Super Bowl LII: Coverage and Top 10 Halftime Performances
The New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles tonight (02/04) at Super Bowl LII.
Justin Timberlake will perform during the Super Bowl LII halftime show. It will be his third time on the SB halftime stage. I guess there’s a shortage of musicians out there. We’re not too sure what to expect after listening to Man of the Woods, but if he insists on playing something from that album, we hope it’s “Morning Light” featuring a piano solo and live performance by Alicia Keys. We wouldn’t mind that segueing into another Alicia Keys track. As long as there’s no Prince hologram, we’ll be fine with whatever performance we get.
In honor of the Super Bowl and it’s often memorable halftime performances, we’ve decided to countdown our top 10 favorite halftime shows. We’re also live tweeting Super Bowl LII and the halftime show, so be sure to find us on Twitter.
See our Top 10 Super Bowl Halftime Performances
10. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Super Bowl XLII (2008)
Tom Petty was one of the greatest American rockers to grace the Super Bowl stage. He delivered an instant-classic performance 10 years ago, weaving through “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin’,” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”
9. Paul McCartney – Super Bowl XXXIX (2005)
Paul McCartney was the Super Bowl’s “safe choice” after Justin Timberlake’s nipplegate. It’s undeniably epic to see one of the only surviving Beatles rip through 40+ year old songs as if they’re brand new singles. Paul’s never ending talent and decade-bending performance captivated a nation and incited and new wave of Beatle-mania.
8. Rolling Stones – Super Bowl XL (2006)
Long Live Mick Jagger. The rock outfit managed to pull off an unforgettable halftime show while only playing 3 songs of their extensive discography. They could probably deliver an even stronger performance in 2018.
7. U2 – Super Bowl XXXVI (2002)
U2 was tasked with the heavy duty of performing the halftime show a few months after the attacks on 09/11. Their track “Beautiful Day” took new meaning, and helped heal a nation.
6. Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers – Super Bowl XLVIII (2014)
Bruno Mars should have declined to play with Coldplay in 2016. 2014 was Bruno’s true Super Bowl moment and he nailed it. The solo spotlight ending is the best and he deserved that. Unlike his Album of the Year win.
5. The Who – Super Bowl XLIV (2010)
The Who delivered a modern performance of their classic hits. While the lights and pyrotechnics helped the group get through a few strains, it was grandiose and a major performance for the active group.
4. Beyoncé – Super Bowl XLVII (2013)
Beyoncé nailed her halftime show in 2013. She was also nice enough to share the moment with Destiny’s Child, which led to an unforgettable performance of “Single Ladies.” Hopefully, we see a similar reunion at Coachella this year.
3. Michael Jackson – Super Bowl XXVII (1993)
The King of Pop delivered an unforgettable performance in 1993. MJ look-a-likes appeared atop the Rose Bowl in California before the real MJ hit the stage. Rolling through his classics “Jam”, “Billie Jean” and “Black or White” with an unmatchable swagger. The performance ended with a medley of “We Are the World” / “Heal the World”.
2. Lady Gaga – Super Bowl LI (2017)
Unlike Jackson, Gaga actually started her performance atop NRG Stadium in Houston. Singing “God Bless America” and “This Land is Your Land” before jumping down to awaiting world. True to Gaga, the performance included 2 outfit changes and the pop star ran through her massive hits “Edge of Glory”
“Poker Face” “Born This Way” “Telephone” “Just Dance” “Million Reasons” and “Bad Romance.” She then slinks up metal stairs before ending her performance by catching a football and jumping off the steps. One year later, we’ll see if Justin can top this performance at Super Bowl LII.
1. Prince – Super Bowl XLI (2007)
Nothing will top Prince’s performance at the Super Bowl in 2007. The Minnesota native ripped through a rainy stage with his unforgettable presence and earth-shaking guitar solos. The show kicks off with a short Queen rendition before rolling into his hits “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Baby, I’m a Star.” More covers followed, with Prince hitting Tina’s “Proud Mary” Jimi’s “All Along the Watchtower” and Foo Fighters’ “Best of You” consecutively. The performance aptly ended with an unforgettable performance of “Purple Rain.”