To live up to my name, I will dodge the subject of whether enforced singing of Vande Mataram, is necessary or not. Or that it may have reliogiously offensive content.
Suffice to say that I enjoy the song in all its versions from the one on DD to the Shubha Mudgal and A R Rehman ones.
Here is my favourite version. The Anand Math one. The music is by Hemant Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar sings it. While the recording of yesteryears lackes the finesse of today, it surely does not lack in spirit.
Note that it has an extra stanza than the usual rendition. Thanks to Wikepedia I found the lyrics I had forgotten. Here they are.
An informative article on the National Song of India is available here