We are all excited about Madonna's performance this Sunday, but Super Bowl halftime shows weren't always about popular recording artists. As the most-watched event in television history, it's hard to imagine the game without celebrities and pyrotechnics. The show has come a long way since college marching bands, so let's take a look at some of the great and most memorable Super Bowl halftime moments.
Do you remember Up With the People? Well the NFL really liked this act! The international education organization featured a cast of about 100 students from 20 different countries. They performed at four different Super Bowls during the late 1970's and through the 80's.
It was hard to tell if this was a halftime show, or a world tour Michael Jackson concert. Michael pulled out all the stops at his 1993 performance singing hits from his Dangerous album and promoting humanitarian efforts.
A tribute to all things great about music, we got a mix of pop, rock, rap, and soul at Super Bowl 35 in 2001. Opening with 'N Sync and pyro literally bursting from the hands of Justin Timberlake, the boy band teamed with Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly in a collaborative effort to Walk This Way.
Remember Janet's powerful message of anti-bigotry, illiteracy, and ignorance during her 2004 halftime performance? Of course you don't! You probably don't even remember the other performers which included rap artist P. Diddy, Kid Rock and Nelly. The controversy surrounding the Janet/Justin performance caused such a ruckus that it resulted in major fines and changes to FCC regulations. Talk about rockin' the house, more like rockin' the nation!
Bruce Springsteen commanded viewers to "put the chicken fingers down and turn the TV all the way up," in 2009. Springsteen and the E Street Band put on a high-energy performance with the entire stadium singing along. It proved to be a definite crowd pleaser.
With hundred of dancers dressed in white suits and neon lights the Black Eyed Peas took flash mob mania to the extreme for their performance at Super Bowl 45. The performance also featured a moving stage, a surprise appearance by Slash and Usher dropping in by high wire.