The Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows, Ranked in Order of Awesomeness

Super Bowl XLI – Indianapolis Colts vs Chicago Bears – Halftime Show

Jan. 28 2015, Updated 2:09 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to perform at the 2014 Super Bowl Halftime Show, but how will they stack up against previous acts? Here is our very biased ranking of the best halftime shows of the last fifteen years.

Article continues below advertisement
Christina aguilera enrique iglesias

15. Yes, this really happened. Christina Aguilera and Enrique Iglesias sang sad Disney songs together at the 2000 Super Bowl. Can you say "bathroom break?"

Black eyed peas super bowl

14. It's not the Black-Eyed Peas fault this halftime show was so uninspiring. It occurred at the 2011 Super Bowl, when people were getting really sick of them. That's all!

Article continues below advertisement
Madonna super bowl

13. Madonna being Madonna, we spent this whole halftime performance at the 2012 Super Bowl waiting for her to do something offensive. And then co-act M.I.A. wound up being the one to flip off the cameras!

Article continues below advertisement
The who super bowl

12. The Who rocks, but they came after an endless onslaught of classic rock bookings at the Super Bowl in 2010. Liven things up, NFL!

Article continues below advertisement
Tom petty super bowl

11. Nothing says "American sports" like drunkenly singing along to Tom Petty's "American Girl" after too many Buds. The Heartbreakers performed at the 2008 Super Bowl.

Article continues below advertisement
No doubt super bowl

10. Gwen Stefani is a national treasure, and No Doubt's partnership alongside Sting in 2003 was one of those weird collabs that was totally fun and really worked.

Article continues below advertisement
Paul mccartney super bowl

9. Paul McCartney is obviously the best, but he gets a lower ranking because he was booked for the 2005 Super Bowl just to serve as a palate cleanser after Janet Jackson the year before.

Article continues below advertisement
Bruce springsteen super bowl

8. Remember when Bruce Springsteen slid crotch-first into a camera during the 2009 Super Bowl? Gotta love live TV.

Article continues below advertisement
Janet jackson super bowl

7. It's a shame the whole Nipplegate thing happened, because Janet Jackson's amazing performance of "Rhythm Nation" was totally forgotten. She killed it!

Article continues below advertisement
Stevie wonder super bowl

6. No one can find fault with Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan at the 1999 Super Bowl, least of all your parents. Go ahead, sing every word.

Article continues below advertisement
Aerosmith mary j blige

5. Aerosmith showing Britney Spears, NSync, and Mary J. Blige how to "Walk This Way" during the 2001 Super Bowl. Is it impressed in your brain forever? We're guessing yes.

Article continues below advertisement
Rolling stones

4. It's not logical, but somehow there's nothing more American than the British Rolling Stones singing "Start Me Up" during a football game, as they did in the 2006 Super Bowl.

Article continues below advertisement
U2 super bowl

3. U2 performed a medley of perfectly beautiful rock anthems at the 2002 Super Bowl, just months after 9/11.

Article continues below advertisement
Super Bowl XLI – Indianapolis Colts vs Chicago Bears – Halftime Show

2. Prince performed "Purple Rain" in the rain, with a Prince symbol guitar, at the 2007 Super Bowl. It was the funkiest performance of the 00s.

Beyonce super bowl

1. Um, did you think anyone other than Queen Beyonce could be the best Super Bowl halftime show of all time? Do you forget that the power went out after she was done?!


Want OK! each day? Sign up here!

Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2024 OK!. A DIVISION OF EMPIRE MEDIA GROUP HOLDINGS LLC. OK! is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.