Super Bowl LII is almost here—it takes place this Sunday, February 4, 2018—and even if you’re not a big fan of football, you can get excited, because Justin Timberlake is performing at the halftime show. With his new album having dropped today (on Feb. 2) there is a lot to look forward to in his upcoming show, and we can barely contain our excitement.
In honor of the upcoming halftime show, we’ve rounded up the best halftime performances from the Super Bowl over the years for you to re-watch ahead of the big game. One of which features Timberlake when he was part of a boy band called NSYNC… have you heard of it? Okay we know you have, and his first Super Bowl gig was pretty epic – and he’s not the only singer to make a splash over the years at the football game. Check out the best of the best below, and get ready to sing your heart out.
Super Bowl XXXV
In 2001, NSYNC, which was made up of Timberlake, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, and Chris Kirkpatrick, was joined on stage by Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly, and Aerosmith. Pretty amazing, right? Watch it here.
Super Bowl XXVII
In 1993, Michael Jackson graced the Super Bowl stage and let’s just say we will never forget it. Lots of lights, dance moves, and Jackson’s iconic tracks to make anyone happy… even if your team lost the game. Check it out here.
Super Bowl XXXIX
Come on, who could forget when Paul McCartney performed at the 2005 halftime show. He’s Paul freaking McCartney. Songs like “Get Back” and “Hey, Jude” filled the stadium, and it was wonderful. See it here.
Super Bowl XLIII
When Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took over the 2009 halftime show, it was pure magic. The Boss played his iconic songs like “Born to Run” and “Glory Days” and it felt like a party from start to finish. Watch Springsteen now.
Super Bowl XLVI
When Madonna takes any stage, fans drop what they’re doing and tune in. This was definitely the case when she rocked the 2012 Super Bowl stage with fan favorites “Vogue,” and “Like a Prayer.” She was also joined by LMFAO for a song as well as M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj and Cee Lo Green. See it all here.
Super Bowl XLI
In 2007, Prince really made an impression when he sang “Purple Rain,” after a magical rendition of the Foo Fighters “We Will Rock You,” amongst other songs. Plus, his guitar solo was legendary, and it was so cool to watch. Check it out here.
Super Bowl XXXVI
2002’s halftime performance was both powerful and heartbreaking, and U2 mastered both elements. They took the stage and honored all of the victims of 9/11 while making all of America feel better through song. Trust us, it’s a must-see show. See it here.
Super Bowl XLVII
Beyoncé has performed at more than one Super Bowl, but 2013 is the one we can’t stop thinking about. In addition to singing “Crazy In Love” and “Halo,” Beyoncé had her Destiny’s Child girls, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, come out for a few tracks, including, “Independent Women.” Honorable mention: her 2016 show where she took the stage with Coldplay, and Bruno Mars—it too was amazing. See the 2013 show here.
Make sure to tune into Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018 at 3:30 PT on NBC to see what Justin Timberlake brings to the halftime show stage.
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