Janet and Justin Free the Nipple (2004)
This one wasn’t entirely family friendly. The pop-infused duo had the crowd dancing for sure, but the last three seconds had everyone speechless. This is the great nipplegate of our generation, the moment Justin ripped off part of Janet’s top, exposing a sparkly pasty placed on her breast.
The cameras cut quickly and the lights faded but that image will probably be burned into everyone’s minds forever. Some fans think he should bring her out for this year’s performance for a full redemption.
Paul Keeps it Classy (2005)
Sweet, sweet Paul McCartney. A breath of fresh air after the 2004 scandalous Janet and Justin reveal. Paul soothes the soul while he sang classics like “Hey Jude” and “Drive My Car.” Family friendly and fun, Paul brought the peace and left the scandal for a classy and enjoyable performance.
My Lady Madonna (2012)
Honestly, this was kind of a mess, but a mess covered in glam and glitter. Madonna has so much energy and power it just kind of explodes and leaves a weird but amazing memory of her.
She brought out Nicki Minaj (how do they know each other?), M.I.A, CeeLo Green and LMFAO. Plus, everyone was dressed like glamorous gladiators, so yeah none of it made sense. Oh and M.I.A. flipped off the camera to top it all off. At least it wasn’t boring.
Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera and Enrique Iglesias (2000)
Sometimes I feel like whoever is picking the combination of artists for the halftime shows is truly just pulling names out of a hat. As weird as this combination sounds, it was actually quite beautiful.
The whole performance highlighted different nations by waving their flags and celebrating different cultures through art, costumes and colors. Phil Collins sang that Tarzan song we all love, “Two Worlds.” It kind of felt like a Disney parade mixed with a Cirque du Soleil performance, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Left Shark Featuring Katy Perry (2015)
There was so much going on in this performance, it was kind of awesome. A giant lion, dancing palm trees, Missy Elliot slaying everything and anything in her way, Lenny Kravitz killing his guitar solo, oh and Left Shark stealing everyone’s heart.
The Left Shark had quite a rough time keeping up with the rest of the sharks in the dance routine, but left everyone falling in love with the way he tried his best. Fun and weird, Katy Perry definitely had everyone’s attention; why should we have expected anything less than her dressing like a beach ball?