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5 Forgotten Yet Amazing Super Bowl Halftime Shows


Super Bowl 2014 fast approaches but forget Janet’s wardrobe malfunction and forget Beyonce’s intense leg muscles; we want to showcase the forgotten yet amazing Super Bowl Halftime performances.

Winter Magic (1992)

Let me take you back to 1992, I don’t remember much from this year but I did stumble across this very different half time show. This performance featured Gloria Estafan and Frosty the Snowman in a ‘Winter Magic’ spectacular.

The key reason this performance rocked was the words at the bottom of the screen. The people placement to make those words readable and the way they change colours and sparkle. Just fantastic. Plus we love how old school it all looks. So Indie.

Michael Jackson (1993)

Now we jump forward just one year to 1993 when Michael Jackson rocked the Super Bowl with his spectacular halftime show. Although, for the first two minutes (a surprisingly long time), Michael just stands on stage not dancing or singing, only moving his head from side to side while the crowd cheers. Strange? Egotistical? I didn’t have time to ponder it as he quickly breaks into some seriously impressive dancing and I was too captivated to look away. 

Luckily, the whole performance ends on a impressive high as the grandstand crowd is transformed into images of children holding hands as Michael makes a heart-felt speech about ending suffering and “succeeding for the children of the world.” Hundreds of children appear and flood the stage as Michael finishes his Super Bowl performance with an audience sing-a-long to ‘Heal The World.’

Aerosmith & N’Sync (2001)

Now we jump forward a few years to 2001, as we celebrate boy bands and our love for rock music. Strange combination? I thought so too, and then it got a little stranger as the half time show opens with a skit featuring Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. Anyway, lets get back to boy bands, synchronised dancing and a young Justin Timberlake.

Arguably my favourite Super Bowl half time show on this list, N’Sync is just the right amount of cheesy and excellent to warrant praise. I’m not saying they can sing, but the whole performance is extremely enjoyable to watch. Follow this up with Aerosmith and you’ve got the perfect show.

Basically the whole show is just alternating between N’Sync and Aerosmith, and showcasing the horrible outfits the chose to wear. Towards the end of the show the two bands come together with a cameo from a smoking hot, pre-2007 Britney Spears.

Shania Twain, No Doubt & Sting (2003)

I know Shania Twain wouldn’t be classed as ‘amazing’ but her song ‘Man! I feel like a woman’ is so catchy so when she opened the 2003 Super Bowl halftime show with it, I was instantly sucked in. Plus she is wearing a sparkly, silver jewelled bra that matched her sparkly, silver neck choker, which she paired with a patent leather trench coat. Trendy. 

Half way through the performance Shania leaves (after she is carried above the audience on a moving ladder) and No Doubt takes the stage. The first thing you’ll notice is that Gwen Stefani is wearing the same top as Shania, apparently sparkly, silver bras were popular in 2003. No Doubt don’t do anything notably spectacular (although they do have energetic dancers), Gwen just walks around being Gwen from No Doubt, and that’s cool enough for us! The show ends with Sting and Gwen singing a bunch of well-known Sting songs. It’s cool, but not as cool as Shania’s patent leather trench coat.

Black Eyes Peas, Slash & Usher (2011)

Finally, we are at 2011, the Black Eyed Peas, Slash and Usher rocked this years Super Bowl, even though it was Tron themed (yes, the video game). Although the Black Eyes Peas had very cool outfits, it was hard not to notice how strange their voices sounded. The strangest voice was Fergie during her solo with Slash. I don’t know if she was trying to sound like Axl Rose, but she only succeeded in sounding constipated.

After what feels like a lifetime of Black Eye Peas songs, Usher drops into the stadium from the roof, looking like a super-babe in white. His performance is great, of course. The Black Eyed Peas end the show with a rant at Obama about the American economy, some shuffling and a repeat of ‘I Gotta Feelin.’

Now that you know all of these forgotten gems, you can sit back and enjoy this year’s performances from Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Although, we should all pray that next year, One Direction, Justin Beiber or Miley Cyrus aren’t headlining the Super Bowl half time show. I vote for a collaboration between Lady GaGa and Daft Punk or Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Pink.

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