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Americans think Bruce Springsteen should write new U.S. national anthem

By Juan C. Guerrero,

In a new poll release Monday, Americans favored Bruce Springsteen to write a new U.S. national anthem to replace “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Springsteen received 22 percent of the votes, placing him ahead of Dolly Parton’s 19 percent. Stevie Wonder placed third with 18 percent of the vote.

Bob Dylan, recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, placed fourth with 11 percent of the vote. John Williams, whose list of well-known compositions includes the film scores for Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones, and the first three Harry Potter movies, placed fifth with 10 percent of the vote.

Jay-Z finished sixth with eight percent and Madonna finished last with five percent.

The question was one of 10 in a poll Vanity Fair conducted with CBS's 60 Minutes.

According to Yahoo News, the poll surveyed a random sample of 1,026 adults nationwide between April 27 and 30.

Springsteen seems fit for the task, as he has already written patriotic music, including the 1984 hit "Born in the U.S.A."

The current national anthem has lyrics taken from lawyer and part-time poet Francis Scott Key’s poem “Defence of Fort McHenry,” which described what he witnessed during the bombing of Fort McHenry by the British in the War of 1812. The music was taken from the 18th-century song “To Anacreon in Heaven,” which some describe as a drinking song.

“The Star-Spangled Banner” was designated the national anthem by Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and officially adopted in 1931.

 

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