Several memorable rock performances have graced the Super Bowl halftime stage over the years. Here are some standout performances:

  1. The Who (2010): The legendary British rock band delivered a high-energy performance at Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. They thrilled the audience with classics like “Pinball Wizard,” “Baba O’Riley,” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” showcasing their enduring talent and stage presence.
  2. Prince (2007): While Prince is primarily known as a funk and pop artist, his Super Bowl XLI halftime show included several rock elements. His electrifying performance, highlighted by hits like “Purple Rain,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and a cover of “All Along the Watchtower,” is widely regarded as one of the greatest halftime shows in Super Bowl history.
  3. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (2009): Springsteen’s Super Bowl XLIII halftime performance in Tampa featured a setlist of classic rock anthems, including “Born to Run,” “Glory Days,” and “Working on a Dream.” The Boss brought his trademark energy and passion to the stage, captivating the audience with his iconic rock sound.
  4. The Rolling Stones (2006): The Rolling Stones took the stage at Super Bowl XL in Detroit, delivering a dynamic performance that spanned their legendary career. Mick Jagger’s energetic stage presence, combined with hits like “Start Me Up,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and “Rough Justice,” made for a memorable halftime show.
  5. U2 (2002): U2’s halftime performance at Super Bowl XXXVI, held shortly after the September 11 attacks, was a poignant and emotionally charged tribute to the victims. The band performed “Beautiful Day,” “MLK,” and “Where the Streets Have No Name,” with a backdrop featuring the names of the 9/11 victims, earning widespread acclaim for its powerful message of unity and resilience.

These rock performances have left an indelible mark on Super Bowl halftime show history, showcasing the enduring appeal and impact of rock music on one of the biggest stages in entertainment.