This year marks the 50th year of The Super Bowl- America’s most-watched night in TV, where two teams battle for the title of “world” champions. Sure, the game is exciting, but the real event happens at halftime. Here are 35 of the most epic halftime moments you almost forgot!
Just months after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, U2 gave the emotional performance of a lifetime during the year's Super Bowl halftime show. The band honored those who had lost their lives with a scrolling backdrop of names, which then Bono revealed to the crowd his American flag-lined jacket. It is safe to say there was not a dry eye in the house that evening.
Known for his sexually-charged performances, Prince shocked the crowd with his Super Bowl halftime show. He strayed away from his usual performing style, which left the audience in awe of his guitar-shredding skills. It was impossible not to sing along during the explosive closer, "Purple Rain."
Madonna, Nicki Minaj And Cee Lo Green, 2012
There's no question that Madonna's halftime performance rocked the house. With guests like Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. who joined her on stage, it was hard to keep still. The epic closer "Like A Prayer" was accompanied by Cee Lo Green and a choir who belted the lyrics alongside her.
The Rolling Stones, 2006
The most amazing part of The Rolling Stones performance in 2006 was the stage. The stage was built to emulate their iconic album cover, which allowed the band to have ample room to perform. Undeniably, the band still has it, which they showed during their performance of "Rough Justice."
Beyoncé And Destiny's Child, 2013
Beyoncé has the most loyal fans out there, and when word spread she was doing the halftime show in 2013, people nearly lost their minds. The most epic moment during her performance, however, was when she was accompanied by Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Destiny's Child revived, the trio performed all old singles, which made twenty-something's freak out.
Paul McCartney, 2005
Legendary musician, Paul McCartney gave an amazing performance during the halftime show in 2005. The Beatle traded in his guitar for a piano when he sang "Live and Let Die," which was followed by a captivating firework show. His closer, "Hey Jude," had the entire stadium singing along with him.
Janet Jackson And Justin Timberlake, 2004
Unfortunately for Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, the epic nip-slip is all anyone remembers from their halftime show. Their performance was actually pretty spectacular, but the bedazzled breast took it to another level!
Katy Perry And Missy Elliot, 2015
In 2015, Katy Perry took the stage to give an energy-filled halftime show, but one of the most exciting moments was when she welcomed iconic rapper, Missy Elliot to the stage. Elliot performed "Get Your Freak on," "Work It," and "Lose Control." The stadium erupted in cheers, and we all took a trip down memory lane.
Bruno Mars And The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, 2014
Bruno Mars has one of the most powerful voices out there and he had the audience hanging on his every note during his halftime show. However, it is when he began singing the lyrics to "Give It Away" by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers that the stadium roared. RHCP met Mars on stage, where the two eras of music joined forces to bring down the house for 8 minutes of rock and roll.
Any performance that Aerosmith gives is an epic one, but his halftime show in 2001 takes the cake. He performed the upbeat single, "Walk This Way" with some of the most iconic pop stars of the time, including N'Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly and Mary J. Blige.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, 2009
After years of turning down the network's request, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band put on one amazing halftime show in 2009, proving good things come to those who wait. The most epic part of the performance came at the end, when he gave the crowd what they wanted - his infamous "crotch slide" right into the camera.
Diana Ross, 1996
Pop Diva, Diana Ross took the stage in 1996 for her halftime performance. For her finale, the singer climbed to the top of a gold mountain, where she was picked up by a helicopter! She exited the stadium in true diva-fashion.
Michael Jackson, 1993
Aside from Michael Jackson being the King of Pop, the iconic singer closed his amazing halftime performance with "Heal The World," which featured a massive blowup globe.
Shania Twain, No Doubt And Sting, 2003
Shania Twain's halftime performance started and ended with a bang. The singer opened with "Man! I feel Like A Woman," and later welcomed No Doubt and Sting on stage. No Doubt upped the amps during their performance of "Just A Girl," where Gwen Stefani did push-ups alongside Sting, all before he broke into "Message In A Bottle."
Katy Perry, 2015
Aside from Missy Elliot joining Perry on stage, the singer literally flew across the sky during her performance of the single, "Fireworks."
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 2010
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are, for the most part, downtempo. However, the crowd roared during their performance of "Runnin' Down A Dream," which featured the audience holding life sized hearts. The song was fitting for the New York Giants when they beat the undefeated New England Patriots.
The Who, 2010
The Who was way passed their prime when they took the stage for the 2010 halftime show. Their performance was epic for one major reason - they totally missed the mark and did not live up to the viewers' expectations.
Boyz II Men And The Temptations, 1998
The most epic part of the Boyz II Men halftime show, ironically, had nothing to do with them. The performance began with Smokey Robinson and the Temptations, which was a tribute to "40 Years Of MoTown." They had the fans engaged and featured a marching band, but when they left the stage the performance was less than satisfactory.
New Kids On The Block, 1991
New Kids On The Block put on the very first Super Bowl halftime show that was treated like a concert. Unfortunately, instead of performing something upbeat, the group performed "This One's For The Children." The performance makes the "epic list" because it was interrupted by a news report surrounding the Gulf War.
The Black Eyed Peas And Slash, 2011
Regardless of The Black Eyed Peas' popularity at the time, guitarist Slash stole the show. Fergie joined him in singing "Sweet Child Of Mine," which left some people angry, but the pair delivered an amazing and unique rendition of the classic hit.
Katy Perry And Lenny Kravitz, 2015
2015 was a great year for the Super Bowl halftime show. Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz sang and played alongside one another to the single, "I Kissed A Girl." Kravitz played his heart out with his guitar and left the crowd roaring, no pun intended.
The Blues Brothers, 1997
The Blues Brothers (John Goodman, Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi), ZZ Top, and James Brown all performed at the 1997 Super Bowl. ZZ Top and James Brown were considered guest performers to The Blues Brothers, but all came together to perform "Gimme Some Lovin'," to close out the show.
Gloria Estefan And Stevie Wonder, 1999
The 1999 Super Bowl halftime show is one for the books. Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder are both legends on their own, but the two performed duets to "You'll Be Mine," "Another Star," and "My Cherie Amour," which blew the crowd away!
Aside from Madonna's special guests, her stage performers gave it their all. They were that of cirque du soleil, and the aerial performances gave the audience an amazing visual when Madonna was not in view.
Kid Rock, 2004
Unfortunately for Kid Rock, his halftime performance has been overshadowed by Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction. However, his full-of-life performance of his single "Bawitdaba" had the entire crowd rapping along with him.
Tina Turner, 2000
Tina Turner performed at the 2000 Super Bowl pregame show and she looked as fabulous as ever. She amped up the crowd with "When The Heartache Is Over" and "Proud Mary." The performance was a great prelude to the halftime show that followed.
Phil Collins, 2000
Phil Collins was one of a few guests who performed during the halftime show in 2000. He only performed one song, "Two Worlds," but his performance is considered to be the only exciting part of the show that year.
The 2001 halftime show featured many pop sensations of the time, but N'Sync's performance of "Bye, Bye, Bye" brought the house down! With their iconic dance moves and catchy lyrics, they had the audience loving every minute.
Christina Aguilera And Enriqué Iglesias, 2000
Christina Aguilera and Enriqué Iglesias win the award for the most boring halftime show, ever. The pregame show featured a vivacious Tina Turner, but the halftime performance left fans underwhelmed and disappointed.
Patti Labelle, 1995
Patti Labelle was one of two artists who performed during the 1995 halftime show. Her performance on the Indiana Jones-themed stage left the audience amazed and wanting more!
Tony Bennett, 1995
What could be better than Tony Bennett's voice combined with Patti Labelle's? Nothing! The two performed and closed with "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" which made all in attendance sing and dance along with the duo.
Michael Jackson, 1993
The most amazing part of Michael Jackson's halftime performance was when 3,500 members of the Children's Choir of Los Angeles took over the vocals for "We Are The World." The performance is considered the most historic show in Super Bowl halftime history.
Gloria Estefan And Olympic Ice Skaters, 1992
Olympic Figure Skaters, Brian Boitano & Dorothy Hamill, skated during Gloria Estefan's performance as a tribute to the Winter Olympics.
The Rockettes, 1988
Before the network decided to get big-name performers for the halftime shows, marching bands were sufficient. However, in 1988 The Rockettes performed a 12 minute skit accompanied by 72 grand pianos.
Right after Fergie and Slash performed "Sweet Child Of Mine," Usher surprised all when he joined the group on stage to perform his single "OMG" with Will I Am. The King of Dance was only on stage for that one song, but hopefully he'll get a headlining opportunity in the near future!