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The “Star-Spangled Banner,” the martial, difficult-to-sing yet inspiring piece of music that the United States claims as its national anthem, has been around for nearly two centuries now.

Some like it, same don’t. It’s played at sporting events, concerts, marches, dances and rodeos.

In other words, it’s everywhere.

Kids and recording artists sing it. Orchestras play it. Even rock musicians perform it.

The one thread that ties it all together is the patriotism it inspires.

Listen here to a variety of performances and pick your favorite.

Here is a disabled girl at a local sports event:

Madison Rising:

Here are the combined choirs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, accompanied by the Army Herald Trumpets:

Carrie Underwood:

John Philip Sousa, with several other artists from the late 1800s and early 1900s:

The Cactus Cuties:

Josh Turner:

Here is the New York Philharmonic:

The Gaither Vocal Band:

Jimi Hendrix:

And here is the history of the song by historian David Barton:

Here is documentary about the times and the song:

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