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Length of the national anthem at every Super Bowl in history

The Star-Spangled Banner national anthem performance at the Super Bowl is the most watched of the year. We run through the history of the performance with every time that’s been recorded dating back to Super Bowl I.

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Lady Gaga performs the National Antem during Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event on the calendar in America and that means everything is a little bigger and brighter. That includes the Star-Spangled Banner. The national anthem has become a staple of pre-game rituals across sports, dating back to at least the 1918 World Series. It has been performed at every Super Bowl dating back to the Pride of Arizona, Michigan Marching Band & UCLA Choir singing it at Super Bowl 1.

The anthem is a set length, but the timing of it can vary depending on the performer. The anthem performance at Super Bowl 1 was 1:16, while Mickey Guyton’s performance last year at Super Bowl 56 was 1:51. In between, the longest anthem performance was Alicia Keys (2:36 at Super Bowl 47) and the shortest was Neil Diamond (1:02 at Super Bowl 21).

The most controversial moment in Super Bowl national anthem history came in 2011 at Super Bowl 45. Christina Aguilera finished with a time of 1:54, but skipped an entire verse of the song. The time was notable because there are often options for wagering on the length of the national anthem. In the past, DraftKings Sportsbook has offered a prop bet on whether the shortest drive of the game will be greater or less than the length of the pre-game anthem performance. It is also often available in prop bet competitions among friends.

Here’s a look at the the time for every national anthem performance in Super Bowl history. We’ve accumulated this data from TheLines, Wikipedia, and some google searching of past data. Times are not available for Super Bowl 2 (GSU Tiger Marching Band) and Super Bowl 12 (Phyllis Kelly). There was no anthem performance at Super Bowl 11, with Vikki Carr instead singing “America the Beautiful” before the game. The Super Bowl now includes both the national anthem and America The Beautiful.

Time for every Super Bowl national anthem performance

Super Bowl Performer Anthem Length
Super Bowl Performer Anthem Length
57 Chris Stapleton 2:01
56 Mickey Guyton 1:51
55 Jazmine Sullivan & Eric Church 2:16
54 Demi Lovato 1:49
53 Gladys Knight 2:01
52 Pink 1:52
51 Luke Bryan 2:04
50 Lady Gaga 2:22
49 Idina Menzel 2:04
48 Renee Fleming 2:03
47 Alicia Keys 2:36
46 Kelly Clarkson 1:34
45 Christina Aguilera 1:53
44 Carrie Underwood 1:47
43 Jennifer Hudson 2:10
42 Jordin Sparks 1:54
41 Billy Joel 1:30
40 Aaron Neville & Aretha Franklin 2:09
39 Choirs of US Military Academies 1:53
38 Beyonce 2:09
37 The Chicks 1:33
36 Mariah Carey 1:56
35 Backstreet Boys 1:49
34 Faith Hill 2:00
33 Cher 1:55
32 Jewel 1:27
31 Luther Vandross 1:53
30 Vanessa Williams 1:35
29 Kathie Lee Gifford 1:40
28 Natalie Cole 2:33
27 Garth Brooks 1:45
26 Harry Connick Jr 2:06
25 Whitney Houston 1:56
24 Aaron Neville 1:25
23 Billy Joel 1:26
22 Herb Alpert (trumpet) 1:34
21 Neil Diamond 1:02
20 Wynton Marsalis (trumpet) 1:22
19 San Francisco Boys and Girls Choirs 1:21
18 Barry Manilow 1:34
17 Leslie Easterbrook 1:33
16 Diana Ross 1:38
15 Helen O’Connell 1:22
14 Cheryl Ladd 1:18
13 The Colgate Thirteen 1:19
12 Phyllis Kelly N/A
11 None (Vikki Carr sang "America the Beautiful") N/A
10 Tom Sullivan 1:54
9 New Orleans Chapter of the Society for the Preservation of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America 1:22
8 Charley Pride 1:10
7 Little Angels of Chicago’s Holy Angels Church 1:12
6 US Air Force Academy Chorale 1:10
5 Tommy Loy (trumpet) 1:13
4 Doc Severinsen (trumpet) and Pat O’Brien (singing) 1:26
3 Lloyd Geisler (trumpet) 1:27
2 GSU Tiger Marching Band N/A
1 The Pride of Arizona, Michigan Marching Band & UCLA Choir 1:16