01/23/2012 01:34 pm ET Updated Mar 24, 2012

5 Ways To Screw Up The National Anthem (VIDEO)

If you grew up in the United States of America, you probably heard the National Anthem about twenty times a year -- at sporting events, on television, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Veterans' Day. So why, when it comes your time to take the mic and belt out a centuries-old hymn of unbridled patriotism, do you waver? Is it nerves? Overcome with emotion? Hung over from the night before?

Maybe it's because, in the history of singing "The Star-Spangled Banner," more people have messed it up than gotten it right. So, if you've been paying attention, then you're probably pretty confused.

Luckily, we've broken it down for you. The top five ways to screw up the National Anthem follow, with examples of the masters doing it the way it was apparently meant to be done -- totally incorrectly.