10. Madonna, 2012
Madonna’s halftime performance was all about flash and style. This included circus performers and LMFAO…who are essentially the same thing. The music was decent, but was far outweighed by the incredible pageantry.
9. Rolling Stones, 2006
An exact opposite of Madonna’s halftime show, The Rolling Stones priority was to rock Ford Field to its core. They did exactly that, bringing their remarkable stage show to the Super Bowl. While the game was crap that year, the Stones were excellent, per usual.
8. Bruno Mars, 2014
At Super Bowl XLVIII, the nation discovered exactly why Bruno Mars was one of the hottest young stars at the time. Sporting a voice straight out of Motown and some funky dance moves, Mars created a memorable show and gained millions of fans.
7. Katy Perry, 2015
There’s no doubt that Katy Perry can put on an incredible show, and she did just that at Super Bowl XLIX. You truly couldn’t ask for more entertainment in a 12 minute segment. At the end of the day though, this one was about a couple of dancing sharks.
6. Beyonce, 2013
Like Michael Jackson before her, Beyonce has no peer when it comes to being a stage performer. Not only does she have one of the best voices in the business, but her dancing is a revolution. Combined, these made for one of the most memorable halftime shows of all-time.
5. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 2009
There was very little flash when Bruce Springsteen decided to finally grace the stage at the Super Bowl. Instead, we got uncomplicated rock played with passion and conviction. Oh yeah…and we got one of the most awkward crotch slides in TV history.
4. Paul McCartney, 2005
On the heels of the Janet Jackson fiasco, the Super Bowl was looking for a bit of a safer bet in 2005. They turned to arguably, the most famous living musician for help. McCartney was fantastic and delivered an astounding and intense program.
3. Prince, 2007
Miami was in the midst of a downpour, but that didn’t stop Prince from delivering in a major way. In the face of possible electrocution, the artist jammed out some of his biggest hits and some amazing covers. “Purple Rain” was absolutely perfect.
2. Michael Jackson, 1993
Prior to MJ in 1993, the Super Bowl halftime show wasn’t nearly the high-profile spectacle it is today. The show was actually fairly lite on special effects, but Jackson was amazing. The crowd was buzzing, and a revolution began.
- U2, 2002
In the wake of 9/11, the NFL sought to emphasize patriotism throughout the 2001-02 season. This extended to the Super Bowl, which fittingly was won by the New England Patriots. Aside from being excellent musically, a giant screen displaying the names of those lost during the terrorist attacks while the band played “Where the Streets Have No Name,” was remarkably emotional.