Super Bowl 2011: Top 10 Choices to Play the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show

Ross ColemanAnalyst IFebruary 5, 2011

Super Bowl 2011: Top 10 Choices to Play the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show

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    The Super Bowl is just a few days away and the Black Eyed Peas are going to be the halftime entertainment, with special guests Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm, Slash and (possibly) Usher.

    The halftime shows have been toned down quite a bit since the alleged "Wardrobe Malfunction" of 2004 where Janet Jackson exposed herself to a crowd of millions.

    Ever since then, the shows have mostly been of artists and bands from an older generation and I fully expect that to continue to some degree.

    Here are 10 potential acts that could play next year in New York. Obviously, it is a bit subjective towards artists that I would like to hear – but that's what sports and music are both all about, right?

10. Huey Lewis and the News

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    This one might seem a little out there, but I think Huey Lewis and the News could have a good reception at halftime. They have some pretty memorable songs and they are very family friendly.

    I know that Huey Lewis won't be a marquee artist to have play in New York next year, so that's why I have them lower on the list.

    Headline song: The Power of Love

9. Neil Diamond

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    Neil Diamond might seem like another silly pick, but I think he has become such a popular icon over the past few years that I could absolutely see it happening. I think it would bring the house down when he sings Sweet Caroline.

    The only thing I could see holding this up would be the fact that the Super Bowl is in New York next year and Sweet Caroline is played at Red Sox games. Could be a conflict of interest.

    Headline song: Sweet Caroline

8. Dave Matthews Band

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    This one is lower on the list because I am not sure if Dave Matthews and football really go hand-in-hand. But, I really think it would be a great fit.

    Dave Matthews at big venues is awesome and I think it would be wholesome enough to get an approval from the housewives and grandfathers that pick the music at the Super Bowl.

    Again, I am not sure this is a New York Super Bowl type of pick here, but Dave did play at Central Park a few years ago. It could happen.

    Headline song: Tripping Billies

7. The Eagles

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    This one definitely fits with the older generation picking the Super Bowl music. Now, that being said, I would love to see the Eagles play the Super Bowl halftime show. They might not be as popular with my generation, but I love the Eagles.

    The country vibe would probably have worked better this year in Texas or somewhere else, but I think the would work in New York.

    Headline song: Take It Easy

6. Rush

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    Now, this one seems like it could be a real possibility. I mean, if the Who played last year, then it is just a matter of time before we get Rush playing on Super Bowl Sunday.

    Again, I am not sure they are a New York-style artist, but I think they would be awesome on the big stage.

    Headline song: Tom Sawyer

5. The Foo Fighters

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    With the news that the Black Eyed Peas will be playing halftime this year, that at least opens the door for more modern artists and bands to play at the Super Bowl. The Foo Fighters always seem to be a band that springs up for things like this.

    I think they would be a nice fit to play a Super Bowl halftime show. They might not be popular enough, but I would love to see them.

    Headline song: Best of You

4. Van Halen

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    Now this is one that could get me to actually attend the big game in New York. Van Halen is one of my favorite childhood bands and seeing them in a huge arena with the entire world watching would be an incredible experience.

    The only thing that would keep this from happening is the fact that the band has a tendency to change their lead singer once a month. However, I could see this one happening because of the fact that Van Halen is recording new music right now and could be on the front of everyone's brains next year.

    Headline song: Jump

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers

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    This is another group that I could see making the leap into Super Bowl halftime fame, although I think they would be more likely to be the pick if the game was in Los Angeles. I think a New York Super Bowl is more likely to pick an artist from that neck of the woods.

    I will say that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will likely play a Super Bowl at some point. I just get that vibe from this band.

    Headline song: By the Way

2. Bon Jovi

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    This one seems like a real possibility. The game is in New York (technically, New Jersey) and Bon Jovi is from New Jersey. If Las Vegas had odds on who would be the band to play halftime next year, I would put a hefty bet on Bon Jovi.

    They would also be a great pick. I think the crowd knows enough of their songs that it would be a great show and Bon Jovi is never a band to skimp on dramatics.

    Headline song: Livin' on a Prayer

1. Beyonce and Jay-Z

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    This one looks like a no-brainer, especially with the fact that the Black Eyed Peas are playing this year. It opens the door for hip hop artists to play.

    Jay-Z is a proud New Yorker and I think people would love to see him and Beyonce together. They could do a number of songs and it would be a great show.

    Headline song: Empire State of Mind