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.
Worst: Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, 1995
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: 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: Up With People, 1986
The 1986 halftime show featured the American nonprofit organization ‘Up With People.’ It was the fourth time they’d performed in a Super Bowl halftime show, and it was terrible. The songs on the set were very slow and the dancers seemed bored out of their minds.
The critics were even worse, describing the performers as an “English language overdub of a Kim Jong Un birthday celebration”, and the music as “what the Manson family would’ve sounded like if they hadn’t become criminals.” As a performer, that’s probably the worst review you could possibly get.
Worst: The New Kids on the Block, 1991
With the Gulf War going on in 1991, that year’s Super Bowl halftime show was meant to support the troops. The performers were the pop boy band New Kids on the Block, who performed their hit song “Step by Step. The stage was invaded by children jumping around to the beat, and then suddenly, Disney characters appeared on stage. The song changed to “It’s A Small World”.
Fortunately, it wasn’t all bad since the late diva Whitney Houston did deliver an extraordinary rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” anthem. The show wasn’t played on live TV, and Houston’s performance became the only part to be replayed on TV.