Musical Acts The Super Bowl Needs

written by Kris Caballero (February 6, 2017)

Music critics and fans all over the nation have spoken out about the musical performers landing an excellent spot on the NFL's greatest season-ending stage named the Super Bowl. You know very well the Super Bowl features the single-elimination matchup between two teams: one from the NFC and the other in the AFC conferences. Winner gets awarded the Vince Lombardi trophy, and their team in the record books.

Being the most anticipated finale of the NFL season, and one of the highest-rated TV program in the country, the quirky commercials that make us laugh/cry, the game also features the biggest stage available for musicians to bust a memorable performance during the halftime show. In conjunction with watching and listening to football analysts about the gameplay so far, the audience gets a good seat in watching the musician(s) bring in some melodic entertainment.

Before we dive in, here's a list of musical artists who have performed in the Super Bowl Halftime Show since 2000:

  • Super Bowl XXXIV (2000) - Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton
  • Super Bowl XXXV (2001) - Aerosmith, N*SYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
  • Super Bowl XXXVI (2002) - U2
  • Super Bowl XXXVII (2003) - Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
  • Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004) - Jessica Simpson, Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock, Justin Timberlake
  • Super Bowl XXXIX (2005) - Paul McCartney
  • Super Bowl XL (2006) - The Rolling Stones
  • Super Bowl XLI (2007) - Prince
  • Super Bowl XLII (2008) - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • Super Bowl XLIII (2009) - Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
  • Super Bowl XLIV (2010) - The Who
  • Super Bowl XLV (2011) - Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
  • Super Bowl XLVI (2012) - Madonna, LMFAO, Cirque du Soleil, Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green, Andy Lewis
  • Super Bowl XLVII (2013) - Beyoncé, Destiny's Child
  • Super Bowl XLVIII (2014) - Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Super Bowl XLIX (2015) - Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliot
  • Super Bowl 50 (2016) - Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Gustavo Dudamel
  • Super Bowl LI (2017) - Lady GaGa

It's no question that the Super Bowl had seen excellent halftime hits from 2005 to 2011. The fact that the NFL brought in Prince couldn't have been a great choice (rest well, Prince). In the rock genre, Rolling Stones, The Who....I mean, how can you beat that?

After 2011, things transitioned into the pop and R&B acts from Madonna, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and Lady GaGa. While they're okay, my feeling is they were invited to attract more women and young fans into watching football. That may be a great thing, but remember this: the Super Bowl shouldn't be "just" a football event. It's the final game of the season and one team will reign supreme above the other 31. That would be like taking the popular series The Big Bang Theory and changing the nerdy humor to make it more amenable and generic to garner a wider, family-friendly audience (WWE, anyone?). We understand the move but I don't feel it's making the halftime show and enjoyable one, and it hasn't since 2011. (Exception of pop sensation Michael Jackson who performed in Super Bowl XXVII. I wish he was still alive....) Such critique is debatable, and while the choreography, spiffy clothing, technologically high quality light shows sure make great eye candy, I feel it's all about the music.

Here come the comments from fans expressing their disgust, as if there is "the best" music everyone should listen to. Well, listen: music is universal and everyone has different tastes. However, because NFL football features rugged, manly men out in the field, tackling and sprinting to the end zone to win games, I expect something punchy, speaker-busting electric guitars and ear-bleeding drums. We need to bring back hard rock into the scene to remind us how high-strung and energized the sport of football is—a genre that's hard enough to bring in your game face on. I'm all for the eighties and the oldies, but for a sport like football, rock fits the bill.

These musical acts featuring pop and R&B fit best for sports like basketball and/or baseball since they're not as strenuous as football (still requires a bit of endurance, however). Nevertheless, such a suggestion wouldn't feel much of a stretch given that the NFL once invited Paul McCartney into the game. That man is a musical genius!

Anyway, I want to present you our list of acts in no particular order, I suggest the Super Bowl needs. And because folks in the sports industry have taken occasional peeks at our website, let alone other domains featured here proving why my ideas always getting stolen, feast your eyes on these choices:

Metallica
Metallica

Sublime
Sublime

Bad Religion
Bad Religion

Guns 'N Roses
Guns 'N Roses

Def Leppard
Def Leppard

The Cure
The Cure

Dropkick Murphys
Dropkick Murphys

The Offspring
The Offspring

AC/DC
AC/DC

Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden

Van Halen
Van Halen

Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick

Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters

Radiohead
Radiohead

System of a Down

System Of A Down

(Granted some of these bands have performed in regular season and/or postseason games before, but I suggested them to perform in the NFL's biggest event.)

Since some NFL players have spoken out politically, inviting bands like Bad Religion and/or System Of A Down is a great choice, given they've got songs that have hidden political messages (in case you want to know, System Of A Down's lead singer Serj Tankian supports Bernie Sanders). On the other hand, if he were still alive today as well, I would've happily suggested David Bowie.

Pretty fair choice, huh? Why 'Make America Great Again' when you can 'Make Football Rock Again?' If bands like Guns 'N Roses can remake the guitar scene live, the one similar to that guitar scene from the hit film Mad Max: Fury Road, I will rock the floors off of my living room....on video.

Then again, no one wants to listen to me—just "another" yapping fan with suggestions that are imaginative but unrealistic. Surely, but they somehow seem to end up being considered anyhow/somewhere, or worse, ideas not good enough to be paid for, so what's the use of writing about it on this article?

All due respect, Lady GaGa drew over 117 million viewers during the Super Bowl LI halftime show. If the NFL invites Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea or Meghan Trainor, it will go the way of Ashlee Simpson. Watch your ratings, NFL!

As the years go on, refer back to this page the next time NFL announces who's next to perform for the Super Bowl's halftime show. Remember the date this was posted in, and bookmark the website you found/read this on—here at SPORTSSOTROS.

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