Super Bowl National Anthem: Ranked Longest to Shortest

The Super Bowl offers bettors a chance to bet on some of the most unique props of the year, and one of the most popular is the length of the national anthem.

You can’t bet on the Super Bowl national anthem at sportsbooks in the US, but you can still enjoy the fun surrounding the over/under of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Below is a breakdown of the length of the national anthem and all the information you need to know about this Super Bowl prop bet.

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Where can I bet the Super Bowl anthem length?

Sportsbooks in the US don’t allow betting strictly on the length of the national anthem, though some have been known to mix the anthem with other aspects of the game to make a prop bet available.

DraftKings Sportsbook, for example, offered a prop bet in the past where bettors could wager on whether the national anthem would take longer to sing than the shortest drive of the Super Bowl took to complete. It didn’t offer that prop bet for the 2023 iteration of the Super Bowl, however.

Sportsbooks in the US are not permitted to offer a prop bet strictly on the length of the national anthem, but it is allowed if the wager includes something that can be found in the final box score of the game.

What do national anthem odds look like?

The national anthem odds are focused on the length it takes for the song to be sung and is offered in an over/under format. Your odds might look something like this:

  • Over 2 minutes, 5 seconds: -115
  • Under 2 minutes, 5 seconds: -115

In this example, the sportsbook oddsmakers have determined that the national anthem length will be approximately 2:05 and offer -115 odds on both sides of the bet. That means you’d have to bet $11.50 to win $10 on either outcome.

What is the average Super Bowl anthem length?

When you consider every Super Bowl, the average length of the national anthem clocks in at 1 minute, 43 seconds.

Credit for longer versions can probably be given to Whitney Houston’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl 25, when she sang for 1:56. Since then, only one performance – Jewel at Super Bowl 32 – has gone for less than 1:30.

Before Houston’s performance, the average length of the national anthem at the Super Bowl was 1 minute, 23 seconds. Since then, the average has climbed to 1:57.

Super BowlPerformerAnthem over/underAnthem lengthOver or under?
57Chris Stapleton1:592:01Over
56Mickey Guyton1:351:55Over
55Eric Church & Jazmine Sullivan1:592:16Over
54Demi Lovato1:551:49Under
53Gladys Knight1:472:01Over
51Luke Bryan2:092:04Under
50Lady Gaga2:222:22Push
49Idina Menzel2:022:04Over
48Renee Fleming2:232:03Under
47Alicia Keys2:152:36Over
46Kelly Clarkson1:341:34Push
45Christina Aguilera1:541:53Under
44Carrie Underwood1:411:47Over
43Jennifer Hudson2:042:10Over
42Jordin Sparks1:471:54Over
41Billy Joel1:441:30Under
40Aaron Neville & Aretha FranklinN/A2:09N/A
39Choirs of US Military AcademiesN/A1:53N/A
37The ChicksN/A1:33N/A
36Mariah CareyN/A1:56N/A
35Backstreet BoysN/A1:49N/A
34Faith HillN/A2:00N/A
31Luther VandrossN/A1:53N/A
30Vanessa WilliamsN/A1:35N/A
29Kathie Lee GiffordN/A1:40N/A
28Natalie ColeN/A2:33N/A
27Garth BrooksN/A1:45N/A
26Harry Connick JrN/A2:06N/A
25Whitney HoustonN/A1:56N/A
24Aaron NevilleN/A1:25N/A
23Billy JoelN/A1:26N/A
22Herb Alpert (on the trumpet)N/A1:34N/A
21Neil DiamondN/A1:02N/A
20Wynton Marsalis (on the trumpet)N/A1:22N/A
19San Francisco Boys and Girls ChoirsN/A1:21N/A
18Barry ManilowN/A1:34N/A
17Leslie EasterbrookN/A1:33N/A
16Diana RossN/A1:38N/A
15Helen O’ConnellN/A1:22N/A
14Cheryl LaddN/A1:18N/A
13The Colgate ThirteenN/A1:19N/A
12Phyllis KellyN/AN/AN/A
10Tom SullivanN/A1:54N/A
9New Orleans Chapter of the Society for the Preservation of Barbershop Quartet Singing in AmericaN/A1:22N/A
8Charley PrideN/A1:10N/A
7Little Angels of Chicago’s Holy Angels ChurchN/A1:12N/A
6US Air Force Academy ChoraleN/A1:10N/A
5Tommy Loy (on the trumpet)N/A1:13N/A
4Doc Severinsen (on the trumpet) and Pat O’Brien (spoken)N/A1:26N/A
3Lloyd Geisler (on the trumpet)N/A1:27N/A
2GSU Tiger Marching BandN/AN/AN/A
1The Pride of Arizona, Michigan Marching Band & UCLA ChoirN/A1:16N/A

Five longest versions of the Super Bowl national anthem

  • Alicia Keys, Super Bowl 47, 2:36
  • Natalie Cole, Super Bowl 28, 2:33
  • Lady Gaga, Super Bowl 50, 2:22
  • Eric Church & Jazmine Sullivan, Super Bowl 55, 2:16
  • Jennifer Hudson, Super Bowl 43, 2:10

Five shortest versions of the Super Bowl national anthem

  • Neil Diamond, Super Bowl 21, 1:02
  • Charley Pride, Super Bowl 8, 1:10
  • US Air Force Academy Chorale, Super Bowl 6, 1:10
  • Little Angels of Chicago’s Holy Angels Church, Super Bowl 7, 1:12
  • Tommy Loy (on the trumpet), Super Bowl 5, 1:13

The new norm for the Super Bowl national anthem seems to be a long song. Twice so far in the 2020s, the song has gone over the 2-minute mark. In the 2010s, it went over 2 minutes five times, including each year from 2013 to 2017.

In the 2000s, it went over 2 minutes four times; in the 1990s, it exceeded that mark just twice.

If you can bet Super Bowl anthem length, should you?

Betting on the Super Bowl national anthem length isn’t legal at regulated sportsbooks in the US, though some have found a workaround by tying the length of the song’s rendition to another aspect of the Super Bowl.

Like any bet, there’s no sure thing when it comes to betting the Super Bowl national anthem, and, at best, it should be a bet you make for the fun of it, not for trying to make money off of it.

Many prop bets like this one, known as “exotic” or “novelty” props, are designed simply for the fun of the bet, and that’s all we can suggest for betting on the length of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

How to open a new account and bet on the anthem

(Note: California sports betting is not legal. The steps below can be used to open a sportsbook account in legal states.)

Visit the sportsbook: Follow one of our links to the sportsbook of your choice, and you’ll end up on the homepage. There, you will find a button to click to register or sign up for a new account.

Provide your information: Fill out the registration form with the required information, such as your legal name, email address, and the last four digits of your Social Security number. If the sportsbook prompts for a bonus code, input it here.

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Fund your account: Now that you’ve created your account, you can deposit funds into it to begin your betting experience.

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