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Thread #159356   Message #3775327
Posted By: GUEST,mayomick
27-Feb-16 - 10:43 AM
Thread Name: 'Star-Spangled Banner' /Rule Britannia ,
Subject: 'Star-Spangled Banner' /Rule Britannia ,
Is it only me who hears similarities in the airs used for the two patriotic songs?
According to wiki, the Star-Spangled Banner tune was based on John Stafford Smith's air for "The Anacreontic Song ", the official song of the Anacreontic Society ( an 18th-century gentlemen's club of amateur musicians named after the 6 century BC Greek court poet Anacreon).

The Anacreontic Song's tune was later used by writers as a setting for patriotic lyrics. The song became popular in Britain and also America following the establishment of several Anacreontic Societies there.