To Anacreon in Heaven The Star Spangled Banner America Britain USA national Anthems
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“The Anacreontic Song”, also known by its incipit “To Anacreon in Heaven”, was the official song of the Anacreontic Society, an 18th-century gentlemen’s club of amateur musicians in London. Attributed to the composer John Stafford Smith, the tune was later used by several writers as a setting for their patriotic lyrics. These included two songs by Francis Scott Key, most famously his poem, “Defence of Fort McHenry”. The latter combination became known as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and was adopted as the national anthem of the United States of America, in 1931.
>tfw the USA national anthem was plagiarized from an English gentleman’s drinking song that was designed to be impossible for the average person to sing.