As January (finally) comes to a close, we’re coming into February with a bang. This Sunday is the Super Bowl, and as usual, we’re ever-so-slightly more excited for the half time show than the actual game (sorry!). This year, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are storming the field, and we seriously can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with (we also can’t wait to see Demi Lovato perform the National Anthem, in case you’ve forgotten that’s happening).
Past Super Bowl halftime performers like Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Katy Perry have set a high bar when it comes to Super Bowl performances, and we took a look back at the five Super Bowl halftime shows you absolutely need to rewatch before Sunday. Whether you’re in it for the game or in it for the show, these unforgettable performances will get you hyped for the weekend.
Lady Gaga, 2017
Lady Gaga was in peak Gaga form at the 2017 Super Bowl, serving up spirited versions of “Poker Face,” Born This Way,” “Bad Romance,” and more. She also enlisted a swarm of drones, leapt off the roof of the stadium, and infused the entire show with metallic Gaga glamour madness. The only, tiny complaint? We wish Gaga would have brought up a fellow performer to join her in the show.
Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, & Missy Elliot, 2015
Two words: Left. Shark. Five years later, Left Shark’s antics are still burned into our mind, but Katy Perry, Missy Elliott, and Lenny Kravitz were all memorable in their own right too. Perry shot through the sky singing “Firework,” rode a giant lion singing “Roar,” and generally proved that she can rock the hell out of a theme. We’d be happy to see her back at the Super Bowl any day.
Beyoncé & Destiny’s Child, 2013
Picture it: The year is 2013. The Ravens are playing the 49ers. At halftime, the lights dim: Then, suddenly, Beyoncé. One Beyoncé figure lit up in flames, and the real Beyoncé, standing on a pedestal and ready to rock your world with renditions of “Crazy in Love,” “Baby Boy,” “Halo,” and — just when you think you’re going to explode from how amazing it all is — she brings in the rest of Destiny’s Child to sing “Single Ladies.” This performance killed. No notes.
Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, & Cee Lo Green, 2012
What do you get when Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and Cee Lo Green walk into a room? A kickass Super Bowl performance, apparently. Who would’ve guessed? Madonna showed up as a Greek goddess carried by a group of soldiers, sang a mashup of “Music” with LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” and featured Nicki Minaj and MIA on her performance of “Give Me All Your Luvin.” It was pop heaven — and a performance only Madonna could have pulled off.
Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Nelly & ‘NSYNC, 2001
Technically, the 2001 halftime show was billed as an ‘NSYNC and Aerosmith collaboration — but fans truly lost their minds when Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly joined them on the stage for “Walk This Way.” Other highlights: Justin Timberlake shot fire out of his hands while singing “It’s Gonna Be Me,” Justin and Britney (who were dating at the time) performed a little duet, and Britney inexplicably wore a sock on one arm as an accessory.
So, will J.Lo and Shakira be able to fill these shoes? We have a feeling they’re up to the challenge.