There have been fifty, yes fifty, Super Bowl halftime performances and each one is a little more memorable than the last.
In no particular order, we’re taking a look at five of our favorite mash ups, surprise guests and collaborations throughout the years.
(2001) Aerosmith, Britney Spears, N’Sync, Nelly & Mary J. Blige
Not only did we get a cameo from Ben Stiller to start the show, but N*sync brought the “explosive” choreographed dance moves (and we do mean explosive). Justin Timberlake literally shot fireworks from his wrists.
We also witnessed a quick dance-off between Steven Tyler and Justin Timberlake just before Britney Spears appeared out of no where to help close out the show with “Walk This Way,” during which Mary J. Blige mysteriously appeared to sing a few words followed by an impromptu rap verse from Nelly.
It was a party in Tampa that year, that’s for sure.
(2011) Black Eyed Peas, Slash, Usher
That’s one way to make an entrance…
The Black Eyed Peas were soon joined by Slash for “Sweet Child o’ Mine” to give you a little throwback after their very futuristic performance.
Then they “pumped” it back up with the help of Usher (who also opted for an entrance from the ceiling).
(2015) Katy Perry, Missy Elliott, Lenny Kravitz
We all remember the iconic Super Bowl 49 halftime show starring Katy Perry, Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz, mostly because of one person…umm we mean shark, in particular.
Perry spared no expense for her special night. She entered the stadium riding atop a large, golden lion and then proceeded to sing while performing on a 3D-rendering of a chessboard on the field as the visuals on the turf constantly turned into different shapes. Did we mention there were acrobats? The dancers surrounded her during each song. And who could forget Left Shark.
(2013) Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child
In 2013, Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show became the second most watched show in Super Bowl history by garnering 110.8 million viewers.
The performance, and the stadium blackout that followed, generated more than 299,000 tweets per minute, making it the then second most tweeted moment in the history of Twitter.
Beyonce was eventually joined on stage by Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child counting as a reunion of the former group.
Let’s not forget about the incredible stomp dance, projected clones and incredible dancing. Just watch it over and over again below.
(2016) Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars
Both Beyonce and Bruno Mars had already held the Super Bowl spotlight in previous years, but Coldplay asked them both back for a pretty memorable show (at least for them). Let’s be honest, did you even remember that Coldplay was the headliner? Because the dance off between Beyonce and Bruno Mars kind of stole the show.
The show opened with Chris Martin singing the opening chorus from “Yellow” and then joined by the remaining band members of Coldplay to perform hits like “Viva la Vida,” “Paradise,” and “Adventure of a Lifetime.” Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, and a troupe of backing dancers performed “Uptown Funk.”
Beyoncé brought out her dancers dressed as Black Panthers and performed her single “Formation” in a mass choreographed dance number before joining Mars onstage for a verse of “Uptown Funk.”
What would you say is your favorite performance?