Top 5 Super Bowl Halftime Shows of All Time By: Peter Snyder

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The Super Bowl Half Time show has become a spectacle like no other and entertainers would die to be on a stage as big as this. Throughout the years we have seen our fair share of good and bad performances but here are the 5 performances that will never be forgotten and are considered to be legendary.

 

5. Paul McCartney (2005)

Paul McCartney is an absolute legend and he could of stood out there and sing show tunes for all I care and people would’ve still gone nuts. What made this performance so special however, was when McCartney played his band, the Beatles famous hit, Hey Jude, to end the set. The entire Jacksonville crowd put up various signs so throughout the stadium, which creates an image and spelled out “Nah Nah Nah.” It was a beautiful beautiful sight. Unfortunately, the Eagles lost that Super Bowl to the Patriots .

4.  Beyonce (2013) 

Beyonce is the queen and took no exception here as she absolutely killed this halftime show in New Orleans during the 2013 Super Bowl. She killed the performance so much in fact, that she caused a power outage during the third quarter of the game between the Niners and Ravens. This SB will go down as the one where the lights shut down but we cannot forgot about how great this halftime performance truly was.

3. Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Kid Rock, Jessica Simpson and Nelly (2004)

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The halftime show during the 2004 Super Bowl will be remembered for as long as we live, but for all the wrong reasons. This halftime show, although it was entertaining and had an array of star power, ended in an awful fashion when JT and Janet Jackson Performed JT’s classic hit, “Rock Your Body” and at the end of the tune, Janet’s entire breast fell out and the nipple gate was instantly born. Because of this moment, we now have time delay during live television and it is all thanks to this HT performance.

2.  Michael Jackson (1993)

How can you have the list without putting the king of pop on it. During the 1993 Super Bowl,  MJ rocked the stage with his electric set list that featured a plethora of high pitched vocals, moonwalks coming out of the sky and Pyrotechnics galore. This game was also held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena so the venue alone made the performance special, the king just made it legendary. The performance started with a man over the loudspeaker talking, followed by MJ shooting out of some underground platform and it just was electric city. 

1. Prince (2007) 

Easy freaking choice, although this legend is no longer with us, the icon that is Prince absolute captivated an entire nation during his SB Halftime performance in 2007. As the rain absolutely came pouring down in Miami and I mean POURING down, Prince turned the bad weather, into his magic, creating a 15 minute set list of absolute gold. He was so good, that at one point, he started playing certain songs that weren’t even his, and made them sound better than the original. To top off an amazing performance, Prince sings his hit Purple Rain, in the pouring rain and the moment was just absolutely perfect, it was as if time had stopped and the only thing that mattered was Prince. It will go down as one of the most special moments in Super Bowl history. 

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