Don’t Touch That Dial! 25 Years of Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Let’s take a look at the past 25 years of halftime shows for the Great Sportsball Bowl! What’s that, you ask? Why, it’s a big football to-do held around Groundhog Day every year! People flock to bars, or perhaps just stay home so they can host a “Great Sportsball Bowl Party” with football shaped bowls that they only get to use once a year. Well, maybe you COULD trot those out during the playoffs, or for the college bowl games, but it’s not really the same, is it? Super Bowl parties are a great opportunity for bickering about different sports loyalties, booze, and lots of armchair refereeing! Even if sportsball isn’t really your thing, it’s still great fun to watch the “big dance.” It is an excuse to drink beer and be part of a nationwide party! If you’re like me and have no football loyalties whatsoever (except for hating that prima donna pretty boy Tom Brady), you can root for whichever team has the prettiest uniforms. Or whichever team is playing against the team that your older brother likes! Speaking of pretty uniforms, how about those Carolina Panthers uniforms?

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Let’s see…orange? Ick! Turquoise and black? Yes please!

And then there are the halftime shows! Those are almost always a gaudy, lip-synched spectacle of some sort, possibly with a wardrobe malfunction. I think the current stats are that the Super Bowl halftime shows have been wardrobe malfunction free since 2004. Hmm, how much of a time delay do they have for live broadcasts? Most importantly of all? The Super Bowl halftime performers are DEFINITELY something that could be asked about in a trivia game, especially around Super Bowl time! On that note, let’s take a look at all of the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1993 (teams winning the Super Bowl that year will be in parentheses, with AFC teams in blue, NFC teams in red).

XXVII – 1993 (Dallas Cowboys)

Michael Jackson

XXVIII – 1994 (Dallas Cowboys)

Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, The Judds

XXIX – 1995 (San Francisco 49’ers)


Patti LaBelle,  Miami Sound Machine and Tony Bennett were among the performers in the 1995 Super Bowl halftime show. And so were these buff, long-haired guys wearing gold lamé skorts, apparently…

XXX – 1996 (Dallas Cowboys)

Diana Ross

XXXI – 1997 – (Green Bay Packers)

Blues Brothers

XXXII – 1998 (Denver Broncos)

Boys II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Temptations, Queen Latifah

XXXIII – 1999 (Denver Broncos)

Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Savion Glover

XXXIV – 2000 (Saint Louis Rams)

Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton

XXXV – 2001 (Baltimore Ravens)

Aerosmith, N’Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly

XXXVI – 2002 (New England Patriots)


XXXVII – 2003 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting

XXXVIII – 2004 (New England Patriots)

Jessica Simpson, Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Kid Rock, Nelly, Justin Timberlake

XXXIX – 2005 (New England Patriots)

Paul McCartney

XL – 2006 (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Rolling Stones

XLI – 2007 (Indianapolis Colts)


XLII – 2008 (New York Giants)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

XLIII – 2009 (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

XLIV  – 2010 (New Orleans Saints)

The Who

XLV – 2011 (Green Bay Packers)

Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash

XLVI – 2012 (New York Giants)


XLVII – 2013 (Baltimore Ravens)

Beyonce, Destiny’s Child

XLVIII – 2014 (Seattle Seahawks)

Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers

XLIX – 2015 (New England Patriots this should  be blue will correct later cannot do this with my phone)


Katy Perry performing in the 2015 Super Bowl. Kind of reminded me a modern-day take on Snow White meets Jaws…

L – 2016 (Denver Broncos)

Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson

LI – 2017 (New England Patriots)

Lady Gaga

LII – 2018 (TBD)

Justin Timberlake


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