What song would you like to see as our national anthem?

Almost 80 years after Congress declared it our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” remains a controversial choice. Today’s Question: What song would you like to see as our national anthem?

  • Doris Skalstad

    America the Beautiful

  • America’s national anthem should be…..the Looney Tunes theme song. Tell me that wouldn’t put a huge smile on everyone’s faces.

  • Sue de Nim

    Ditto to America the Beautiful. Either that, or Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.

  • Candace Kolenda

    America the Beautiful: This song portrays the diverse terrain and vast beauty of the land. It is also so much easier to sing!!!

  • Pete

    I recommend “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie,although I feel that ALL the stanzas should be included ,although the mention of relief (‘welfare)offices and a defiantly self-reliant pursuit of freedom might hit a little too close to home for some!!

  • P. Nielsen

    The Stars and Stripes Forever should be the National Anthem. The current one, which glorifies war, wasn’t adopted until the early part of the last century, I believe….prior to that the country had no official national anthem. It’s time for a change that’s for sure.

  • DNA

    Yes, “America the Beautiful”, “This Land Is Your Land”, or the kid in me might like “Let There Be Peace On Earth”

    (maybe as a Global Anthem)

    Let there be peace on earth, and let it be-gin with me.

    Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.

    With God as Cre-a-tor, fam-ily all are we,

    Let us walk with each o-ther, in per-fect har-mo-ny.

    Let peace be-gin with me, let this be the mo-ment now.

    With eve-ry step I take, let this be my joy-ous vow:

    To take each mo-ment, and live each mo-ment in peace e-ter-nal-ly.

    Let there be peace on earth, and let it be-gin with me.

    I found a Global Anthem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c8t9wkQ_2s

    there appears to me a few of them

  • Steve the Cynic

    Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” wouldn’t work. Its implication is that we should all share in the bounty of the land, instead of each person hoarding as much as they can for themselves, which makes it un-American.

  • Jeff Spartz

    “America the Beautiful” certainly speaks to our ideals better than a poem remembering a single (though important) battle.

  • haddayr

    I’m with Pete. This Land Is Your Land. All the verses.

  • Benjamin Peterson

    I think we should have a national anthem writing contest.

  • al

    Lets keep the one we have.

    I have always loved the fact that our anthm ends with a question mark.

  • stu klipper

    At two separate phases of my life each of two songs pretty much served me and my friends as ‘our’ natioanal anthem.

    The first was Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say;” and the second was Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee (by Chris Chistopherson).

    If push came to shove, I’d readily settle for either now being made official.

  • Carol Bergh

    I think we should keep the one we have. It has a special meaning for our country and I believe it would seem almost “sac-religious”

    to destroy this incredible tribute to the birth of our country including the pain involved.

  • Dana Reynolds

    I want to add my vote to, “This Land is Your Land,” but only if all of the verses are included, even the controversial verses. An alternative would be, “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” by Bruce Springstein.

  • I offer this respectfully as a reflection on what has happened to us in the last two years. Temporarily instituting this song as our National Anthem might give us pause for some sober reflection on where we are and where we are going as a nation:


    MONEYLAND (Del McCoury)


    Now it’s a pity to see, When the land of the free

    Turns out to be, Nothin’ but a free for all

    If you got dough, You’re freer than most

    Cause your freedom goes up, With the size of your bank roll

    You can buy a judge or a bribe, Or a thug or a bomb or a shredding machine

    You can buy your way through into, And onto any ticket or TV screen


    It’s a money disease, It’s a thing called greed

    And it feeds on those Who need the money most, In moneyland

    Oh it ain’t so funny, It you ain’t got the money, In moneyland

    Intro T\A

    Now a corporate crime, You just do a little time

    Pay a little fine, And then you’re in the clear

    Murder and robbery, Cause by snobbery

    Doesn’t mean a thing, It just falls on deaf ears

    Now money is the thing, We all sweat for

    It’s what some dreams, Are made of

    But then there’s those, Who want it all

    And enough is never enough


    O-o-o-h, money, money, money

    O-o-o-h, more, more, more

    O-o-o-h, money, money, money

    O-o-o-h, more, more, more


    Now a piece of the action, Is the main attraction

    Get a big house fast car, Honey you got class

    What’ll it get me, How much what’s mine

    Are the only questions anybody seems to ask

    Now who got beat, got fought, Got bled

    And who got burned today

    Who got fixed, got fooled, got framed

    And who got in the way


    Oh, it ain’t so funny, if you ain’t got the money, in moneyland..

    Oh, it ain’t so funny, if you ain’t got the money, in moneyland..

  • kasey lanham

    YEAH THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND! But then again yeah, they would say it’s un-AMERICAN, why should america be proud of having the same, everyone being equal, we all love those stuck up snobbs who think they’re better then us working class. My vote is for woody, a TRUE American!