Plus our thoughts on the Top 5 performances all time
In spirit of the Super Bowl being this weekend, I’ve decided to write a preview for this years halftime show. The weekly Artist Spotlight will be returning next week.
I’ll be honest, after the first few songs I ever heard of Bruno Mars, I thought he was just a depressed guy who really needed a hug. I always made fun of his ridiculously depressing songs and how stupid he sounded in them. Then I heard “Locked Out of Heaven”, his Police sounding mega hit. Then, I saw his 2013 Grammy Awards performance and tribute to Bob Marley. Needless to say I went from a hater to fan just like that.
A lot of people have been hating on the decision to have Bruno Mars perform during this years Super Bowl halftime show. I, on the other hand, am very excited to see what he is going to do. Bruno Mars is, above all else, a phenomenal entertainer. He’s been that way ever since his days as a Michael Jackson impersonator and he has shown that he isn’t afraid to shock the audience by bringing a surprise guest on stage with him. This year we know the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be joining him on stage and I for one can not wait to see how he incorporates them into his set. On America’s biggest stage, with the entire country watching, I believe that we are in for quite a memorable performance that is going to blow us all away.
Now without further ado, I present our Top Five Super Bowl Halftime Shows of All Time:
Some people might strongly disagree with Beyonce only being at #5 instead of #1. Truth be told, I’m not a big Beyonce fan, nor did I care all too much for her performance. Yes it was the largest watched half time performance of all time, and yes she probably did cause the power outage at the beginning of the 2nd half, but that is why she is #5 and not completely left off of this list.
4. Aerosmith, ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
This makes the list pretty much just for this moment. I’m sure whenever you see this video the 90s kid inside of you starts going crazy.
It’s incredible how hard it was to find video of this performance. Regarded by many as one of the best Super Bowl halftime performances of all time, Prince brought the house down in 2007. Playing through a few of his classics, as well as those of other well known artists, the performance was brought to a peak when he closed with his mega hit, “Purple Rain”.
2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
It’s no secret that Bruce is one of my favorite artists of all time and seeing his halftime performance in 2009 was something special. He brought out some of his biggest hits and impressed the crowd with his showmanship, incredible music, and awesome show.
I’m not that big of a U2 fan, but this performance was special. Being from the New York area, their tribute to the 9/11 victims and families at the 2002 halftime show was a really special moment. Aside from the somber gesture, U2 put on an impressive performance, having the crowd sing a long and rocking out with the entire stadium.
As you can see from this list, Bruno Mars certainly has some big shoes to fill in order to claim top spot. Can he do it? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. But we’d be lying if we said we weren’t excited.