It wasn’t until after the two decades of football championship games that the halftime shows featured a popular recording artist as the musical entertainment, instead using marching bands and variety shows to provide the entertainment. But soon the trend of popular music at the big game halftime show took over and through the years we’ve seen everything from rock, pop, R&B, and country artists in center field performing in front of millions.
Some of the most memorable halftime shows (other than Janet Jackson’s infamous “nipplegate” show) came from the classic artists heard on K-EARTH 101. Take a look back at ten of the classic rockin’ halftime shows performed through the years!
Chubby Checker (1988)
As one of the first music artists to perform the halftime show, Chubby Checker got everyone to do the twist as he performed with The Rockettes to the theme “Something Grand.”
Michael Jackson (1993)
Exploding out from under the stage, Michael Jackson set the bar high for what a spectacular halftime show should be like and even got everyone in the stands to participate in the “Heal The World” theme by forming images of children with cards in a wave-like motion. He sang a medley of hits including Jam,” “Billie Jean,” “Black or White,” and “Heal The World.”
Patti LaBelle (1995)
With the theme “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye,” many thought Patti LaBelle’s per-recorded halftime show was a disaster, but it was memorable to say the least. Featuring an Indiana Jones impersonator recovering the stolen Vince Lombardi trophy to give to the rightful owner, Patti did her thing on stage, and also performed with Teddy Pendergrass, Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine.
Diana Ross (1996)
Who better than the disco queen herself, Diana Ross, to have perform the 30 year celebration of the big game? Performing a medley of her hits including “Stop In The Name of Love,” “I Will Survive” and the show’s theme name “Take Me Higher,” Ross stayed true to her diva grandeur and even made her grand exit by helicopter.
Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan (1999)
With the theme “Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing,” Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan and friends got the party going on the field complete with tap dancing, juggling and a firework ending.
In one of the most emotional halftime shows in history, Bono and U2 made a touching tribute in their post-9/11 show by scrolling all the names of the victims who lost their lives in the tragic event.
Paul McCartney (2005)
The following year after the infamous Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction,” the halftime show played it safe with Sir Paul McCartney as the musical entertainment. Though we won’t see any “wardrobe malfunctions” from Paul anytime soon, one thing is consistent with the music legend — he puts on a great show.
The Rolling Stones (2006)
Using their famous mouth-logo as the shape of the stage, The Rolling Stones performed three hits “Start Me Up,” “Rough Justice,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in front of millions.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (2009)
The Boss certainly got some attention during his halftime show after he slid crotch-first into one of the stage cameras, luckily escaping injury.
The Who (2010)
The Classic rockers played a medley of hits including “Pinball Wizard,” “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Though Roger Daltrey didn’t hit all the notes at some points, he did prove he still had some mean harmonica skills.