1. Super Bowl XXXVI: Patriots 20, Rams 17
The start of the Patriots’ dynasty is at the Super Bowl XXXVI. Also, it is considered to be the end of the Greatest Show on Turf. The Patriots dominated mostly on the span of the game, though Adam Vinatieri’s, now-legendary kick is missed. Thus, New England still would have had the chance to win over time.
2. Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens 34, 49ers 31
There are a lot of memorable moments in the Super Bowl XLVII. The unforgettable of which is the 34-minute power outage that somehow wrecks the momentum of the Baltimore Ravens. After the blackout, the San Francisco 49ers scored 17 unanswered points. Also, they might have the chance to win late in the fourth quarter. However, the Ravens were able to have a 4th-and-goal stop to win successfully. The game was also a match not only for the teams but also for the head coaching brothers John and Jim Harbaugh.
3. Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots 32, Panthers 29
In this match, this is the second victory of New England in the Super Bowl, and it is a tale of almost two halves. The Carolina Panthers and The Patriots went scoreless for nearly 27 minutes before combining for 24 points on the final four minutes of the first half. The back and forth continued not until Vinatieri hit yet another game-winner with only four seconds left. Also, in this game, the infamous half time wardrobe malfunction occurred.
4. Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos 31, Packers 24
The Super Bowl XXXII was a close one throughout the match. The Green Bay Packers play elbows to elbows against the Denver Broncos. However, Terrell Davis suddenly surfaces and ran for the go-ahead touchdown with the time remaining under two minutes in regulation. Thus, Davis won the MVP honors. Also, this game is memorable for being the one that finally got the monkey off the back of John Elway.
5. Super Bowl LII: Eagles 41, Patriots 33
Super Bowl LII is considered to be one of the best back and forth battles that have been witnessed in the NFL postseason. All in all, there were 74 combined points in regulations. The Patriots did not even kick in the game. This game also has its beautiful moments, just like the Philly Special and Brandon Graham’s strip-sack of Brady, which put the Philadelphia Eagles in the position to win. Also, fans would remember this moment because Nick Foles, who went on to win the Super Bowl MVP, only started because Carson Wentz tore his ACL in the regular season. Thus, with Foles under center, the Eagles became the underdogs to the Patriots. However, they came out lifting the first Philadelphia Lombardi Trophy.
6. Super Bowl XXIII: 49ers 20, Bengals 16
In the Super Bowl XXIII, there is no shortage when it comes to drama. Jerry Rice, the receiver of 49ers (finished with 215 yards and a touchdown), dominated the Cincinnati Bengals defense in the duration of the game. However, the Bengals took a lead of 16-13 with just over three minutes of the remaining time. Thus, Joe Montana happens to calmly move San Francisco 92 yards in 11 players and then threw the go-ahead touchdown pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds left in the time.
There are other notable events in this series, aside from the outstanding 49ers drive. The Bengals defensive lineman Tim Krumrie who has a broken leg and the Steve Wallace, who is the 49ers offensive tackle who has a fractured ankle, suffered significant injuries in the first quarter. Also, the Super Bowl XXIII marked the final time of Bill Walsh for coaching San Francisco.
7. Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23
There was a buildup thrived for the Super Bowl XLIII. The Pittsburgh Steelers were focused on their record sixth Lombardi Trophy. In the dusk, if his career, Quarterback Kurt Warner led the Arizona Cardinals to its first championship game. However, the Steelers ended up winning a touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes in the remaining 35 seconds time. It came after the Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald scored a go-ahead 64-yard touchdown with less than three minutes remaining. Thus, the tightrope catch near the end of regulation is tagged as one of the best plays in Super Bowl history. As well as James Harrison’s 100-yard interception return for a touchdown with no time on the clock just before the halftime.
8. Super Bowl XXXIV: Rams 23, Titans 16
Nearing the end of his career, Warner took the Cardinals to the Super Bowl. He was just getting started when he was able to win one for the St. Louis Rams in XXXIV. But Warner was never supposed to be the guy who would do it. He took over after Trent Green was lost for the season due to an injury. However, the former Arena Football League stood out and went on to perform the Greatest Show on Turf along with receivers Az-Zahir Hakim, Torry Holt, and Isaac Bruce and running back Marshall Faulk.
As follows, the match required every bit of Warner’s 414-yard, two-touchdown MVP performance to beat to destroy the Tennessee Titans in one of the most competitive Super Bowls ever. Also, the game-saving tackle of Mike Jones on Kevin Dyson as time is running out remains one of the top plays in the history of the championship.
9. Super Bowl XXV: Giants 20, Bills 19
This next entry is memorable for its other reasons aside from the unforgettable miss. The 135-yard, one-touchdown performance in a losing effort of Thurman Thomas will never be forgotten. It is marked as the first of four straight title appearances and losses for Buffalo. Also, it was the second Super Bowl victory for the head coach of Giant Bill Parcells and the last for Bill Belichick as the defensive coordinator of New York. Bill Belichick was then hired as head coach for the Cleveland Browns right after the Super Bowl, and then he went on to join the Patriots years later.
10. Super Bowl III: Jets 16, Colts 7
Super Bowl III is a higher game for what it represented compared to what happened on the field. Of course, the 16-7 defensive battle has its bright moments. The eventual MVP Joe Namath did not even attempt a pass in the fourth quarter. Thus, this is still considered one of the biggest upsets in the history of sports. Also, at the time, the NFL was seen to be the superior league to the fledgling AFL. Aside from this, Namath’s infamously guaranteed victory for the AFL’s New York Jets. The Jets was able to have a 13-0 lead over the Baltimore Colts into the fourth quarter.
11. Super Bowl LI: Patriots 34, Falcons 28
When you say the phrase “28-3,” most football fans would know that you are referring to Super Bowl LI. In this game, the Patriots faced a deficit in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons. However, the Patriots were able to storm back and win in the overtime. This game is also unforgettable, mostly because of two things. It is either the greatest comeback of all time or the most fabulous choke job of all time. According to experts, the Falcons mismanaged the clock in the fourth quarter. Yet, it is also notable that Brady made a comeback of 466 passing yards and James White 139 yards from scrimmage and three TDs.
12. Super Bowl XLII: Giants 17, Patriots 14
For Patriots fans, Super Bowl XLIII will never be forgotten. It is supposed to be the year that the Patriots have the opportunity to produce a perfect season, as the team went 16-0 in the regular season. However, the Giants are driven with their defense and a strategy. According to commentators, the Giants harassed Brady throughout the game while holding Tandy Moss to just 62 receiving and one touchdown. But it still took some clutch play from Giants quarterback Eli Manning to deliver the go-ahead score. As follows, with just over a minute of time remains in the game, Manning was able to break free of the Patriots pass rush and launched a ball that David Tyree caught by pinning it against his helmet. After four plays, Manning found Plaxico Burress and finished with the winning score.
13. Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
In Super Bowl XLIX, it almost covered everything that fans would want to see in a title game. The season has a place in history, most memorable sporting plays of all time, and the furious comeback. The Seattle Seahawks and The Patriots are aggressively determined to win the match. The Patriots were finding ways to prove that it was not over after winning their first title since the 2004 season. Thus, when the Seahawks carried a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter, it appeared that the team would come out on top. But the Patriots alongside Brady racked up 14 points in the fourth quarter. The Patriots then sealed the game when the Seahawks decided to pass from the 1-yard line instead of passing the ball to Marshawn Lynch.
14. Black Eyed Peas (2011)
The 2011 halftime performance by the Black Eyed Peas is said to be one of their worst. According to critics, the old folks were smugly smirking, and the Black Eyed Peas were just detestable. Comments surfaced that the group has stiff choreography and mailed-in vocals that are so bad that The Who seems to be 40 years younger than them. The most unwanted moment during their performance is when Slash arrived to save that day, only for Fergie to do the undesirable. People shared that Fergie ruined the iconic song “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” After the disaster, by year’s end, the group announced that they were going to stop.
15. Indiana Jones (1995)
The 1995 Super Bowl was held in Miami, Florida. Thus, Disney used the event to promote its new Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland. They incorporated it during the halftime show. Therefore, it featured Indy, who is not played by Harrison Ford. In the show, Indy tried to steal a plastic Vince Lombardi trophy from a temple. It was then thrown by a lip-synching performance of Patti LaBelle and Tony Bennett. Most of the comments that the performances are a real stinker.
16. The Who (2010)
The Who is one of the legendary bands in the music industry. As many would know, the band is not just essential to rock alone but to all music. In their previous classic rocks acts, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are the guys who could melt the stage. However, in their 2010 performance, it shows that it is past their prime, and their act did not correspond to a huge event such as the half time show. Some critics have speculated that both Pete and Roger may have never seen an American football game before because they might not realize how big the gig was in the American culture.
17. U2 (2002)
U2 will always be U2. No matter how old they are, they still giving their best in their performances. Thus, the 2002 halftime show is said to be the best in the history of halftime shows. The event took place just four months after the tragic 9/11 happened. The performance of U2 was a perfect mix it breathtaking musicianship and poignant remembrance. In their wonderful tribute, the U2 performed “Where the Streets Have No Name,” while a scrolling list of names of those who perished in the terror attack is shown. Up to this day, their performance shed tears.
18. Phil Collins, Enrique Iglesias, and Christina Aguilera (2000)
The 2000 halftime performance showcased a massive lineup of the artist. It has Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera and Enrique Iglesias. However, the show ended up being a Disney-produced show about the “Tapestry of Nations.” Also, Phil Collins is stuck doing one of the songs he wrote for “Tarzan.” As for Iglesias and Aguilera, they did a duet called “Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand.”
19. Shania Twain, No Doubt, and Sting (2003)
Great lineup but a stolen show. The performance of Shania Twain is clearly supers. Also, Gwen Stefani and Sting teaming up to perform “Message in a Bottle,” is just breathtaking. However, just before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were awarded with their respective trophy, Bon Jovi stole the spotlight by singing It’s My Life.” All in all, the 2003 Super Bowl is just filled with great acts.
20. Michael Jackson (1993)
The 1993, halftime show is labeled as the one that started all. Arguably it is! The show was performed by Michael Jackson. During this year, the King of Pop was slowly coming to an end. However, MJ did not stop to give a halftime performance that the fans truly deserves. It is considered to be the must-watch show. The children’s choir performed “We Are The World,” and was followed by MJ’s dramatic “Heal the World” performance. It is one of the greatest accomplishments of MJ’s career and was later reenacted at his memorial at the Staples Center.
21. Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Savion Glover (1999)
Many have claimed that the lineup of the 1999 halftime show is entirely random. However, the collaboration of Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Gloria Estefan gave a high-energy affair. Also, E.T. (the extra-terrestrial) did a little cameo to help stump from Progressive auto insurance who sponsored the show.
22. Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations (1998)
The Boyz II Men led the Super Bowl XXXll halftime show in celebration of Motown’s 40th anniversary. Alongside the group are the legends Martha Reeves, Smokey Robinson, and The Temptations. Fans shared that the performance is a fun set, considering the Motown theme.
23. Justin Timberlake (2018)
The 2018 show has been described as energetic performance yet poor technical. Justin Timberlake took the show from a room inside the U.S. Bank Stadium into the crowd of Super Bowl LII. However, the audio is quite disappointing as it garbled at the start of the show. Also, some did not appreciate the Prince tribute and the use of “I Would Die 4 U”.”
24. Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi (2019)
In the 2019, halftime show, it is also filled with big names in the music industry. Fans witnessed the performance of Travis Scott, Big Boi and Maroon 5. However, many commented that the Maroon 5 was just Maroon Fine. They claimed that the group are too safe or bland for the halftime show. Adam Levine collaborated with ATLien Big Boi, and Travis Scott. Yet people shared that the band play it safe playing their greatest hits.
25. The Rolling Stones (2006)
In 2006, The Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger took a break from the world tour supporting their 24th studio album, “A Bigger Bang,” to perform in the halftime show of Super Bowl XL. The Stones gave a lot of energy throughout their performance. However, the NFL snipped a few of Mick Jagger’s racier lyrics in the pre-recorded tape. Thus, it led Mick a bit annoyed.
26. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (2008)
In the 2008 show, it is said to be more concerned with performed rather than an exhibition. Tom Petty opened the halftime show of Super Bowl XLII, performing the all-time hit “I Won’t Back Down,” and “American Girl.” The performance of Petty nailed all the hits and gave the audience a solid show.
27. Lady Gaga (2017)
The production of Lady Gaga is known to be energetic and unique. She kicked it odd by jumping off of Reliant Stadium, which is totally awesome. Everything that came after is a performance that a typical Lady Gaga would do in her concerts. It is one of the most substantial shows in the halftime. Others commented that Lady Gaga could have done something different, as fans are expecting something more.
28. Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers (2014)
In every performance of Bruno Mars, he makes sure that he fills the entire place with his energy. Just like in the halftime of Super Bowl of 2014. He started off playing the drums. It is expected by many that Bruno Mars will give audiences an enjoyable experience, especially it is a year after Beyoncé performed an extraordinary halftime show. Thankfully, Mars played alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers. The energy-filled performance by the artists, however, was put into a bad review since people later found out that the band was not actually playing their instruments. Nonetheless, it was a great show.
29. The Blues Brothers, ZZ. Top, James Brown (1997)
Many have mentioned that the 1997 halftime show is such a disaster. It is expected that the Blues Brothers can capture the spirit of the times in 1997, but not even James Brown can save the catastrophe. Thus, the show became inadvertently funny because Jim Belushi opened the show instead of the Godfather of soul. During that time, the audience had a great experience, though.
30. Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., Cee Lo Green (2012)
The 2012 halftime show is also filled with music legends such as Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, and Madonna. However, the show ended up being a bit chaotic. Given that Madonna performed with other great artists, critics commented that the performances went all-in on giving so much exhibition. But the most unforgettable act during that moment is when M.I.A flipped the bird on live T.V. Thus, the NLF sued over the move and thankfully ended up settling.
31. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake (2004)
The 2004 halftime event is also one of the most memorable but somehow in a wrong way. As many would remember, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performed one of the most smoking act of Justin’s song “Rock Your Body.” However, in the last part of the song, there is a wardrobe malfunction with Janet’s clothes and exposed her breast. Some say that Nelly, P Diddy, and Kid Rock might be forgotten during that time as the audience got stuck with accidental scene. Thus, Justin apologize for the unwanted accident.
32. Diana Ross (1996)
Diana Ross is no doubt one of the icons in the music industry. Thus, she deserves a spot on the on the Super Bowl halftime show. Her performance in the 1996 halftime has set a standard to the other artist. Ross dramatic exit via helicopter was definitely high on point. It is said to be the larger-than-life moments and later other performers would have to pick up.
33. Paul McCartney (2005)
The 2005 performance marks the beginning of the six-year classic rock era of the halftime shows. Just a year after the Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s backlash due to wardrobe malfunction, many shared that having Paul McCartney to do the show is a breath of fresh air. Thus, being a great musician, Paul knew exactly what songs would he perform in front of the audiences. He started off with “Drive My Car,” “Live And Let Die,” and close the show with “Hey Jude.”
34. Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott (2015)
The 2015 halftime show is something that is symbolic at its time. The performance of Katy Perry was kind of weird, loud, and quite intended for the internet to latch onto a viral moment. Also, a meme called was born after the show. But when it comes to performance, Katy Perry gave it all, especially Lenny Kravitz joined her. However, Missy Elliott strutted out in a surprise appearance. The crowd went crazy over Elliot. Notably, she did not steal the show. She commandeered it.
35. Shakira and Jennifer Lopez (2020)
This year’s halftime performance is one of the most high-energy events that the Super Bowl had in years. The show centered on the two legendary Latinas, which is J.Lo and Shakira. Thus, J.Lo showed off her pole-dancing moves from “Hustlers,” while Shakira’s trademark hip shaking is witnessed by many. Also, aside from giving a show that the halftime deserves, one of the highlights was J.Lo’s cloak. It has a United States flag on one side and the Puerto Rican flag on the other. Another surprise is the performance of Emme, J.Lo’s daughter who sang, Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”
36. Prince (2007)
The Super Bowl XLI is quite a challenging season since it took place under an overflowing downpour in Florida. Yet one of the most excellent decisions is to have Prince to perform the halftime. During the show, Prince performed “Purple Rain,” and in the middle of the raindrops, it is turning purple, thanks to the stage lights. Also, the performance of Prince with “All Along The Watchtower,” of Bob Dylan was outstanding. The experience was quite breathtaking for the audience.
37. Beyonce (2013)
Having Beyoncé as a performer is no doubt one of the greatest investments. She is not called Queen B for nothing. Her stage presence is so excellent that other musicians could not match in her generation. As for the show, it is unique as expected, but Beyoncé did a little bit more by bringing back the Destiny’s Child. Furthermore, she actually paid respect to the event by starting her show with a tribute. Beyoncé played a sound bite of the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi.
38. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (2009)
In general, the Super Bowl XLIII is fantastic. It is one of the most exciting championship games between the Steeler and the Cardinals. Ass for the halftime show, yes! It went well with the match. The performance of The Boos that was the high point of the classic era that gave the audiences a great break from the game. It looks like Springsteen is on a mission to get everyone out of their seats, and his goal was accomplished.
39. Aerosmith and ‘N Sync (2001)
The 2001 halftime show lineup is one of the heaviest, especially during that time. After having some challenges on who to perform in the 90s, the NFL let the MTV control the halftime show. Of course, MTV will not disappoint! Gathering the biggest TOP 40 artist that they could find, they were able to form an epic entertainment. For fans, the sight of Aerosmith doing the “Walk This Way,” with Brtiney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and the biggest boy band during that time ‘N Sync, is the kind of show a lot of people dreamt about.
40. Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars (2016)
Having Coldplay to perform in the halftime show is already a fantastic show. But, turning the show into a tribute to all the halftimes that came before is just breathtaking. Bruno Mars returned with “Uptown Funk,” and what’s cooler, Beyonce showed up with a tribute to the Black Panthers. Meanwhile, Coldplay gave the audience some once in a lifetime experience with their performance of “Viva La Vida” with a complete orchestra led by maestro Gustavo Dudamel. The crowd also took part in the performance with a beautiful card stunt.
The NFL is part of the American culture, and for some, it is a tradition passing it down to generations. Fans would always look forward to the matches and halftime shows. Thus, athletes and artists would always give their best to give people what they deserve.