There’s a consensus that the decades of the 60s, 70s, and 80s were a bit of a dud in halftime show history. However, there are a few years worth mentioning, like 1988. For the Super Bowl XXII halftime show, famous American rock and roll singer Chubby Checker performed along with 88 grand pianos and the dazzling Rockettes.
The show was spectacular and would go on to set a precedent for the glitzy halftime shows to come in future years.
Best: Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, 2020
The 2020 Super Bowl halftime show had producers scrambling for artists to perform since many turned the offer down due to Colin Kaepernick’s NFL ban. Fortunately, things turned out better than expected, with Latina divas Shakira and Jennifer Lopez giving out a stellar performances.
JLo appeared on stage on a stripper pole while Shakira played guitar hero and sook her hips to “She Wolf.” It was a very energetic spectacle with everybody cheering, and with JLo’s daughter Emme taking the stage to sing Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” the show was a huge success. Few remembered that J Balvin and Bad Bunny performed too!
Best: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, 2022
The 2022 Super Bowl halftime show was epic. The west coast legend Dr. Dre led a killer set that included some of the most legendary hip-hop artists of the last half a century. Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre started off with “California Love” and “The Next Episode”, then 50 Cent stunned fans with an upside-down performance of “In Da Club.”
Following was the legendary Mary J. Blige, dazzling crowds with her hits “No More Drama” and “Family Affair.” Let’s not forget Kendrick Lamar’s amazing performance with his backup dancers, and finally, Eminem performed “Lose Yourself.”
Best: The Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, George Burns, Mickey Rooney, 1987
Another 80s halftime show worth mentioning is 1987. With a theme of “Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary”, the Super Bowl pregame show included a fun performance by The Beach Boys, and then famous singer Neil Diamond sang the national anthem.
For the halftime show, there was a fantastic introduction by comedian and vaudeville performer George Burns and an appearance by famous actor Mickey Rooney. Also featured were the Grambling University and USC Marching bands, some Disney characters, and the Southern California high school dancers and drill teams.
Best: Marguerite Piazza, Al Hirt, Lionel Hampton, Carol Channing, and Doc Severinsen, 1970
The 1970s was a great decade for music, so the 1970 Super Bowl halftime show had a lot going for it. Performers like soprano Marguerite Piazza, singer and actress Carol Channing, trumpeter Al Hirt, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, and jazz trumpeter Doc Severinsen made this an unforgettable show.
Taking place in the Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, the whole show was a tribute to the famous “Mardi Gras” festival, and people were as excited as can be.