Here Are The 5 Country Artists Who’ve Performed The National Anthem At The Super Bowl

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On Sunday (January 22), it was confirmed that Luke Bryan will be performing the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. Bryan announced the news on social media and also spoke about it with various media outlets. In an interview with People, he shared his reaction to being asking to perform. “I said, ‘Hell yes, I’ll do it!’ ” he said.

When Bryan hits the field to perform on February 5, he’ll join a surprisingly short list of country artists who have performed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in the past. In the previous 50 years, only five country artists have performed the National Anthem for football’s biggest night.

The first country artist who sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl did so in 1974 for the matchup between the Miami Dolphins and the Minnesota Dolphins. Do you remember that performance?

If you don’t, then you’re in luck. We’ve put together all five country artists’ National Anthems in this list for you. Go ahead and click the button below to take a look back at these once-in-a-lifetime performances.

1. Charley Pride: Super Bowl VIII (1974)

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A little over a year after snagging the award for CMA Male Vocalist of the year, Charley Pride became the first country artist to ever perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Accompanied by the Del Rio High School JROTC Color Guard, Pride also sang “America the Beautiful” prior to the game.

The 1974 Super Bowl wasn’t the last time that Pride would be invited to perform the National Anthem for a major sporting event. Some of his most notable performances were at the 1980 and 2010 World Series games.

2. Garth Brooks: Super Bowl XXVII (1993)

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Garth Brooks literally changed the course of history when he became the second country artist to perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. According to reports, Brooks walked out shortly before he was set to perform. The reason why? He supposedly wanted to debut his video for his song “We Shall Be Free” during the broadcast, but his request was denied.

Allegedly, Brooks left the stadium with only 45 minutes left until kick off. Eventually, the game was delayed to show Brooks’ video and he ended up performing the National Anthem as planned.

Due to all of this, the Super Bowl changed the way it did the National Anthem. From 1993 on, all National Anthem performances have been pre-recorded.

3. Faith Hill: Super Bowl XXXIV (2000)

Faith Hill was still riding on the success of her number one single “Breathe” when she was invited to perform the National Anthem for the Super Bowl in 2000. Her rendition of the National Anthem has appeared on many “bests” lists pertaining to the Super Bowl in the years since.

But Hill’s connection to football doesn’t end there. In 2007, she became the voice of the NFL on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Until 2013, Hill sang the theme song for Sunday Night Football in a series of commercials and promotional clips. Hill returned to the Super Bowl in 2009, where she sang “America the Beautiful” before the game.

 

4. The Dixie Chicks: Super Bowl XXXVII (2003)

Only one country group has ever performed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. That group is the Dixie Chicks, who performed during the 2003 Super Bowl in San Diego, California.

The Chicks’ rendition of the National Anthem has also found its way on to many Super Bowl “bests” lists, including one written by The New York Daily News‘ Jim Farber. He ranked the Chicks’ perfomance at the third spot on his list, praising them for their “fine three-part harmonies.”

5. Carrie Underwood: Super Bowl XLIV (2010)

Carrie Underwood was the last country artist to perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. She received great praise for doing her performance a cappella, which helped her version land on many “bests” lists, including Farber’s.

Underwood replaced Hill as the new voice of Sunday Night Football in 2013. She’s been performing the theme ever since, which went through a makeover in 2016 to follow the tune of Underwood’s hit song with Miranda Lambert, “Somethin’ Bad.”

Bryan will soon earn his place in history along with these five artists when he sings the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. Which of the previous performances were your favorites? We’d love to hear!