How will Super Bowl XLVII be remembered? As the night San Francisco almost suffered a humiliating defeat, only to come very close to snatching victory away from the Baltimore Ravens? As the night the playing field was left without power for almost 40 minutes? As the night Ray Lewis retired?
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If social media is any indication, it may be primarily remembered as the night Beyonce won the Super Bowl. The singer dominated the evening on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Her halftime performance helped make this Super Bowl the highest rated Super Bowl in television history.
The halftime show, until the early 90s, was more of a pageant than a concert. Commonly sponsored by Disney, the halftime show was not seen as primetime for ratings during the big game. Things began to change in 1991, when New Kids on the Block performed at Super Bowl XXV. Even the pop group, however, put on a typically Disney-esque show. But when Michael Jackson blew the ratings out of the water in 1993, the sponsors moved to showcase pop stars at halftime. For this week's Music Monday, we rounded up the setlists of the iconic musicians who have played at halftime since Michael himself.
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What are your favorite Super Bowl halftime songs? Who were your favorite performers? Let us know in the comments, and share any we may have missed!
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