With Beyonce‘s hotly anticipated Super Bowl Half-Time performance but a day away, what better than the present to countdown our top five performances at the Big Game?!
Check out our list and let us know what you think!
5) Madonna – 2012
While cringey in places and lacking in parts, Madonna’s showing at last year’s Half-Time Show was mostly memorable for the multiple flavors of “epic” it served up. A shameless embrace of her Pop queen status, the showcase delivered a setlist which reminded why she remains “that” chick more than three decades since blazing onto the music scene.
4) Prince – 2007
Though a spectacle in its own right, Prince‘s 2007 showing at Half-Time placed the focus firmly on the Purple one himself. Indeed, while the usual production bells and whistles were present, the star’s set seemed somewhat bare in comparison to others. What this allowed for, however, was a rousing sing-along-song to a catalogue of hits that -for many- define a number of times in their lives.
3) Janet Jackson – 2004
Famed unfortunately for the “wardrobe malfunction” that followed it, Janet Jackson‘s performance at the 2004 Half-Time special remains one of Pop’s most underrated showings. For, beyond that accident, the performance was off the Richter! High-octane, stellar visuals, incredible choreography, and featuring hit after hit the showcase is one Janet should be proud of – regardless.
2) Whitney Houston – 1991
Yes, we know; not a Half-Time performance, right? Still, it’s hard to deny that Whitney Houston‘s rendition of the US National Anthem at the Super Bowl 1991 is iconic on many a front. Indeed, the singer’s take on the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ not only set the bar for “how” to sing the classic cut, she presented with it a vocal bible of sorts for the singers coming after her. Stellar.
1) Michael Jackson – 1993
No doubt a testament to the greatness that is Michael Jackson, the King of Pop’s now-classic Super Bowl performance is exactly 20 years old this year – yet remains, for many, the most iconic.
“Magic” best defines the legacy the late superstar left behind; hence it’s little surprise that his set served up many a magical moment. From the special effects, to the electric choreography, to Jackson’s recognition of the Pop legend he had become (see: his 2 minute pause for applause), the singer proved why he is the textbook from which every performer should study.