5 Most Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Moments of All Time

Jamie Freedman

The Super Bowl halftime show has steadily gotten more and more flashy over the years, to the point where you might have a better idea of who is performing than which teams are actually playing the game. Super Bowl 50 is no exception, and we can expect Coldplay and Beyoncé to pull out all the stops to make it a show to remember. Let’s take a look at the most memorable Super Bowl halftime show moments of all time.

Most Charming Blooper

Super Bowl XLIII, 2009.

In an adrenaline-fueled move, Bruce Springsteen slid to his knees, and accidentally propelled himself into one of the cameramen. In the moments afterward, he smiled sheepishly in apology, got up and kept on going. The Boss’s infamous “crotch-slam” was pure live television gold.

Best Overall Performance

Super Bowl XXVII, 1993.

Due to low interest in the halftime show in previous years, the NFL booked the most famous entertainer on the planet in 1993: Michael Jackson. As a result, the viewership for the halftime show ended up being higher than the game itself. MJ’s commanding performance did not disappoint. Comparatively simple by today’s production standards, the show relied on fierce dance moves and basic pyrotechnics. Only The King of Pop could have kicked off the show standing completely motionless for a full 90 seconds while the crowd went wild.

Most Anticipated Guest Performance

Super Bowl XLVII, 2013.

Destiny’s Child had been broken up for seven years by the time Beyoncé played the Super Bowl in 2013. So when news started circulating that Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams would be making guest appearances next to Beyoncé, things got really exciting. It was incredibly satisfying to see the three powerhouse performers together and hear those vocal harmonies one more time.

Most Memed Moment

Super Bowl XLIX, 2015.

Katy Perry‘s entire halftime show was full of goofy production value, including dancing beach balls and a shooting star swing. But no one could have anticipated that Left Shark and his unsynchronized dance moves would go viral. In retrospect, there are still questions about what was really so funny about Left Shark and why his moves were so floppy, but it’s still hilarious!

Most Remembered “Blooper”

Super Bowl XXXVIII, 2004.

This list would not be complete without mention of Janet JacksonJustin Timberlake, and the most notorious wardrobe malfunction of all time. Whether or not it was really an accident, “Nipplegate” will be remembered for years to come.


[This article was first published on Feb 5, 2016]

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