Aaron Lewis, lead singer of Staind, butchered “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of last night’s World Series game. He has since apologized, but he needn’t; his rendition immediately goes down in history as one of the most memorable.
It is a remarkably hard song to sing, even without the pressure of doing it in front of millions. So it takes a special disaster to qualify for this hastily compiled countdown of the worst pre-sporting event national anthem renditions of all time, or at least of the Youtube era.
Honorable mention: R. Kelly, 2005. Many anthems go wrong when the singer tries to get creative. This was almost creative enough to work.