Football fans may not notice, but many Americans attend Super Bowl parties for just seven shifts of dip, liberal drinking, and the nationally televised pop concert, also known as the Super Bowl halftime show, has been in the for decades Show only one or two college marching bands with Andy Williams or Up With People appearing, but they did in good part, but that changed in 1993. That year, Michael Jackson turned the Super Bowl halftime show into a must-see on TV / p>

In the decades since Jackson created the halftime show as we know it, the Super Bowl has seen remarkably different eras of performance – the MTV years, Janet Jackson’s Nipplegate, and the classic rock revival of the late Aughts – but Tradition and purpose unite them all. The mode has always been pastiche, combining different elements into a cohesive whole that celebrates American culture and the zeitgeist

Ahead of us, Vulture counts all Super Bowl halftime shows since 1993 from worst to best, including the weeknds from Super Bowl LV last Sunday

First thing you need to understand about this halftime show: Disney owns ABC, so they decided to hijack 12 minutes of America’s time for a huge Cirque du Soleil rip-off advert dubbed the “Disney Millennium Performance” “There were a lot of dolls and people in crazy costumes, which was kind of cool, but they all looked like robot overlords from a machine future obsessed with New Age healing and wheatgrass shooting to make it worse , each artist sang an original song so the audience wouldn’t recognize it. I would have given anything to hear “Sussudio” – instead we got Phil Collins in a backward-facing Kangol hat and the saddest cargo pants in the world and sang something called ” Two Worlds “” Oh, and Edward James Olmos kept coming out to weird tales like “Every thousand years the gate of time has reopened to give us hope” Thank you, but no there nke

There is nothing sadder than a spectacular country, especially when the most imaginative performance is a horde of people dressed up as cowboys and cowgirls. Sure, it’s a popular genre, but a large section of the audience had no idea what ” Tuckered Out “or” It’s a little bit late “or why they had to worry about boring smiling girls in 10 gallon hats To make matters worse, people in the field seemed to be moving around with fluorescent lightbulbs that was a halftime show to forget

The Maroon 5 halftime show was just like all of Maroon 5’s music: so safe and antiseptic that you barely remember it’s there until you watch a Super Bowl halftime show and realize you do every single one of the songs and want to crack over the head with the rock band guitar gathering dust in your closet.There was almost no confirmation in this set that it took place on the biggest annual stage in America.We have some lame pyrotechnics , an almost exclusively female audience gathered around the stage to jump at Adam Levine and yell how they got paid, an introduction to SpongeBob SquarePants, and performances by Travis Scott and Atlanta’s own Big Boi, which between some of Levines Crooning, whiplash between these artists was enough to cause concussion disorder to viewers in a year when no one was at halftime show wanted to perform, it was the best the NFL could do, fireworks that extinguished in mid-flight

There are two things noteworthy about this performance: (1) The Rolling Stones played on a stage shaped like the band’s lip and tongue logo, and (2) the people of Detroit, where this year’s game was played got mad because no Motown artist was asked to perform Also, the Stones only made three songs Three And one of them was their latest single “Rough JusticeA note about the Rolling Stones: Nobody wants to hear the new stuff, especially at the Super Bowl

Since the game was in New Orleans, the theme must have made sense. What Jim Belushi didn’t leave out was singing “Soul Man” and “Gimme Some Lovin”Yes, they made Jim Belushi sing. It was like watching your uncle play karaoke, only tons of girls in tiny outfits circled everywhere while a marching band in the field spelled words and pyrotechnics exploded into the abyss. Then ZZ Top played “Legs “While the dancers lay on their backs and show their legs. Even with James Brown, this halftime show took a lot more, basically everything

Yes, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy played the Super Bowl and we will never be able to take that away from them.But while pastiche is the best way to create a great halftime show, this one was just too much. You threw a few things on the wall , then everything stuck and stayed there for a couple of weeks and got moldy Gloria Estefan of course killed it and Stevie Wonder was great but the sound mix was all the time Two greats of all time wasted a spectacle that was absolutely hollow at its core

Justin Timberlake is a former member of NSYNC, husband of Jessica Biel, ex-boyfriend of Britney Spears, tour colleague of Christina Aguilera and co-Emmy winner (for “Dick in a Box”) with Andy Samberg He was able to help not hiring any of these people to liven up the most boring Super Bowl halftime show of modern times? Instead, we got a projection of Prince on a giant sheet of paper while Timberlake “I Would Die 4 U” It was certainly a reminder of the Purple One’s iconic halftime performance – and no less in its hometown – but otherwise this was a boring one, poorly thought out and messed up performance”It started with Timberlake singing in a little club show under the stadium, but even when he got on the main stage it still had the same feeling. The Super Bowl is not the time for intimate numbers It’s a time for a spectacle and Justin left it (and all of his famous friends) at home Lady Gaga jumped off the roof! Katy Perry rode in on a giant lion! Beyoncé shot Kelly and Michelle through the floor to “Single Ladies!” Justin Timberlake just roamed aimlessly and then played the piano while wearing what looked like a billboard for a discount hunting store What a terrible way to ruin #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay

There was lasers and some vocals There was a faithful version of “Baba O’Riley” and other songs that were used by CBS procedures I think the stage was kind of cool Blah

Was this a halftime show or a playlist for a very short drive? Shania has “Man! I feel like a woman “without a single dancer or costume change. Next, Gwen Stefani played with her backing band” Just a Girl “In the history of the Super Bowl there was no major whiplash between two bands. Finally, Sting appeared and Stefani joined him for” Message in a Bottle “That’s it Finito The only frills were the punk rock cheerleaders jumping on trampolines, and even that came about seven minutes after the show started yawning

Tom Petty is one of our country’s greatest underrated assets of all the acts that stand up and play the first four songs of their biggest hit, Petty’s – “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” and “Free Fallin” “Runnin ‘Down a Dream” – maybe the firmest ones all the way But man, couldn’t he have got at least a couple of dancers to liven things up?

This was America’s punishment for Janet Jackson’s nipple: an old white guy standing in the middle of an LED stage playing guitar by himself.This show was safer than sex in a panic room with three condoms and all of your clothes on. There’s no denying it that McCartney is brilliant but he just went through “Drive My Car,” “Get Back,” “Live and Let Die,” and “Hey Jude” without interruption or embellishment that could possibly shock or offend the very fragile American sensibility But hey, at least there was an LED stage!

It started with young children holding hands in front of American flags and ended with soldiers devoting “Just the Way You Are” to their families. Nine out of ten dentists say this is enough saccharin to cause spontaneous cavities to any American Mars did a competent job, but a year after Beyoncé made a political statement with her all-female performance, Mars went back to the usual by filling the stage with a couple of guys including Red Hot Chili Peppers It Wasn’t Inspired and it didn’t seem like Mars had made Super Bowl headlining status

What we needed was Bruce Springsteen and we got an Irish guy who said “America!” in front of a huge banner with the names of everyone involved in the 9/11 attacks Killed in September The U2 performance was a simple and pared-down affair that seemed appropriate to the zeitgeist, but still it was strange to hear what sounded like cheers as Bono sang “Where the streets have no names” and the nation mourned

Before the big day, my mom said to me, “They always talk about the halftime show and say,” This weekend, “but they haven’t said who the cast is. The Weeknd has to show my mom and the nation that it has more hits has than you think and is incredibly talented, but in this coronavirus-infested world, we’ll never know if his slightly sleepy mini-concert was due to a lack of imagination or COVID restrictions for most of his 12 minutes, he stood in the same red, sparkly jacket, singing in front of risers full of musicians and singers Two songs later he ventured under the set with a nervous hand camera into a glittering maze for “Can’t Feel My Face” and it seemed as if things were finally going in a different direction, but then it was he was right back in front of the riser without choreography.It took up to the ten-minute mark before he was accompanied in close formation by legions of dancers on the field (or was it the intended six feet spacing?) Until the Weeknd’s first costume change faded into … another red, sparkly jacket. This was a performance that dragged on and was completely devoid of the pastiche or spectacle we expect from the halftime show On the other hand, my mother now knows who the Weeknd is, so the mission is accomplished

In the sad era of aging rockers playing their biggest hits with no success or interruption, Springsteen was the only one who seemed to be having fun, “I want you to step away from the guacamole dip! I want you to put your chicken wings off and turn your TV all the way up! “He told the audience when his set started Springsteen is one of the American champions – why he did the halftime show after 11th September has not played, I will never know – and “10th Avenue Freeze Out”, “Born to Run”, “Working on a Dream” and “Glory Days” are certifiable jams. Nevertheless, there was nothing that you could tell from one of the concerts of the Couldn’t get bosses, so he drops a couple of places

This could have been a solid look at an older genre of music, but then Latifah and Boyz II Men walked in and injected youthful energy into an otherwise very professional high school talent show Boyz II Men were disappointed when they were on most of the time used the stage for their new single “A Song for Mama”, which sounds horrible. Fortunately for Martha Reeves, whose singing sounded like a squirrel hobbling its larynx during “Heat Wave”, Twitter didn’t exist or exist in 1998 would have given a lot of left sharking over the sound anyway, this was healthy family fun for all ages

This was less of a halftime show than more of a Stefon SNL skit There were cobras playing drums, peasants making offerings to the gods, Indiana Jones flying on a parachute, a satanic ritual with the Super Bowl trophy, People on stilts, Patti LaBelle disguised as the demonic sequin goddess, a bunch of shirtless dancers, a flaming ninja, a stage full of spikes, and Tony Bennett sings an old song as one of the few Disney-produced shows, this was pure camp madness It sure wasn’t the best show, but it’s still one of my favorites

I never thought I’d say that, but the Black Eyed Peas did pretty well in the Super Bowl disguised as the cast of a Not Tron XXX: A Porn Parody, the foursome got off the air and ushered in a pop-heavy era of Halftime Shows a that laid the groundwork for Madonna, Beyoncé, and everyone else, with a field full of dancers in bright costume and a futuristic theme with Usher and Slash showing up under the stage to play “Sweet Child of Mine” for Fergie Sadly Sucked the sound and on the stage, which should mean “LOVE” in lights when viewed from above, a pen of her V was missing It’s really a shame they had to sing all those Black Eyed Peas songs

The best moment in this celebration of Latin American culture, and especially Latin dance without hips, came when JLo was accompanied on stage by her daughter Emme to sing “Let’s Get Loud” along with a fleet of other tween girls whose mothers no doubt danced on the sidelines and there were children in lighted cages scattered across the field, too Emme broke into a chorus from “Born in the USA” while her mother, wearing one of her many glittering bodysuits, a huge feathered cloak with the American flag on one side and the Puerto Rican flag on the other. It was a haunting reference to that Current political situation of immigrants, especially from South and Central America From that moment on, it continued at the speed with which Shakira shook her hips The whole performance was incredibly frenetic, whipping from one stage play to the next before the audience could even figure out what was going on There were lots of highlights – like JLo Pole Dance on the tower of the Empire State Building – and the audience couldn’t even finish asking, “Why is Shakira dancing with a random piece of rope?” before she moved on to another whim (including the zaghrouta that was heard around the world) with two superstars in tip-top shape, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in their beautiful, glittery embrace

This technologically advanced performance included a literal constellation of drones, jumping from the roof of the stadium, and dancers throwing glowing spears that looked like a weapon from Star Trek.There was even a keytar and round piano like the one on Mos Eisley Cantina Lady Gaga has always been like Ziggy Stardust’s brutal younger sister, and that was the subject she clung to throughout, from her diamond phone for “phone” to the crystal ball she waved to the audience, but we never got more than this polished public figure Gaga has made hits like “Poker Face”, “Born This Way” and “Bad Romance” without any significant reinvention or retooling like Madonna, Prince and Beyoncé did with their old gems. Also, she has not made any guest appearances, while the only covers were those (possibly) political numbers at the opening A Lady Gaga concert is always a spectacular affair, and it certainly was, but she had to expand her network for such a comprehensive cultural event

Just because you’re the first doesn’t mean you do best for starters, the broadcasters hadn’t quite figured out how to put on a halftime show, it’s hard to hear the music throughout the cheer ( which took a full three minutes before a note was even played), there was a commercial break in the middle of the program and the game was in California so it wasn’t pretty dark, too, the production is painfully sincere in that way, like Michael Jackson is loved: Instead of reaching into his packed catalog, he played “We Are the World” with a children’s choir and then did “Heal the World” while a huge globe in the world puffed up in the middle of the stage. Sure, he also has “Billie Jean “is made and is moonwalked, but for a consummate showman Michael Jackson could have done more

Although it was supposed to be Coldplay’s year, they basically ceded the stage to Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. Thank goodness for those guest appearances because Coldplay’s post was pure technicolor vomit.It was like a hippie van coming along A paint factory collide It got a lot better than Beyoncé as Michael Jackson from his 1993 appearance with a legion of backup girls for “Formation Bruno Mars came out with a couple of guys for” Uptown Funk “and the two entered in the fanciest battle of the sexes ever Sorry everyone else: This was Bey’s moment and he immediately joins Michaels as one of the most iconic. Too bad everything else had to pull them down

Whatever this inexplicable subject was, the real idea here was exaggerated. Janet ran around with countless dancers on a stage that looked like the Fortress of Solitude had been built by Cirque du Soleil Diddy drove through a sea of ​​smoke on a moving platform Nelly came out in a huge red car and sang, “Hot in Here, and Kid Rock somehow managed to wear four awkward outfits (including a poncho made from an American flag). Yeah, Justin ripped off Janet’s chest cover and we got some nip.” Anyway it was still a really good show

Diana Ross was considered a safe pick for Super Bowl XXX, but only a diva of her size could deliver such a shocking feat. It starts with her descending from the sky on a sparkling platform and moving through a mix of her greatest hits such as ” Baby Love “and” Stop in the Name of Love “slowed down considerably with tuxedo dancers around them. Then you realize that Ross has changed her outfit for every single song. And then you realize that the huge golden cloak she is wearing slowly envelops the entire stage as she climbs three stories in the air and sings “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” And then you realize that the helicopter will land in the middle of the field Diana gets in, waves to the crowd and then takes off Sitting on the edge of the helicopter Trying to beat that, Gaga

Thanks to the memorable and unforgettable antics of the “Left Shark”, this performance will be remembered for years to come, but it was also a technical marvel. Perry arrives on the back of a giant lion puppet while singing “Roar” Then he’s pulled around the sky, singing “Firework” and riding the shooting star logo of More You Know In the middle there was a lot to enjoy, namely getting Missy Elliott on stage to do her thing at three – yes three – making their own songs The ’60s psychedelic pop art color scheme was unforgettable, as was the message Katy sent: At the Super Bowl, it’s a good thing to share the limelight

By today’s standards, Justin Timberlake, a still closed Lance Bass, and the rest of NSYNC seem to be playing “Bye Bye Bye” while Steven Tyler’s “I don’t want to miss anything” makes hearts beat faster – perhaps not revolutionary – especially considering the outdated metallic outfits – but it definitely felt like that back then.This was the first year fans were allowed to step into the field around the stage, which made the show feel more like a traditional concert – a concert where Timberlake literally shot fireworks from his hands as if he were one of the X-Men fan interaction, which has now become a staple, brought a whole new energy to the process when surprise guests Britney Spears, Mary J Blige and Nelly came out to a thoroughly rousing finale to Walk This Way Both the older guys who love Aerosmith and their teenage daughters lost their collective minds

If the Super Bowl was a tie, Queen Bey would share the top spot with the next two performances. Her 2013 production was extravagant and gorgeous, while the all-black costumes and toned-down aesthetics provided a sophistication other artists simply cannot emulate The music was just right and jumped from “Crazy in Love” to “Baby Boy” to “Halo” as a nosedive finale. However, it barely loses a few points because their performance did not offer enough pastiche. The stage literally looked like two of their profiles facing each other while a giant picture of Beyoncé burned over it. Yes, it was an absolutely formidable performance, but there wasn’t even a costume change. The only guests were their ex-bandmates from Destiny’s Child singing “Single Ladies” together, which wasn’t even one of her songs. Nevertheless, Beyoncé only had female actors on this stage, an admirable verä change and a strong message

A year after the halftime show took on its pop sensibility with the Black-Eyed Peas, Madonna arrived as the Greek goddess on a giant throw carried by a legion of Spartan soldiers and showed all the kids exactly how it’s done became At all times there was so much on the LED-lit stage: From the swirling dancers and the gospel choir to the slackline performer, it was almost too much Madonna offered new arrangements of her old songs, like a drum corps version of “Open Your Heart, “sung with Cee Lo Green, and an LMFAO mashup of” Music “with” Party Rock Anthem “while losing points for devoting too much time to the lackluster single” Give Me All Your Luvin ” at least Nicki Minaj and a bird strike MIA with Madonna successfully went through multiple modes in quick succession, collaborating with other great artists, and effortlessly making everything look like they’re in the swirling center of 200 Dar every Tuesday maybe because it is

Absolutely the best Super Bowl halftime performance of all. The Prince’s show wasn’t the most extravagant, but even today it’s thrilling and exhilarating. In the middle of a stage decorated with the “Artist Formerly Known As Prince” icon, the opened Purple One with the sounds of Queens “We Will Rock You” before changing gears with “Let’s Go Crazy” Then the Florida A&M University marching band joined a new arrangement of “Baby, I’m a Star” with glowing lights, that recognizes the history of past halftime shows. This musical journey went through the covers of “Proud Mary” and “All Along the Watchtower” before ending with a giant scrim that was shot into the night sky Prince’s huge, backlit silhouette was projected as he shredded the guitar solo on “Purple Rain” Oh, and he did it all in the pouring rain. Who could ever top that?

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