We’ll admit it, when we think of the Super Bowl, the halftime performers always steal the show in our minds. Sure, that might be an unpopular opinion amongst true football fans who actually tune in to watch the big game, but sports fan or not, there’s no denying the fact that the headliners are the ones so many people look forward to watching, and who garner the most attention post-show.
From Beyoncé to Janet Jackson to Prince and the Rolling Stones, there have been some pretty incredible acts entertaining the Super Bowl crowd (and the roughly 100 million TV viewers watching at home) over the years.
This year, Rihanna is promising another incredible show. “We did a pretty good job at narrowing it down,” the singer said of the setlist for her performance during an Apple Music press conference, per Variety. “There’s probably been about 39 versions of the setlist right now. We’re on our 39th. Every little change counts.”
The “Love on the Brain” singer also mentioned what components were crucial for her to represent. “Representing for my country, Barbados. Representing for Black women everywhere. That’s really important,” she said.
As we prepare for Riri’s big show on Sunday, let’s take a peek at some of the most iconic artists that have performed during the Super Bowl halftime performance (Warning: you will get severe nostalgic vibes).
A version of this was originally published in 2021.
Rihanna performed all of her greatest hits in the past 17 years in one legendary performance!
2022: Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg & Mary J. Blige
Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige all performed together for Super Bowl LVI.
2021: The Weeknd
The Weeknd performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl LV.
2020: Shakira and Jennifer Lopez
Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform at Super Bowl LIV.
2019: Maroon 5
Maroon 5 performs at Super Bowl LIII.
2018: Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake performs at Super Bowl LII.
2017: Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga performs at Super Bowl LI.
2016: Coldplay With Special Guests Beyonce and Bruno Mars
Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars perform at Super Bowl L.
2015: Katy Perry
Katy Perry performs at Super Bowl XLIX.
2014: Bruno Mars With Special Guests the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Super Bowl XLVIII.
2013: Beyoncé with Destiny’s Child
Beyoncé performs at Super Bowl XLVII.
Madonna performs at Super Bowl XLVI.
2011: The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas perform at Super Bowl XLV.
2010: The Who
The Who performs at Super Bowl XLIV.
2009: Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen performs at Super Bowl XLIII.
2008: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers performs at Super Bowl XLII.
Prince performs at Super Bowl XLI.
2006: The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones perform at Super Bowl XL.
2005: Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney performs at Super Bowl XXXIX.
2004: Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson performs at Super Bowl XXXVIII.
2003: Shania Twain
Shania Twain performs at Super Bowl XXXVII.
U2 performs at Super Bowl XXXVI.
2001: Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly
Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly perform at Super Bowl XXXV.
2000: Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins, and Toni Braxton
Christina Aguilera and Enrique Iglesias perform at Super Bowl XXXIV.
1999: Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder
Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder perform at Super Bowl XXXIII.
1998: Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, and Queen Latifah
Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, and Queen Latifah perform at Super Bowl XXXII.
1997: The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers perform at Super Bowl XXXI.
1996: Diana Ross
Diana Ross performs at Super Bowl XXX.
1995: Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle
Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle perform at Super Bowl XXIX.
1994: Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, and The Judds
Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, and The Judds perform at Super Bowl XXVIII.
1993: Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson performs at Super Bowl XXVII.
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