Super Bowl History: Halftime Shows


From marching bands to mega-watt superstars, the Super Bowl halftime show has featured a variety of exciting performers!


Super Bowl: First Super Bowls

Early in the history of the Super Bowl, the halftime shows featured a variety of college bands playing music, drill team dance performances, and often times special musical guests to boot. Super Bowl ticketholders enjoyed different themes each year, which has included "A Musical America," "From Paris to Paris of America," "Mardi Gras Festival," along with various tributes and salutes paid to the likes of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, the Big Band Era, 1960s and Motown, New Orleans, and many more.


Super Bowl: '90s Halftime Shows

After the 1990 NFL season, the Super Bowl halftime show started welcomed more popular singers and performers. In 1991, fans with Super Bowl 26 tickets watched the craze of the decade, New Kids on the Block, along with Disney characters and Warren Moon paying tribute to "25 Years of the Super Bowl." Only with Super Bowl tickets could you see the halftime show performed live as it was instead presented during the post-game show. 


In subsequent years, Super Bowl tickets featured the likes of Gloria Estefan; Michael Jackson performing his song "Heal the World;" country acts Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, and The Judds; R&B and Soul greats Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown; along with popular acts ZZ Top, Boyz II Men, and Queen Latifah to name a few.


Super Bowl: Early 2000s

Tickets to Super Bowl 34 showcased pop superstars Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton headlining the halftime show. For Super Bowl 35, a tribute was paid to the "Kings of Rock and Pop," featuring Aerosmith, Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Nelly, and Mary J. Blige, who all performed the classic Aerosmith song "Walk This Way."


In 2002, fans with Super Bowl tickets witnessed a moving Super Bowl halftime show that paid tribute to 9/11 victims with U2 performing on a heart-shaped stage. During Super Bowl 37, Super Bowl ticketholders saw Shania Twain kick off the halftime show with her new single "Up!" followed by "Man! I Feel Like a Woman." Soon after, No Doubt and Sting performed.


Super Bowl: Janet Jackson

Perhaps the most talked about Super Bowl halftime show took place during 2004's Super Bowl 38 inside Houston, Texas' Reliant Stadium. The halftime show featured six superstars - Jessica Simpson, Nelly, P. Diddy, Kid Rock, Justin Timberlake, and Janet Jackson - on the ticket. Toward the end of the performance, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake joined for a duet that ended with Justin Timberlake ripping away a part of Janet Jackson's costume. The controversial "wardrobe malfunction" became water-cooler fodder and had the entire nation buzzing about Janet Jackson' indecent exposure and was more memorable than the actual outcome of the game.


Super Bowl: Aftermath

In the wake of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" of the last Super Bowl halftime show, the FCC began to crack down on indecency regulations and would soon impose a five-second delay and censored lyrics to boot. For Super Bowl 39, ticketholders were treated to a more family-friendly show headlined by Paul McCartney, who performed songs like "Drive My Car" and "Hey Jude." The following season, the Rolling Stones performed "Start Me Up," "Rough Justice," and "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" on the largest stage in Super Bowl halftime-show history.


Super Bowl: Prince is Halftime King

Hailed as perhaps the best halftime show to date, 2007's Super Bowl 41 welcomed Prince to the bill. For 12 minutes, Prince electrified the Super Bowl halftime stage with a medley of songs such as "Let's Go Crazy" and "Proud Mary" along with raging guitar solos. As rain began to pour down, Prince fittingly performed "Purple Rain" and ended his set backed by a marching band that sent Super Bowl ticketholders into a frenzy.


Super Bowl: Tom Petty

While Prince's halftime spectacle would be a tough act to follow, the focus of Super Bowl 42 wouldn't be on the halftime show. The New England Patriots were vying for a perfect season punctuated with a Super Bowl win, but the New York Giants had every intention of playing the spoiler role. Playing the supporting role were classic rockers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers who provided a safe and solid set featuring "Free Fallin'," "American Girl," "I Won't Back Down," and "Runnin' Down a Dream" that Super Bowl ticketholders could sit back and enjoy.


Super Bowl: Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform during the Super Bowl 43 halftime show. Super Bowl 43 will kick off on Sunday, February, 1, 2009, inside Tampa, Florida's Raymond James Stadium. The Super Bowl halftime show has become an event highlight and elaborate tradition that everyone seems to buzz about, and this year should be no different. Come enjoy The Boss performing live and lighting up the halftime stage when you order your Super Bowl 43 tickets from today!

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