Ranking the ten best Super Bowl halftime shows ever

These are the best that the Super Bowl has offered music fans so far.

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Best Super Bowl halftimes - 5 though 3

No. 5 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (2009 - Super Bowl XLIII)

Is there really any way Bruce Springsteen could have gone wrong? Even on his worst nights, he is probably better than 99 percent of other artists could ever hope to be. Straight-forward, electric performances are what the Boss is known for and he did not disappoint. "Born to Run" seemed made for a football game. Springsteen even slightly changed up the lyrics to "Glory Days" from a baseball reference to a football one. Each song in his 14-minute set was a banger.

No. 4 - Shakira and Jennifer Lopez (2020 - Super Bowl LIV)

The game was not awful as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the first meeting of the teams in the Super Bowl. 2024 will be the rematch. But the game did not match the energy of these two ultra-fit ladies who rocked through 17-plus tracks in less than 15 minutes. The charisma of either Shakira or Lopez is enough to light up one stadium but together? I am surprised the power did not go out at Hard Rock Stadium.

No. 3 - Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar (2022 - Super Bowl LVI)

I will be honest. When I first heard this would be the halftime show I had little hope that this could come together cohesively. But I underestimated not the producers of the halftime show but the performers themselves. I should not have doubted such greatness. Each artist took their turn of brilliance but Anderson .Paak might have stolen the show with his drumming. That is how great he was.