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. . .

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.

Best ever hands down

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2 Super Bowl 51 (Lady Gaga)

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.


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3 Super Bowl 36 (U2)

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.

That Beautiful Day performance was legendary. - ZeroBlaster

4 Super Bowl 27 (Michael Jackson)

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

Best superbowl in the world really

#10? Are you kidding me?! Put this at #1 right now.

The best in my opinion. theis performence changed the way of super bowl forever.

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5 Super Bowl 47 (Beyoncé)

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

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

Bey is QUEEN

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

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

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

7 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

8 Super Bowl 35 (Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J. Blige, and Tremors)
9 Super Bowl 38 (Jessica Simpson, Janet Jackson, and Justin Timberlake)

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!

10 Super Bowl 39 (Paul McCartney)

Love this one - PanthersFTWpatriotsFTL

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

the best

The Newcomers

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Can't wait until it happens.

The Contenders

11 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

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

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

Easily the best

13 Super Bowl 49 (Katy Perry and Missy Elliott)

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

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 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.

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

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

18 Super Bowl 30 (Diana Ross)

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

19 Super Bowl 37 (Shania Twain, No Doubt, and Sting)
20 Lady GaGa Lady GaGa Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. more.
21 Super Bowl 33 (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Stevie Wonder, and Gloria Estefan)

BBVD definitely needs more recognition

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

Not much to say, just a mediocre show.

24 Super Bowl 31 (The Blues Brothers)
25 Super Bowl 45 (The Black Eyed Peas, Slash, and Usher)
26 Super Bowl 52 (Justin Timberlake)

Amazing show!

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

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Top Remixes (9)

1. Lady GaGa
2. Super Bowl 48 (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bruno Mars)
3. Super Bowl 48 (Katy Perry, and Missy Elliott)
1. Michael Jackson
2. Prince
3. Madonna,LMFAO,Nicki Minaj,Cee Lo Green
1. Super Bowl 43 (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band)
2. Super Bowl 27 (Michael Jackson)
3. Super Bowl 41 (Prince)

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