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Most Awesome Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ever

Updated on January 22, 2014

You can rattle off the stats of your favorite teams and probably know more about your favorite players than their own parents do. But do you know when the first Super Bowl took place? How about the first Super Bowl halftime show? Who was the first super star to entertain us during a Super Bowl halftime performance and in which year did it take place?

According to, the very first Super Bowl took on January 15, 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs – Green Bay dominated Kansas City with a score of 35-10. There was a halftime show but not a halftime show like you are used to today. From 1967-1987 Super Bowl halftime shows featured cheesy entertainment from college or military marching bands and high school drill teams. Awesome NFL Super Bowl shows didn't start until 1988. These are the top 5 Super Bowl halftime shows of all time in chronological order.

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1988 San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium - San Diego, California


Super Bowl XXII – Chubby Checker

Super Bowl XXII in 1988 was when the NFL upped their halftime show performance with a Radio City production entitled “Something Grand” by Chubby Checker, the Rockettes, and 88 grand pianos. Chubby Checker was the first legitimate star to grace the Super Bowl halftime football field with the hit song “Let's Twist Again”.

1991 Tampa Stadium - Tampa, Florida


Jennifer Lopez Danced Into NFL History


Super Bowl XXV – The New Kids on the Block

It wasn't until Superbowl XXV in 1991 that we would see super star presence during a Super Bowl halftime show again. Disney left us in awe with “A Small World Salute the 25 Years of Superbowl” featuring the infamous New Kids on the Block. A recreated Disney Castle was the set for NKOTB as they performed their smash hits “Step By Step” and “This One's For the Children”.

Fun Fact: Jennifer Lopez danced for the New Kids On the Block during their Super Bowl set in 1991. Who knew?

*Chase your dreams. Every step is one step closer. "Step By Step" like the New Kids said.

1993 Rose Bowl - Pasadena, California


Super Bowl XXVII – Michael Jackson

In 1993, during Superbowl XXVII, Michael Jackson's performance thrilled and amazed the world. Radio City produced an epic show entitled “Heal the World” after MJ's mega hit, which featured 3,500 local children singing along to the lyrics.

1996 Sun Devil Stadium - Tempe, Arizona


Super Bowl XXX – Diana Ross

In 1996, Diana Ross “stopped” the Super Bowl “in the name of love” when she took off in a helicopter at the end of her set! Ross captivated the audience with a throw back to the Supreme's “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Baby Love”. Diana Ross also blessed us with her rendition of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive". Again, Radio City produced another memorable Super Bowl halftime show entitled “Take Me Higher – 30 Years of Super Bowl”.

Cue 1:38 For Ross' helicopter lift

2004 Reliant Stadium - Houston, Texas


Super Bowl XXXVIII – Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake

Who could forget in 2004 when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake shocked the planet during MTV's production of “Rock the Vote” during Superbowl XXXVIII? Janet Jackson's nipple took center stage and completely trumped any songs that they sang that day. What song did they sing anyway? Leave it up to MTV to create a PR stunt while over 100 million people are watching. Really, MTV? But, it was awesome! Wasn't it?

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USA Today says that the halftime performers get paid nothing aside from travel and production expenses. Performers do, however, get paid for all expenses incurred by their entourage of stagehands, family, and friends. Do you believe this to be true?

In other news....According to Fox 5, a 30 second Super Bowl commercial will cost 4 million dollars in 2014. The commercials even have their own commercials that have been playing during the week prior to the big game. This is because the companies are trying to build anticipation and make their millions back. Something tells me that they will more than make their money back.


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    • A-Bomb profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I agree about Bruno. Maybe Katy Perry would have been a good choice.

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      5 years ago

      Out of the whole list Michael Jackson was the best. I'm not thrilled about Bruno Mars. They could have chose a better artist.


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