The 10 best Super Bowl halftime shows? There has been 51 of them over the years. The NFL certainly knew they had a winner when they changed from the NFL Championship game to the Super Bowl format. Picking the top ten will not be easy. But we have done it. Out of all those shows, we have what we think are the top 10 best Super Bowl halftime shows.
- Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows
- 10. The Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show
- 9. The Super Bowl 49 Halftime Show
- 8. The Super Bowl 48 Halftime Show
- 7. The Super Bowl 46 Halftime Show
- 6. The Super Bowl 38 Halftime Show
- 5. The Super Bowl 27 Halftime Show
- 4. The Super Bowl 47 Halftime Show
- 3. The Super Bowl 43 Halftime Show
- 2. The Super Bowl 35 Halftime Show
- 1. The Super Bowl 41 Halftime Show
- Who will perform in 2018?
Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows
10. The Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show
Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars had been performed at Super Bowl 5o. These two performers and 1 group got together and gave the fans their money’s worth. Coming from Britain the quartet called Coldplay set the tone for the event.
Beyonce then came in and stole the rest of the show with her performance. There was really nothing left for Bruno Mars to do. He just finished the night, so the players could get back on the field.
9. The Super Bowl 49 Halftime Show
Katy Perry headlined the halftime event. Her memorable performance was overshadowed by the antics of the shark on the left. Part of her theme for the show was a beach party contest.
Lenny Kravitz followed her and only did one number. After that Miss Elliot did a show- stopping rendition of ‘Work It’. Her second number help liven the crowd up but who can forget that dancing shark? It stole the halftime show that year.
8. The Super Bowl 48 Halftime Show
Bruno Mars seems to be a good fit for the championship game of the NFL. He did it all as he set the viewing record for the game at 155 million viewers approx. But that record was topped a year later by Katy Perry.
Bruno Mars had the stage to himself that year and took advantage of it. He sang, danced and played the drums as he belted out songs like ‘Locked out of heaven.
7. The Super Bowl 46 Halftime Show
What can we say, the material girl performed beautifully in the 2012 halftime show. Madonna also set a record of 144 million viewers, which was to be broken a couple of years later.
Her set was all Madonna and what you would expect from one of her concerts. The only drawback came when Madonna’s guest, M.I.A. felt the need to raise their middle finger. They must not have liked the television audience.
6. The Super Bowl 38 Halftime Show
This was the infamous wardrobe malfunction incident. Justin Timberlake ripped off a piece of Janet Jackson’s clothing and gave the world a very quick peep show. Never has so little skin caused so much trouble.
This little action was so unforgettable that the other guests, P. Diddy, Nelly and Kid Rock are forgotten. They took part in this show as well. But who remembers what they sang or did? Just about no one.
5. The Super Bowl 27 Halftime Show
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson performed for The Super Bowl 27 Halftime Show. He came on stage through a round of bursting fireworks and performed his heart out. At least we think he did.
But Michael Jackson’s appearance help change the flow of the halftime shows. More big stars were booked to help draw in the viewers. His performance may have been the only excitement the fans saw all night as Dallas stomped the Bills that night.
4. The Super Bowl 47 Halftime Show
The Super Bowl 47 Halftime Show featured Beyonce’s first performance at a Super Bowl halftime show. Part of the spectacle was the reunion of her original singing group, Destiny’s Child. Her show was one for the ages.
The booking was a sign that the NFL was going to go in a different direction when it came to their halftime shows. No more legendary rock groups. Only the new talent would be given the opportunity to sing at the event.
3. The Super Bowl 43 Halftime Show
The Super Bowl 43 Halftime Show brought in the old-time rock and roll style of music. The NFL booked Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band. This event was more of a celebration of rock and roll than anything else.
If you are going to have a halftime show in a championship game, you need to go big. The NFL did go big when they hired Bruce Springsteen and his band. The organization got a class act and a solid performance from this group.
2. The Super Bowl 35 Halftime Show
This was a Super Bowl halftime show with a dark cloud. It was the first one after the American 9/11 attack. People probably were not in the mood for a lot of celebrating. The NFL picked U2 to perform that year and it was a wise choice.
Bono and the U2 band made their performance a part of a memorial. As they sang, the victims’ names were sent across the screen.
1. The Super Bowl 41 Halftime Show
More royalty hit the big stage as Prince was the lead performer at this championship game. He was a performer’s performer as he closed out his set as the rain came down.
His songs, ‘Let’s go crazy’ and “baby, I’m a star’, set the tone for the rest of the show which was closed with Purple Rain.
Who will perform in 2018?
For 2017, Super Bowl 51 has its top performer already to go. She is a star. And a such a great singer, she does not need her wild antics to get attention. Of course, we are talking about Lady Gaga. The odds are laid that she will make some controversial political statement during her set. She is a very dedicated Democrat who opposes President Trump. The good thing is we will not have too much longer to wait to find out what she does.
Now, Super Bowl 52 is coming. Therefore people no longer care about what happened last time. On Sunday, February 4, 2018, Justin Timberlake will perform the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota. This was not the first time for him to be able in this huge show. His previous shows were Super Bowls 35 and 37.
To us, it seems that the attention of the Super Bowl has been removed from the players who struggled all year to be there. That attention is now placed upon who will perform, what they will say, and how big their show will be.
The NFL transformed the championship game into a very big celebrity event. One that is talked about for years after. Not so much about the football but about the stars who perform.