While every football game has a halftime, only the Super Bowl has the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
The performance is regarded one of the most-watched events in American television annually with over 100 million viewers in the United States alone– you may not remember who won or played in the game, but you’ll remember halftime. Since the mid-90s halftime shows have become one of the premiere events of pop culture and entertainment for the entire year.
Here are the 7 Best Super Bowl Halftime Performances:
1. 2001 // N*SYNC, Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Nelly
In 2001, no one was bigger than N*SYNC, except may Britney Spears, so to bring those six together along with the legendary Aerosmith, this was one of the coolest performances of all-time. It was especially cool if you happened to be a 16-year-old girl at the time who wasn’t necessarily a fan of Justin Timberlake, but loved watching him have a dance-off with Steven Tyler during “Walk This Way.” Even Britney singing a verse didn’t completely kill the vibe.
2. 2013 // Beyonce
Beyonce is a legendary performer and she’s only getting started. In 100 years, people will be sitting around talking about Elvis, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Beyonce. Guaranteed. At one point during this performance there were like, 22 Beyonces on stage dancing. As if one Beyonce wasn’t enough. And the real icing on the cake was the Destiny’s Child reunion that happened about halfway through.
3. 1993 // Michael Jackson
This performance was the birth of the Super Bowl halftime show we’ve become accustomed to today. MJ didn’t hold back and set the bar pretty high for years to come.
4. 1994 // Travis Tritt, Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, The Judds
Talk about country music! There hasn’t been a gathering like this at the Super Bowl since 1994 and we’re about ready for a country music tour de football. Or, we’d be fine with just Wynonna Judd dancing, too.
5. 2003 // Shania Twain, Sting, No Doubt
A Canadian country music singer with an English rock legend and a punk-pop group from California? Sounds like a Super Bowl halftime match made in Heaven. And it was.
6. 2004 // Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson, Nelly
Before “wardrobe malfunction” became a phrase, this show was going down in history for just being an eclectic, star-studded show. Though now we only remember that one thing.
7. 2014 // Bruno Mars
I didn’t want to like this performance, but it was the most entertaining, high-energy 15 minutes of television. Ever.