Since the introductory edition of the Super Bowl in the year 1967, the halftime show has been an integral part of all the Super Bowls. In 2020, Super Bowl 54 will as great as previous years.
It is a highly anticipated thing in the league as to who will be the performer during the Half time show. And for some section of the fans, the halftime show is what excites them than the entire game.
Here we will talk about the History of the Super Bowl Halftime performances, including the good and bad acts since the beginning from 1967 to 2020.
Best acts at the Super Bowl halftime
Prince at the Super Bowl 41
In Miami Prince performed in the pouring rain and he played 4 different guitars during the performance.
Michael Jackson at the Super Bowl 27
Jackson started off this unforgettable show as he jumped out of the stage and stood silent for close to 90 seconds before the music started. His performance changed the halftime show into the contemporary spectacle that we anticipate nowadays.
Beyoncé at the Super Bowl 44
Beyoncé performed in her home town Houston, and she sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl XXXVIII. She also performed a song from Destiny’s Child and was simply superb.
Coldplay at the Super Bowl 50
Cold play did not get the reception when he performed at the 50th Super Bowl. The guest appearance of Beyoncé and Bruno Mars did not help either.
The Black Eyed Peas at the Super Bowl 45
The performance by Black Eyed peas at the Super Bowl XLV was a dam squid. The costumes were awful the was not up to the mark. Even the guest appearances from Usher and Slash were not received well.
Be Bop Bamboozled the Super Bowl 23
The performance was totally flat from the beginning. The awful “Elvis Presto,” the act can only remember as to how terrible it was. The 3-D effects were of no help.
List of Super Bowl halftime show history
Super Bowl Year Performers
1 1967 Universities of Arizona and Michigan Grambling University Bands
2 1968 “Old Man Winter Takes a Vacation in Miami” featuring seven local Miami-area high school bands
3 1969 “America Thanks” with Florida A&M University
4 1970 Carol Channing
5 1971 Florida A&M Band
6 1972 “Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Ftizgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Coprs Drill Team
7 1973 “Happiness Is…” with University of Michigan Band and Woody Herman
8 1974 “A Musical America” with University of Texas Band
9 1975 “Tribute to Duke Eillington” with Mercer Ellington and Grambling University Bands
10 1976 “200 Years and Just a Baby” Tribute to America’s Bicentennial
11 1977 “It’s a Small World” including crowd particiption for first time with spectators waving colored placard on cue
12 1978 “From Paris to the Paris of America” with Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt
13 1979 “Super Bowl XIII Carnival” Salute to the Caribbean with Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean bands
14 1980 “A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up with People
15 1981 “A Mardi Gras Festival”
16 1982 “A Salute to the 60’s and Motown”
17 1983 “KaleidoSUPERscope” (a kaleidoscope of color and sound)
18 1984 “Super Bowl XVIII’s Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen”
19 1985 “A World of Children’s Dreams”
20 1986 “Beat of the Future”
21 1987 “Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary”
22 1988 “Something Grand” featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker
23 1989 “Be Bop Bamboozled” featuring 3-D effects
24 1990 “Salute to New Orleans” and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts’ characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw and Irma Thomas
25 1991 “A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” featuring New Kids on the Block
26 1992 “Winter Magic” including a salute to the winter season and the winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill
27 1993 “Heal the World” featuring Michael Jackson
28 1994 “Rockin Country Sunday” featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna and Naomi Judd
29 1995 “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound Machine
30 1996 Diana Ross
31 1997 “Blues Brothers Bash” featuring Dan Akroyd, John Goodman, James Belushi, James Brown and ZZ Top
32 1998 “A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations
33 1999 “Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Savion Glover
34 2000 “A Tapestry of Nations” featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton
35 2001 “The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring Aerosmith, *N’SYNC, Nelly, Mary J. Blige, and Britney Spears
36 2002 performed by U2
37 2003 Sting, Shania Twain and No Doubt.
38 2004 Kid Rock, Janet Jackson, Nelly, P. Diddy and Justin Timberlake
39 2005 Paul McCartney
40 2006 The Rolling Stones
41 2007 Prince
42 2008 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
43 2009 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
44 2010 The Who
45 2011 The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
46 2012 Madonna with guests Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj
47 2013 Beyoncé with guests Destiny’s Child
48 2014 Bruno Mars with guests Red Hot Chili Peppers
49 2015 Katy Perry with guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz
50 2016 Coldplay with guests Beyoncé and Bruno Mars
51 2017 Lady Gaga
52 2018 Justin Timberlake
53 2019 Maroon 5 with guests Travis Scott and Big Boi
54 2020 Jennifer Lopez and Shakira