The 2017 Super Bowl is just a few days away, and all around the country, people are gearing up for the Atlanta Falcons to face off against the New England Patriots, and all that comes with it ( Lady Gaga concert, anyone?) There are party plans to make, snacks to prepare, and room to make on your DVR for your favorite commercials. It’s shaping up to be one exciting Sunday.
Of course, one of the most anticipated moments of any Super Bowl is the halftime show. Over the past few years, the halftime performance has grown more and more lavish. It’s become more like a full-blown tour stop rather than a short concert. But hey, with performers like Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and now Lady Gaga, we’re certainly not complaining.
In honor of Mother Monster’s appearance at this year’s Super Bowl, we’re throwing it back to halftimes of years past. Here are ten performances that we’ll never, ever forget.
01. Beyoncé, with Coldplay and Bruno Mars (2016)
Last year, Queen Bey took the halftime stage, with Coldplay and Bruno Mars as her opening acts. Naturally, Beyoncé’s performance of “Formation” was introduced via a huge marching band (is there any other way to introduce royalty?) and the whole thing culminated with an “Uptown Funk” dance party. We were so here for it.
02. Beyoncé, with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams (2013)
The 2016 performance was not Beyoncé’s first journey to the big halftime show. Three years earlier, she graced the Super Bowl stage for the first time, along with Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. It was just as glorious as you might expect, and featured an array of songs such as “Crazy in Love,” “End of Time,” “Bootylicious,” and “Single Ladies.” We were #blessed for sure.
03. Katy Perry, with Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott (2015)
2015’s halftime performance is better known as “the year of the shark.” After all, this was the year that Katy Perry’s show gave birth to the Left Shark meme… and yeah, Right Shark was there too, we think? Katy’s performance started with her riding a gold mechanical lion, perfect for her rendition of “Roar.” Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott also appeared during this performance, with the latter singer joining Katy for “Get Ur Freak On.” Girl power at its best.
04. Bruno Mars, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (2014)
Bruno Mars also appeared at the 2014 Super Bowl, clad in a sparkly gold suit. His performance kicked off with an epic drum solo, and then segued into his hit single “Locked Out of Heaven.” From there, he performed a handful of his songs, including “Just the Way You Are” and “Treasure.” He even teamed up with the Red Hot Chili Peppers for their classic jam, “Give It Away.”
05. Madonna, with Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green, M.I.A. and LMFAO (2012)
Madonna was introduced on a literal golden throne in 2012, if it wasn’t clear enough that she’s the queen of pop. The set list began with her iconic song “Vogue” and closed with the equally classic “Like a Prayer.” In between, Her Madgesty teamed up with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. to perform “Give Me All Your Luvin” and LMFAO took the stage for a medley that included “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It.”
06. Prince (2007)
Prince’s Super Bowl performance from ten years ago will definitely go down in history as one of the greatest. He began with a rendition of “We Will Rock You,” and went on to play a grand total of seven songs. In a perfectly fitting plot twist, he ended with “Purple Rain”…while it was actually raining. Cue the goosebumps.
07. The Black Eyed Peas, with Usher and Slash (2011)
When The Black Eyed Peas took the stage to perform “I’ve Got a Feeling,” wearing those futuristic outfits, you could feel the audience getting pumped up. And then when “Boom Boom Pow” started, the crowd around the stage was suddenly filled with neon robotic bodies. Later on in the set, Usher came out to perform “OMG,” and The Black Eyed Peas ended with a reprise of their opening number.
08. ’N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly and Aerosmith (2001)
Oh, 2001. What a time. It was the height of the boy band era, and Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were basically the king and queen of bubblegum pop. The performance kicked off with “Bye Bye Bye,” complete with the necessary choreography of course. It also included “It’s Gonna Be Me,” as well as Aerosmith’s single, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” The 2001 halftime show culminated in the entire lineup performing Aerosmith’s hit, “Walk This Way.”
09. Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Enrique Iglesias, and Phil Collins (2000)
The 2000 halftime show featured an orchestra and a choir, and honestly felt more like the opening to an Olympic ceremony than a Super Bowl performance. Halfway through the set, Christina Aguilera and Enrique Iglesias took the stage together to perform “Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand,” and the show finished with Toni Braxton belting out “We Go On.”
10. Boyz II Men, The Temptations, Queen Latifah, Smokey Robinson, and Martha Reeves (1998)
1998 celebrated Motown’s 40th anniversary, and so Super Bowl XXXII followed suit. The halftime show began with The Temptations performing iconic songs such as “Get Ready” and “I Can’t Help Myself.” Later on, Queen Latifah took the stage to perform “Paper,” followed by Boyz II Men. At the end of the performance, the entire lineup came onstage to sing “Dancing in the Street,” causing everyone in the audience – and at home – to want to dance as well.