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The best (and worst) Super Bowl halftime shows you must watch

From the first grid to the current edition, it has become a tradition that during the Super Bowl halftime there is a show that not only entertains spectators and viewers, but also calms the nerves and spirits of lovers of this sport (and let them relax a bit if their team is losing).

At the beginning this space was destined to local music bands. But, a few years ago, stars of international stature began to take center stage in these acts , until reaching our days, times in which knowing the name of who or who will entertain the show is almost as important as knowing the squads that will arrive. to this decisive match.

Now almost everyone has passed the stage, from Madonna, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, Shakira, to Katy Perry , and each year promises to be a great show . The 2021 Super Bowl halftime show (which will once again see Tom Brady in action and Patrick Mahomes seeking his second consecutive championship) will be run by The Weekend.

With a new show on the horizon, we set out to dust off the archives to remember the best halftime shows featured in Super Bowl history . Here’s the count:

Black Eyed Peas

Venue: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas / Super Bowl XLV.

Setlist: “I Gotta Feeling”, “Boom Boom Pow”, “Sweet Child O’Mine”, “Pump It”, “Let’s Get It Started”, “OMG”, “Where is the Love”, “The Time“.

Impossible to forget that entrance through the air and with the quartet singing “I Gotta Feeling”. Futuristic, colorful and full of power, that’s how the Black Eyed Peas show turned out, who were also accompanied by the legendary Slash and singer Usher , to perform “Sweet Child O’Mine” and “OMG” respectively.

Michael Jackson

Setting: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California / Super Bowl XXVII.

Setlist: “Jam”, Billie Jean “,” Black or White “,” We are the World “,” Heal the World “.

The Super Bowl XXVII was not only memorable for the meeting on the court, but also by the participation of the now deceased “King of Pop” . Without the need for so many visuals, Jackson delighted everyone with songs that are now true pop culture classics and an unmatched stage presence. A show worth remembering.


Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana / Super Bowl XLVI.

Setlist: “Vogue”, “Music”, “Give Me All Your Luvin”, “Open Your Heart”, “Express Yourself”, “Like a Payer“.

And if the King made an appearance in 1993, 2012 was the year of “The Queen of Pop” , who not only showed her talent, but also deployed an entourage of dancers and technology throughout the Lucas Oil Stadium. In addition, “The Material Girl” was accompanied by LMFAO , Nicki Minaj and Cee Lo Green .

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez

Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana / Super Bowl XLVI.

Setlist: “Whenever, Wherever”, “Jenny from the Block”, “Hips Don’t Lie”, “On The Floor”, “Empire”, “Ain’t It Funny

Despite all of 2020, it was a year that surprised us all especially at halftime of Super Bowl LVI where the Latin power took advantage of the stage with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez and the surprise guests J Balvin and Bad Bunny, this being one of the s hows with the greatest cultural impact and millionaire figures that were achieved hours . In addition, we already knew that Latin America is fashionable and this half time confirmed to us that they are the ones who have monopolized the stage of both music and entertainment.


Setting: EvenBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida / Super Bowl XXXIX.

Setlist: “Drive My Car”, “Get Back”, “Live and Let Die”, “Hey Jude”.

The 2005 Super Bowl not only offered us an extraordinary encounter between New England and the Philadelphia Eagles , it also allowed us to enjoy Sir Paul McCartney . In this way, the former Beatle gave a show full of emotions and memories.

The Rolling Stones

Setting: Ford Field, Detriot, Michigan / Super Bowl XL.

Setlist: “Star Me Up”, “Rough Justice”, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction“.

The legendary British band, led by Mick Jagger , delighted attendees and viewers who closely followed the match. For about 20 minutes, the group performed emblematic songs from their repertoire that further inflamed spirits in the stadium. Relive the moment and sing again alongside their majesties The Rolling Stones .

Bruce springsteen

Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida / Super Bowl XLIII.

Setlist: “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”, “Born to Run”, “Working on a Dream” and “Glory Days”.

Springsteen exceeded all expectations of the halftime show and proved that you don’t need a lot of tricks to put on a good show.



Setting: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana / Super Bowl XXXVI.

Setlist: “Beautiful Day”, “MLK”, “Where the Streets Have no Name“.

The 2002 Super Bowl was particularly emotional, as it paid tribute to the victims of 9/11 . Those in charge of this musical memorial were none other than Bono , The Edge , Adam and Larry , who to the rhythm of several songs from their repertoire, made the entire New Orleans Superdome vibrate.

Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder

Venue: Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida / Super Bowl XXXIII.

Setlist: “Go Daddy O”, “Sir Duke”, “You Are The Sunshine of my Life”, “Rhythm is Gonna Get You“, “Hey!”, “Turn the Beat Around”.

A Super Bowl in Miami could not be exempt from the mixture of rhythms that are lived there. In this way, the Cuban Gloria Estefan put the Latin touch, while the great Stevie Wonder did the same with his peculiar voice. In the end, the stadium was turned into a true carnival.

Diana Ross

Venue: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona / Super Bowl XXX.

Setlist: “Stop in the Name of Love”, “You Keep me Hangin ‘On”, “Baby Love”, “I Will Survive”.

One of the great cantates of the 60s and 70s, she came in full force at the 1996 Super Bowl. In this way, Ross’s songs echoed throughout the stadium and delighted attendees and viewers alike.


To have more accurate data this 2021, the OnBuy.com site joined forces with Journalistic.org in order to find the best and worst halftime shows in the history of the Super Bowl . To do this, they conducted a survey of more than 4,000 American football fans, the results of which were crossed with the likes and dislikes that the videos on YouTube have .

In this way, among the least liked shows on this list we find the following:

Maroon 5

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia / Super Bowl LIII

Setlist: “This Love”, “She Will Be Loved”, “Sugar”, “Harder to Breathe”, “Moves Like Jagger”.

The Who

Venue: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida / Super Bowl XLIV.

Janet jackson

Venue: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas / Super Bowl XXXVIII

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