Who Truly has the Best Super Bowl Halftime Performance?

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Who Truly has the Best Super Bowl Halftime Performance?

Christina Jefferson, Pop Culture Editor 2016-2017

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According to a Billboard article in 2015 that ranked the top ten Super Bowl performances, Prince had the best halftime show; and Michael Jackson had the tenth best.

In between them are artists such as Paul McCartney at number eight, Beyoncé at number five, and Madonna placing number three. With this line up, we must ask ourselves, “What did Billboard base these rankings off of?”

Considering that they seemed to support it off the legacy and controversy their performance left, I would say that they made sound judgements. You can see the full list here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/list/513793/10-best-super-bowl-halftime-shows

However, there are some other things to consider as well.

This article was created days before Katy Perry’s halftime show; a year before the Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars show; and two years before Lady Gaga’s performance.

While not enough time has passed to truly comprehend the lasting legacy of Lady Gaga’s performance. Katy Perry’s halftime show left a lasting  impact on people for example, one of Katy Perry’s dancers, dubbed “Left Shark”, caused such a stir that it is still talked about on social media and is even sold as a Halloween costume.

As for the Coldplay halftime show, Beyoncé’s appearance, dressed as a Black Panther Party member, was controversial enough to leave an impact; however, their performance, along with Bruno Mars, was amazing.

With all of these factors in mind, it is only appropriate that the list needs to be altered. Of course the basis will be the same: legacy and controversy.

At number one, Prince still reigns; and U2 still holds their ranking as number two. They moved their audience, without looking ridiculous. Nevertheless, Madonna loses her third position with Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno taking her spot.

Katy Perry receives fourth thanks to Left Shark’s crazy antics. In fifth, Beyoncé remains; it’s hard to wow people when every single time she performs it is the same level of superhuman.

Madonna dropped three places, coming in at sixth, but that does not in any shape or form diminish her legacy. She killed it, and so did all of the people that came on stage with her.

Besides the fact that everyone shifted down one after the Rolling Stone, everything else in the lineup is about the same.

Except now, the list is now the top twelve instead of ten. But ultimately sacrifices must be made for great music and the great artists that perform them. We are, of course,  just mere mortals in the presence of the demigods that are the entertainers of the Super Bowl.

“10 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows.” Billboard. N.p., 30 Jan. 2015. Web. 25 Feb. 2017.