5 Times a Super Bowl Halftime Show Has Been More Entertaining Than We Could've Expected

by Emily Krauser 6:00 PM PST, February 06, 2016
Playing 5 Times a Super Bowl Halftime Show Has Been More Entertaining Than We Could've Expected

When it comes to the Super Bowl, there are basically three camps: diehard NFL fans who actually want to watch the big game, the casual viewers who want to talk about the commercials at the water cooler on Monday, and the music superfans who are in it solely for the halftime show.

If you're in the last category, you've witnessed some mediocre performances (we're looking at you, New Kids on the Block and Gloria Estefan) as well as some incredible ones (thank you, Beyoncé and Katy Perry). But sometimes, if we're all really lucky, we get a halftime show that is more entertaining than we could have ever imagined.

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Just in time for Super Bowl 50 and another performance by Beyoncé -- which we can only imagine will be epic -- we're looking back at five of those sparkly, magical moments on the 50-yard line.

1. Beyoncé

Here's to hoping that when Queen Bey performs in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday, she'll have an even more electrifying performance that when she absolutely slayed in 2013. That's when New Orleans' entire Mercedes-Benz Superdome stadium went lights out just minutes after she got off stage. Fierce, indeed!

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2. M.I.A., Madonna and Nicki Minaj

Technically, 2012 was supposed to be the year Madonna rocked the Super Bowl, but her guest performer, M.I.A. completely stole the show when she flashed her middle finger on national TV. Not cool, M.I.A. Not cool.

3. The Black Eyed Peas

Unfortunately, Fergie and her crew had a memorable performance in 2011 for all the wrong reasons -- technical issues kept cutting their mics out, and the group was panned for a lackluster spectacle. But that glittery football outfit was everything…

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4. Bruce Springstreen

It's hard to top the Boss! In 2009, he rocked the Tampa crowd but nearly took a camera operator's eye out with a long slide, which provided us with a very close-up crotch shot when he hit the lens. But in typical Springsteen fashion, the singer laughed it off, giggling about his athletic mishap.

5. Elvis Presto

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Back in 1989, the Elvis Presley impersonator didn't croon any of the singer's very famous tunes, but rather donned a gold suit to perform magic tricks. Yes, really.

We can't wait to see what happens Sunday night when Coldplay and Beyoncé take America's most-watched stage by storm!