Top 10 Super Bowl Halftime Shows

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This Sunday, Rocks Off will be live-blogging and tweeting this year's Super Bowl halftime show, which will feature noted scholars The Black Eyed Peas. We are diligently studying the entire BEP canon and that of all of their solo members, like the dedicated pop historians we are.

OK, not really. But we are hoping that Fergie pees her pants on live television, since she has done it before. It would make our job a lot easier, and we could use headlines like "Super Toilet Bowl," "The Black Eyed Peas Make Great Music For People Who Like To Drink Monkey Piss And It's Fitting That Fergie Pissed Her Pants," or something immature like that.

The Super Bowl halftime show didn't become the pop event that we know it as today until at least 1991, when the New Kids On the Block played. After that it was all downhill, with Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Miami Sound Machine, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Phil Collins coming in the next decade or so.

In 2005, Paul McCartney played a handful of his old Beatles songs, plus "Live and Let Die," oddly enough. Seriously, you couldn't play "Ebony And Ivory" with Usher or something? That would have ruled so hard.

Here are favorite Super Bowl halftime shows, or the ones we could find YouTube clips of.


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shell517nj
shell517nj

michael jackson was the best superbowl halftime show ever, setting precedent for future halftime shows. It would be this halftime performance that the T.V. ratings increased more than the game itself. he was awesome and the most memorable.

Adrienne
Adrienne

This is quite possibly the worst list the Press has done. How is The Who's terrible, Rock Band-esque performance on this list and not Michael Jackson's?

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

It's on the list because it's at least better than a kid finding out about them ON Rockband and actually finding one of the best bands in the world. And the MJ show was him at his most tacky.

Adrienne
Adrienne

It was only after that performance that the network would never again cut to commercial during the halftime show again -- and it raised ratings from the game itself.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06...

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

That's all fine and good, but I still didn't like like it for my list. Sorry.

Jeff
Jeff

No Up With People???

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