Super Bowl Halftime Show 2016: Song List, Reaction for Beyonce Performance

Michelle Bruton@@michelle_nflFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2016

Beyoncé, Coldplay singer Chris Martin and Bruno Mars perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Oh, Coldplay was supposed to be the headliner for the Super Bowl 50 halftime show?

That's funny, because this was Beyonce's show, and everyone else was just performing in it. 

The show opened with Chris Martin crouched down on the field while fans rushed the stage around him before Coldplay played the opening notes of "Viva la Vida."

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It's all happening! @coldplay #SB50 https://t.co/2Uww5yJLRX

It's one of the band's only upbeat songs, so opening with it was a no-brainer. 

Given Martin's affinity for classical music, the youth orchestra that accompanied Coldplay as they opened their set—none other than Gustavo Dudamel's Los Angeles Philharmonic Youth Orchestra—was a nice touch. 

That theme—making the world a better place for childrenwould run through the entire show, and it was emphasized during the finale with fans in the stands spelling out "Believe in Love."

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BELIEVE IN LOVE <3 #SB50 #HalftimeShow #Chills (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) https://t.co/sw3wblLa3p

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. 

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The stage morphed into a mesmerizing psychedelic light show as Coldplay moved onto their 2011 single "Paradise." Then they dropped a new single, "Adventure of a Lifetime," which I had to Shazam.

The crowd received it politely, but lost its collective mind when Bruno Mars burst in with the opening notes to "Uptown Funk." After checking the calendar and confirming that it was not, in fact, 2014, it was enjoyable. 

And then it was time for Beyonce.

One day before Super Bowl Sunday, Beyonce released a surprise new single, "Formation," and accompanying music video with powerful Hurricane Katrina and Black Lives Matter imagery.

The single trended worldwide into the morning hours of Super Bowl Sunday, so needless to say the reaction to her performance of the single was rabid. 

Queen Bey was accompanied onto the field by a drumline and performed a few bars from the new single before launching into a cool mashup with Mars. Even the Denver Broncos were awed to be in her presence. 

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Make way for the Queen! Do work, @Beyonce! https://t.co/oZYMgQ1hDl

Mars and Beyonce blended "Uptown Funk" and "Crazy in Love" and were eventually joined by Martin, who looked extremely out of place.

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After Martin reminded everyone who the real headliner was supposed to be, he sat at his piano and played the melody to "Clocks" to accompany a montage of past Super Bowl halftime performers before moving into "Fix You."

In a colorful ending, all three performers and their various backup acts joined together at the center of the stage.

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And another Super Bowl halftime show is in the books @NFLonFOX https://t.co/sIjzE5bAWr

But Beyonce had the final word, as the first graphic immediately following the show confirmed tickets for her Formation World Tour in 2016 are now on sale.

Though there were no major mishaps and the three performers ended up working well together, it was somewhat disappointing that no additional surprise artists joined them onstage. 

Coldplay, Beyonce and Mars had all been confirmed prior to the game, so many people assumed another unannounced performer would show up, as Missy Elliott did in Super Bowl XLIX.

In fact, the surprise guest most people seemed to be hoping for was not Jay Z or Justin Timberlake, but a breakout star from 2015:

Mic @mic

Just hoping the MVP from last year’s halftime show makes a surprise appearance #SB50 https://t.co/My6kjY9dxv

Daniel Wray @WrayDaniel

Hoping for a surprise appearance from left shark in the #SuperBowl halftime show.


Gary Buchanan @Gary_Jerry

I'd really love if Left Shark popped in as a surprise guest performer during the #SuperBowl halftime show.

Sadly, however, Left Shark seems to have retired from his musical career.

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