Super Bowl Sunday is a big day in America. If your city’s team is in the Super Bowl, it is almost like a national holiday. But for most people, even if your team isn’t in it, the fun of it all is watching the commercials, eating food, and enjoying the Halftime Show. The Halftime Show is every musician’s dream- playing front and center on the world’s biggest stage for 12 to 15 minutes at the world’s biggest game. Before Shakira and Jennifer Lopez take the stage this Sunday, let’s look back at the top 5 best Super Bowl Halftime Shows.
Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows – Katy Perry featuring Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot (2015)
During her Prismatic World Tour, Perry took some time off to perform at the halftime show. She rode in on a big, animatronic tiger and ended it soaring through the stadium on a shooting star. Perry sung old and new hits, including “Roar,” “ET,” and “I Kissed a Girl,” featuring Lenny Kravitz. She knows how to put on a performance and make it wonderfully weird. Left Shark emerged that day and will forever be remembered. In true Katy Perry fashion, she had multiple costume changes. Missy Elliot joined Perry to sing some of her biggest hits.
Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows – Janet Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake (2004)
This Halftime Show will forever be remembered. It is what coined the phrase ‘wardrobe malfunction.” Nearly ten years after her brother, Michael, took the stage, Janet was in the middle of her comeback and Timberlake was starting out his solo career. At the end of “Rock Your Body,” Timberlake ripped a piece of clothing off Jackson and many people believe he should still apologize for it. It was probably planned because of the lyrics that coincided with it.
Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows – Aerosmith, *NSYNC, and Britney Spears (2001)
Every 90’s kid dream came true that night. *NSYNC kicked off the set with “Bye, Bye, Bye” then Aerosmith belted out “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,” and then went into the rest of their biggest hits. Then joined forces to sing “Walk This Way” for a show stopping performance with Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige and Nelly. It was truly one of the best halftime shows of all time and we need a reunion very soon, please.
Luckily, Prince got to rock the Super Bowl stage before his death in 2016. Covering songs such as “We Will Rock You,” Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower,” and more, Prince also sang some of his biggest hits. He started off the set with “Let’s Go Crazy” and ended with “Purple Rain,” while a huge rainstorm poured down on him. Officials asked him if he would be ok and he asked them if they could make it rain harder. Only Prince could pull that off.
Lady Gaga (2017)
Gaga started off the show on top of the stadium with a breathtaking performance of “God Bless America.” She jumped off the building (with harnesses on) and everyone freaked out. Gaga sang almost every one of her biggest hits you could imagine including “Poker Face,” “Born This Way,” “Telephone,” and “Just Dance.” In true Gaga style, she danced, sang, played the piano and put on an incredible performance. During a nearly 14-minute set, Gaga did not bring out any special guests because she didn’t need any. It was a mini Gaga concert with costume changes, dancers, and a memorable night. She ended the performance with a mic drop, catching a football, and jumping off the stage once again.
We cannot wait to see JLo and Shakira rock the stage and who they will bring out. Pitbull is almost a guarantee, right?