Where Does James Taylor Rank Among National Anthem Fails?

To be fair to the singer, at his performance last night, at least he recovered from his “America the Beautiful”/”Star-Spangled Banner” mashup.
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To be fair to the singer, at his performance last night, at least he recovered from his “America the Beautiful”/”Star-Spangled Banner” mashup.
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Photo: Ron Vesely/ Getty Images| Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2013

"The Star Spangled Banner" is a notoriously tough song to sing, whatever the circumstances. For every  Marvin Gaye or Whitney Houston, there are handfuls of overmatched belters – whether professional or not – who crack under the pressure of tackling the National Anthem before a big crowd. In light of all this, James Taylor’s performance before game two of the World Series at Fenway Park last night wasn’t really that bad; he merely seemed to forget what song he was singing, launching into “America the Beautiful” before deftly transitioning into the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Nice recovery, Jimbo! Of course, there are a number of ways a singer can botch the song, so we’ve broken them down into several categories. Enjoy! (Just kidding – these are almost impossible to enjoy).

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PROFESSIONAL SINGERS FORGETTING THE WORDS

Jesse McCartney



Michael Bolton





Eli Young Band



AMATEURS FORGETTING THE WORDS, FORGETTING THEM AGAIN, AND THEN FALLING ON THEIR ASS:



AMATEURS FORGETTING THE WORDS, BUT BEING HEART-WARMINGLY RESCUED BY MO CHEEKS:



SINGERS GETTING THE WORDS RIGHT BUT ABSOLUTELY BUTCHERING THE PERFORMANCE:

Harper Gruzin



This cop committing police brutality



Roseanne Bar



AND, FINALLY,  THE PERFECT STORM:



Carl Lewis



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