Sources: Al.com -By Mia Watkins | All Things Michael
It’s almost that time again. While the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots prepare to meet each other on the field at this year’s Super Bowl, Katy Perry is gearing up to take the field as well as the halftime show headliner.
She has some big shoes to fill. The show has become a beacon for pop culture history throughout the years, crossing genres and creating controversy.
Here are some of the of the Super Bowl halftime shows ranked from best to worst:
1. Michael Jackson (1993)
Well, it’s the King of Pop. Who is really surprised here? Michael Jackson took the stage in 1993 to perform a dizzying and show-stopping array of hits ranging from “Billie Jean” to a touching version of “Heal The World” complete with audience participation.
2. Prince (2007)
The Purple One may not have moonwalked his way across the stage, but he still put on a great show armed with his guitar, twin dancers and even a special appearance by Florida A&M University’s marching band. His closing number, “Purple Rain,” brought the house down, despite the, ahem, rainy weather.
3. Beyonce (2013)
Beyonce’s performance at New Orleans’ Superdome was so hot, the stadium’s generators couldn’t take it. No, really, the power went out as soon she got off the stage. Queen Bey, along an army of dancers and an all-girl band, stormed the stage for a full 15 minutes. Destiny’s Child even reunited much the audience’s surprise.
4. Janet Jackson (2004)
It’s easy to forget out how good this performance is amid the surrounding controversy. Jackson, along with guests Nelly, P. Diddy (or whatever he’s going by these days), Kid Rock and Justin Timberlake put on a pyro-heavy and exciting show. The conclusion of the show may have sparked the downfall of Jackson’s music viability, but it also gave us a new phrase for a nip slip.
5. The Rolling Stones (2006)
Rock legends The Rolling Stones went without the usual trappings of a halftime show and relied solely on the hits and frontman Mick Jagger’s sweet dance moves. They rocked the crowd from the time they opened up with “Start Me Up” until closing with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
6. Bruno Mars (2014)
Many said he couldn’t pull it off, but boy did he prove them wrong. Relative newcomer to the pop world Bruno Mars introduced America to his flashy brand of showmanship with a concise performance of his hits so far. Special guests The Red Hot Chili Peppers added a little edge with their trip down memory lane with “Give It Away.”
7. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (2008)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is another halftime act that just relied on the music to see them through the performance. Guitar-heavy songs such as “Won’t Back Down,” “American Girl” and “Free Fallin” translated well in a stadium setting and through TV.
8. U2 (2002)
U2 dedicated their turn on the halftime show to those lost in the September 11thterrorist attacks. The group performed songs such as ” Beautiful Day” and “Where The Streets Have No Name” in a touching and uplifting tribute that honored each victim by displaying their names on a huge screen behind the band.
9. Paul McCartney (2005)
Yes, Paul McCartney is a legend. But, was he really the right fit for a show known for its high energy? Following the previous year’s “wardrobe malfunction,” the network and the NFL went in the polar opposite direction with meh results.
10. Aerosmith (2001)
This performance was just all over the place. From strange cameos from Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler to the awkward version of “Walk This Way” featuring NSYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly, it kind of came off as everything that was wrong with the early aughts.
11. Madonna (2012)
Madonna is the kind of artist who is seemingly made for something like the halftime show. While football fans might not be her target audience, she has the hits and the stage presence to put on a good show. Seems like a no-brainer, right? It is until you add guests such as Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., LMFAO, Cee Lo Green and about 50 other acts with disastrous results.
12. The Black Eyed Peas (2011)
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