The best Super Bowl halftime shows in NFL history

If there’s one thing everyone likes, whether they like the NFL or not, it’s the Super Bowl halftime show.

There he concentrates, in the middle of a pitch in which 22 muscular men, sweaty and full of adrenaline and passion are leaving their lives, for 20 minutes a performance that will hardly be forgotten by anyone who sees it. For good or for bad.

Because not always, 56 editions that are held of the Super Bowl, have been successful with the artist, with the performance, or with both at the same time.

Of course, they have not all been as spectacular as those of today, in which a concert stage is assembled and dismantled in a matter of a few minutes, without anyone noticing, without anyone missing that the game continues. Just the right time. There have been many changes that have taken place over these almost six decades.

The beginnings of the Super Bowl show
Like any beginning of a story, there was a long way to go to polish the edges that were in this new sporting event that dragged millions of American fans. Because back then it was just an American sport. Nothing to do with the current globalism (beware! Not to be confused with globalism).

We had to wait until the 90s for the performances of bands from different universities or cities in the USA, or some other show with Disney characters, to give way to what was the embryo of what is today.

The birth of the intermission show
It was in 1991, in the XXV edition of the Super Bowl, when in the middle of a Disney show, with Alice, Snow White, Mickey and Minnie swarming around among hundreds of children, a world-famous New Kids On The Block made their appearance. Attention… It was two minutes badly counted that lasted his performance, with a reportable playback.

We had to wait a couple more years for that newborn child, with Gloria Estefan and her Conga in between, to become a man. Thus, without a break in continuity. It cannot be otherwise if the one who appears, not in the middle of the field, but at the top of the scoreboard of the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, appears the King of Pop: Michael Jackson. No one who has seen it has forgotten that performance of more than 12 minutes. Legendary.

Since then there have been 30 years of appearances by the most famous singers and groups on the world scene, such as Prince, Madonna, U2, Diana Ross, Aerosmith, Phill Collins, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Coldplay, Lady Gaga or The Who.

But there have also been not so much to everyone’s taste, such as The Weekend, Tom Petty, Bruno Mars or the top-notable of the last edition, the conglomerate of rappers Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, who bored the sheep more than Maroon 5.

All Super Bowl halftime shows

Edition Year Artists
XXV 1991 New Kids on the Block, Walt Disney Company, Warren Moon, 2,000 local kids
XXVI 1992 Gloria Estefan, University of Minnesota Marching Band
XXVII 1993 Michael Jackson
XXVIII 1994 Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, The Judds
XXIX 1995 Patti LaBelle, Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine, Teddy Pendergrass
XXX 1996 Diana Ross
XXXI 1997 The Blues Brothers, ZZ Top, James Brown
XXXII 1998 Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Queen Latifah
XXXIII 1999 Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Savion Glover
XXXIV 2000 Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton
XXXV 2001 Aerosmith, NSYNC
XXXVI 2002 U2
XXXVII 2003 Shania Twain, No Doubt
XXXVIII 2004 Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson, Nelly, Kid Rock
XXXIX 2005 Paul McCartney
XL 2006 The Rolling Stones
XLI 2007 Prince
XLII 2008 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
XLIII 2009 Bruce Springsteen y la E Street Band
XLIV 2010 The Who
XLV 2011 The Black Eyed Peas
XLVI 2012 Madonna
XLVII 2013 Beyoncé
XLVIII 2014 Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
XLIX 2015 Katy Perry
L 2016 Coldplay
LI 2017 Lady Gaga
LII 2018 Justin Timberlake
LIII 2019 Maroon 5
LIV 2020 Shakira, Jennifer López
LV 2021 The Weeknd
LVI 2022 Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg
LVII 2023 Rihanna


And this year: Rihanna
This will be the first time he has performed on the Super Bowl stage after having refused to be part of this show in the past, since 2019 he was on the agenda of the organizers, but said not in support of former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick, who used to kneel when the national anthem of the United States was sung. and whom the league subsequently sanctioned.

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