had it all!!! She did it RIGHT guys and we need to recognize that:
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    2009: Jennifer Hudson
    Hands down the best vocals of any of these performances. Why isn't Jennifer Hudson our nation's favorite person? She's a gift! She's wearing gold hoops. She doesn't have as much diva attitude as Whitney or Mariah but she's dripping in diva soul. This is so great.
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    2006: Dr. John, Aaron Neville, and Aretha Franklin
    YES. This is the vibe you want! Aretha! Dr. John! Backed by a gospel choir! Aretha is wearing a fur coat because obviously!!! Condi Rice is crying. This was after Katrina and we really needed this. Bow down.
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    2004: Beyonce
    Extremely qualified for the job and delivers like the pro she is. In a cream power suit and power ponytail. Flawless is par for the course for Bey, nothing new here.
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    1994: Natalie Cole
    Rest in power, Natalie Cole. This was the longest national anthem rendition because she took her sweet time. Lovely and beautiful, but could use some more diva for my taste. I can't find any videos of this online now which is a huge bummer.
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    1996: Vanessa Williams
    She looks flawless, sings flawlessly, why don't we appreciate Vanessa Williams more as a group?
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    2013: Alicia Keys
    Normally I'd be like, sitting at a piano??? Not for MY national anthem! I need hand motions!! But Alicia has the voice to make me okay with it. And she gives us a hand motion at the end! And you think she's done but nope, there's more. Diva move. This a great performance.
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    1999: Cher
    America's best and most inconsistent with the Super Bowl idea was to have Cher sing the national anthem. What she lacks in her ability to lift her soft palate she makes up for in wig. I live for Cher and I live for this like sports people live for Gatorade according to commercials.
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    2014: Renee Fleming
    A super random choice that really pleased me. I mean, she wore a cape and was introduced as a Soprano Superstar. Renee Fleming is amazing and this was diva in its truest, most opera sense.
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    2000: Faith Hill
    Faith Hill looks like a movie star up there and wore leather pants. I forgot how much I loved Faith Hill, we don't treasure her enough either. She did good.
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    2008: Jordin Sparks
    We also don't treasure Jordin Sparks enough. "No Air" is a classic. Jason Derulo is still on my shit list for this breakup. She's great and this is great, but she has a sweetness that just isn't DIVA enough for my taste.
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    2011: Christina Aguilera
    Aw Xtina finally gets her turn! Are there problems here? Obviously. I mean, she forgets the lyrics. But she makes up for it in growling. I wish her hair was more of a disaster if I'm being honest. Her high note at the end has problems. But she's bringing SOMETHING, you know? It's interesting, divalicious, and for sure a trainwreck, and I ENJOY THAT.
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    1997: Luther Vandross
    If any man is gonna sing the National Anthem, this is the guy. Not a diva but wore a sweatshirt and a leather jacket which is my signature look, and I'm a diva, so I'm okay with it. We miss you, Luther.
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    1995: Kathie Lee Gifford
    Kathie Lee is a diva for sure, with gold clip ons and a feathered blowout. It looks like your mom singing up there and you can't help but root for her. Her husband introduces her because literally it's your mom. She got booed because your mom is embarrassing to you even when in reality, she's amazing.
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    2012: Kelly Clarkson
    She's bringing blunt bangs to the table so I'm happy to have something to look at other than the stern face of a Manning brother, I appreciate that. Her vocals sound good but she's not PUSHING enough for my taste. It's a little safe which is sad because I really love Kelly. But I get it like Christina went last year and was a mess, you gotta play it cool.
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    2015: Idina Menzel
    I mean obviously her vocals were gorgeous but is missing the wow factor, the diva factor. Idina Menzel is a star and I feel like this was not her brightest moment to shine.
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    2010: Carrie Underwood
    Yeah okay this was pretty good. I have no opinion on Carrie Underwood or this performance. Like good job, girl. She did it acapella, that's a cool choice I guess. I liked the chainmail on her jacket.
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    2005: The choirs of the US Military, Naval, Air Force, and Coast Guard Academies
    Listen I am so grateful for their services to our country but I feel like the best way to honor that would be to allow them to sit back, relax, and enjoy an American diva? Also for some reason they're introduced by Michael Douglas? They sound angelic though
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    2003: Dixie Chicks
    I'm obsessed with Dixie Chicks but not obsessed with this. I feel like this just isn't a job for a group, it's a job for a singular DIVA. I can't speak enough on DIVAS and how they are AMERICA and we need them. Anyway whatever this was fine.
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    1992: Harry Conick Jr.
    You did fine Harry but the National Anthem is not meant to be crooned, it is meant to be belted out by the most American thing of all: A DIVA
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    1998: Jewel
    Listen I like Jewel but this is not a job for her. She's wearing a baby tee and a nonchalant attitude. I'd still read her poetry book and cry though.
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    1993: Garth Brooks
    Who's idea was it to have men sing the National Anthem?? Like where are the DIVAS??? Marlee Matlin held it down at least.
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    2007: Billy Joel
    Listen, I love Billy Joel. I'm white. I went to a Billy Joel concert at Wrigley Field and loved it. Because I'm super white. But I do not want a piano man singing my National Anthem, I want trills and hand motions and a glittery getup. This just wasn't the job for you, Billy.
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    2001: Backstreet Boys
    I love BSB. But this is upsetting. Howie is singing lead with some sort of ombré hair disaster? This is not a job for Backstreet Boys!!! There's nothing backstreet about our nation's National Anthem!! You couldn't even get NSYNC? I'm outraged honestly.