From MJ to JT, Which Artist Has the Bragging Rights for the Greatest Super Bowl Performance?

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From MJ to JT, Which Artist Has the Bragging Rights for the Greatest Super Bowl Performance?

At the blow of the final whistle, the impossible became possible, the curse was broken, and the dream became a reality as the Philadelphia Eagles lifted the Vince Lombardi trophy for the first time in their history.

Philidelphia is a city which is undoubtedly undergoing a transformation when it comes to iconic sporting franchises and giving the citizens and the fans something to cheer about. Take the 76ers "Process" led by Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid; there's a vibe around the town that the best years of the sporting franchises based out of the city certainly lie ahead of them.

The glamor of the Super Bowl

The glamor of the Super Bowl

Super Bowl over the years has made a name for itself for having iconic half-time shows one after the other. This year it was Justin Timberlake attempting to bring "Sexy Back" and pulling it off in a spectacular fashion. So where does JT's performance in Super Bowl 52 rank? Can he make the cut or the likes of Michael Jackson, Beyonce, etc. are too big of a hurdle to overcome, let's find out.


10. Rolling Stones - 2006 

We kick off our list with the iconic Rolling Stones. What do they say about persistence? If you do not succeed at once, try and try again, although it is a bit exaggerated, the fact that it took them 40 years to make it to the Super Bowl certainly makes us scratch our heads. They sure did put in a memorable though and owed to that fact; we award them the 10th spot on our list.

9. Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Some sporting moments are not worth the hype and the Super Bowl 2014 was a quintessential example of it. What was by far the best moment in a terrible Super Bowl, Bruno Mars took over the stage with Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Although the performance sparked some controversy as it became evident that they were playing the instruments live, it was a recording, but we'll still give it to them, and hence they occupy the 9th slot on our list.

8. Madonna - 2012

Nobody pulls of stage attire like Madonna, and even by her astronomically high standards, she was scorching hot when she made the appearance on the stage dressed as Cleopatra and doing her moves. For this reason, Madonna ranks at 8th on our list.

7. Katy Perry - 2015

Before Lady Gaga, there was Katy Perry who had the accolade of the greatest entrance in Super Bowl history. Few years Before Lady Gaga jumped off the roof (more on that later), Katy Perry entered the stage on a mechanical lion. Amazingly, that was probably the first ever lion to reach the Super Bowl (sorry Detroit).

Katy ended her performance with her anthem of empowerment "firework", and that's why she ranks 7th on our list.

6. Beyonce - 2013

Sorry Coldplay fans, but Beyonce's performance was better without Chris' vocals interrupting. So back in 2013 when she was under intense scrutiny for lip-syncing the national anthem, she saw the Super Bowl halftime show as her moment of redemption and boy didn't she take it!

The mics weren't just hot; they were blazing! Beyonce set the stage on fire, and perhaps the only thing we complained was lack of Jay-Z's presence on the floor. But still, we'll give you brownie points Beyonce.

5. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson - 2004

5. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson - 2004

There are performances which are famous and iconic because they were that good and then there are some performances which are iconic for all the wrong reasons. Ask Janet Jackson all about it. The performance sparked so much controversy that even we forgot the name of the song they were performing in unison. During their performance, Janet Jackson's right nipple was exposed to 144 million onlookers for the time it takes Tom Brady to fumble in Super Bowl 52, and as expected, the media entourage followed. 

Nevertheless, the "wardrobe malfunction" meant that Janet's career was effectively over and on the topic of impact, the performance eventually led to making of the website YouTube as the video wasn't available on the internet. All's well when end's well, isn't it?

4. U2 - 2002

When it comes to uniting a nation and apply plaster to its cracks, you can surely rely on U2 to do so. In 2002 America was still coming to grips with the 9/11 tragedy and that's when Bono stepped up on stage and revealed the underside of his coat where the nation's colors were perfectly sewn.

And if that wasn't enough to win our hearts, the sight of them performing "Where the Streets Have No Name" while the names of the victims were being scrolled surely won our hearts. Number three for you Bono.

3. Prince - 2007

It must be intriguing for Prince during the halftime show to prepare for his performance. After all, he had to perform one of his greatest hits "Purple rain" in actual rain. No pressure kid!

What we didn't know was how iconic his performance was about to be, remember the corporate mantra of "underpromise and overdeliver?" yeah, it was kinda like that. Although the performance raised a few eyebrows as it seemed that Prince used his guitar to project a giant phallic symbol but we'd let it pass this time.

2. Lady Gaga - 2017

The 2017 Super Bowl was one of those moments in sporting history where you remember exactly where you were, what you were doing, kinda like Michael Jordan's game 6 bucket vs Utah Jazz back in the day. Tom Brady might have led the Patriots to the greatest Super Bowl comeback in history but let's be honest, Lady Gaga was the real MVP here.

She literally jumped off the roof to start off things, her Poker Face is arguably the greatest ever performance in Super Bowl history and she went on to perform "Telephone" and "Born this way". We're sorry Lady Gaga, you could've been easily first but we didn't want to commit any blasphemy. 

1. Michael Jackson - 1993

It would be blasphemous on our part to not rate this performance so there we are, Michael Jackson's 1993 spectacle at the 1993 Super Bowl half-time show ranks as numero uno on our list. The most iconic image is Michael Jackson just exploding onto the stage and building the anticipation by just literally standing there and doing nothing. He made his fans wait for 90 seconds before starting his performances.

Michael performs spectacles like Billie Jean, Jam, Black, and White and because of all this, the king of pop occupies the number one spot on our list. 

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