The Super Bowl has some of the most magnificent performances of a lifetime. Show stoppers indeed!
People may have differing opinions on which performances are deserving to be called the best. But these halftime shows that made Super Bowl history are the unanimous choices.
#5 – Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Nelly, *NSYNC and Britney Spears (2001)
The 2001 Super Bowl halftime show was one of the best things that happened in 2001. The complete ensemble—pop, R n B, and rap singers in one gigantic stage were singing their hearts out. Star power ruled the moment *NSYNC opened the show with their hit song “Bye, Bye, Bye.” Their rendition of “Walk This Way” was epic. Also, this was the first-ever concert-like halftime performance with the crowds surrounding the stage. The interaction with the fans brought the performance to a whole new level.
#4 – Lady Gaga (2017)
Lady Gaga, who has a reputation for ‘over the top’ shows, set the bar high on this 2017 Super Bowl halftime performance. She started from the roof and jumped off it literally and ended her performance with a mic drop. Trust Gaga to overcompensate her audience with pure entertainment first, and theatrics, including the grand fireworks display, second. There had been no reinvention of her old songs to newer versions too. Furthermore, it is one of those performances that are highly interactive, giving the audience a role in the spectacle. Again, Lady Gaga is one of the few people who can do that. And with no surprise cameos whatsoever.
#3 – Prince (2007)
Prince is one of the greatest musicians who had ever live. His 2007 Super Bowl performance was epic on all proportions mainly because he was doing “Purple Rain” during a downpour. Prince made it look so easy performing on stage. Prince’s performance was not the most extravagant, but it still became one magical experience for the crowd more especially. Not to mention, the Florida A&M University Marching 100 were on their best elements too.
#2 – U2 (2002)
If there’s one powerful moment in Super Bowl history, that would be U2’s 2002 performance. An Irish rock band, U2 performed in honour of the lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Performance-wise, this was a classic example of uniting the people and communicating the message of love through music as the universal language, as one YouTube commenter said. It made more emotional when Bono lifted his jacket and revealed the sewn American flag inside.
#1 – Michael Jackson (1993)
Jackson started it all with his 1993 Super Bowl halftime performance—from the King of Pop’s entrance to the use of the Jumbotrons and body doubles. The aerial shots of the stadium were phenomenal as well. Everything changed, and it even became a challenge to top the previous year’s performance. But there’s nothing to topple MJ’s performance just yet despite the sceptics saying he could have done more, being the consummate performer that he was. He started with bated breath and ended with a dedication of “Heal the World” for all the children worldwide.