Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Most viewers tune in to the Super Bowl to watch the actual game. Some are just interested in the commercials, while others are just watching because that’s what everyone does. However, there are also people who only tune in to the Super Bowl during halftime. That is because they are interested in the halftime show, which helps make the Super Bowl so popular.

The halftime show certainly helps broaden the television audience and interest in the big game. Over 100 million viewers in the United States tune in to watch the halftime show. There have been a variety of music types throughout the years, including pop, rock, classic rock, country, hip hop, blues and soul.

Super Bowl Halftime Performances and Ratings

Up the People has performed in the most Super Bowl halftime shows. Back in the 1970s and 1980’s, this group performed a record four times. Madonna’s 2012 performance drew a record 114 millions viewers, which was about three million more than the actual game itself. That record stands as the most-watched halftime show of all-time. Beyonce’s 2013 performance, which was a favorite of mine, ranks as the second-most viewed halftime show.

Katy Perry will be grabbing all the headlines heading into the 2015 Super Bowl.  The pop princess will be taking the stage during halftime of Super Bowl XLIX on February 1st.  Her glitzy, 12-minute set, sponsored by PepsiCo will be broadcast by NBC to a television audience expected to exceed 110 million in the U.S. alone.  Millions more will stream the show on their computers and mobile devices and tune in worldwide.  All told, the event will be viewed in 230 countries and territories.

Complete List of Super Bowl Halftime Performers

Below is a complete list of all the past Super Bowl halftime performers.

Super Bowl Year Performance
I 1967 University of Arizona and Grambling State Marching Bands
II 1968 Grambling State University Marching Band
III 1969 “America Thanks” with Florida A&M University Band
IV 1970 Carol Channing
V 1971 Florida A&M Band
VI 1972 “Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Corps Drill Team
VII 1973 “Happiness Is.” with University of Michigan marching band and Woody Herman
VIII 1974 “A Musical America” with University of Texas Band
IX 1975 “Tribute to Duke Ellington” with Mercer Ellington and Grambling State Band
X 1976 “200 Years and Just a Baby” Tribute to America’s Bicentennial
XI 1977 “It’s a Small World” (including crowd participation for first time with spectators waving colored placards on cue)
XII 1978 “From Paris to the Paris of America” with Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt
XIII 1979 “Super Bowl XIII Carnival” Salute to the Caribbean with Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean Bands
XIV 1980 “A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up with People
XV 1981 “A Mardi Gras Festival”
XVI 1982 “A Salute to the 60s and Motown”
XVII 1983 “KaleidoSUPERscope” (a kaleidoscope of color and sound)
XVIII 1984 “Super Bowl XVIII’s Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen”
XIX 1985 “A World of Children’s Dreams”
XX 1986 “Beat of the Future”
XXI 1987 “Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary”
XXII 1988 “Something Grand” featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker
XXIII 1989 “Be Bop Bamboozled” featuring 3-D effects
XXIV 1990 “Salute to New Orleans” and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts’ characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw & Irma Thomas
XXV 1991 “A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” featuring New Kids on the Block
XXVI 1992 “Winter Magic” including a salute to the winter season and the winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamil
XXVII 1993 “Heal the World” featuring Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children
XXVIII 1994 “Rockin’ Country Sunday” featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna & Naomi Judd
XXIX 1995 “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval andthe Miami Sound Machine
XXX 1996 Diana Ross
XXXI 1997 “Blues Brothers Bash” featuring Dan Akroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi. Also featuring “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown and ZZ Top
XXXII 1998 “A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations
XXXIII 1999 “Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and tap dancer Savion Glover
XXXIV 2000 “A Tapestry of Nations” featuring Phil Collins, Christing Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and an 80-person choir
XXXV 2001 “The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring Aerosmith, N’Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly
XXXVI 2002 U2
XXXVII 2003 Shania Twin, No Doubt and Sting
XXXVIII 2004 Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake
XXXIX 2005 Paul McCartney
XL 2006 The Rolling Stones
XLI 2007 Prince and the Florida A&M Marching Band
XLII 2008 Top Petty & The Heartbreakers
XLIII 2009 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
XLIV 2010 The Who
XLV 2011 The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
XLVI 2012 Madonna
XLVII 2013 Beyonce
XLVIII 2014 Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers
XLIX 2015 Katy Perry

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