United States (to 1931)


Until 1931, there was no officially proclaimed anthem of the United States, however, the song “Hail Columbia!” was used quite often in the capacity of a national anthem. (Other songs which were prominently used during the 19th century for a national anthem was “The Star Spangled Banner“, and, to a slightly lesser extent, “Yankee Doodle” and “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” (which has the same tune as the British national anthem.)) Written for the inauguration of the United States’ first president, George Washington, the composer was a Hessian musician in the Revolutionary War. The song was most popular in the first half of the 19th century, culminating with Lincoln’s presidency. By the start of the 20th century, it had fallen out of favour, and in 1931 “The Star Spangled Banner” became the first officially proclaimed national anthem of the United States. “Hail Columbia!” is used today in the United States as an entrance song for the Vice President (much like “Hail to the Chief” is for the President.)

Special thanks to: Glenn Marshall for some of this information and Ryan Flugaur for informing me of this anthem and providing me with the music file and lyrics.