The Super Bowl is the biggest and most important American football game of the year. It is also home to one of the most exciting halftime shows in all of sports. Over the years, some incredible performers have graced the stage for the revered halftime show. In this feature, we rank the greatest Super Bowl halftime shows of all time!
The Super Bowl Halftime show is a highly anticipated annual event. It is a time for the biggest and best performers in the world to take the stage and entertain millions of people. In recent years, we have seen some incredible performances—from Justin Timberlake to Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson to Beyoncé, there are always big names set to take the stage.
So, without further ado, here are the greatest Super Bowl halftime shows of all time!
9. Lady Gaga (2017)
In 2017, Lady Gaga took the stage at halftime of Super Bowl LI. She delivered an incredible performance that included hits like “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” She also performed a medley of her hits from her album Joanne. Lady Gaga’s performance was truly a spectacle, and it will be remembered for years to come.
8. Coldplay (2016)
Just one year prior, in 2016, Coldplay delivered an incredible halftime show performance at Super Bowl 50. They were joined on stage by special guests Bruno Mars and Beyoncé. The three superstars put on an incredible show that had the entire stadium singing along. Coldplay’s setlist included hits like “Viva La Vida,” “Paradise,” and “Adventure of a Lifetime.” It was truly a magical performance.
7. Beyoncé (2013)
Beyoncé’s 2013 Super Bowl halftime show was one for the ages. She took the stage and delivered an electrifying performance of hits like “Crazy in Love,” “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” and “Halo.” Her performance was so good that it even caused a power outage in the Superdome!
6. Michael Jackson (1993)
Michael Jackson’s 1993 Super Bowl halftime show is often considered to be the greatest of all time. He delivered an incredible performance that included hits like “Billie Jean” and “Black or White.” Jackson’s performance was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.
5. Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar (2021)
Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige, and Kendrick Lamar were joined by 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak at Super Bowl LVI this past year when the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals took to the field at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Their show was incredible and had a number of memorable moments that will live long in the memory of those that had managed to witness it.
The Super Bowl LVI Halftime show starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent has been nominated for the 2022 Emmy Awards. @kendricklamar pic.twitter.com/ATGc2MVaAU
— KENDRICK LAMAR BIBLE (@dakendrickbible) July 13, 2022
A repeat of this type of performance would certainly be welcomed in the upcoming Super Bowl, although it would appear for those interested in wagering on who the teams involved in the showcase game will be, neither the Rams nor the Bengals are favoured. In fact, with the latest betting odds available, it would seem that the Buffalo Bills (+650) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+700) have the best chance of representing the AFC and NFC, respectively.
4. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson (2004)
Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl halftime show is also one of the most iconic in history. Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body” performance was interrupted by Jackson’s now-infamous “wardrobe malfunction.” It was a moment that will be remembered forever.
3. Madonna (2012)
Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl halftime show was one of the most anticipated performances in recent memory. And she did not disappoint. Madonna delivered a high-energy performance that included hits like “Vogue,” “Music,” and “Like a Prayer.” She was also joined on stage by special guests LMFAO and Cee Lo Green. It was a truly memorable performance.
2. U2 (2002)
U2’s performance at Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 was a very special one. This was the first Super Bowl to be played after the September 11th attacks, and the performance was a tribute to those who lost their lives. The band performed hits like “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “Beautiful Day.” It was an emotional performance that brought the entire stadium to its feet.
1. Prince (2007)
Prince’s halftime show at Super Bowl XLI in 2007 will go down in history. He delivered a medley of his greatest hits, including “Purple Rain,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “Kiss.” Prince also performed a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” It was an incredible performance by one of the greatest musicians of all time.
So, there you have it! The greatest Super Bowl halftime shows of all time ranked! What do you make of this list? Do you agree or disagree?