The Pop History of America’s National Anthem

Nate and Charlie of Switched on Pop takes us through the song's musical, lyrical, and cultural history

Switched on Pop has become one of my favorite podcasts recently because of how deeply they explore small individual aspects of pop music, be it the musical and lyrical parallels between current hits, the evolution of a single artist (check out their masterful “The Oeuvre of Taylor Swift” episode), or the history of some lesser appreciated elements (e.g. sax).

In this episode Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding explore the origins of The Star Spangled Banner, where it came from (a British drinking song!) and how it’s evolved through avant-garde performances of it throughout the years.