It’s quite amazing to see the ranking of the Top Ten NFL Super Bowl Half Time Shows as they took place. The 10th spot was Diana Ross, who was the star for the Super Bowl’s 30th anniversary, and she filled the entire show with what was officially called Take Me Higher. The show had no real reference to the Super Bowl other than the roman numerals XXX painted on the field. It was great hearing her sing all her hits live, not like some on this list, but it seemed there were too many song changes as well as wardrobe changes. It was a quite awesome when she left the stage via an incoming helicopter which took her away. However, for fanatics who Bet the NFL the show did nothing to help them.
Then ranking 9th was The Rolling Stones and the stage indicated it would be an awesome concert in 2006 as the British bad boys rocked the stage at Ford Field for Super Bowl XL on February 5th in 2006. The hip swaying Mike Jagger was on fire and the audience at Ford Field in Detroit really enjoyed the full performance.
Number 8 was Sir Paul McCartney, the former Beatle and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who performed in 2005, which was Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6th in Jacksonville, Florida. The performance was not quite what was expected with “Get Back,” “Drive My Car,” “Hey Jude,” and “Live and Let Die.” They were not songs that were really memorable from the Beatles years.
7th was Stevie Wonder with Gloria Estefan and the Big Bad Voodoo for Super Bowl XXXIII on Sunday, January 31st 1999 at the Pro Player Stadium in Miami. Stevie Wonder had never been outperformed , and this was no exception, as he even tap danced, and both of them sang together on their songs as the performance never slowed down. It was a very enjoyable half time show.
Number 6 was Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J, Blige, NSYNC and Aerosmith for Super Bowl XXXV on January 8th, 2001 at Tampa, Florida. Having Aerosmith is pretty awesome, but then add NSYNC and Britney Spears in the height of her career. The cameos used to define the 2000s, and the show turned out to be the start of the modern halftime performances.
5th was Michael Jackson’s show at Super Bowl XXVII on January 31st, 1993 at the Rose Bowl. Then they lacked the Technology the we have these days. Still, he had a very impressive show. He performed some of his hits like “Black or White,” “Billy Jean,” and “Heal the World.” He had an inspirational theme that had a lot of audience and children participation.
Then 4th was Prince at Super Bowl XLI at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. The show started with fireworks as Prince entertained for 12 minutes singing “Baby I’m a STAR,” and “Let’s Go Crazy.” The show took place in pouring rain. The high energy continued as the Florida A&M marching band entered the Stadium, and took the show up another notch.
Now 3rd was with Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, Nelly, P.Diddy and Janet Jackson on February 1st, 2004 for Super Bowl XLVIII at Met Life Stadium in New, Jersey. The Show had an infamous moment for fans. Those that Bet on NFL with Offshore Betting at an NFL Sportsbooks remember that Janet Jackson had a wardrobe malfunction. Apart from that the dancing and star cameos were very entertaining as the show created a superb environment.
Then 2nd was U2 for Super Bowl XXXVI on February 3rd. 2002 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. U2 and Bono, only 5 months after 9/11 had the crowd rocking with “Beautiful Day.” Then a screen appeared with all the September 11th victims names while U2 sang “MLK.” At the end of the show Bono opened his jacket to reveal the American Flag and united the fans to cheer for a common team.
1st among all the shows was Beyonce with Destiny’s Child at Super Bowl XLVII on February 3rd, 2013 at the Superdome in New Orleans. A reason this show ranks at the top is because from the opening to the end of the show she stayed current. The show ended with a sing-a-long of her hit “Halo.” This was the 2nd most viewed show in Super Bowl history after Madonna’s 2012 show and a stadium blackout took place that generated more than 299,000 tweets.