Music Monday Feb 13: Super Bowl Music

There is a radio show on CBC here in Canada that occasionally does a feature called SYNTH: Songs You Need To Hear.

Now, I can’t say to someone, “You’ll like this song” (or book for that matter) because I can’t presume that others will share my taste in music (or books), so it is safer to say, “You might like this” and if they don’t like it, so be it. Maybe you will find a new favorite.

CBC MUSIC, Central · Mornings with CBC Music

I know what you are wondering: What was the best Super Bowl commercial? But I’m wondering: Who all has played the Super Bowl Halftime shows? This is Music Monday, you know.

Wonder no more. You will notice that for the first 20 years, the music was provided by marching bands, which makes sense because of the predominance of marching bands at college football games.

Until …

The league figures out that more popular music makes more $$$.

11967Universities of Arizona and Grambling University Bands
21968“Old Man Winter Takes a Vacation in Miami” featuring seven local Miami-area high school bands
31969“America Thanks” with Florida A&M University
41970Carol Channing
51971Florida A&M Band
61972“Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Corps Drill Team
71973“Happiness Is…” with University of Michigan Band and Woody Herman
81974“A Musical America” with University of Texas Band
91975“Tribute to Duke Ellington” with Mercer Ellington and Grambling University Bands
101976“200 Years and Just a Baby” Tribute to America’s Bicentennial
111977“It’s a Small World” including crowd participation for first time with spectators waving colored placard on cue
121978“From Paris to the Paris of America” with Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt
131979“Super Bowl XIII Carnival” Salute to the Caribbean with Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean bands
141980“A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up with People
151981“A Mardi Gras Festival”
161982“A Salute to the 60’s and Motown”
171983“KaleidoSUPERscope” (a kaleidoscope of color and sound)
181984“Super Bowl XVIII’s Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen”
191985“A World of Children’s Dreams”
201986“Beat of the Future”
211987“Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary”
221988“Something Grand” featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker
231989“Be Bop Bamboozled” featuring 3-D effects
241990“Salute to New Orleans” and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts’ characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw and Irma Thomas
251991“A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” featuring New Kids on the Block
261992“Winter Magic” including a salute to the winter season and the winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill
271993“Heal the World” featuring Michael Jackson
281994“Rockin Country Sunday” featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna and Naomi Judd
291995“Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval and Miami Sound Machine
301996Diana Ross
311997“Blues Brothers Bash” featuring Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, James Belushi, James Brown and ZZ Top
321998“A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations
331999“Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Savion Glover
342000“A Tapestry of Nations” featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton
352001“The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring Aerosmith, *N’SYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly
372003Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting
382004Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake
392005Paul McCartney
402006The Rolling Stones
422008Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
432009Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
442010The Who
452011The Black Eyed Peas, Usher and Slash
462012Madonna with guests Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj
472013Beyonce with guests Destiny’s Child
482014Bruno Mars with guests Red Hot Chili Peppers
492015Katy Perry with guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz
502016Coldplay with guests Beyonce and Bruno Mars
512017Lady Gaga
522018Justin Timberlake
532019Maroon 5 with guests Travis Scott and Big Boi
542020Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
552021The Weeknd
562022Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige

Which one was the best? That’s a tough one.



Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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