Worst Modern Super Bowl Halftime Show

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I started the list at 1991 as prior to that, halftime shows were often boring themed shows with marching bands or the occasional over the hill musician (Chubby Checker). 1991 was the first time a relatively relevant pop star performed (NKOTB), and MJ was arguably the first bombastic show. 1994 was where the 'mashup of many stars' got its beginning.

so without further fuckery....

Poll Results

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2003: Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting 2
2011: The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash, Dallas/Ft. Worth-area area high school drill teams and dancers 2
1997: The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi), ZZ Top, James Brown, Catherine Crier ("new 2
2012: Madonna, LMFAO,[22] Cirque du Soleil,[23] Nicki Minaj,[24] M.I.A.,[25] Cee Lo Green,[22] Andy Lewis,[26] Avon Hig 2
1994: Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, The Judds (plus special guests) 1
2006: A bunch of reanimated corpses 1
2007: Prince, Florida A&M University Marching 100 Band 1
2002: U2 1
2005: Paul McCartney 1
2010: The Who 1
1992: Gloria Estefan with Olympic Figure skaters Brian Boitano & Dorothy Hamill 1
2013: Beyoncé, Destiny's Child 1
1996: Diana Ross 1
2008: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 0
2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 0
2004: Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock, and Justin Timberlake 0
1991: New Kids on the Block, Disney characters, Warren Moon, 2,000 local children, audience card stunt 0
2001: Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly 0
2000: Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, 80-person choir, Edward James Olmo 0
1999: Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Savion Glover 0
1998: Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Queen Latifah, Grambling State University Band 0
1995: Patti Labelle, Indiana Jones & Marion Ravenwood, Teddy Pendergrass, Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Ma 0
1993: Michael Jackson 0
2014: Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers 0


Hammer Smashed Bagels, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:08 (six years ago) link

Unabridged...

1991: New Kids on the Block, Disney characters, Warren Moon, 2,000 local children, audience card stunt
1992: Gloria Estefan with Olympic Figure skaters Brian Boitano & Dorothy Hamill
1993: Michael Jackson
1994: Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, The Judds (plus special guests)
1995: Patti Labelle, Indiana Jones & Marion Ravenwood, Teddy Pendergrass, Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine
1996: Diana Ross
1997: The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi), ZZ Top, James Brown, Catherine Crier ("news" intro)
1998: Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Queen Latifah, Grambling State University Band
1999: Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Savion Glover
2000: Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, 80-person choir, Edward James Olmos (narrator)
2001: Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
2002: U2
2003: Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
2004: Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock, and Justin Timberlake
2005: Paul McCartney
2006: A bunch of reanimated corpses
2007: Prince, Florida A&M University Marching 100 Band
2008: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
2010: The Who
2011: The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash, Dallas/Ft. Worth-area area high school drill teams and dancers
2012: Madonna, LMFAO,[22] Cirque du Soleil,[23] Nicki Minaj,[24] M.I.A.,[25] Cee Lo Green,[22] Andy Lewis,[26] Avon High School Drumline, Center Grove High School Drumline, Fishers High School Drumline, Franklin Central High School Drumline, Southern University Dancing Dolls, 200 Person Choir consisting of Indianapolis locals
2013: Beyoncé, Destiny's Child
2014: Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:08 (six years ago) link

2012 may not have been the worst but it was certainly the most "lolwtf"

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:09 (six years ago) link

2004 was the most notorious

Aimless, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 01:27 (six years ago) link

"Indiana Jones & Marion Ravenwood"

what the

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Wednesday, 28 January 2015 01:32 (six years ago) link

contenders imo

2011
2014

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Wednesday, 28 January 2015 01:34 (six years ago) link

2011 was hilarious

polyphonic, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 01:39 (six years ago) link

I liked Bruno Mars! RHCP was kind of 'so what'.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 01:53 (six years ago) link

2011 has to be the worst of ones I can actually remember with any clarity or sobriety

indie fuxxor albums i have secretly spotified (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 28 January 2015 02:12 (six years ago) link

2003 also p atrocious iirc. prince, bruce and yonce are really the only ones I remember enjoying

indie fuxxor albums i have secretly spotified (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 28 January 2015 02:14 (six years ago) link

generally the years where there are terrible acts, there's someone to redeem the whole endeavor. also how did Nelly land two super bowl halftime shows?

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Wednesday, 28 January 2015 02:16 (six years ago) link

There shouldn't be any further discussion here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC_iiq06qck

Easily the worst event to ever take place inside the Superdome.

pplains, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 02:27 (six years ago) link

Http:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC_iiq06qck

pplains, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 02:28 (six years ago) link

Easily the worst posting on this thread so far, I'll give you that.

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC_iiq06qck

pplains, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 02:28 (six years ago) link

Not a fan of Diana Ross here, so I voted for 1996.

Aimless, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 02:29 (six years ago) link

The Who one and it's not even close. They sounded HORRENDOUS.

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:19 (six years ago) link

Though I guess the Madonna one gets an honorable mention for spawning the single stupidest controversy of all time.

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:22 (six years ago) link

the latest spate of pop acts on the SB halftime show have been disastrous tbh. beyonce was good tho.

Stig of the sanctimonious uncontextualized linkdump (Michael B), Wednesday, 28 January 2015 21:46 (six years ago) link

yeah I'm gonna have to go with The Who, even Madonna and Black Eyed Peas had kinda neat visuals

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Wednesday, 28 January 2015 21:52 (six years ago) link

The Who was definitely the most boring (as my friend put it, "Daltrey couldn't hit these notes *20 years ago*!"), but I think it wasn't a surprise that it sucked and was kind of ordinary.

But the Aerosmith one I think is the disaster of all time. You had N'Sync sprinting from the locker room so they were so winded they could barely sing...Steven Tyler singing "It's GONNA BE MEEEEEEEEEEE" as the segue from the aforementioned tune into his band's "Jaded", Britney Spears awkwardly applying her sex-pop voice to "Walk This Way", and then inexplicably, Nelly rains down from the sky and drops a verse.

I'm sure the conversation in the board room the next day went something like "It sounded great on paper..."

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:04 (six years ago) link

would take chubby checker over all of these

languagelessness (mattresslessness), Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:07 (six years ago) link

re: how Nelly got to do the SB twice, he was a late add to the first one he did (about two weeks prior to the event, him and Britney were added). I was always so mad when he boasted "Can you top the super bowl?" in "#1" cos he was barely in the damn thing and was one of the most awkward parts of it.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:08 (six years ago) link

oh my god, I didn't the rabbit hole that is Super Bowl halftime show videos today

2001 is full-on hilarious:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeLnwbJzLO0

"Go pet your dog" is the name of my dog (DJP), Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:17 (six years ago) link

Remember when Justin was in full-on Goat Boy mode all the time?

"Go pet your dog" is the name of my dog (DJP), Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:18 (six years ago) link

"Bye Bye Bye" performance makes a strong argument for lip-synching. lol at wavery voice while dancing/winded

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:29 (six years ago) link

"I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" is such a flaccid fucking tune. all the energy gone from the crowd

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:30 (six years ago) link

AHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA, lol at the arpeggiated harmonies on "It's Gonna Be Me"...I forgot about that gaffe.

first three are all at appropriate volume and fourth guy comes in blaring GONNNNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA obliterating any chance of blending

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:33 (six years ago) link

the fuck wa sthe point of Mary J Blige showing up

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:36 (six years ago) link

lmao @ Aerosmith introducing themselves with "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing"

example (crüt), Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:38 (six years ago) link

Have to vote for the Metrodome's legendarily awful one.

Eric H., Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:39 (six years ago) link

xpost "let's get the crowd going with two of the most dire, energy-sapping songs in our ouevre"

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:40 (six years ago) link

boy band choreography makes me irrationally angry

example (crüt), Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:40 (six years ago) link

how do you ruin a double bill of zz top and james brown

answer - jim belushi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC_iiq06qck

jbn, Friday, 30 January 2015 01:47 (six years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 1 February 2015 00:01 (six years ago) link

I lived through the 1980s and swear I don't remember them being this square! This is from 1982:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4mTTigqTSA

Lee626, Sunday, 1 February 2015 00:33 (six years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 2 February 2015 00:01 (six years ago) link

1991: New Kids on the Block, Disney characters, Warren Moon, 2,000 local children, audience card stunt 0

C'mon, people.

Eric H., Monday, 2 February 2015 03:56 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

IX
January 12, 1975
Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Tribute to Duke Ellington
Mercer Ellington & Grambling State University Marching

^^sounds pretty cool imo

brimstead, Monday, 8 February 2021 20:52 (four months ago) link

sorry, didn’t see a general halftime show thread

brimstead, Monday, 8 February 2021 20:52 (four months ago) link

How did The Who get this gig in 2010

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 8 February 2021 21:00 (four months ago) link

boobies

frogbs, Monday, 8 February 2021 21:01 (four months ago) link

o'riley

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 8 February 2021 22:41 (four months ago) link

I think the thing that bugged me about The Weeknd's show had nothing to do with him, but how the camera followed him around so he had to awkwardly sing to the camera. it didn't really work.

also it sounded mostly lip-synched? or mixture?

I like the Weeknd tho.

anyway this is still Black Eyed Peas

he said that you son of a bitch (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 01:58 (four months ago) link

phoebe bridgers smashing her guitar over an unsuspecting tom brady in 2022, putting him out of commission for the second half and cutting short his nascent presidential run, is still the best

treeship., Tuesday, 9 February 2021 02:01 (four months ago) link

concussions don't stop Presidential runs

he said that you son of a bitch (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 02:04 (four months ago) link

he was just spooked from then on. wasn't the same. every room he entered, he was always looking over his shoulder, afraid that bridgers was lurking somewhere with another guitar

treeship., Tuesday, 9 February 2021 02:05 (four months ago) link

to prevent this from happening again,Congress introduced the "Brady bill"

he said that you son of a bitch (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 02:06 (four months ago) link

you deserve a pat on the back for that one.

pplains, Tuesday, 9 February 2021 02:20 (four months ago) link

from PHOEBE BRIDGERS.

pplains, Tuesday, 9 February 2021 02:21 (four months ago) link

BEP... I mean you know it’s bad when usher’s coming down from a helicopter and I’m all “yes omg usher save us!!!”

brimstead, Tuesday, 9 February 2021 04:20 (four months ago) link


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