Super Bowl Halftime Show 2016: Odds, Expected Songs for Coldplay Performance

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2016

Feb 4, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Recording artists Chris Martin (left) and Will Champion (right) of Coldplay react during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show press conference at Moscone Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The stage is set for Coldplay to bring the house down when they take center stage at Levi's Stadium Sunday night during halftime of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, and the 12-minute display shouldn't disappoint. 

But as is always the case, bettors will be anxious to see which song the British group leads off with. Not only is Coldplay's latest studio album, A Head Full of Dreams, chocked full of high-energy singles that would be worthy of opening the festivities, but the band has a loaded catalog of classics that would suffice. 

According to, "Adventure of a Lifetime" is the leader in the clubhouse with Super Bowl 50 fast approaching: 

Prop Bet: Which Song Will Coldplay Play First?
Adventure of a Lifetime+200
Fix You+350
A Sky Full of Stars+450
Viva La Vida+500
Head Full of Dreams+1000

The most logical choices—simply based on the typical evolution of the show—would seem to be upbeat tracks. That rules out "Clocks" and "Fix You" right off the bat. Keeping the above criteria in mind, "Sky Full of Stars," "Adventure of a Lifetime" and "Viva La Vida" would then appear to be strong choices and compelling bets based on their respective odds. 

And if fans are wondering what kind of vibe will envelop the show, look no further than one of the band's favorite summer music festivals. 

"One of our favorite places to play in the world is a place called Glastonbury festival, which is a big music festival that happens in England," Martin said, according to E! Online's Kendall Fisher. "It's full of color and pageantry, and it's an amazing sort of spiritual home of music in England."

Another song to keep an eye on as the performance gets underway is "Hymn For The Weekend." While it's unlikely to serve as the opener based on the odds provided, "Hymn For The Weekend" is perhaps the most well-known song off Coldplay's new album. 

The reason: It features Beyonce, who was confirmed as a performer for the halftime show by the NFL on Thursday, according to the New York Times' Melissa Hoppert

"I don’t want to say it’s going to be the best ever because that’s not really fair to the Katy Perrys and the Madonnas of the world," NFL Network senior vice president for programming and production Mark Quenzel said, per Hoppert. "But it’s going to be different, for sure, in a lot of respects."

There have also been rumblings of an appearance by Bruno Mars, according to Hoppert, but confirmation regarding his presence on stage with Coldplay has been elusive to this point. 

If Mars does show up, just remember: The last time he performed at halftime, the Broncos got shellacked, 43-8, by the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl 48. 

With surprises in store and stars galore already in the fold, expect the Super Bowl halftime spectacle to be stunning as ever when the spotlight shines on midfield and the microphones are turned on.