Talk:List of Super Bowl halftime shows

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This page is still under construction!

  • Question, where are you finding the information for this page? Zscout370 19:10, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I'm using info on the Super Bowl website. I'm gonna give a link to it sooner or later.


I need information on the Janet Jackson Teatgate scandal. Many thanks.Karatloz 19:39, 27 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I think some dates would be helpful, too. 04:00, 7 February 2006 (UTC)


I suggest adding the sponsors of the shows (i.e., they've had the "E*Trade Halftime Show," SB XXIII was the "Coca-Cola Halftime Show," etc). Doctorindy 15:51, 13 April 2006 (UTC)


This would look better in table format--Nick Dillinger 04:30, 15 May 2006 (UTC)

Archive of set lists[edit]

  • Archived until a new seperate page can be created Doctorindy 17:16, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

Set lists and details[edit]

1991- New Kids on the Block (XXV)[edit]

During Super Bowl XXV, the halftime show was pre-empted by ABC News in favor of coverage of the ongoing Operation Desert Storm. The halftime show was presented in an edited format during the post-game show at the conclusion of the game.

1992- Gloria Estefan (XXVI)[edit]

During the Super Bowl XXVI, FOX (which did not have broadcast rights to the NFL at the time) aired alternate programming during the halftime show. The special episode of In Living Color attracted 20-25 million viewers away from the Super Bowl broadcast on CBS.

1993- Michael Jackson (XXVII)[edit]

The halftime show, unlike in many previous years, featured only one star performer, Michael Jackson. The show, held at the Rose Bowl, opened with doubles of Jackson entering the stadium in each corner. The finale featured an audience card stunt and a choir of 3,500 local Los Angeles area children joining Jackson as he sang his single "Heal The World." The selection of Jackson for the halftime show was in response to sagging interest in recent performances, notably in the two years immediately prior. NFL and network officials decided it was necessary to sign top acts for the halftime in future years to boost future viewership and interest.



How can Madonna's 2012 Super Bowl half-time be considered the most watched at 114 million, when Michael Jackson's Super Bowl half-time show is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for 133.4 million viewers watching the NBC transmission of Super Bowl XXVII on June 31, 1993?

Can anyone explain? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:36, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

2000- Phil Collins (XXXIV)[edit]

The halftime show was produced by Disney, and based on their year-long Millenium celebration at Walt Disney World's Epcot. The ten-minute show featured 125 drummers and percussionists, a full symphony orchestra, larger-than-life puppets, aerial dancers, a multi-generational choir and advanced pyrotechnics. Stars of the show inlcuded Phil Collins, who sang a hit song from the Disney animated feature Tarzan. Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton also performed.

2001- Aerosmith & 'N Sync (XXXV)[edit]

The halftime show was produced by MTV and featured multiple artists. A pre-show skit starring Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, and Chris Rock, along with the band members of Aerosmith and 'N Sync, aired on television and on stadium video screens as filler material while crews assembled the circular stage. 'N Sync started the show by running from the northeast corner of the stadium to the stage, which was at midfield. Hundreds of cheering fans then surrounded the stage. 'N Sync and Aerosmith each played two songs apiece. The show concluded with all of the performers joining together to sing Aerosmith's classic song "Walk This Way" with guest stars Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly.

2002- U2 (XXXVI)[edit]

The halftime show was a tribute to the victims of 9/11 starring U2. A heart-shaped stage featured a banner scrolling the names of the nearly 3,000 people who perished on September 11, 2001.

During the halftime show, rival network NBC broadcast alternate programming. A special episode of Fear Factor featuring Playboy Playmate aired opposite the halftime show on FOX

2003- Shania Twain, No Doubt, & Sting (XXXVII)[edit]

The halftime show featured several artists. The show kicked off with country music super-star Shania Twain, who sang her new single, "Up!" in a medley with one of her signature songs, "Man! I Feel like a Woman!" Twain left the stage, which featured a video screen floor, on a rising platform as if she was lifted by balloons. Following Twain, No Doubt performed their hit "Just a Girl." Then Sting performed "Message in a Bottle," and the show concluded with Gwen Stefani of No Doubt joining Sting for the last verse.

For the second year in a row, during the halftime, NBC broadcasted alternate programming. A special 20-minute live broadcast of SNL featured Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey anchoring the "Weekend Update."

2004- Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, P. Diddy, Kid Rock, Ashlee Simpson (XXXVIII)[edit]

MTV returned to produce their second halftime show. The show featured six star performers, and featured the controversal "wardrobe malfunction" incident involving Janet Jackson. Ashlee Simpson started out the show with the TSU marching band. Janet Jackson then entered on an elevator for her first song. On a smaller stage, P. Diddy then performed a version of Toni Basil's "Mickey." Nelly performed his hit "Hot in Herre." Kid Rock then took the stage, wearing an American flag, and sung "Bawitdaba" and "Cowboy." Janet Jackson returned to the stage to sing her hit "Rhythm Nation," then was joined on the stage by Justin Timberlake. At the end of the duet, on live television, Timberlake ripped a piece of Jackson's costume off, exposing her right breast. As a result, Joe Browne, NFL's Executive Vice President at the time, stated afterwards that "it's unlikely that MTV will produce another Super Bowl halftime."[1]

2005- Paul McCartney (XXXIX)[edit]

Paul McCartney and his touring band performed. They reportedly received a fee of $3,482,972.

2006- The Rolling Stones (XL)[edit]

The Rolling Stones performed at the 2006 halftime show. The stage was in the form their trademark iconic huge tongue.

2007- Prince (XLI)[edit]

Prince performed a twelve-minute medley of songs that were intersperced with stunning guitar solos in the style of Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen. The show was performed in heavy rain that drenched the stage, shaped in the artist's logo.

2011- Unannounced[edit]

Performers for this show hasn't been announced yet and this section should be removed. The article is on temporary lock during halftime due to spam and offensive postings. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:19, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

I think you misunderstood my comment. I wasn't suggesting a "Super Bowl halftime shows setlists" page be created (far from it), I was suggesting that this information could be incorporated into the individual Super Bowl pages. -- Scorpion0422 17:26, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

    • I don't think that would be a good idea at all. The individual Super Bowl pages already have enough information on them, and they are quite scrutinized as far as "excess" is concerned. If you place those set-lists on the SB pages, they will simply be deleted the next day. I say we do one of two things...
    1. Put them right back where they were
    2. Incorporate the information into the cels of the table

The details of the individual shows is simply an expansion of information directly linked to the subject of this page. It belongs here. Also, it's not like all 41 halftime shows have the set list, just the past 10-15 years. It's not like it's "too large" of a page. 22:47, 11 November 2007 (UTC)

But it's not really that notable. It makes the page too long and in the end it's really kind of trivial. -- Scorpion0422 00:18, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

  • Trivial? Too long? It's a page specifically about the Super Bowl Halftime shows. Why is wrong to go into a little detail? This is exactly the place to do so. So far it's 2-1 against your position. I think it should all remain.Doctorindy 21:15, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
    • No, it's 1-1. IPs don't count. -- Scorpion0422 22:22, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
      • It's still not in the spirit of Wikipedia to delete an entire section without debate beforehand for frivolous reasons. You still haven't given a good reason besides "it's kind of trivial." It certianly doesn't fall under any "Triva" violations, nor does it take away from the page, nor does it not directly concern the subject of the page. Please, state a REAL reason to delete. People contributed those sections before you even joined Wikipedia. -- Doctorindy (talk) 20:04, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
        • I took I think a fair stab at adding some brief details, but specifically left out the song setlists. There should be nothing wrong with a few sentences describing the details of the show. Doctorindy 14:42, 4 December 2007 (UTC)

I think the setlists are valuable info. I was wondering what they were before I came here. Also: I think the table should include the CITY in which the Super Bowl was played, which references, in many cases, why the particular theme for that year was used. It just adds more context and you don't have to click another link to find out the city.

There should be some way of incorporating the set lists in: why not a section discussing each individual halftime show? Some would be very short, others more detailed. All this stuff is valuable cultural information that is quite relevant to anyone seeking info on Super Bowl Halftime Shows. Why have a page then leave out very pertinent info? I'm for figuring out a way to include the setlists. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:25, 4 February 2008 (UTC)


I think adding which network broadcast which game would be valuable. If there is no disagreement, I can work on getting that done. Overboard (talk) 19:46, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

yes, please include that information. shadude (talk) 23:04, 7 Feb 2009 (PST)

Undone edits on 08/11/2008[edit]

I undid two edits that had corrupted the formatting of the article as well as presented suspicious, non-cited information.

The information added was for the 2009 Super Bowl. The location was specified as unknown, which is suspicious as it is public information that the game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Additionally, the half time show producer was specified to be MTV, which has been "banned" from producing such shows by the NFL since Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" several years ago. Taken together, the information would not likely be considered credible without a cited resource, which was not provided.

If anyone feels I've overstepped my boundaries on this, please revert and let me know. Overboard (talk) 19:34, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

Those edits were clearly vandalism. Ironically, a day later, a credible source, Fox Sports reported Bruce Springsteen will be the performer.Doctorindy (talk) 13:20, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

Please include songs/set list as a separate column[edit]

Frankly, I could care less about who the corporate sponsor is for the Superbowl Halftime Show. It's much more interesting to know what songs the artist played.

Also, please restore as much of the detail as possible about each respective halftime show.

I don't know why the set list and the details were removed. The revision from 08:12, 7 February 2010, is much more useful than this current version.

I would restore the information under "Details on specific shows," but the page is semi-protected from registered users like myself. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Shadude (talkcontribs) 06:53, 8 February 2010 (UTC)


  • Starting a complete re-organization of the table. It fell very far short of wiki standards; it was very difficult to read, follow, and the number of columns was excessive. I'm basing the layout on existing NFL tables. It is a work in progress. Doctorindy (talk) 16:40, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

Format suggestion[edit]

  • Here is one suggestion, to eliminate the first column (which can get tall and narrow at times). A little bolder, but adds some look to the article. Doctorindy (talk) 21:49, 9 December 2011 (UTC)
Super Bowl XXXIV - 2000
Super Bowl XXXV - 2001

Changing channel over to South Park[edit]

During the halftime show of either 1997 or 1998, a large portion of the audience switched over to see South Park on Comedy Central. Comedy Central scheduled this on purpose and it netted them a LOT of fans to the show, which at the time was brand new. Why isn't this mentioned in the article? -- (talk) 08:12, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

Most appearances[edit]

Although the ESPN source certainly says that Up With People appeared in four halftime shows and that this is more than any other performer or act, this claim is contradicted by this very list. According to the list, Up With People appeared in five halftime shows, not four (1971, 1976, 1980, 1982, and 1986). However, the Grambling State University Marching Band has appeared in six halftime shows (1967, 1968, 1975, 1980, 1987, and 1998) according to our list. That ESPN article looks like a lazy pre-Super Bowl filler, based entirely on a single interview with an Up With People rep and with no fact-checking. cmadler (talk) 16:01, 15 December 2013 (UTC)


TV Ratings [1]

  • 2012; 114 million
  • 2013; 110.8 million
  • 2014; 115.3 million — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:50, 4 February 2014 (UTC)