6 Epic And Unforgettable Halftime Shows That Were The Real MVPs Of The Super Bowl

Get ready and rockin' for Super Bowl 50!

In honor of Super Bowl Sunday and Super Bowl 50, we're counting down the most memorable halftime performances.


While we wait to see Coldplay and Beyoncé this year, we're counting down the best Super Bowl halftime performances from Michael Jackson to Katy Perry's Left Shark.

To kick things off in proper sports fashion, here's the late Whitney Houston with her legendary performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner" from Super Bowl XXV.

1. Michael Jackson's epic Super Bowl XXVII performance in Pasadena, Calif.

On January 31, 1993, the world wasn't ready for what was about to happen.

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was about to take the stage in the most epic way possible.

First he appeared on top of the scoreboards and then popped up in the middle of the stage only seconds later. In true king fashion, he simply stood there completely still for what seemed like an eternity.

After leaving the audience in suspense, he broke out into a medley that included "Billie Jean," a lot of smoke and wind, "We Are the World," and more.

2. Aerosmith, N'Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly, And Mary J. Blige Perform at Super Bowl XXXV.

Rewinding back to 2001, Ben Stiller helped kick off this monstrosity of a Super Bowl performance.

N' Sync was ruling the pop charts, however long-time rockers Aerosmith were also on top of their game thanks to their Armageddon track, "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing."

However, if Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, and JT's lightning fingers weren't enough ...

... Britney Spears popped up out of nowhere for an awesome "Walk This Way" performance.

Oh yeah, Mary J. Blige and Nelly also decided to join in on this mega-remix collaboration.

3. Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and the infamous wardrobe malfunction at Super Bowl XXXVIII.

Janet Jackson's Super Bowl XXXVIII performance will always be remembered in pop culture as the original wardrobe malfunction.

However, besides this brief moment of "OMG," the performance itself was actually very good.

Joined by Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock and, of course, Justin — all at their pop star zeniths — it's certainly a medley we can't forget.

Warning: Some NSFW video toward the end for those unfamiliar with this performance.

4. Beyoncé performs at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

When your entrance begins with a giant, epic silhouette of yourself ...

... at-home viewers know it's going to be one memorable performance.

She kicked it off with "Love On Top" and then went full diva into her performance of "Crazy in Love."

But it got better and we're still not sure we could handle it. Destiny's Child reunited onstage for "Bootylicious," "Independent Women," "Single Ladies," and more.

5. Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and M.I.A. shut it down at Super Bowl XLVI.

When Queen Madonna unites with Queen Nicki, you know we're in for something special.

Madonna opened up the performance by being carried on a giant throne to the tune of "Vogue."

Joined by LMFAO, Madonna then went into a mashup of "Music" and "Sexy and I Know It." It only got more epic from there once Nicki Minaj took the stage with M.I.A. to perform "Give Me All Your Luvin'." Cee Lo Green was also present, joining Madge for "Like a Prayer."

6. Katy Perry and Left Shark dominate Super Bowl XLIX.

How could we write this list up without good ol' Left Shark?

Yes, Katy Perry's performance with Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott was ultimate slayage, but come on. 

What can beat Left Shark?

Carpe diem, Left Shark. Carpe diem.


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