Another 80s halftime show worth mentioning is 1987. With a theme of “Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary”, the Super Bowl pregame show included a fun performance by The Beach Boys, and then famous singer Neil Diamond sang the national anthem.
For the halftime show, there was a fantastic introduction by comedian and vaudeville performer George Burns and an appearance by famous actor Mickey Rooney. Also featured were the Grambling University and USC Marching bands, some Disney characters, and the Southern California high school dancers and drill teams.
Best: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, 2022
The 2022 Super Bowl halftime show was epic. The west coast legend Dr. Dre led a killer set that included some of the most legendary hip-hop artists of the last half a century. Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre started off with “California Love” and “The Next Episode”, then 50 Cent stunned fans with an upside-down performance of “In Da Club.”
Following was the legendary Mary J. Blige, dazzling crowds with her hits “No More Drama” and “Family Affair.” Let’s not forget Kendrick Lamar’s amazing performance with his backup dancers, and finally, Eminem performed “Lose Yourself.”
Best: Chubby Checker, The Rockettes, 1988
There’s a consensus that the decades of the 60s, 70s, and 80s were a bit of a dud in halftime show history. However, there are a few years worth mentioning, like 1988. For the Super Bowl XXII halftime show, famous American rock and roll singer Chubby Checker performed along with 88 grand pianos and the dazzling Rockettes.
The show was spectacular and would go on to set a precedent for the glitzy halftime shows to come in future years.
Best: Marguerite Piazza, Al Hirt, Lionel Hampton, Carol Channing, and Doc Severinsen, 1970
The 1970s was a great decade for music, so the 1970 Super Bowl halftime show had a lot going for it. Performers like soprano Marguerite Piazza, singer and actress Carol Channing, trumpeter Al Hirt, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, and jazz trumpeter Doc Severinsen made this an unforgettable show.
Taking place in the Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, the whole show was a tribute to the famous “Mardi Gras” festival, and people were as excited as can be.
Best: So Many Pianos, 1988
The 1988 Super Bowl halftime show was full of surprises, but the most noticeable (and record-breaking) one was the number of grand pianos on stage. The stadium in San Diego, California, had 88 grand pianos on the stage! Fittingly, that year’s theme was “Something Grand,” and it seems the producers took this quite literally.
The show's sponsor was Radio City Music Hall, so it had to be something elaborate. The show also served as a tribute to the famous comedian, actor, and singer, Bob Hope.