Super Bowl 2013 Halftime Show: Where Does Beyonce's Performance Rank in History?

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 4, 2013

Beyonce brought the house down at the Super Bowl (without causing a power outage), putting her in the company of some names like Michael Jackson and Prince. 

A bizarre, unforgettable Super Bowl had one of the best halftime shows in recent memory. That's saying quite a bit, considering the sensibilities of this hipster nation. We are far more cynical than we used to be.  

Hell, you can see pretty much anything you want on this here Internet machine, so I understand the annual yawns. 

However, for every Up with People and Elvis Presto, there is an equally and awesomely opposing force. Some of the best shows follow with video proof to show that the Super Bowl Halftime Show can certainly be an amazing part of the game. 


No. 5: Everyone at Super Bowl XXXV

Despite what you might think of the acts, you have to admit the MTV-produced show packed as much star power as it could into a little over 10 minutes. This pick is all about the production value of the halftime show. 

We got to see: Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly. 

Never once did it seem like overkill. Well, maybe with the beginning comedy skits, which haven't aged well.


No. 4: Prince at Super Bowl XLI 

A couple years removed from Janet Jackson's famed wardrobe malfunction, things were starting to get a bit stale. 

That's when Prince delivered one of the more memorable performances while he covered classic songs like "We Will Rock You," "Proud Mary" and "All Along the Watchtower."

It's hard to find video of this show, but you can still relive it here with this Myspace Video


No. 3: Beyonce at Super Bowl XLVII

Again, there will be those who hated this performance. To those unfortunate souls, I offer that you are wrong. 

Beyonce dropped it like it was most definitely hot. 

If we are docking her points, it would have to be for the sound being a tad muffled at parts and for her catalog of songs not being nearly what it is for some of the other classic artists on this breakdown. 

She was so good, I don't even care that we didn't see Jay-Z. 


No. 2: Michael Jackson at Super Bowl XXVII

Back in 1993, we were all granted a mini-Michael Jackson concert. That's pretty much what the show was, and it is enough of a description to emphasize how amazing it was. 

That video is all you need to remember how amazing Jackson was as a performer, singer, dancer and showman. 

He also had the benefit of a legendary catalog of songs to choose from; every last one is an instant sing-along ditty because of its familiarity. 


No. 1: U2 at Super Bowl XXXVI

U2 was tasked with performing at the first Super Bowl after the tragedy of September 11. Their performance was, for lack of a better term, perfect. 

They gave us a reason to cheer and smile while also giving the nation yet another chance to honor those who left this world far too soon. 

A list of the names of people who died on that fateful day scrolled in the background of the performance, bringing a great weight to what is a relatively meaningless day of fun and frivolity. 

Of course, this is just one man's opinion of how things have gone thus far on the biggest stage in the world. Please offer your top halftime shows in history. 

Just don't mention Elvis Presto


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