Another halftime show that was regarded as one of the strangest, craziest, and worst of all time was the one in 1995. The theme was ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye’, and the performers were Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, and the Miami Sound Machine.
All great artists on paper, but the added stunt people, live python snakes, an Indiana Jones impersonator, and lots of skydivers just ended up being way too much. The show producers wanted to go as big as possible and clearly, they went overboard.
Worst: Be-Bop Bamboozled, 1989
The 1989 Super Bowl halftime show was just plain weird. First of all, it was called “Be-Bop Bamboozled in 3D”, and according to the show producer, Dan Witkowski, it was meant to be an ironic take on 1950s shows.
The audience was asked to wear 3D glasses to see the “world’s largest card trick”, which ended up being just plain confusing. There was also an Elvis Presley impersonator called Elvis Presto and a separate magic trick act. Need we say more?
Worst: Irma Thomas, Doug Kershaw, Pete Fountain, and Snoopy, 1990
The halftime show of 1990 was solid proof that, more often than not, it’s better to keep things simple. This show was anything but that – featuring two completely unrelated themes. One was a homage to New Orleans since the Super Bowl was taking place there, and the other was a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip.
The music was still very good. But the whole bit of snoopy on a steamboat dancing to ‘Where the Saints Go Marching In’, and then ‘Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown', was just too incoherent to enjoy.
Worst: Christina Aguilera, Phil Collins, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, and Tina Turner, 2000
Being as it was the first halftime show of the new millennium, it should’ve been one of the best. The list of performers certainly was, including Christina Aguilera, Tina Turner, Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins, and Toni Braxton. What could go wrong, right? Well, everything, apparently.
Since Disney sponsored that year’s show, it was a complete sap-fest. Aguilera and Iglesias sang a cheesy duet, and Phil Collins sang a song from the 'Tarzan’ soundtrack. The producers wanted to make it a fun blend of Broadway and Disney, but it ended up being a total dud.
Worst: Black Eyed Peas, 2011
The 2011 halftime show was abominable, and it shouldn’t have been, considering the Black Eyed Peas were the main performers. The band did the worst job ever up on stage – super stiff choreography, awful vocals, and Fergie managed to ruin a classic Guns N’ Roses song.
After a while of terrible singing and dancing by the Peas, legendary guitarist Slash came on stage playing ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’. We bet audiences would’ve given anything not to have seen such a rock anthem butchered by Fergie’s terrible vocals. After this show, Black Eyed Peas soon announced they were going on a break.