"O Canada" (French: Ô Canada) is the national anthem of Canada. The song was originally commissioned by Lieutenant Governor of Quebec Théodore Robitaille for the 1880 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day ceremony; Calixa Lavallée composed the music, after which, words were written by the poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The lyrics were originally in French; an English version was created in 1906. Robert Stanley Weir wrote in 1908 another English version, which is the official and most popular version, one that is not a literal translation of the French. Weir's lyrics have been revised twice, taking their present form in 1980, but the French lyrics remain unaltered. "O Canada" had served as a de facto national anthem since 1939, officially becoming Canada's national anthem in 1980 when the Act of Parliament making it so received royal assent and became effective on July 1 as part of that year's Dominion Day (now known as Canada Day) celebrations.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from "Defence of Fort M'Henry", a poem written on September 14, 1814, by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large American flag, the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the American victory. The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men's social club in London. "To Anacreon in Heaven" (or "The Anacreontic Song"), with various lyrics, was already popular in the United States. Set to Key's poem and renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner", it soon became a well-known American patriotic song. With a range of one octave and one fifth (a semitone more than an octave and a half), it is known for being difficult to sing. Although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. § 301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover. Before 1931, other songs served as the hymns of American officialdom. "Hail, Columbia" served this purpose at official functions for most of the 19th century. "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", whose melody is identical to "God Save the Queen", the British national anthem, also served as a de facto anthem. Following the War of 1812 and subsequent American wars, other songs emerged to compete for popularity at public events, among them "The Star-Spangled Banner", as well as "America the Beautiful".
Clip from the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Variations on the Australian national anthem. "Has a nice ring to it".
Forget the fact that guy can't sing - he doesn't even know the words to the national anthem! And to make it worse, he messes up and goes on (or maybe that's admirable?)
The great Anthem played on electric guitar!
The little girl have read all of the national anthem very good in international Turkish Language Olympics. She showed all of us how The Turkish National Anthem to be read.
My Bird Singing the Italian National Anthem
Piano by ear one of the nicest National anthem
National Anthem sung by some very operatic lady who got well into the singing. We were there to see the cars purr but she gave some good entertainment also.
A Canadian Anthem I made for my school's morning announcements and prayer!
New Emirates Anthem Video " WATANI "
Our version of the Brazilian national anthem...audio was recorded on pro tools..then it was synchronized with the video after it was mixed...
Being approached by a drunk lad in the pub on St Patricks day in a big Irish Guinness hat, I was interested to hear his rendition of the Irish national anthem The Soldier's Song but it turned out he was not Irish and had his own version of the song that probably will not challenge the current anthem.
USSR National anthem! For great Soviet Union!
The National Anthem Presented with Booming Fireworks. Happy 4th of July. A show filmed at Red Hot and Boom in Altimonte Springs Florida (Orlando Area)