Friday Top: 25 Alternative American National Anthems

As voted by UG community.

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Friday Top: 25 Alternative American National Anthems

This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the matter of which song should be the next national anthem, with July 4th around the corner.

Based on votes and around 200 comments, we summed this one up to Top 25 rundown - it turned out to be quite diverse - such as you see it.

And remember - don't take this list too seriously. :)

The full actual rundown awaits below.

25. 'South Park' (alternative national anthem)

You all know the story behind this. So learn: if you hear the national anthem, it's better to stand up.

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24. The Goats - Typical American

Alternative hip-hop group The Goats appear with their own vision of the topic, groovy yet clever.

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23. Avenged Sevenfold - Critical Acclaim

A7X spread their rage...

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22. David Bowie feat. Trent Reznor - I'm Afraid of Americans

David and Trent say the word...

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21. Napalm Death - You Suffer

In your own words: "'You suffer... but why?' Perfect for America."

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20. 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' theme

As you said: "With the political situation right now." Actually, the song is Luciano Michelini' "Frolic."

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19. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.

The Boss offers his own national anthem.

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18. Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land

Deep, soulful and sincere, it really can be an unofficial national anthem.

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17. Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills

One of the most popular Maiden song, it tells the story from the point of Native American tribes during the days of colonisation.

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16. Megadeth - Peace Sells

Peace sells... but who's buying?

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15. Green Day - American Idiot

Green Day spread the word with their anti-anthem.

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14. Guile theme ('Hyper Street Fighter II')

You know, this song makes failure biologically impossible.

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13. Borat - Kazakhstan National Anthem

One word: Borat.

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12. Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name

This RATM song is already so cult to became an alternative anthem.

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11. Samwell - What What (In the Butt)

In all seriousness, we don't know what to say here.

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10. Liam Lynch - United States of Whatever

"And this is my United States of Whatever!"

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9. Black Sabbath - War Pigs

One of the best anti-war songs ever written.

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8. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird

With it being played at almost every significant event, "Freebird" can be nominated for an alternative anthem as well.

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7. Jimi Hendrix - The Star-Spangled Banner

Historical Jimi's take on the national anthem.

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6. 'Benny Hill' theme

Yes, this song is already timeless so it can fit almost everything. By the way, the actual song's name is "Yakety Sax" and it's performed by Boots Randolph.

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5. 'King of the Hill' intro theme

One of the clearest nominations is here. By the way, the actual song is "Yahoos and Triangles" performed by The Refreshments.

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4. Hulk Hogan - Real American

"Train, say your prayers, eat your vitamins! Be true to yourself, true to your country, be a real American!"

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3. Rammstein - Amerika

"We're all living in Amerika, Amerika, Amerika..."

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2. Smash Mouth - All Star

You know: "Sooomebody once..."

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1. 'America Fuck Yeah!' ('Team America World Police' theme song)

And the winner is...

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That's all folks! And we hope you enjoyed the top, stay tuned until next week for another WQ!

49 comments sorted by best / new / date

    One of the best national anthems which actually isn't a national anthem: Radiohead - The National Anthem
    No living in America ?
    Great, great tune - the only real reason to watch Rocky IV - at this point anyways
    That and you get to see Rocky single-handedly end the cold war!!  Best Rocky movie in my opinion.
    See the whiny hate on this site?  You get +3 upvotes to your reply of mine that gets -3 - buncha 20 year old liberal pussies this site.  Liberalised by their female masters - don't forget your purses boys  
    Gotta say one thing about America, their sense of patriotism is strong but how the rest of the world views them is something different entirely.
    Who cares?  They have been following our lead since 1945 -  not being disrespectful - but we are great and the whole world knows it - 
    The way I see it as a non American, there are many 'Americas', not just one. New York, California, Texas or Wisconsin have literally nothing in common. Culture, way of life and people don't seem to come from the same America at all. It's also a country of paradox, I think about nudity as an example. One nipple will provoke a scandal while in the other hand Americans are heavy porno consumers. America is known as the country of freedom and yet Americans are also known for using the law and suing each others for any possible reason. America is known for being a very rich and powerful country and yet Americans are against helping poor and unhealthy people. How can a simple accident can financially ruin your whole life in such a rich country ? If one country can make this world a better place, America has the power to make it happen. But then again, Americans don't seem to want to help each other because it's all about money. More than anywhere else in the world, money dictates things and lives. You have the richest people in the world and also a enormous amount of poverty. Why is that ? All in all, America is very difficult to describe and sometimes we struggle to understand some things about this country. But it is a great country, and I love it really. I just don't get it when it comes to a couple of details.
    You are absolutely right that there are many cultures in the country and that some states have very little in common with each other. But the one thing that unites all 50 states (and DC) is the flag we all salute, no matter where you go in America people love this country, they may love or hate certain aspects, they may love or hate the president, they may love or hate anything and everything but every person in the country has that right to love or hate. And you know despite our differences we will all be one when anyone f*cks with our country too far, when the bombs rained on our ships at Pearl Harbor from sea to shining sea we stood together, when the towers fell, the pentagon was hit, and flight 93 crashed you better well believe that those in California and those in Texas and those in Wisconsin and everywhere in between stood together with those in New York because despite the rift many feel the county is in now (regardless of political beliefs) we are one and if the day ever comes when another Perl Harbor or September 11th happens I guarantee that the vast majority of Americans will put aside their petty bullshit to stand together. Maybe I'm naive in this thought but I sincerely hope I am right because despite all the BS I love my country and am proud to be an American.
    Because you seem to think life is perfect and fair.   If you put people in an environment where if one can work hard, make a solid much money as possible, where anyone has a chance - it spurs innovation, competition etc etc.....socialism promotes cutting corners and going through the motions.  Why should anyone work of the ones who actually do work pays for everything? How I still that fair? You presume people have a good nature.  People take advantage of kindness daily.  
    Additionally - Regarding public decency - pornos - it's real simple.  We like certain things private and not in our faces.  Who wants to be sitting there with a kid when some yahoo on tv is talking about getting a hummer? Tact, class, respect and decency.....traits that the coarseness of liberalism erodes on a daily basis.  
    It's true, we are different. I quite enjoy having pussy in my face.
    Nice try smart guy, you'd need a girl to get some pussy - with that avatar you are using, it's clear - you gets none
    "I must have hit pretty close to the mark to get her all riled up like that, huh kid?"
    Nah bud, someone wth such a juvenile avatar actually posting on my thread did.  I hate wasting time replying to 13 year olds.  Go read comic books - do you even play guitar?  Are you old ennough to vote?  Make sure your mom knows you are on the computer this morning.  
    Trumps not perfect - neither are you or I Bob.  He won fair and square.  Suck it up or get out and get people to vote - People who don't learn from history are bound to repeat it - this years election was the most obvious - Aesops "Tortoise and the Hare" - Hillary (hare) was predicted to win easily - everyone laughed at the tortoise (Trump) - Hillary took weeks off the campaign, partied like a rock star - Trump went to every dinky place he could campaigning, working slow and steady..... Don't get mad Bob - 
    I don't care for our National Anthem (rather I don't care for how it is usually sung) but the story behind the Star Spangled Banner is one of great American pride and how much inspiration and hope can be derived from our flag. So although this list was mostly joke entries I would seriously say that the Star Spangled Banner perfectly encompasses the feeling American's should have about the country and it should never be replaced as our Anthem.
    Except for the second verse people always leave out about killing slaves.  And where is that band who so vauntingly swore, That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion A home and a Country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
    Gray Lensman
    Actually, the hirelings and slaves referred to in the second verse, were the death and retreats of mercenaries and force conscripted soldiers used by the British army.
    to be fair they leave out every verse after the first. But to your point, to me it sounds more like Francis Scott Key is talking about the British killing the slaves, and that would makes sense since he wrote the song while captured by the British. And if I am correct and it is referring to the British killing then I do not see why anyone would see anything controversial about the verse, its not like it is worded offensively it is simply stating a part of the Battle for Baltimore.  And as a side note, there was also a final verse added by the Union soldiers during the Civil War which sang about the liberating of the slaves and them finally getting their birthright of freedom. 
    "She's Lump" by The Presidents of The United States of America might have been a good one. "She's not too bright, but she's alright."
    I don't get this list, half the songs are patriotic and half are satirical/critical
    Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the only non-musicians, made the list twice. Sweeeeet.