The national anthem don’t even slap.
— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) September 24, 2017
You said it, Vince. At the risk of sounding like we’re missing the forest for the trees in the current national conversation around performing patriotism at football games, we feel strongly as a music website that it is incumbent on us to be clear on this point: the National Anthem is not a bop. It is not a banger. It does not have the range. In fact, we can think of a dozen plus better songs that just have the word “anthem” in them.
So without further ado, and with all credit due to this extremely correct take by Fall Classic artist Vince Staples, here’s a playlist of the best “anthem” songs not currently being fought over by your aunts and uncles on Facebook. Throw all your hands up.