Super Bowl Halftime Show History

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  • University of Arizona Marching Band

    University of Arizona Marching Band
    Super Bowl I - Chiefs vs. Packers At the first Super Bowl, the halftime show didn't have famous pop artists. The University of Arizona Symphonic Marching Band & Grambling State University Marching Band played.
  • Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson
    Super Bowl XXVII - Bills vs. Cowboys Michael Jackson attracted a huge viewing audience and boosted the ratings for the Super Bowl. After this 1993 performance, there was a lot of pressure to have big acts every year.
  • The (New) Blues Brothers

    The (New) Blues Brothers
    Super Bowl XXXI - Patriots vs. Packers Often considered one of the worst performances, this blues show consisted of the NEW Blues Brothers, Dan Akroyd partnered with Jim Belushi and John Goodman, along with James Brown.
  • U2

    U2
    Super Bowl XXXVI - Rams vs. Patriots U2 did a tribute to America for the first Super Bowl post-9/11. Singer-gone-politician Bono and the gang played on a heart-shaped stage and comforted the crowd with their anthemic song 'Beautiful Day.'
  • Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock, and Justin Timberlake

    Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock, and Justin Timberlake
    Super Bowl XXXVIII - Patriots vs. Panthers Everybody remembers this one. Justin Timberlake, whether on purpose or not we may never know, pulled Janet Jackson's top off in a 'wardrobe malfunction' on live television. This caused all halftimes shows since to be aired at a five-second delay.
  • Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney
    Super Bowl XXXIX - Patriots vs. Eagles Paul McCartney provided the closest thing that the world will ever see to The Beatles playing a halftime show in 2005.
  • The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones
    Super Bowl XL - Steelers vs. Seahawks The ancient artifacts known as The Rolling Stones performed on a giant stage shaped like their logo at this 2006 halftime show.
  • Prince

    Prince
    Super Bowl XLI - Colts vs. Bears Prince's 2007 performance is often a favorite. He played seven songs including "All Along the Watchtower" and he even covered a Foo Fighters song.
  • Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen
    Super Bowl XLIII - Steelers vs. Cardinals The Boss and the E Street Band played during halftime of Super Bowl XLIII. The band later admitted that they played to a backing track due to the difficulty of playing with an echo in the large stadium.
  • Madonna

    Madonna
    Super Bowl XLVI - Giants vs. Patriots 53-Year-Old Madonna performs alongside M.I.A, LMFAO, Cee-Lo Green and Nicki Minaj. M.I.A. causes controversy when she flashes the camera the middle finger.
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