The 2009 Super Bowl was one of the most exciting games in the NFL’s history. It was a nail-biting game between the Cardinals and the Steelers, and the halftime show featured the great Bruce Springsteen. The Boss performed an unforgettable 15-minute set, rocking out hits like “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”.
The show producers had been trying to get Springsteen to perform for the halftime show for years, but he had turned the offer down. So, in 2009, everybody was extremely happy to have him on stage, especially after that epic knee-slide straight into the camera.
Best: Prince, 2007
The one and only Prince led the halftime show for the 2007 Super Bowl. The producers were nervous, considering Prince is known for his saucy lyrics and dance moves, but everything turned out great. Prince performed an amazing show and pleased the crowds with hits like “Let’s Go Crazy” and then covered Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower.”
To end things on a high note, Prince performed his classic song, “Purple Rain” under drops of rain fogging the stage lights since there was a storm in Florida. The performance couldn’t have been more perfect, nor the audience more excited.
Best: U2, 2002
In the most emotional halftime show in history, U2 gave an exceptional performance honoring the 9/11 victims. There were tears in the audience as Bono and his band sang “Where the Streets Have No Name” to a backdrop of all the names of the victims of the attacks. Bono was wearing a jacket lined with stars and stripes, to honor the American flag and its people.
Audiences loved the show, and it was a success all around, although it did get some negative reviews from critics. But it’s still considered one of the best halftimes shows ever.
Best: Aerosmith, Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Nelly, & Mary J. Blige, 2001
Now, this was a lineup that looked great on paper and ended up being even better on stage. For the 2001 halftime show, producers made sure to book the most famous music artists of the year, which back then were Britney Spears and NSYNC. The sheer fact of having Spears and Timberlake on stage was enough to drive the crowd wild.
Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” was one of the craziest performances ever, and then Mary J. Blige entered the stage singing at the top of her lungs. The show was unstoppable and one of the best halftimes in Super Bowl history.
Best: Michael Jackson, 1993
The 1993 Super Bowl halftime show was an epic win for its producers. Even decades later, it is still considered one of the most memorable performances, and how could it not be? The King of Pop himself was the star of the show.
Jackson’s entrance on stage lasted a full minute and a half because the audience wouldn’t stop yelling with excitement. Jackson started with “Jam” and continued with the timeless classic “Billie Jean.” He closed the show with an emotional children's choir singing “We Are the World” and finished with an incredible rendition of “Heal the World.”