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Ranking Top 10 Super Bowl Halftime Shows of All Time

Super Bowl is an American culture that has been followed since 1967. Super Bowl is considered the biggest sporting event in the USA.

The National Football Conference and American Football Conference champions are selected to compete for the Super Bowl at the grandest stage!

Massive performances follow the huge event in its halftime, which energizes and entertains viewers!

Likewise, the world was shocked this year because of the incredible Super Bowl Halftime show. 

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J.Blige, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar performed in the SoFi Stadium, a hit!

Lets us check out some of the best Super Bowl Halftime Shows performed by the biggest names in the world.

Listed below are the top ten Super Bowl Halftime Shows of all time:

Year/ Super Bowl No. Super Bowl Venue Performers
2007/XLI Dolphin Stadium (Miami) Prince
1993/XXVII Rose Bowl (Pasadena, California) Michael Jackson
2013/XLVII Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans) Beyonce & Destiny’s Child
2022/LVI SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, California) Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J.Blige, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar
2001/XXXV Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida) Aerosmith, Britney Spears, ‘NSync, Nelly & Mary J.Blige
2002/XXXVI Superdome (New Orleans) U2
2012/XLVI Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis) Madonna, featuring LMFAO, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj & Cee Lo Green
2020/LIV Hard Rock Stadium (Miami) Shakira & Jennifer Lopez  
2017/LI NRG Stadium (Houston, Texas) Lady Gaga
2014/XLVIII MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey) Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers

Top 10 Super Bowl Halftime Shows of All Time

10. Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

Bruno Mars gave a mouth-watering performance in the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show and amazed the viewers with his dynamism.

Likewise, Bruno started the show with an incredible drum solo to have the crowd moving! Then, he danced and sang his hit single Locked Out of Heaven in a beautiful golden suit.

Furthermore, he sang Treasure and performed Shout originally sung by the Isley Brothers.

RHCP and Bruno Mars perform during the halftime show
RHCP and Bruno Mars perform during the halftime show

Most importantly, Bruno gave way to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who made the crowd go bizarre by jumping around shirtless.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed their greatest hits as the crowd went crazy!

Likewise, Bruno gave a big shoutout to the rock band and sang Just the Way You Are in tribute to the U.S. Army.

9. Super Bowl LI Halftime Show

Lady Gaga made the crowd go crazy by starting her performance on the roof of the NRG Stadium.

Likewise, she started the Super Bowl LI halftime show by stating, “One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all!”

She jumped from the roof and began performing Poker Face. The controversial Gaga then performed Born This Way for the transgender community!

Lady Gaga singing Born This Way
Lady Gaga singing Born This Way

Moreover, it was the first time an artist did a transgender supporting performance in the Super Bowl.

Similarly, she performed her greatest hits like Telephone, Just Dance, Bad Romance, and Million Reasons in the stadium in Texas.

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8. Super Bowl LIV halftime show

Shakira and Jenifer Lopez weren’t the first Latinas to perform in the Super Bowl Halftime, but they were the ones who got the crowd going!

Gloria Estefan had performed in the halftime three times, but as Shakira and J-Lo took over the stage, they went loud, and the fans loved it.

They rocked the stage with their greatest hits! Shakira sang her hits like Hips Don’t Lie, Empire, Whenever, Wherever, and Chantaje.

Furthermore, she sang I Like It, and Bad Bunny came to rap his part.

She gave the stage away to Jennifer, who started her performance with Jenny from the Block in a stripper pole.

Shakira (left) and Jennifer Lopez (Right) in Suer Bowl Halftime Show 2020.
Shakira (left) and Jennifer Lopez (Right) in Super Bowl Halftime Show 2020.

Likewise, she performed hits like Booty and On The Floor before calling out J. Balvin, who performed Mi Gente.

Emme Maribel Muniz, J-Lo’s daughter, sang Born in the USA, initially sung by Springsteen.

Furthermore, Shakira finished the halftime show with the greatest football song, Waka Waka!

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7. Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

Madonna shocked the world when everyone thought she was too old to perform on stage!

Furthermore, her entry to the stage was iconic, with her being carried like a Greek goddess by Spartan soldiers.

She rocked the Super Bowl XLVI by starting with her hit single Music.

Moreover, LMFAO also performed in the Lucas Oil Stadium; they sang and danced to a mashup of Music and Party Rock Anthem.

Nicki Minaj (left), Madonna (middle) & M.I.A performing.
Nicki Minaj (left), Madonna (middle) & M.I.A performing.

In addition to that, Redfoo carried Madonna on his shoulders and danced with her, which was called an awe-inspiring moment!

Most importantly, M.I.A and Nicki Minaj also performed alongside queen Madonna. The group sang Give Me All Your Lovin’ together.

Likewise, Madonna and Cee Lo Green sang Like a Prayer to end the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show.

6. Super Bowl XXXVI Halftime Show

On February 3, 2002, U2 was selected to perform in the Super Bowl XXXVI Halftime Show at the Superdome situated in New Orleans.

Furthermore, New England was the winner of that year’s Super Bowl.

U2 gave one of the most memorable T.V. Rock & Roll performances of all time in the halftime show of 2002.

The 2002 finals were played only five months after 9/11, so this game was able to change the mood of many Americans.

Likewise, they started the show with Beautiful Day, then MLK, and finally played Where the Streets Have No Name.

A tribute to the people who died in the tragic incident.
A tribute to the people who died in the tragic incident.

Furthermore, the band gave tribute to the lost souls in 9/11 by scrolling the name of the dead on a huge screen, which was truly an unforgettable sight to see for the ones who lost their loved ones!

U2 ranks in the 6th position of our all-time best Super Bowl Halftime show because of the anti-violence and anti-war message they gave during their performance.

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5. Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show

The 2001 Super Bowl Halftime show was performed by Aerosmith, Britney Spears, ‘NSync, Nelly, and Mary J.Blige.

This Super Bowl was held in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on January 28, 2001, with Baltimore being the winners.

Some people call 2001’s halftime show brilliant, and some call it insane! Aerosmith and ‘NSync was called AeroSync during their incredible performance.

Interestingly, ‘NSync began the halftime show by performing Bye Bye Bye.

A group photo of the performers of the 2001 Super Bowl Halftime show.
A group photo of the performers of the 2001 Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Aerosmith then began to play their greatest hits, and the performance was like a face-off between Aerosmith and ‘NSync.

Likewise, Britany Spears shocked the world as she sang alongside the bands.

Mary J.Blige and Nelly sang alongside Britany and Aerosync in the 5th greatest Super Bowl Halftime show.

4. Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show

N.F.L. hosted the Super Bowl LVI in the home ground of Los Angeles Rams, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, on February 13, 2022.

Likewise, Odell Beckham Jr. led Los Angeles Rams to its first-ever Super Bowl win.

Furthermore, what shocked the world was the halftime show performed by rap, hip & hop, and R&B legends.

The iconic Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg started this year’s iconic halftime show with the legendary song The Next Episode.

Moreover, the crowd went crazy after hearing California Love; the crowd loved the West Coast rap hit.

50 Cent performed upside down like in the video of In Da Club, after Dre and Snoop finished their performance!

Then appeared Mary J.Blige, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, performed Family Affair and entertained the crowd.

The SoFi Stadium shook after K Dot started performing.

Kendrick Lamar started his performance by singing the first part of MAAD. He then went on to control the crowd with his hit, Alright.

A group photo of the legendary hip hop & rap artists.
A group photo of the legendary hip-hop & rap artists.

Most importantly, Eminem made headlines as he performed Lose Yourself and generated a mini-earthquake in the stadium situated in Inglewood.

Furthermore, Anderson. Paak played the drums while Em was performing. Stan ended his performance by taking a knee in defiance of the NFL board.

Dr. Dre and Snoop ended the Super Bowl LVI Halftime show performing Still DRE alongside Kendrick, Eminem, 50, and Mary.

3. Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

The Super Bowl XLVII was hosted in the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on February 3, 2013.

Beyonce won the heart of the fans as she performed her greatest hits like Crazy in Love and Baby Boy.

The crowd was in awe as Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams appeared on stage from the ground with a bang!

The Destiny’s Child reunion had the fans buzzing, and the trio performed Bootylicious, Single Ladies, and Independent Women.

The Destiny's Child Re-united.
The Destiny’s Child Re-united.

Likewise, Queen B stated, “Everybody put your hands towards me, everybody I wanna feel your energy waive your hands with me.”

Furthermore, they started singing Halo as the crowd waved their hands and gave Beyonce their energy.

Moreover, after her performance was over, Beyonce’s short documentary was played, which drove the crowd insane.

Most importantly, the 2013 Halftime show was so epic and huge that the stadium lights went out and created a 33-minute blackout!

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2. Super Bowl XXVII Halftime Show

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, rocked the Rose Bowl Stadium in 1993’s Super Bowl Halftime Show.

This Super Bowl XXVII was held on January 31, 1993, and was won by Dallas.

Michael’s performance is so iconic that it beat so many celebrities to reach No. 2 on our list.

Moreover, the show began with Michael Jackson appearing on the screen in the stadium, and 2 Michael lookalikes appeared on top of the screen.

Further, he came out of the stage with a bang after a while and stared at the crowd for around 90 seconds.

Michael’s silence made the crowd go crazy, and only he could stay silent and still entertain the crowd.

Furthermore, the King performed his hits like We Are the World, Heal the World, Billie Jean, and Black and White.

Michael Jackson staring at the crowd.
Michael Jackson was staring at the crowd.

Likewise, a choir of 3500 children supported Michael’s performance, and the fans loved Jackson’s energy.

The King of Pop glided through the stage doing the moonwalk and produced one of the best Super Bowl Halftime Shows.

The show was an enormous success, greatly influencing future Super Bowl Halftime Shows.

Most importantly, the whole tradition wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t for Michael Jackson

Honorable mentions

Before we dive into our No. 1 spot, let us check some honorable mentions that we can’t avoid at any cost.

  • Maroon 5, Travis Scott & Big Boi (2019)
  • The Weeknd (2021)
  • Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars (2016)
  • The Rolling Stones (2016)
  • Bruce Springsteen (2009)

These Super Bowl Halftime shows were also incredibly amazing, but not every performance can reach the top 10 list, can it?

1. Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show

You have made it to the No. 1 spot on the Top 10 Super Bowl Halftime Shows!

The Super Bowl XLI was held at the Dolphin Stadium situated in Miami on February 4, 2007.

Indianapolis won against Chicago to lift the Super Bowl trophy, whereas Prince performed the most iconic, energetic, and best Halftime Show.

Similarly, the Artist, Formerly Known as Prince, rocked the stage in Miami in the middle of a thunderstorm!

Most importantly, the Purple God designed the stage according to his logo and performed with a funky guitar.

Prince in purple attire.
Prince in purple attire.

The High Priest of Pop performed songs like All Along the Watchtower, We Will Rock You, and Best of You with a mix of his songs.

Moreover, Prince ended his time at the stage with a tear-inducing performance of Purple Rain with an incredible guitar solo.

His performance became more famous after the musician’s tragic death in 2016.

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