Most Powerful Live Singing Performances Ever

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Man in the Mirror

Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror," performance was sung at the 1988's Grammy awards. Although there have been hundreds of incredible Michael Jackson performances, this one was quintessential Michael Jackson.

Pride (In the Name of Love)

U2 is on this list, and deserves to be. Their live performance in Dortmond, Germany in 1984 was one of the most powerful performances. Their tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. was haunting and powerful, and was way before the rose colored glasses.


Did you ever think Eminem and Elton John would perform together at the 2001 Grammy awards? Well they did, and it was great. The song has been called a cultural milestone by many, but the performance was met with protests. It was the most important in rap. But speaking of Elton John...

Candle in the Wind

1280x720-1CN1997, Princess Diana's funeral. Performed in the Westminster Abbey by Sir Elton John, it was written originally for Marilyn Monroe. The version was altered for Princess Diana, and has only been performed once. John said he would never perform it again unless requested by both Princes William and Harry.

The Star Spangled Banner

Super Bowl XXV: New York Giants v Buffalo BillsWhitney Houston couldn't have sung it better at the 1991 Superbowl. There are few who will argue that this was not the greatest rendition of the American nation anthem. It is the only time the anthem has reached #20 on the Billboard hot 100. Unfortunately the game that followed was lack lustre.

I Want to Hold Your Hand

Leave it to the Beatles to give a great performance. In 1964 on the Ed Sullivan show, the Beatles sang their hearts out and started what we now know as the British Invasion.

Do You Hear The People Sing?

The greatest gathering of singing talent ever, was hosted at London's Royal Albert Hall. The chairman was Takeshi Kaga, known for his role in Iron Chef. The song? Not one, not two, not three, but seventeen Jean Valjeans singing "Do You Hear The People Sing?" From Les Miserables.