Top 5 Super Bowl Halftime Shows

The NFL announces The Weeknd as this year’s Super Bowl Halftime performer, and we’re listing off our top 5 past Halftime shows!

The NFL has officially announced The Weeknd as this year’s Super Bowl Halftime performer! It was announced just hours ago that the solo performer will be dominating the stage this year despite the recent pandemic.

What better way to hype up this year’s upcoming performance, than to look back on past ones?

There have been many noteworthy and exciting Super Bowl Halftime Show performances, but we’re listing off just 5 of our all-time favorites!


Arguably the best Super Bowl Halftime Show of all time, Prince performed this unforgettable set in 2007. NFL officials couldn’t have predicted that during Prince’s set, a downpour of rain would occur. This left worries about the equipment he was using including his microphone and electric guitar. The flat stage he was performing on created worries of slipping on the slick surface. However, the singer and his backup dancers carried on, delivering an amazing performance. It closed off with the song “Purple Rain” to create the perfect ending. Fans like to think Prince ordered a downpour of rain that day, especially for his performance.

Beyonce and Destiny’s Child

Extravagant, stunning, fierce… these are just some of the many adjectives that could describe Beyonce’s 2013 Super Bowl performance. Jam-packed with talented female performers, there was quite literally never a dull moment. While surrounded by smoke, fire, and insane lighting effects, Beyonce’s dance moves were still the center of attention. The Queen performed songs “Crazy in Love”, “Baby Boy”, and finished off the night with “Halo”. This performance had some fans asking, “why is there a football game at the Beyonce concert?”

Lady Gaga

Never failing to amaze, Lady Gaga’s 2017 Halftime Show performance in Houston is another favorite for this list. The singer was propelled through the air multiple times, firstly coming down from the ceiling and then “flying” off a pillar to take center stage. Gaga was able to do all these acrobatic moves, dance like a maniac, and still not lose her breath while singing. The set included many of her classic bangers including “Telephone” and “Bad Romance”, but it was her performance of “Million Reasons” that really touched our hearts. We certainly have 100 million reasons why Lady Gaga should make another Super Bowl appearance.

Diana Ross

It’s 1996, the Dallas Cowboys are competing against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Super Bowl. Dressed in a red sparkly dress, legendary singer Diana Ross brought many feel good vibes to this Super Bowl. While the camera and visual effects weren’t what they are today, Diana’s vocals and stage presence speak for themselves. Surrounded by countless male dancers, Diana even did a costume change at one point. She encouraged the audience to sway together and spread some kindness. We could definitely use a performance like this right now.

Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake

If you’ve made it this far in the list, you may have been waiting for this one. While Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction is a large reason this Halftime Show gets brought up, we shouldn’t let it overshadow the rest of the performance. P. Diddy, Nelly, and Kid Rock all performed in this show. It is certainly one of the most jam-packed Halftime Shows in terms of the number of performers so it’s hard to believe this performance was just over 11 minutes long. We certainly would have liked to hear more Janet Jackson songs instead. While the show had a lot of controversy surrounding it, Janet did some killer vocals and deserved to be recognized for that.

These are only 5 of the many past Super Bowl Halftime Shows! Other favorites include Madonna, Aerosmith, and more. Who knows, maybe The Weeknd will be making an appearance in the next “Top Halftime Shows” list!

What was your favorite Halftime Show? Let us know by tweeting us @AfterbuzzTV!

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Haley Mendoza

Haley Mendoza is a lover of all things film and TV. Whether you want to bond over horror movies or competition shows, she’s always down. Haley attends Emerson College, pursuing a degree in Media and Visual Arts and writing scripts in her spare time.