With last week’s announcement that Beyonce will be performing at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show this February, fans immediately began speculating as to the handful of songs that Bey would trot out on one of the biggest stages in the world. Which solo smashes would she play? Would any Destiny’s Child classics make the cut? What songs could we absolutely not live without hearing?
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Although Feb. 3, 2013 is still over three months away, Billboard allowed fans to vote for Beyonce’s ultimate Super Bowl setlist over the past week, with users selecting five songs that they most want to hear the pop superstar perform at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Thousands of votes were cast, and now, it’s time to reveal the results. Check out the top five vote-getters in our Super Bowl setlist poll, listed from least- to most-voted:
The “I Am… Sasha Fierce” standout earned the fifth most votes in the poll, with Beyonce fans narrowly preferring the power ballad to “Countdown” and “Irreplaceable.” This might make for an emotional set-closer, a la Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.”
4. “Love on Top”
Sure, the “4” single radiates joy, but will any live performance of the song top her rendition of “Love on Top” at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, which featured the expressive “I’m pregnant” belly-rub at the end? Fans seem to think so, and swiftly voted this pop tune into the Top 5.
3. “Run The World (Girls)”
With that “Pon de Floor”-sampling beat blasting, the Superdome would become a gigantic party. Plus, imagine if the stage setup for this girl-power anthem is half as extravagant as its music video! “Run The World (Girls)” was not a massive hit, but if fans want something propulsive and energetic, this is the choice.
2. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”
“Sasha Fierce’s” most indelible single is an obvious choice for the Super Bowl, with a chorus that still pops and undeniable choreography that can be carried over from the music video. And it’s totally appropriate on a sports level — the Super Bowl teams are certainly looking to put a ring on it.
1. “Crazy in Love”
The clear-cut winner of the Super Bowl setlist poll was Beyonce’s first solo single, a vibrant blend of brass, hooks and Jay-Z one-liners. After Madonna brought out a slew of guest stars for her set, who better than Beyonce’s husband to take the stage for his “Crazy” verse? At the very least, he probably wouldn’t pull an M.I.A. and flip off the crowd.