HIGHLIGHTS: “Rolling Stone” has a ranking of all the Super Bowl Halftime Shows, from the WORST (the Black Eyed Peas in 2011) to the best (U2 in 2002).
FULL STORY: Now that we can officially start looking ahead to the Super Bowl, “Rolling Stone” has a list of the WORST Super Bowl Halftime Shows. Actually, they ranked 31 of them, so they also settled on some of the BEST.
Here are the five WORST:
- The Black Eyed Peas, 2011. It also featured Usher and Slash.
- “Everything From 1967-1989”, which was before the show was turned into an event. “Rolling Stone” describes it as “a low-budget blur of college marching bands, Elvis impersonators, Carol Channing, George Burns, the Rockettes and year after year, Up With People.”
- New Kids on the Block, 1991. This was still early on, so New Kids were performing their sappier songs, like “This One’s for the Children”. It was also a downer because the Gulf War had just started.
- Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, and Tina Turner, 2000. None of the stars did any of their actual hits.
- Gloria Estefan and Olympic Figure Skaters, 1992. A “Winter Magic” pageant, because the game was in Minnesota. It featured giant snowmen and figure skaters like Dorothy Hamill and Brian Boitano.
And here are the five BEST:
- U2, 2002. Just a few months after 9/11, U2 made this a tribute to the victims. After kicking off with “Beautiful Day”, they played “MLK” while scrolling the names of the dead on a giant screen, building up to “Where the Streets Have No Name”.
- Prince, 2007. It included an epic guitar jam on “Purple Rain”.
- Beyoncé, 2013. It also included a Destiny’s Child reunion, with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams being magically launched up to the stage.
- Aerosmith, Britney Spears, N’Sync, Nelly, and Mary J. Blige, 2001. The infamous “Walk This Way” jam: People still love to argue over this one: Brilliant or insane? “Rolling Stone” loved it.
- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, 2009. They say, “A 14-minute end-zone power drive that crammed in all the fervor of a four-hour concert marathon.”
As you probably know, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are doing this year’s halftime show.