Top 5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Black Eyed Peas, about to be on this list.
Black Eyed Peas, about to be on this list.

The Super Bowl is a wonderful day in the sports calendar, full of drama, excitement, and also some great commercials. However, the dark cloud that hangs over most Super Bowls is that of the halftime show. The history of these halftime shows is as diverse as it is bad, with only a few shows shining as examples of not-terrible entertainment (e.g., Prince). The majority, however, have been awful, and here are the top 5 worst (we're reserving a spot in next year's list for the Black Eyed Peas, who are set to play Sunday's halftime show):

5. Tapestry of Nations (2000)

The first halftime show of the new millennium celebrated the Earth and all its magical nations. No, just kidding, it featured Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias and, bafflingly, Phil Collins. Diversity to Disney means Spain, England, and the US, apparently.

4. The Kings of Rock and Pop (2001)

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Regardless of your feelings towards the performers, the mixture of boy band, classic rock cheese-balls, and Nelly for some reason was all sorts of awkward, culminating in the dance-off (?) between Steven Tyler and 'N Sync at 6:19. All of this was capped off with an awful performance of "Walk This Way" that featured Britney Spears and one of the dudes from 'N Sync trying to rap, proving that no, white people can't replace Run DMC.

3. Salute to the 1960s and Motown (1982)

Hey, speaking of white people: Up With People was a...well, not really sure but they were somehow invited to play FOUR halftime shows in 10 years. Consisting of a lot of students and little to no musical talent, they proceeded to give this wonderful tribute to Motown music. Did I say wonderful? No, sorry, it's an awful mess of whiteness, because nothing celebrates African-American music and tradition like 100 white people dancing off-beat.

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