THRENODY: a poem, speech, or song of lamentation, especially for the dead; dirge
The article was mainly about the multifarious performances of The Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl and other sporting events by such different performers as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Jose Feliciano, and Jimi Hendrix. I was surprised that Hendrix performed his version 70 times. Listen to his performance from Woodstock:
After reading the article, I said that I thought that the term"threnody" was inappropriate because most of the renditions are uplifting rather than lamenting.
I said, "The author should have mentioned Robert Goulet's debacle because that was truly lamentable!" Les retorted, "That's what they get for allowing a non-American to sing it!"