Contact Us

Poll: From 1996 to 2016, Which Super Bowl Performance Is The Greatest of All Time?

Al Bello / Donald Miralle / Rob Carr, Getty Images
Al Bello / Donald Miralle / Rob Carr, Getty Images

The Super Bowl: It’s got something to do with…sports? Something like that.

More importantly, it’s also the most-watched live television event of the year, during which one artist (or several, as in recent years) make their way to the center of a stadium to impress the entire world with a show-stopping halftime show.

While the halftime show started off as a somewhat chill mini-concert (who could forget 1967’s University of Arizona Symphonic Marching Band?), the short space of time in between the football game has gone on to become one of the most coveted 12-minute performance slots of all time over the past twenty years.

From Diana Ross exiting the stadium in a helicopter in 1996 to 2004’s wardrobe malfunction heard ’round the world between Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake to Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott teaming up to unleash their Prismatic power upon the world last year, today’s top performers have truly brought the goods to the turf.

This year, Coldplay hit the stage at Super Bowl 50, along with Beyonce and Bruno Mars, too.

The question is: In the past twenty years, which halftime show stands out as the reigning Super Bowl performance of all time? Watch all of ’em, and then place your vote below.

Subscribe to PopCrush on

1996 – Diana Ross

Subscribe to PopCrush on

1997 – The Blues Brothers, James Brown, ZZ Top

Subscribe to PopCrush on

1998 – Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Boyz II Men, Queen Latifah, The Four Tops

Subscribe to PopCrush on

1999 – Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy & Stevie Wonder

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2000 – Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins & Toni Braxton

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2001 – Aerosmith, ‘NSYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J Blige & Nelly

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2002 – U2

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2003 – Shania Twain, No Doubt & Sting

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2004 – Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Kid Rock

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2005 – Paul McCartney

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2006 – The Rolling Stones


2007 – Prince

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2008 – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2009 – Bruce Springsteen

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2010 – The Who

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2011 – Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2012 – Madonna, MIA, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, Cee Lo Green

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2013 – Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2014 – Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2015 – Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott, Left Shark

Subscribe to PopCrush on

2016 – Beyonce, Coldplay, Bruno Mars

Most Outrageous Stage Outfits:

Next: Coldplay to Perform at Super Bowl 50

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Best of PopCrush

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://popcrush.com using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for PopCrush quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!