From the Tame to the Insane: the Most Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Moments of All Time
ustin Timberlake is about to get “Filthy” at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, taking the stage for the second time (third if you count the time with N’SYNC) since his 2004 revealing performance with Janet Jackson. We know JT is about to steal the show with his perfectly rehearsed boy-band dance moves, so to prepare ourselves, we’re taking a look back at some of the most memorable halftime performances.
The King of Pop (1993)
Michael Jackson’s performance was truly one of a kind. He started the show by just standing there, for almost two minutes, completely still, all while the crowd went absolutely crazy. Not only did he sing “Billie Jean,” “Black and White” and “Heal the World”, some of his most iconic hits, but he also highlighted unity, hope and diversity in his performance.
Every person in the audience was involved in a card trick and Jackson ended the show with bringing up children from all nations, highlighting different cultures and backgrounds, to stand on stage with him.
Purple Rain (2007)
Combine the tropic weather of Miami with the eccentric and ridiculously talented Prince and you get an unforgettable performance that withstood some serious weather conditions. Prince did what Prince does best; puts on a show the audience will never forget.
Despite the serious downpour that lasted his entire performance, Prince embraced the natural special effects that the rain added and let it magnify his performance of his famous hit “Purple Rain.”
Diana On a Helicopter (1996)
You have to see this one to believe it. The great Diana Ross has one of the most vibrant performances filled with hundreds of balloons, which is always a crowd pleaser. Classy, timeless and just really fun, it’s almost impossible to not feel her energy when she performs.
The only way to leave the stage after a performance like this is to hop into a helicopter and fly off into the air, leaving audience members in awe of her grandeur.
A Little Bit of Everything: Aerosmith, Britney Spears, N’Sync, Nelly and Mary J. Blige (2001)
I don’t think anyone could have picked out a more eclectic group of musicians. The good thing about this show is that almost every type of music fan could be satisfied in this plethora of performers.
It was kind of all over the place musically, but overall a one-of-a-kind experience to scream out “Walk This Way” after fan-girling over “Bye, Bye, Bye”. Oh, and Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler have a weird cameo if you’re into that.
Beyonce Shuts It Down (2013)
Queen Bey graced us with her power and poise in her ~electrifying~ performance that ended up shutting the power down at the Superdome in New Orleans. Before all the lights went out, she brought out the rest of the iconic Destiny’s Child so they could perform as a group.
The real miracle that night was how Bey didn’t pass out after an entire 13-minute full-out dance routine all while belting those high notes in “Halo” that I can never hit.