I love my country; I am, without a doubt, United States Proud! But one thing that always annoyed me is how so many of our celebrities destroy our national anthem while trying to give it their own unique vocal flavor. "The Star Spangled Banner" is a piece of American history. It's inspirational. It's bigger than self. Sing it with pride and respect.
That being said, here is one of the best modern renditions of "The Star
Spangled Banner" that I have ever heard. It is sung with respect and
chill-inducing power by a modern rock band called "Madison Rising"; the
lead singer is a military veteran. Give this a watch/listen, and let me know what you think.
UPDATE: I love this comment by "W.J. Boyd" on the Youtube comments for this video:
my mind, and in my heart, I will keep two versions of The Star Spangled
Banner: One, as traditionally and loving played and sang, for it is the
one that will play at my funeral
when my time on Earth has ended. Then there's this one that I will
totally enjoy while I'm alive, because the passion behind this new
version was the same kind of passion Francis Scott Key intended for it
when he wrote it."