Don’t tell Francis Scott Key, but if forced to pick someone to compose a revamped national anthem, Americans want The Boss.
A poll from “60 Minutes” and Vanity Fair featured in the mag’s July issue finds that if the country were to do away with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” based on an 1814 poem by Key, 22 percent of Americans would prefer that Bruce Springsteen pen a new tune.
Stevie Wonder came in a close third, with 18 percent of those polled picking the “Superstition” songwriter.
Bob Dylan, who last week received the Medal of Freedom at the White House, received 11 percent of the vote.
Composer John Williams, the mind behind soundtracks for blockbusters such as “Jaws,” “Star Wars” and “Jurassic Park,” received 10 percent of the vote.
Other A-list hit-makers who regularly rule the Billboard charts didn’t fare so well in the poll.
Jay-Z, whose latest album with fellow rapper Kanye West includes a track called “Made in America,” came in sixth place, with only 8 percent of voters picking the hip-hop artist.
One thing is clear: Americans don’t trust the “Material Girl” with an anthem. Madonna, the “Like a Virgin” songstress, squeaked away with just 5 percent of vote.