Top 3 Super Bowl Halftime Shows of the Past 10 Years
It’s finally here. Super Bowl week. Aside from the big game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, I always enjoy seeing and evaluating the halftime performance. Last year’s performer, the Black Eyed Peas, were just horrendous. While I enjoy their studio work, they are just not a good live band because their music is too electronically enhanced. This year’s performer, Madonna, doesn’t excite me to much either, considering she’s like 53 and hasn’t done anything in years. So I would like to give you my top 3 Super Bowl Halftime Shows of the past 10 years.
3. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Super Bowl 42 – 2008
When thinking of Rock’ N Roll, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are hard to ignore. This group has sold over 60 million albums and was inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Their many hit singles include “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin”, “American Girl”, and “Running Down A Dream”. Tom Petty’s voice is one of the most unique the music world has ever heard. The crowd was into it from start to finish.
2. Paul McCartney Super Bowl 39 – 2005
What more can you say? Paul McCartney is one of the masterminds of rock. He and the Beatles started a culture change. And even after all these years, his music is still relevant and he is still performing at a high level. This performance of “Hey Jude” is just pure brilliance.
1. U2 Super Bowl 36 – 2002
This performance of U2 ranks not only among the best performances of the Super Bowl, but among the best musical performances of all time. Just months after 9/11, U2 delivered this tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks. It was not just a show that night, it was a movement. It still gives me goosebumps to this day. I am not surprised that they have the highest grossing tour of all time. Just electric live.