Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows

The Top Ten

1 Super Bowl 41 (Prince)

. . . excellent, exciting performance; professionalism in spite of challenging conditions (weather, which actually enhanced the performance); Prince worked well with the band and selected good songs that fit with keeping up the spirit of a Superbowl game. . .

Best ever hands down

U2 was great, especially coming after 9/11, but Prince put on a better show. For once the music took center stage.

To end the show so with so much energy makes this a deserving halftime show.

2 Super Bowl 51 (Lady Gaga)

Amazing, but should've brought a bunch of other guests.

No guests, no over produces show, Gaga showing what she is made of

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Done ALL by herself to show what she's made of!

Did it all herself and better than those with several guests.

3 Super Bowl 27 (Michael Jackson)

This should be #1! - LapisBob

Michael Jackson's Performance was without a doubt the most amazing, spectacular kickAss Show EVER! He IS the Number 1! Hands down

A household name, a great set list selection, and a wonderful halftime show.

Best superbowl in the world really

4 Super Bowl 36 (U2)

That Beautiful Day performance was legendary. - ZeroBlaster

Without a shadow of a doubt, the best halftime show EVER. How can we forget The Streets have no name with the 9/11 backdrop.

Few can argue the greatness of U2, and few can argue greatness of the show.

Tear dropping amazing show, was not fancy either.

5 Super Bowl 48 (Katy Perry, and Missy Elliott)

This is the best Superbowl & Katy Perry blew away the stage...

Whoever made this list did it wrong! Katy Perry performed last year in super bowl 49. Bruno mars and red hot chili peppers performed in super bowl 48. - steelers1979

6 Super Bowl 43 (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band)

No question the greatest pure performance! This was classic Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, actual got the crowd involved I singing the songs, didn't distract the performance with other props and artists, and the music was absolutely phenomenal!

From the Cardinals and Steelers introduction, through the energy roaring in the stadium, to the thrilling fireworks at the end of 'Glory Days', this show had the crowd on their feet the entire time.

Why isn't this higher?!?!? It was by far the best performance

7 Super Bowl 35 (Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J. Blige, and Tremors)
8 Super Bowl 47 (Beyoncé)

Why did they bring her back in Super bowl 50 if she did solo in 47 - WorldPuncher47592834

Expectations met and even went beyond with the reunion with Destiny's Child! Not underwhelming nor overwhelming. It was great!

She was absolutely amazing. Displayed near perfect vocals, her stage presence was other wordly and that engery just can't be beat!

Beyoncé almost never fails to put on a good concert, and the same goes for this halftime show.

9 Super Bowl 48 (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bruno Mars)

Bruno mars and the red hot chilli peppers had a lot of energy - Ajkloth

10 Super Bowl 38 (Jessica Simpson, Janet Jackson, and Justin Timberlake)

The wardrobe malfunction and all - WorldPuncher47592834

Why is Timberlake in the 2018 one. - PanthersFTWpatriotsFTL

The nipplegate made history. - ZeroBlaster

"better have you naked by the end of this song! " (rips off janet's top, exposing her breast on live T.V.)
that moment was classic!

The Contenders

11 Super Bowl 39 (Paul McCartney)

Love this one - PanthersFTWpatriotsFTL

the best

A protective choice by the NFL after "nipplegate", still managed to keep the crowd engaged thoroughly.

12 Super Bowl 46 (Madonna, M.I.A., and Nicki Minaj)

Could have been a better quality show if there were less people to keep track of on stage.

Madonna is queen

13 Super Bowl 50 (Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyonce)

This was actually pretty good, but then - WorldPuncher47592834

Everything was okay until Beyonce ruined it. Instead of performing a song called "Formation", why not sing her previous hits such as "Irreplaceable" or "Diva". Seriously? Forget what the critics said all about Coldplay. Of course, Coldplay unfortunately had to condense their songs in a few seconds to make room for Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk, Beyonce's Formation, and jam pack everything else in about 15 minutes on stage.

So much better than the ghastly mess that is the halftime show with Katy Perry. No stupid sharks or lions, just great music. At least with the show this year, it has been projected to the world that Coldplay actually has fans in real life, can you believe it?

This was awesome, I don't know why there was so much controversy. I was nearly in tears when I watched it. Incredible. - micahisthebest

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14 Super Bowl 40 (The Rolling Stones)

Part of that was censored.

15 Super Bowl 42 (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers)

I'm voting for this because the heartbreakers played during the super bowl where the patriots failed to complete the undefeated season. It's ironic actually.

RIP Tom Petty. While I hated the result of the game itself, the halftime show was great.


16 Super Bowl 30 (Diana Ross)

A string of great hits, and then helicoptering of the stage, what a way to end the show.

17 Super Bowl 44 (The Who)

The set list which featured their greatest hits provides a boost in the rankings.

Well played. The Who is one of the best rock 'n roll bands to hit the stage.

It was ok.

18 Super Bowl 37 (Shania Twain, No Doubt, and Sting)
19 Super Bowl 33 (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Stevie Wonder, and Gloria Estefan)

BBVD definitely needs more recognition

20 Super Bowl 34 (Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton)
21 Super Bowl 32 ( Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations)

Not much to say, just a mediocre show.

22 Super Bowl 31 (The Blues Brothers)
23 Super Bowl 53: Maroon 5, Travis Scott & Big Boi

What the hell is Travis Scott doing?

What else was worse?

The song "Sicko Mode".

Sicko Mode is the WORST SONG EVER! BOO!

It was disappointed. Because they didn't play Sweet Victory. - LapisBob

THIS WAS AWFUL! - WorldPuncher47592834

24 Super Bowl 45 (The Black Eyed Peas, Slash, and Usher)
25 Sweet Victory - David Glen Eisely

It didn't happen this year...

Can't wait until it happens.

26 Super Bowl 52 (Justin Timberlake)

It was great, but towards the end it went downhill.

Amazing show!

Not as bad as people claim it to be, but JT could have did better. - ZeroBlaster

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Top Remixes (12)

1. Super Bowl 43 (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band)
2. Super Bowl 27 (Michael Jackson)
3. Super Bowl 41 (Prince)
1. Super Bowl 41 (Prince)
2. Super Bowl 47 (Beyoncé)
3. Super Bowl 27 (Michael Jackson)
1. Super Bowl 47 (Beyoncé)
2. Super Bowl 51 (Lady Gaga)
3. Super Bowl 27 (Michael Jackson)

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