Top 5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows

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Black Eyed Peas, about to be on this list.
The Super Bowl is a wonderful day in the sports calendar, full of drama, excitement, and also some great commercials. However, the dark cloud that hangs over most Super Bowls is that of the halftime show. The history of these halftime shows is as diverse as it is bad, with only a few shows shining as examples of not-terrible entertainment (e.g., Prince). The majority, however, have been awful, and here are the top 5 worst (we're reserving a spot in next year's list for the Black Eyed Peas, who are set to play Sunday's halftime show):

5. Tapestry of Nations (2000)

The first halftime show of the new millennium celebrated the Earth and all its magical nations. No, just kidding, it featured Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias and, bafflingly, Phil Collins. Diversity to Disney means Spain, England, and the US, apparently.

4. The Kings of Rock and Pop (2001)


Regardless of your feelings towards the performers, the mixture of boy band, classic rock cheese-balls, and Nelly for some reason was all sorts of awkward, culminating in the dance-off (?) between Steven Tyler and 'N Sync at 6:19. All of this was capped off with an awful performance of "Walk This Way" that featured Britney Spears and one of the dudes from 'N Sync trying to rap, proving that no, white people can't replace Run DMC.

3. Salute to the 1960s and Motown (1982)


Hey, speaking of white people: Up With People was a...well, not really sure but they were somehow invited to play FOUR halftime shows in 10 years. Consisting of a lot of students and little to no musical talent, they proceeded to give this wonderful tribute to Motown music. Did I say wonderful? No, sorry, it's an awful mess of whiteness, because nothing celebrates African-American music and tradition like 100 white people dancing off-beat.

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Stebo
Stebo

how could the partial Who not have made the list? They were terrible!

awful!
awful!

Don Mischer produced a number of great halftime shows - MJ, Prince, Bruce, Tom Petty (somewhat OK) - but when left in the hands of the corporations - MTV, Disney - the shows are disasters. This year's version was produced by his son, Ricky - so what the hell happened?

Jeanburg
Jeanburg

This year's will go down as the worst!

Ed
Ed

I disagree the halftime shows have been boring. The rock shows by the surviving classic rock artists have been surprisingly lively.

EnsignRicky
EnsignRicky

Not too shabby except for one little detail.

The SB show in 2000 was the FINAL SB halftime show of the LAST millennium.

This is an irritating mistake that won't go away. Logic: If year 1 was the 1st year of the 1st Millennium and year 1,001 was the 1st year of the 2nd Millennium, then that means...

blesterov
blesterov

You missed the worst of all time SB XXIII - the 3d halftime show.

Mexicola
Mexicola

That's why none of those artists are mentioned here. Somehow, in going for "safe" artists, the networks managed to screw up to the point where actually great, often timeless musicians performed. As well as two decrepit corpses calling themselves The Who. I wonder if The Who were so geriatric that Fox decided to go for a more youthful act. Of course, being Fox, they went for the loudest and dumbest group on the planet.

Dr. Jeff
Dr. Jeff

Your arguing that someone is celebrating a different arbitrary date? You know nothing of import actually happened on January 1, 1 that establishes it as a relevant date to base a calender on, right? (Or that it's even the same date as it was when it was chosen?)

Nice try
Nice try

He’s not arguing that someone is celebrating a different arbitrary date. He’s arguing that someone is using the same arbitrary calendar that everyone else uses, but is interpreting it incorrectly.

EnsignRicky
EnsignRicky

It also means that the media ignore historians just as much as they ignore scientists.

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