VOTE: Best Super Bowl half-time shows from Lady Gaga to the King of Pop
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By David Currie
Last Updated: 01/02/19 12:05am
Super Bowl Sunday is almost upon us.
As well as a tantalising matchup between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams to look forward to - live on Sky Sports USA from 10pm - there is also the half-time entertainment that comes high on the agenda.
Maroon 5 have been seen as a somewhat controversial choice for this year's spectacle. Will their efforts match-up against our top 10?
Vote for your favourite out of the bunch below (see foot of the page)...
10) Justin Timberlake
Timberlake's performance last year rounds off our top 10. But that hints more at the quality of names that lie ahead of him, rather than being any sort of damning indictment on his set.
In a energetic effort midway through Super Bowl LII, J.T. wheeled out old classics 'Rock Your Body', 'SexyBack', 'My Love' and 'Cry Me a River' among others, and also delivered a poignant tribute to the dearly departed Prince - a Minneapolis native - with a rendition of his 'I Would Die 4 U' in his home town, before ending with the endlessly catch 'Can't Stop the Feeling'.
9) The Rolling Stones
One of the biggest names to ever perform at the Super Bowl, and so the timeless rockers reeled in a stage of sufficient size and stature to host them when delivering their show at the appropriately named Super Bowl XL in Detroit.
The Stones performed on a giant stage tongue-shaped stage to match. But, their set list was, ironically, rather small - a three-song effort of 'Start Me Up', 'Rough Justice', and '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' - which drops them back a bit on this list.
Beyoncé certainly gave the New Orleans crowd at Super Bowl XLVII their money's worth, delivering the kind of epic, energetic, nine-song strong set that she is renowned the world over for. Such a show-stopper in fact, that perhaps she was to blame for the subsequent second-half stadium blackout that delayed the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers?
'Run the World (Girls)' kicked things off, and there was plenty more where that came from as further female empowerment anthems - 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)' and 'Independent Women' - were belted out with her former band mates, and special guests, Destiny's Child. Biggest hit 'Crazy in Love' stole the show, one that ended with a powerful rendition of 'Halo'.
7) Katy Perry
Perry edges out gal-pal Beyoncé if not necessarily on vocal gymnastics, then on the sheer spectacle of her Super Bowl XLIX show in Arizona - entering the arena, as she did, singing 'Roar' on a giant mechanical lion. Yes, you read that right.
It didn't stop there. And ultimately it wasn't even the lion that ended up stealing the show. We all remember left shark, right? Some questionable dancing along to 'California Gurls' and a viral internet sensation was born. Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott also joined Perry on stage - not dressed as sharks - before it all ended with some 'Fireworks'.
A show that will long live in the memory of those that watched it, though sadly under tragic circumstances, as U2 paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks in the first Super Bowl following the atrocities in 2001.
U2 masterfully delivered 'Beautiful Day', 'MLK', and finally 'Where the Streets Have No Name', as the names of loved ones lost in the attacks displayed on a screen behind the band, and Bono revealed a stars and stripped lined jacket in a stripped-back, poignant set.
5) Lady Gaga
Gaga kicks off our top five. Taking to the Houston stage at Super Bowl LI, Gaga delivered a blistering, barn-stormer of a set, belting out hits 'Poker Face', 'Telephone', 'Just Dance' and 'Bad Romance'.
Also, coming soon after President Donald Trump's inauguration, Gaga delivered a few perhaps more pointed tracks, including 'God Bless America', 'This Is Your Land', 'Million Reasons' and 'Born This Way'. Whether it was intentional or not, her powerful performance certainly packed a punch.
Coldplay did us Brits proud with a half-time show at Super Bowl 50 befitting of the anniversary it celebrated. And a celebration was just what Coldplay - and a who's who of celebrity pals - delivered in the San Francisco sunshine, with a stunning visual performance.
As I say, they did receive a little bit of help, with Beyonce (back again), Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson joining them on stage - with the performance of 'Uptown Funk' a particular highlight - but Coldplay also pulled out some of the old classics, including 'Viva la Vida', 'Paradise' and 'Clocks'.
His Super Bowl appearance has taken on added significance since his untimely passing in April of 2016. Prince's effort at Super Bowl XLI in 2007 was very literal, although unintentionally so, closing with the epic 'Purple Rain' during a torrential downpour in the Miami setting.
As well as further hits of his own - 'Let's Go Crazy' and 'Baby, I'm a Star' - Prince's set list featured a who's who of classic rock covers, including Queen's 'We Will Rock You', Foo Fighters' 'Best of You', Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Proud Mary', and Bob Dylan's 'All Along the Watchtower'. What's not to like?
2) Bruce Springsteen
Notorious for his concerts running over due to his evergreen, energetic performances, there was a worry the football would be forgotten once Springsteen took to the stage at Super Bowl XLIII. That wasn't quite the case as the Pittsburgh Steelers clash with the Arizona Cardinals would prove to be one of the best season finale's in recent memories, but The Boss' interval efforts more than matched up.
While top tracks 'Glory Days' and 'Born to Run' were obvious high notes, let's be honest, there is really just one thing the show will be remembered for, and that's Springsteen sliding straight into a camera as he literally tore into his opening number, 'Tenth Avenue Freeze Out'. He recovered - albeit somewhat gingerly - gave a sheepish grin, and then rocked out, before hopefully giving his knees a good icing afterwards.
1) Michael Jackson
He is the King of Pop for a reason. Jackson was largely responsible for the birth of another modern-day musical movement, the Super Bowl half-time show. Before Jackson's efforts at Super Bowl XXVII in 1993, the game break mostly was a showcase for novelty variety acts and college marching bands.
Jackson changed all that, making quite the entrance, shooting up from under the stage, then standing motionless for a minute while the 100,000 strong crowd at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles screamed in adoration. He launched into hits 'Billie Jean', and 'Black or White' and ended things with 'Heal the World', as the world watched on - it was the first Super Bowl where the audience figures actually increased during the half-time show. His sister, Janet, had a go a couple of decades later, with her efforts no doubt memorable, but for a very different reason.
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