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Madonna’s halftime performance at this year’s Super Bowl may very well make this list, but it hasn’t happened yet, so until it does, here are my five favorite Super Bowl Music Moments:
5. “The Super Bowl Shuffle” (Super Bowl XX, 1985-86)
A pump-up rap anthem made by the Chicago Bears leading up to Super Bowl XX. Looking back, it’s hard not to wince at football players trying to dance, but back then the song (and accompanying music video) was awesome, charting at #41 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
4. Michael Jackson Doing Absolutely Nothing (Super Bowl XXVII, 1993)
Dangerous-Era Michael Jackson did perform a handful of songs, but what I remember most is his frozen-in-time pose at the beginning of the halftime show. If you’re Michel Jackson you can use some of your allotted set time doing absolutely nothing.
3. Jennifer Hudson Returns (Super Bowl XLIII, 2009)
After a tragedy that saw three of her family members murdered, Jennifer Hudson’s first public performance was singing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIII. Though it was recorded live to tape (as most National Anthems are — even Whitney’s), it was packed with an abundance of soul (Side Note: The Pittsburgh Steelers won their record-setting sixth Super Bowl later that night).
2. The Steelers and Fatboy Slim (Super Bowl XL, 2006)
I love big-beat music and I love the Pittsburgh Steelers, so imagine my astonishment when I heard, not “Pump Up The Jam” or “Whoop! There It Is” for the Steelers’ entrance music in Super Bowl XL, but Fatboy Slim’s “Right Here Right Now” (a lesser known single from You’ve Come A Long Way Baby, and one of my favorite big-beat songs of all-time). The Steelers must’ve liked it too, because they used it again as their entrance music in Super Bowls XLIII and XLV.
1. U2 Performing after 9/11 (Super Bowl XXXVI, 2002)
A very stripped-down and reverent Super Bowl halftime performance that paid respect to the victims of 9/11, proving that if the music’s good enough, it doesn’t need any frills.
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