Top 5 Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Shows

By Sarah Obeid
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File photo of football. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

File photo of football. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Many notorious celebrities have made it to the stage every year of the Super Bowl. They bring with them outstanding musical talents, impressing and entertaining the crowds during halftime shows.

Below is a list of some of the greatest halftime shows in history. Bruno Mars plans to rock the show this year. Can he give the audience a good time like past shows? Can his performance make it as one of the most memorable halftime shows as well?

Michael Jackson Moves to the Groove (1993): Michael Jackson, formerly known as the King of Pop, blew up the stage as he moon walked, singing and dancing to some of his most popular tunes, “Billie Jean”, “Jam”, and “Black or White”. He ended the show with the song, “Heal the World” which was perfect considering thousands in the audience were children.

Diana Ross Keeps it Colorful (1996): Diana Ross did more than just sing a few of her classics. She changed her outfit four times throughout the show. What made the show even more dramatic was her grand exit. Diana left the stage, jumping into a helicopter while riveting crowds with the song, “Take Me Higher”. This glamour queen knows how to wow the crowd.

U2 Pays Honorable Tribute: Undoubtedly one of the most heart-warming, moving halftime shows in history, the Irish rockers of U2 paid tribute to the victims of 9/11. The band opened with the song, “Beautiful Day”. During the show, U2 also sang, “MLK” and “Where the Streets Have No Name.” The victim’s names scrolled on a backdrop and one of the band members wore a jacket lined with stars-and-stripes, keeping everyone’s attention. What a way to not only celebrate the Super Bowl, but also commemorate the tragedy of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Beyonce Knowles-Carter Dances On (2013): Accompanied by Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams from former group Destiny’s Child, Beyonce put on quite the performance. Her show became the second most watched Super Bowl halftime show in history. Her exceptional performance caught the eye of over 100 million viewers.

Aerosmith, ‘N Sync, Britney Speakers, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly Remix and Collaborate (2001): Different genres of rock, pop, and hip-hop combined to form an exotic MTV- produced show  filled with bright fireworks and strobe lights. Sounds like a night worth remembering.

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