25 of the Most Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ever

Well, this year’s Superbowl halftime show surely was a memorable one, despite technical problems with the audio. On that note, we decided to come up with a list of the most memorable ones from years past all the way to now. We’re not exactly talking about the best here, but rather the ones that we couldn’t forget, whether they turned out good or bad. Enjoy, folks.

GLORIA ESTEFAN, BRIAN BOITANO AND DOROTHY HAMILL, 1992

This may not exactly be high up on everyone’s list. That’s why we decided to put it up first. It wasn’t so memorable for the vocal talents of Gloria, but more for the presentation. It certainly seemed like a bad fever dream.

KATY PERRY, 2015

 Katy Perry’s performance at the Superbowl was surely memorable. While her song “Roar” was somewhat so-so, it was the fact that she made full of use of WTF visuals. How about dancing sharks, anyone? She also had help from Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot for this.

PAUL MCCARTNEY, 2005

It’s pretty much the same approach as the Rolling Stones for this. Sir Paul himself pulled off a performance that, while not totally mind blowing, still managed to capture the crowd’s interest. Well, when you’ve got a discography like his, it’s bound to happen. Come on, people, how can you not rock out to “Live and Let Die” at the halftime show?

TOM PETTY, 2008

Tom Petty wasn’t exactly a person who could wow his audience with light shows and extravagant productions. All he had to do was play his songs. That’s exactly what he did, and everyone ate it up. That’s how you do a proper performance that people will remember for a long time.

PHIL COLLINS, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, 2000

What do you get when you combine the legendary Phil Collins with rising stars Enrique Iglesias and Christina Aguilera? A salad of disastrous proportions, that’s what. You can even throw in Toni Braxton in there for good measure too. Yeah, we’re all too happy to remember this for its pure awfulness.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, 2009

There aren’t a lot of musicians out there who exude so much charisma that they could capture the attention of people through music alone. Bruce Springsteen proves to be the exception. He certainly got the people listening to his music for this halftime show. The energy was quite electric on this night.