This week, you have surely heard about the Super Bowl everywhere, one of the biggest sporting events of this beginning of the year, which ended with a victory for the Rams (23-20) against the Bengals. Of course, the long-awaited halftime show with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and Eminem was also a successful bet: a beautiful ode to hip-hop made in USA.
These American-style shows pushed to their climax, where pyrotechnic madness, stunts and crazy choreography are legion, are very popular every year. As a result, on our side, we tried to rank the best halftime shows of the 2000s. Nevertheless, for the sake of objectivity, we wanted to create a ranking based on your opinions. Here it is.
#10. U2 (2002)
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That was exactly 20 years ago. The U2 group opens its halftime show with the mythical “Beautiful Day”. Bono splits the crowd in madness, carried by the cries of the fans, the atmosphere is crazy. But above all, this concert is loaded with symbolism since it takes place only one year after the attacks of September 11 which shook the whole world. Huge banners are unfurled behind the stage on which we can read the names of the victims: a moment of intense emotion and a poignant tribute.
#9. Madonna (2012)
During this rather grandiose show, the Queen of Pop arrives on stage like a Greek goddess, surrounded by her dancers. Later, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, Cee Lo Green and MIA, i.e. the creme de la creme of 2010s pop, also make an appearance. The crowd is going crazy.
Unfortunately, the NFL later demanded nearly $16 million in compensation from MIA because of a poor middle finger. Pep, hits, show, acrobatics, and drama, in short, the perfect mix for a memorable halftime show.
#8. The Weeknd (2021)
Whether we like it or not, the performance of The Weeknd during the 2021 edition of the Super Bowl marked the minds of many Internet users. For many, it is also the best performance of halftime shows of all time. It is true that everything is there: the choreography, the atmosphere, the scenography. Very stylish.
#7. Katy Perry (2015)
Was it the unforgettable dancing sharks? The huge golden lion that cuts through the crowd to the rhythm of “Roar”? The surprise appearances of Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott? The stunning fireworks as the singer concludes her show with her hit “Firework”? Whatever the reason, Katy Perry’s 2015 halftime gig left its mark on you as it repeatedly popped up in the comments.
At the same time, who better than Katy Perry to represent the American show? And if we are to believe the American media Bustleit is Katy Perry who holds the prize for the most watched show with more than 118 million spectators, just that.
#6. Lady Gaga (2017)
Since we are writing an article on the Super Bowl halftime shows, we obviously remembered Lady Gaga’s. And it goes without saying that we are still so laughing when the singer jumps from the roof of the stadium: an image that has marked pop culture forever. We let you watch this memorable moment.
#5. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira (2020)
We placed him first in our ranking, but unfortunately, he only ends up fifth in yours. Like what, the tastes and the colors, it is not discussed. Anyway, alongside J. Balvin and Bad Bunny, the two showwomen put on a superb halftime show that makes us want to dance the night away.
#4. Beyoncé & Destiny’s Child (2013)
It was for us the second best show of the 2000s. And you seem to have enjoyed it too since it is in fourth place in your ranking. Accompanied by Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams – who appear literally out of nowhere – Beyoncé delivers a show worthy of the biggest stars in music. At the same time, he is one of the biggest stars in music. Logic, then.
#3. Bruno Mars (2014 and 2016)
Whether surrounded by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2014 or the group Coldplay and Beyoncé in 2016, Bruno Mars seems to have a special place in your little hearts. And at the same time, it makes sense. But what will have marked us personally the most is his incredible battle dance with Queen B in 2016, a memorable moment that we love to watch again.
#2. Prince (2007)
And in second position, we find the mythical show of Prince in 2007: a memorable performance enhanced by a magnificent pyrotechnic show at the opening and a crazy atmosphere. No need to dwell on the words, the images are enough on their own.
#1. Michael Jackson (1993)
Not surprisingly, it is obviously the king of pop who finds himself at the top of this ranking. Even if this halftime show dates from nearly 30 years ago (!), it still remains one of the most legendary. Proof of this is the number of comments considering it the best halftime show of all time. The special effects are kitschy, the images of poor quality, the sound not great, but that’s what makes this show so charming.