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The Super Bowl started in 1967. NFL's traditional form of halftime entertainment are marching bands – so that's what they had at the Super Bowl.  

Over time more popular artist performed at the Super Bowl, until finally in 1993 it turned into the spectacle it is now when Michael Jackson took the stage. 

Since then the lineup has included the likes of Britney Spears, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and Madonna who modestly dubbed it "the greatest show on Earth".



1993, Michael Jackson

What an entrance. Who else can stand still on the stage for 2 minutes and still have the entire crowd go nuts. Not many, that's who.  

Track List

  • "Jam"
  • "Billie Jean"
  • "Black or White"
  • "We Are the World" 
  • "Heal the World" 

This was the halftime show that made half-time shows what they are now. It is often regarded as one of the most watched events in American TV history.

2001; Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly

N'Sync and Aerosmith kick off the performance that is completed with the biggest stars of the time coming together for Aerosmith's Walk This Way

Track List

  • Sketch with Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Aerosmith, and 'N Sync
  • "Bye Bye Bye" 
  • "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" 
  • "It's Gonna Be Me 
  • "Jaded"
  • "Walk This Way" 

It's hard to fault Britney for falling for the mint-green clad JT with the fireworks shooting out of his arms. 

2002, U2

Recently ranked the best Super Bowl half time show in history, by no other than Rolling Stone magazine.

Track List

  • "Beautiful Day"
  • "MLK"
  • "Where The Streets Have No Name"

The U2 pays a memorable tribute to the victims of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. It's impossible to watch without goosebumps. 

2005, Paul McCartney

Everyone goes through a Beatle face in their live at some point. McCartney is perfectly aware of this, and his almost 60 years of experience means he knows exactly what his crowd pleasers are. 

Track List

  • "Drive My Car"
  • "Get Back"
  • "Live and Let Die"
  • "Hey Jude"

It's worth seeing 72,922 football fans scream the nah nah nah nah nah nah part back to Paul. 

2007, Prince

Only Prince could cover Foo Fighters, Tina Turner and Queen, incorporate a marching band – and just be. so. cool. 

Track List

  • "We Will Rock You"
  • "Let's Go Crazy"
  • "Baby I'm a Star"
  • "Proud Mary"
  • "All Along the Watchtower"
  • "Best of You"
  • "Purple Rain"

The pouring rain almost feels like it's a scheduled part of the show. Right?

2013, Beyoncé

It shows the scale of the Super Bowl, that it's enough to bring Destiny's Child together for an iconic performance. 

Track List

  • "Run The World (Girls)" / Vince Lombardi "Excellence" speech voiceover
  • "Love on Top" 
  • "Crazy in Love" 
  • "End of Time" 
  • "Baby Boy" 
  • "Bootylicious" 
  • "Independent Women Part I"
  • "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" 
  • "Halo" 

Try to watch it without just thinking about the memes. Memes, the benchmark of success since 2005. 

2015, Katy Perry

The most meme-tastic performance of all time. The lion. Left shark. Missy Elliot. Lenny Kravitz. Why go small when you can go huge. That's what Team Katy said.

Track List 

  • "Roar" 
  • "Dark Horse" 
  • "I Kissed a Girl" 
  • "Teenage Dream"
  • "California Gurls" 
  • "Get Ur Freak On" 
  • "Work It" 
  • "Lose Control" 
  • "Firework" 

The conclusion is that memes work, as this is the most watched half-time show in Super Bowl history. 

And here's, Lady Gaga – 2017

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