29 January 2014 by

WATCH Bruno Mars At The Super Bowl! Plus The 10 Best Ever Halftime Perfomances

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Unless you were hibernating this weekend, you will know that it was the Super Bowl XLVIII  - aka one of the biggest TV events of the year. American football isn't our area of expertise, so let's focus on the half time show, shall we?! This time it was Bruno Mars' turn to perform in the half time show, as he exploded on the stage with his mega quiff and gold shimmering jacket custom made by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane. But it wasn't all side steps and jiving as The Red Hot Chilli Peppers joined him for a rocky interlude.

There have been 47 half time shows and they have come a long, long way since the Elvis impersonator, Elvis Presto, played for the crowds. Gone are the marching bands, as memorable performances include Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, NSync AND Aerosmith singing TOGETHER and Beyonce. Who could forget the time when Justin Timberlake whipped off Janet Jackson's bodice to reveal nothing but a glittery star over her nipple? Warm up for Sunday's game by watching some of our favourite performances below...

1. U2 - 2002

Just four months after 9/11, U2 wowed the crowd with their tribute to those that lost their lives in the terrorist attack. A particular moving moment; when they sang Where The Streets Have No Name as the names of the fallen scrolled behind them.

2. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake - 2004

All For You, Rock Your Body... Ahh, does it even matter what they sang? We only remember that moment. Less of nip slip more of a full-on total boob exposure, Janet and Justin went down as being responsible the most provocative performance in Superbowl history.


3. The Rolling Stones 2006

The wrinkly rockers proved they still had it with Start Me Up and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.

4. Bruce Springsteen - 2009

The Boss wowed the crowd with reprisals of his hits Born To Run and Glory Days, all while looking mighty fine.

5. Madonna - 2012

Vintage Madge was the order of the day as the Queen of Pop blasted out Vogue, Express Yourself and Like A Prayer dressed like a gladiator princess complete with legions of bronzed Roman hunks. Nice touch.

 

6. Prince - 2007

Pop's resident oddball went light on his own tunes and instead opted for covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Queen, Bob Dylan and The Foo Fighters.

7. Diana Ross - 1996

Fabulous as always, Diana proved her metal with a hitlist that included Chain Of Fools, You Keep Me Hanging On, Baby Love, I Will Survive and Ain't No Mountain High Enough.

 

8. Michael Jackson - 1993

The bestest ever. (Apart from Beyonce yeah?) MJ set the prescedent for all future halftime shows when his performance turned out to be one of the most watched events in American TV history. From then on, it was all about the big stars.

9. Beyonce - 2013

Last year Beyonce almost broke the internet when she performed in the Superbowl half time show. As if Beyonce and her game faces wasn't exciting enough, out jumped Kelly and Michelle for a Destiny's Child reunion. It was the most watched show in Superbowl history with 299,000 tweets per minute, making it the second biggest event in Twitter history. The performance even has it's own Wikipedia page.

10. Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige and NYSNC

Britney in a football Jersey singing 'Walk This Way' with Justin Timberlake - what's not to love? Look out for Mr JT's shiny, shiny jacket.


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Angel Nicole (Fri Feb 08 17:33:07 GMT 2013): Great list. If I had to pick the best 3, I'd choose MJ, Prince & U2. They had the best halftime shows ever.
Fejean Sampaga (Mon Apr 29 15:01:16 BST 2013): nah, MJ should be on top.