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.
The league figures out that more popular music makes more $$$.
|1||1967||Universities of Arizona and Grambling University Bands|
|2||1968||“Old Man Winter Takes a Vacation in Miami” featuring seven local Miami-area high school bands|
|3||1969||“America Thanks” with Florida A&M University|
|5||1971||Florida A&M Band|
|6||1972||“Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Corps Drill Team|
|7||1973||“Happiness Is…” with University of Michigan Band and Woody Herman|
|8||1974||“A Musical America” with University of Texas Band|
|9||1975||“Tribute to Duke Ellington” with Mercer Ellington and Grambling University Bands|
|10||1976||“200 Years and Just a Baby” Tribute to America’s Bicentennial|
|11||1977||“It’s a Small World” including crowd participation for first time with spectators waving colored placard on cue|
|12||1978||“From Paris to the Paris of America” with Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt|
|13||1979||“Super Bowl XIII Carnival” Salute to the Caribbean with Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean bands|
|14||1980||“A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up with People|
|15||1981||“A Mardi Gras Festival”|
|16||1982||“A Salute to the 60’s and Motown”|
|17||1983||“KaleidoSUPERscope” (a kaleidoscope of color and sound)|
|18||1984||“Super Bowl XVIII’s Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen”|
|19||1985||“A World of Children’s Dreams”|
|20||1986||“Beat of the Future”|
|21||1987||“Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary”|
|22||1988||“Something Grand” featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker|
|23||1989||“Be Bop Bamboozled” featuring 3-D effects|
|24||1990||“Salute to New Orleans” and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts’ characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw and Irma Thomas|
|25||1991||“A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” featuring New Kids on the Block|
|26||1992||“Winter Magic” including a salute to the winter season and the winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill|
|27||1993||“Heal the World” featuring Michael Jackson|
|28||1994||“Rockin Country Sunday” featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna and Naomi Judd|
|29||1995||“Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval and Miami Sound Machine|
|31||1997||“Blues Brothers Bash” featuring Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, James Belushi, James Brown and ZZ Top|
|32||1998||“A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations|
|33||1999||“Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Savion Glover|
|34||2000||“A Tapestry of Nations” featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton|
|35||2001||“The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring Aerosmith, *N’SYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly|
|37||2003||Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting|
|38||2004||Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake|
|40||2006||The Rolling Stones|
|42||2008||Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers|
|43||2009||Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band|
|45||2011||The Black Eyed Peas, Usher and Slash|
|46||2012||Madonna with guests Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj|
|47||2013||Beyonce with guests Destiny’s Child|
|48||2014||Bruno Mars with guests Red Hot Chili Peppers|
|49||2015||Katy Perry with guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz|
|50||2016||Coldplay with guests Beyonce and Bruno Mars|
|53||2019||Maroon 5 with guests Travis Scott and Big Boi|
|54||2020||Jennifer Lopez and Shakira|
|56||2022||Dr. 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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2 thoughts on “Music Monday Feb 13: Super Bowl Music”
Very interesting, thanks for that list of all the halftime acts.
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Your welcome. The first one I remember was Michael Jackson.
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