With over 750,000 viewers in the US alone, and broadcast to millions more around the globe, the Super Bowl offers one of the biggest stages in the world, so it’s no wonder its halftime-performance slots have attracted the biggest names in music. For those who aren’t even interested in the game itself, the best Super Bowl halftime shows still provide one of the most notable calendar events each year.
When did Super Bowl halftime shows begin?
The Super Bowl halftime show is a tradition that started in the 60s, when performers usually consisted of college marching bands and drill teams – a huge contrast to the megastars that now command the halftime slot. It wasn’t until the early 90s when pop music started to infiltrate the game, after New Kids On The Block appeared at the now-demolished Tampa Stadium in 1991 to perform Step by Step, This One’s For The Children and It’s a Small World After All.
Who’s performing the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show?
In the three decades that followed, the best Super Bowl halftime shows have seen musicians deliver some of the wildest, most shocking and entertaining performances aired on TV. Following in the footsteps of Prince, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, Super Bowl LV will see The Weeknd take the stage (again in Tampa, at Raymond James Stadium) on Sunday, 7 February, in the hopes of adding his performance to the ranks of the best halftime shows.
To get us excited for what will undoubtedly be an iconic show, here’s a look at what we think are the ten best Super Bowl halftime shows of all time.
10: Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias and Toni Braxton (Super Bowl XXXIV, 2000)
The line-up alone earns this performance a place among the best Super Bowl halftime shows – though anyone expecting some of the biggest names in 90s pop to sing their own songs would have been mistaken. Produced by Disney, Super Bowl XXXIV’s halftime show saw the artists turn to the Disney songbook, with Christina Aguilera and Enrique Iglesias singing that year’s Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration theme song, Celebrate The Future Hand In Hand, Phil Collins turning to one of his Tarzan soundtrack numbers, Two Worlds, and Toni Braxton performing We Go On, the closing song of IllumiNations: Reflections Of Earth, the fireworks show that dazzled visitors to Disney’s Epcot centre from 1999 to 2019.