The 10 Most Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Performances

Sources: Crave Online | Edited By – All Things Michael


Around the world on February 1st, football fans will tune in for Super Bowl XLIX – the 49th iteration of America’s biggest game – when it kicks off in Arizona. Millions of fans will celebrate the annual ritual of stuffing our faces full of artery-clogging goodness as we scream at the television in support of our would-be champions, marvel at the insanely expensive commercials and take in the over-the-top spectacle that is the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

This year, Katy Perry will be the focal point of the Halftime Show, which is often more about spectacle than the performance itself. But she’s got her work cut out for her when it comes to entertaining tens of millions of people either on a beer run, a bathroom break or those less-than-patiently waiting for the game to get back in motion. As history shows, Super Bowl Halftime Show performances can be hit or miss – whether through Janet Jackson’s nipple exposure or the jaw-dropping perfection of Michael Jackson’s 1993 performance.

To get into gear for yet another major halftime adventure on Game Day, Crave is recounting the 10 Most Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Performances, in order of excellence. Check it out!

Michael Jackson, 1993

When we’re telling our grand kids about Michael Jackson in the future, we’ll reference a few video moments from his iconic run as the King of Pop: his first-ever moonwalk in 1983, his various legendary music videos, and quite possibly his 1993 Super Bowl Halftime performance.

Appearing onstage at the Rose Bowl, Jackson stood motionless for a full 90 seconds while over 100,000 fans went absolutely crazy with excitement. His high-octane medley of “Jam,” “Billie Jean” and “Black or White” utterly awed an unjaded, pre-internet America. Then MJ rocked a snippet of “We Are The World” as the crowd turned over cards revealing drawings by the children of Los Angeles, concluding with “Heal the World,” while surrounded by 3,500 youngsters, as a blow-up globe deployed on the 50 yard line.


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