Just two days after releasing his most experimental album yet, Man of the Woods, Timberlake put the focus on his hit-filled solo career instead of his new tunes. After starting with MOTW lead single “Filthy,” JT delivered familiar jams like “SexyBack,“ "Cry Me a River” and “Mirrors,” and his smooth choreography made for a nonstop dance party. He also incorporated a couple tributes to SBLII’s location, with "Suit & Tie" featuring the University of Minnesota Marching Band (in suits, naturally); and “Until the End of Time” seamlessly transitioning into Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” -- a tribute that included both a hologram of the hometown hero and his iconic symbol, which lit the Minneapolis cityscape purple. But the real talk of the town came in the final minute, when Timberlake snapped a “Super Bowl Selfie" during “Can’t Stop the Feeling” that instantly sparked the next Internet sensation, Selfie Kid.
Lady Gaga, 2017
Opening with a patriotic medley of "God Bless America" and "This Land Is Your Land," Lady Gaga ziplined onto the Super Bowl LI stage to perform a medley of her biggest dance hits from "Poker Face" to "Born This Way" to "Telephone" to "Just Dance." She closed with the Joanne tearjerker "Million Reasons," putting her astonishing live vocal chops on full display. After that, she dropped the mic, caught a football and then dropped the Gaga, jumping offstage in a cute, comical finale.
The 2016 NFL Super Bowl 50Halftime Show boasted a cast of performers that was truly fit for a stadium-sized arena. Headliners Coldplay played their major hits like “Viva La Vida,” “Clocks” and “Fix You” while special guest Beyoncé, among a huge squad of Black Panther-clad dancers, hit the stage to perform her newest single “Formation.” Amping up the energy, Yoncé and Bruno Mars traded moves on a “Crazy in Love” dance-off and a medley version of “Uptown Funk!” featuring Martin, Beyoncé and Mars got the crowd in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on their feet. The final touch: the words “Believe in love” exploded over the Super Bowl crowd. Believe, indeed.
When Bruno Mars -- the youngest artist to headline the Super Bowl halftime show in history at the age of 28 -- hit the stage at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., he brought out the Red Hot Chili Peppers to add an extra kick to an already-electric performance.
Beyonce had two tricks up her sleeve for her Super Bowl show in New Orleans: First, she briefly reunited Destiny's Child, the group that started her career. Second, the power went out after her performance, forever elevating Beyonce to mythical status.
How many stars can one performer corral for a show? If you're Madonna and it's the Super Bowl, the answer is a lot: Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and LMFAO all showed up. Just because they're stars, it doesn't mean they don't believe in teamwork.
Black Eyed Peas, 2011
The Black Eyed Peas worked their way through a set of their massive hits (stadium-ready "I Gotta Feeling," "Boom Boom Pow" and "Let's Get It Started") at Cowboys Stadium in North Texas, but also made room for a duet with Slash of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" and Usher performing "OMG" during their set.
The Who, 2010
Few rock bands are still standing more than 40 years after they started, and even fewer get the chance to play the Super Bowl. The Who's performance at Miami Gardens demonstrated both the depth of their catalog and its importance in the world of rock.
Bruce Springsteen, 2009
Bruce Springsteen has been a stadium-sized, Super Bowl-ready performer since day one, so it was only natural when he performed with the E Street Band at the NFL event in Tampa, Fla., in 2009.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 2008
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers worked their way through a greatest-hits set (including "American Girl" and "I Won't Back Down") at the Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., in 2008.
When you're Prince, playing the Super Bowl is a mathematical problem: How do you condense so many hits into such a short set? You don't. Prince played several covers -- "We Will Rock You" and "Proud Mary" among them -- and capped everything off with "Purple Rain," arguably one of the greatest pop songs of the last century.
The Rolling Stones, 2006
As one of the world's most famous rock bands, The Rolling Stones were a fitting choice to headline the halftime show of one of sports' greatest spectacles. Bring on "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"!
Paul McCartney, 2005
Paul McCartney played a couple of Beatles classics ("Drive My Car," "Get Back") and a shout-out to his formidable solo catalog ("Live And Let Die") before bringing it home in Jacksonville, Fla., with "Hey Jude," showing that age hasn't impacted his scream.
Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake & More, 2004
Talk about a halftime performance seen -- and talked about -- 'round the world: Despite a stacked lineup of hitmakers -- Janet Jackson, Nelly, Diddy, Kid Rock and Justin Timberlake among them -- the real news during 2004's halftime show in Houston was Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" (also known as "Nipplegate") with Timberlake.
Shania Twain, No Doubt & Sting, 2003
The halftime show experimented with switching things up in 2003, moving from the immensely successful crossover country sound of Shania Twain to the ska-influenced rock of No Doubt, who teamed up with Sting for a killer rendition of The Police's "Message in a Bottle."
Bruce Springsteen's only competitors in the world of stadium-sized sound are U2, who played the Super Bowl in New Orleans in 2002. Their show served as a tribute to the men and women who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Aersosmith, Britney Spears, NSYNC, Nelly & Mary J. Blige, 2001
Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan took turns wowing the crowd at the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXIII. At the end of the set, they united for a medley of "My Cherie Amour," "Another Star" and "You'll Be Mine."
The 30th Super Bowl needed a special performer. With three decades of hits to draw from, Diana Ross fit the bill and performed a medley of crowd-pleasers including The Supremes' "Baby Love" and "You Can't Hurry Love"
Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass & Tony Bennett, 1995
Michael Jackson helped change the entire culture of Super Bowl halftime shows when he took the stage at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., to wow with hits like "Billie Jean" and "Black or White." After him, each halftime show looked for a legendary performer -- or a group of them.
Gloria Estefan & Stevie Wonder, 1992
When Gloria Estefan performed at the Super Bowl with Stevie Wonder in 1999, it wasn't her first rodeo: the singer (pictured at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1991) also brought her energetic sound (and dance-friendly hits including "Live for Loving You" and "Get on Your Feet") to the 1992 halftime show in Minneapolis.
New Kids on the Block, 1991
Fresh off the success of No. 1 albums like Hangin' Tough and Step By Step, New Kids on the Block played the halftime show at the Super Bowl in 1991. Their ardent young fans around the world watched breathlessly as the boy band performed songs like "Step by Step."