READER’S POLL: Your Favorite Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Posted February 4, 2013 by J Matthew Cobb in Features

With all the talk surrounding Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance in the music world, we wonder what was the best halftime show of the last eleven years

The Baltimore Ravens looked like they were on a mighty charge facing their West coast competition the San Francisco 49ers, after scoring three solid touchdowns in the first half.

So was Beyoncé as she took center stage at Super Bowl XLVII.

A popular e-card is making its rounds around Twitter, stating:
“Apparently there’s some football game during the Beyoncé concert this Sunday…”

Bey’s performance felt like a super-sized cheerleader’s celebration, as all the “single ladies” and “independent women” raised their banners on some of her biggest hits. She opened her set with a choppy “Love on Top,” and ran through a set of songs that included “Crazy in Love” (minus Jay-Z) and “Baby Boy” (minus Sean Paul). But Destiny’s Child did take the stage with their former front  lady for a brisk walk through a few oldies that included “Independent Women” and the big Bey highlight, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” She capped off her set with “Halo” before taking a sweet bow to the crowd. The laser show and the awkwardly-placed, but forgivable two-faced silhouette were on point, but there were a few important omissions that would’ve made her 15 minutes of showtime soar. Of course, the Twitterverse was lit up about her possibilities of lip-synching after her game time fumble at President Obama’s inauguration earlier this year.

With 111.3 million viewers glued to the sets at last year’s big game, this funny tweet describing Bey mania just goes to show you how big a halftime show is. Without a doubt, Super Bowls halftime shows have become just as popular as the game that surrounds it. We at HIFI want to know what’s your favorite Super Bowl halftime show of the last eleven years. If you can’t remember that far back, we’ve tagged a handsome set of videos to this blog to help encourage your vote. Oh yeah, spread the word to your friends on Facebook and Twitter using our social networking options, and leave your comments.

And what did you think of Bey’s showdown throw down? Not enough surprises? One of her best performances yet?
Let us know what you think.

The poll will remain open until February 15, 2013. Results will be announced here and at our Facebook page.
Facebook users, be sure to follow the action there.



Shania Twain

Janet Jackson & Justin Timberlake

Paul McCartney

Rolling Stones

The Who

Bruce Springsteen

Black Eyed Peas 


Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

* Prince’s Super Bowl performance is not available on YouTube, possibly because of Prince himself.


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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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