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The following is a list of Super Bowl halftime shows. Due to the large number of viewers that the Super Bowl generates, a number of popular singers and musicians have performed during the halftime show.

In the United States, the halftime show for the Super Bowl is a highlight of the event, can cost millions to stage, and employ hundreds. It often serves as a crossover from pop culture, as Super Bowl Sunday has become likened to a de facto U.S. national holiday, and an event telecast, rather than merely a game. In some years, especially those in which the game itself is uncompetitive, the halftime show can be among most-discussed topics of the day, and is often regarded as watercooler material.

Due to the precise timing required to accommodate the high priced advertising surrounding the halftime shows, performers sing live but to pre-recorded backing tracks. The band on stage plays along with the pre-recorded backing tracks. The guitar solos are also performed live rather than being pre-recorded.

According to Nielsen SoundScan data, the halftime performers regularly experience significant spikes in weekly album sales and paid digital downloads[1] due to the exposure.


Super Bowl Year Location Producer Talent & Details
I 1967 L.A. Coliseum,
Los Angeles
Tommy Walker University of Arizona & Grambling State University Bands, Al Hirt, Anaheim High School Drill Team
II 1968 Orange Bowl,
N/A Grambling State University Band
III 1969 Orange Bowl,
N/A America Thanks
Florida A&M University
IV 1970 Tulane Stadium,
New Orleans
N/A Tribute to Mardi Gras
Carol Channing
V 1971 Orange Bowl,
N/A Southeast Missouri State Band
VI 1972 Tulane Stadium,
New Orleans
Jim Skinner Salute to Louis Armstrong
Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt & USMC Drill Team
VII 1973 L.A. Coliseum,
Los Angeles
Tommy Walker Happiness Is
Michigan Marching Band & Woody Herman
VIII 1974 Rice Stadium,
Jim Skinner A Musical America
University of Texas Band and Judy Mallett (Miss Texas 1973) on fiddle
IX 1975 Tulane Stadium,
New Orleans
Jim Skinner Tribute to Duke Ellington
Mercer Ellington & Grambling State University Bands
X 1976 Orange Bowl,
Up with People 200 Years and Just a Baby: A Tribute to America's Bicentennial
Up with People
XI 1977 Rose Bowl,
Disney "It's a small world"
Los Angeles Unified All-City Band & Audience card stunt
XII 1978 Superdome,
New Orleans
N/A From Paris to Paris of America
Tyler Apache Belles Drill Team, Pete Fountain & Al Hirt
XIII 1979 Orange Bowl,
Bob Jani Carnival Salute to Caribbean
Ken Hamilton, various Caribbean bands
XIV 1980 Rose Bowl,
Up with People A Salute to the Big Band Era
Up with People
XV 1981 Superdome,
New Orleans
Jim Skinner Mardi Gras Festival
Southern University band, Helen O'Connell
XVI 1982 Silverdome,
Up with People Salute to the 1960s and Motown
Up with People
XVII 1983 Rose Bowl,
Bob Jani KaleidoSUPERscope
Los Angeles Super Drill Team
XVIII 1984 Tampa Stadium,
Disney Salute to Superstars of Silver Screen
University of Florida and Florida State University bands
XIX 1985 Stanford Stadium, Stanford CA Air Force Entertainment World of Children's Dreams
Tops In Blue
XX 1986 Superdome,
New Orleans
Jim Skinner Beat of the Future
Grambling State University Band
XXI 1987 Rose Bowl,
Disney Salute to Hollywood's 100th Anniversary - The World of Make Believe
George Burns, Mickey Rooney, Disney characters
Southern California-area High School drill teams and dancers
XXII 1988 Jack Murphy Stadium,
San Diego
Radio City Something Grand
Chubby Checker, The Rockettes, 88 grand pianos, and the mighty CSUN Matador Wall of Sound.
XXIII 1989 Joe Robbie Stadium,
Dan Witkowski Diet Coke Be Bop Bamboozled in 3-D
Elvis Presto, South Florida-area dancers and performers & 3-D effects.

NBC's Bob Costas introduced the halftime show on air, which included a 3-D commercial for Diet Coke, and computer generated 3-D effects during the show itself. In the days leading up to the game, Coca-Cola distributed special 3-D glasses to be worn during the performance. The set list included several 1950s doo wop style songs, but despite an Elvis impersonator as the star, no Elvis Presley songs were included.

XXIV 1990 Superdome,
New Orleans
Select Productions Salute to New Orleans & 40th Anniversary of Peanuts
Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw, Irma Thomas, Nicholls State University band, Southern University band, USL band
XXV 1991 Tampa Stadium,
Disney Walt Disney World Small World Tribute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl
New Kids on the Block, (Step By Step, This One's For The Children) Disney characters, Warren Moon, 2,000 local children, Audience card stunt

Unlike previous years, the halftime presentation for Super Bowl XXV was not shown live. It was pre-empted by ABC News in favor of coverage of the ongoing Operation Desert Storm. The halftime show was instead presented in an edited format during the post-game show at the conclusion of the game.

XXVI 1992 Metrodome,
Timberline Winter Magic
Gloria Estefan with Olympic Figure skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill

During the halftime show, FOX (which did not have broadcast rights to the NFL at the time) aired alternate programming. A special episode of In Living Color attracted 20-25 million viewers away from the Super Bowl broadcast on CBS.

XXVII 1993 Rose Bowl,
Radio City and
Don Mischer Productions
Michael Jackson Halftime Show
Heal the World: Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children.

The halftime show, unlike in many previous years, featured only one star performer, Michael Jackson. The show, held at the Rose Bowl, opened with doubles of Jackson entering the stadium in each corner. The finale featured an audience card stunt and a choir of 3,500 local Los Angeles area children joining Jackson as he sang his single "Heal The World." The selection of Jackson for the halftime show was in response to sagging interest in recent performances, notably in the two years immediately prior. NFL and network officials decided it was necessary to sign top acts for the halftime in future years to boost future viewership and interest.

XXVIII 1994 Georgia Dome,
Select Productions Rockin' Country Sunday
Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, The Judds
XXIX 1995 Joe Robbie Stadium,
Disney Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye
Indiana Jones & Marion Ravenwood, Patti LaBelle, Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine
XXX 1996 Sun Devil Stadium,
Radio City Take Me Higher: A Celebration of 30 Years of the Super Bowl
Diana Ross
XXXI 1997 Superdome,
New Orleans
Select Productions Blues Brothers Bash
Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and Jim Belushi), ZZ Top, James Brown
XXXII 1998 Qualcomm Stadium,
San Diego
Radio City Royal Caribbean International & Celebrity Cruises Super Bowl XXXII Halftime Show
Salute to Motown's 40th Anniversary

Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Queen Latifah featuring the Grambling State University Band
XXXIII 1999 Pro Player Stadium,
Radio City Progressive Auto Insurance Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show
Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing

Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Savion Glover
XXXIV 2000 Georgia Dome,
Disney E*TRADE Super Bowl XXXIV Halftime Show
Tapestry of Nations

Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, 80-person choir
Edward James Olmos (narrator)

The halftime show was based on the year-long Millennium celebration at Walt Disney World's Epcot. The ten-minute show featured 125 drummers and percussionists, a full symphony orchestra, larger-than-life puppets, aerial dancers, a multi-generational choir and advanced pyrotechnics.

XXXV 2001 Raymond James Stadium,
MTV E*TRADE Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show
The Kings of Rock and Pop

Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock (pre-recorded intro skit)
Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly

'N Sync started the show by running from the northeast corner of the stadium to the stage, which was at midfield. Hundreds of cheering fans then surrounded the stage. 'N Sync and Aerosmith each played two songs apiece. The show concluded with all of the performers joining together to sing Aerosmith's classic song "Walk This Way."

XXXVI 2002 Superdome,
New Orleans
Clear Channel Entertainment E*TRADE Super Bowl XXXVI Halftime Show
U2 with a tribute to 9/11 victims.

A heart-shaped stage featured a banner scrolling the names of the nearly 3,000 people who perished on September 11, 2001. The stage was the same design that U2 used on its Elevation Tour and the list of names was something U2 did on every show on that tour after September 11. At the Super Bowl, U2 performed Beautiful Day (2000), Pride (In the Name of Love) (1984), and Where the Streets Have No Name (1987).

XXXVII 2003 Qualcomm Stadium,
San Diego
Jimmy Iovine and Joel Gallen AT&T Wireless Super Bowl XXXVII Halftime Show
Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting

The show kicked off with country music super-star Shania Twain, who sang her new single, "Up!" in a medley with "Man! I Feel like a Woman!" Twain left the stage, which featured a video screen floor, on a rising platform as if she was lifted by balloons. Following Twain, No Doubt and Sting performed. The show concluded with Gwen Stefani joining Sting for the last verse of "Message in a Bottle". For the second year in a row, NBC broadcasted a special 20-minute live broadcast of SNL featured Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey anchoring the "Weekend Update."

XXXVIII 2004 Reliant Stadium,
MTV AOL TopSpeed Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show
Jessica Simpson with University of Houston and Texas Southern bands,
Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, P. Diddy, Kid Rock

The show featured six star performers, and featured the controversial "wardrobe malfunction." Jessica Simpson started out the show with the TSU "Ocean of Soul" marching band. Janet Jackson then entered on an elevator for her first song. On a smaller stage, P. Diddy, Nelly, and Kid Rock (wearing an American flag) performed. Janet Jackson returned to the stage, then was joined by Justin Timberlake. As a dramatic end to the duet -- on live television -- Timberlake ripped away part of the bustier of Janet Jackson's costume, exposing her right breast. Her exposed nipple was obscured by a gold, star-shaped, nipple shield (a "pasty"-like covering).

XXXIX 2005 ALLTEL Stadium,
Don Mischer Productions Ameriquest Mortgage Super Bowl XXXIX Halftime Show
Paul McCartney

Songs performed included "Drive My Car," "Get Back," "Live and Let Die," and "Hey Jude." The audience sang along on the "naaah-naah-naah-nah-nah-nah-naaah" finale of the last song.

XL 2006 Ford Field,
Don Mischer Productions Sprint Super Bowl XL Halftime Show
The Rolling Stones

The stage was in the form of the Rolling Stones' trademark iconic tongue logo. The group performed three songs: "Start Me Up", "Rough Justice", and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". The Stones performed on the largest stage ever assembled for a Super Bowl Halftime Show -- 28 separate pieces were assembled in 5 minutes by a 600 member volunteer stage crew, creating the dramatic, signature Rolling Stones “tongue” logo in the center of the field. The Halftime Show was viewed by 89.9 million people, more than the audiences for the Oscars, Grammys and Emmy Awards combined.[2] In the wake of the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy with Janet Jackson, ABC and the NFL imposed a five-second delay and censored lyrics considered too sexually explicit in the first two songs by briefly turning off Mick Jagger's microphone, to which censoring the group had previously agreed.[3]

However, the choice of The Rolling Stones sparked controversy in the Detroit community because the band did not represent the traditional Detroit "Motown Sound" and no artist from the area were included.[4]

XLI 2007 Dolphin Stadium,
Don Mischer Productions and
White Cherry Entertainment
Pepsi Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show
Prince, Florida A&M University Marching 100 band

The twelve-minute medley of songs (including "Let's Go Crazy", "Baby I'm A Star", "Purple Rain" and covers of Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower" and the Foo Fighters' "Best Of You") was interspersed with spirited guitar solos. The show was performed in heavy rain that drenched the stage, shaped in the artist's "Love Symbol" logo.

XLII 2008 University of Phoenix Stadium,
Don Mischer Productions and
White Cherry Entertainment
Bridgestone Super Bowl XLII Halftime Show
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

The stage was in the form of a heart, with a "Flying V" (the silhouette of which resembled an arrow) guitar piercing it. He performed "American Girl", "I Won't Back Down", "Free Fallin'", and a shortened version of "Runnin' Down a Dream."

XLIII 2009 Raymond James Stadium,
Don Mischer Productions and
White Cherry Entertainment
Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIII Halftime Show
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Songs performed (each shortened somewhat): "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", "Born to Run", "Working on a Dream" and "Glory Days."[5]
XLIV 2010 Land Shark Stadium,
White Cherry Entertainment Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show

The Who
The story was first reported on the web site of Sports Illustrated on November 12, 2009, [6]and was officially confirmed on The NFL Today pre-game show on CBS November 26.


  1. ^ The Arizona Republic (2009-01-26). "The Nielsen Company’s Guide To Super Bowl XLIII". Retrieved 2009-01-27.  
  2. ^ Unknown. "The Rolling Stones Super Bowl XL halftime show"; Feb. 6, 2006, Don Mischer Productions; URL accessed May 24, 2008.
  3. ^ Unknown."Rolling Stones agreed to censor Super Bowl show: NFL"; Feb. 6, 2006, Agence France-Presse; URL accessed July 3, 2006.
  4. ^ McGraw, Bill. "JOURNAL: No R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Motown halftime"; Dec. 1, 2005, Detroit Free Press; URL accessed July 3, 2006.
  5. ^ New York Post (2008-08-12). "Report: Boss to play halftime show at Super Bowl". Retrieved 2008-08-20.  
  6. ^

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