10 Unforgettable Super Bowl Halftime Performances

Are you ready for some….commercials? In just a short while, the New England Patriots will battle the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, in what is shaping up to be quite a showdown of inflated egos and deflated balls. While many of you guys are looking forward to the game, personally speaking, I’m most looking forward to the commercials(and watching the ‘Avengers:Age Of Ultron’ trailer….again) and of course, seeing what Ms. Katy Perry has up the sleeve of her pepperoni pizza onesie. While details of the show are wrapped up tighter than a whipped cream bikini, what we do know is that rocker Lenny Kravitz will be joining Ms. Katy, and rumors are also swirling that the one-and-only Missy Elliot will be making a cameo appearance tonight on that coveted halftime stage. Sigh….let’s hope this true…

While I’m anxiously awaiting to see if perhaps Ms. Elliot will indeed be workin’ it on stage with Katy and Lenny, in the meantime, we took a trip down music memory lane and gathered up 10 unforgettable Super Bowl half time shows that indeed put the “spec” in “tacular.” I’m sure you guys know who’s #1 on the list, but nine other performances are rounded up and all for you like Janet. Dive in.


10.Bruno Mars/Red Hot Chili Peppers (2014)

While it was noticeable that guest stars RHCP reportedly didn’t have their instruments plugged in, there was no denying that headliner Mars put on one hell of a show last year, packed with plenty of music heart and soul. It’s no wonder that at 115 million viewers, it’s the most watched T.V. spectacle-ever. That being said, you have some very big little shoes to fill, Ms. Perry.


9.Diana Ross (1996)

All we can say is, you better work, Ms. Ross. Arriving high atop the stage on an elevated platform, decked in a tight red sequined freakum dress with hair for days, Diana destroyed it that night performing her hits, “Baby Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Stop In The Name Of Love” and “Chain Reaction,” among others. The best part of Ms. Ross’ halftime affair was at the end when she took off in a helicopter, no doubt putting the “D” in Di-va.



8.Prince (2007)

Leave it to the purple one to pack the stage with blasting guitar riffs, sequins for days and loads of sexual innuendo, while performing his own hits(“Let’s Go Crazy,” “Baby, I’m A Star,”) and covers(Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower and Foo Fighters, “Best Of Me”). While the almighty little music man absolutely rocked it out, it was all that rain that poured down during his set is what truly made this a one-of-a-kind show that no one will ever forget.

For this little nugget of music truth, go right here.

7.Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band (2009)

Mr. Springsteen and his E-Street band mates rocked the house that year, giving housewives all over the world that special “Boss” tingle all over. While the performance was loaded with a handful of hits, the biggest punch came when Mr. Bruce slammed into a T.V. camera with his crotch during his performance of his hit, “1oth Avenue Freeze Out.” Ay dios mio, Mr. Springsteen.

6.U2 (2002)

Perhaps the most emotionally charged performance on the list, U2 dedicated their set to the victims of the 9/11 attacks that occurred five months prior. There wasn’t a dry eye in the arena or in households all over the globe as the Ireland rockers performed hits, “Beautiul Day,” “MLK” and “Where The Streets Have No Name.” Simply chilling, patriotic and beautiful.

5.Aerosmith, Britney Spears, ‘N Sync, Mary J. Blige Nelly (2001)

Really, we could go on and on about this sort of “WTF” performance(like, what was Mary doing there in the first place? Same to you, Nelly.), but it delivered a sure fire spectacle seeing Brit-Brit rub microphones with Steven Tyler during “Walk This Way” and ultimately foreshadowing her relationship with ‘N Sync-er,Timberlake. Also, that tube sock Ms. Spears was wearing started a whole new weird kind of fashion trend. As of matter of fact, I’m still rockin’ mine…are you?



4.Beyonce (2013)

While Bey delivered a stunning set packed with her shimmering hits, some went on to say how Incredible Hulk-ish she looked that night in her laced and leather-ed up outfit, so perhaps the best part of Bey’s “Grrr” performance were all…those..memes that followed suite the following day. Oh, and it also didn’t hurt that we finally got that Destiny’s Child reunion we were starving for, even though it lasted about three seconds. And when the lights went out afterwards, delaying the game for what seemed like hours? Priceless.

3.Madonna (2012)

Cartwheels! Gladiators! LMFAO!(remember them?) M.I.A. flipping the bird! Yes, the Material Girl’s halftime bonanza had it all, including a medley of hits(“Vogue,” “Music,” “Express Yourself,” just to name a few.), as well as further proof that Madonna knew exactly how to do it when it came to delivering a delicious halftime extravaganza. However, no more pom-poms for you, Ms. Ciccione.

2.Michael Jackson (1993)

The best part of the dearly departed King of Pop’s performance was not all the Jumbo-trons he appeared on, the bright spectacle that it was or his list of hits he performed (“Jam,” “Black or White,” “We Are The World,” “Billie Jean”) No, it was when MJ finally arrived on stage (from the skies above, it seemed like), he just stood there for about two minutes, driving the crowd wild as the world watched and anticipated his next move. In fact, MJ’s performance was so monumental, it was after this performance that halftime show producers were focused on bringing more high calibur performers to the event. In a word, bow down to MJ…there will never be another like him (or this performance)in our lifetime.

1.Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake (2004)

Three words-Nip-ple-gate. How can we ever forget about this one?


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