For decades, halftime at the Super Bowl featured boring performances with marching bands, Up with People (!) and other bizarre, dull displays. That all changed with Michael Jackson's Super Bowl XXVII performance at the Rose Bowl in 1993. Jackson put on a heck of a show and the ratings were huge. From there on out, the Super Bowl began to feature bigger and bigger names. In recent years, shows featuring the likes of U2, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have kept sports fans glued to their TV sets, instead of heading out to get more beer and tortilla chips/dip for the second half of the football game.
The most controversial halftime performance ever is an easy one: that would be 2004, in Houston, Texas, for Super Bowl XXXVII. Yes, the whole Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake debacle. J.T. informed Ms. Jackson that he'd have her "naked by the end of this song" and by God, he delivered on that promise - accidentally ripping part of Jackson's costume and exposing her right breast. Those who watched, millions, were suddenly contemplating the merits of nipple jewelry. Definitely a performance for the ages.
But who was the best ever? Vote up your favorites here.
Super Bowl XLI (2007)
#37 on The Best Rock Vocalists
#27 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on Prince
Super Bowl LI (2017)
#99 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on Lady Gaga
Super Bowl XXVII (1993)
#23 on The Best Rock Vocalistssee more on Michael Jackson
With the Red Hot Chili Peppers - Super Bowl XLVIII (2014)
#90 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on Bruno Mars
with Britney Spears and 'N Sync
Super Bowl XXXV (2001)
Also Rankedsee more on Aerosmith
Super Bowl XLIX (2015)
Also Rankedsee more on Katy Perry
26 people just voted on The Rolling Stones
Super Bowl XL (2006)
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19 people just voted on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Super Bowl XLII (2008)
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