The Top 10 Bands We Want to See Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

January 31, 2011

Over the years, Super Bowl halftime shows have had their share of hits and misses. We're not saying that some of the acts from years past haven't rocked our socks off. We just thought it would be a brilliant idea to put together a wish list for future Super Bowl Sundays. In honor of the Commercial Bowl, let's git-r-done, football fans!

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10. Kanye West

Kanye has his detractors, but the guy is amazing at producing classic tracks as well as creating instant controversy on any live TV broadcast he attends. His live performances have also started to get much better, but the main reason he made the list is because he can't help but act like a total free spirit anytime a camera turns on. Can you imagine the hype that would surround the possibility of a Kanye West halftime show? S**t would be bananas, y'all.

9. Willie Nelson

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There's just something so right about football when it's combined with classic country music. I'm sure we've all seen an episode of Friday Night Lights and have a solid grasp of how freakin' huge football is in the south. Country jams are no different. That's why I think it would be a perfect fit to class up a Super Bowl halftime special with a performance from none other than the Red Headed Stranger himself. Willie Nelson is obviously a legend in his own right and combining him with America's new pastime would be an effortless fit.


8. Journey

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Don't hate, y'all. You damn well know that you love all things Journey, but don't have the guts to say it out loud. Now is the time to throw it on the line and admit that Journey was/is awesome on all fronts and would be a perfect candidate to pump up a stadium full of rabid football fans. Seeing Steve Perry get back together with his Journey homies and throw down "Don't Stop Believin'" one last time could go on to become the greatest sing-alongs in Super Bowl history. It might just be the one and only time fans of rival teams temporally squash their beef and unite around one of the best pop-rockers of all times.


7. Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath

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The fact that British bands like The Who have rocked the Super Bowl halftime show in years past pretty much means there is no reason why legendary metal maestros Black Sabbath shouldn't also have their turn to blow the eardrums off of every football fan on the planet. Not only are Ozzy Osbourne and his Sabbath homies beloved by all fans of the heavy metal genre, their classic hard rock gems can be heard at a number of team's stadiums all around the country. "Crazy Train" has been a Pittsburgh Steeler favorite for years now and I can't help but hope that Ozzy will find himself busting it out at a future SB event. 


6. Queen

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Even though the greatest frontman of all time has been dead for almost 20 years now, I'm still extremely surprised that the remaining members as well as replacement singer Paul Rodgers have yet to rock a Super Bowl stadium. We're talking about a band that has created some of the most inspiring rock anthems the world has ever known. Their material is tailor-made for a sports event as gigantic as the Super Bowl. I'm sure a few Queen die-hards out their would consider something like this a sacrilege, but that animosity will instantly disappear the minute Brian and the boys break into "We Are the Champions."


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5. Metallica

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I can almost guarantee that half of the NFL roster is obsessed with all things Metallica and constantly use the band's epic metal classics for intense inspiration before, during, and after any big game. We all know that the boys struggled a little bit during the late-'90s and early-2000s in terms of universally heralded material, but they eventually redeemed themselves with the release of Death Magnetic in 2008. With that said, James, Lars, Kirk, and Robert should have no problem giving a Super Bowl audience a string of heavy classics wrapped in some new modern opuses. Did I also mention that Metallica is one of the greatest live bands of all time?


4. Led Zeppelin

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Here's the deal, people. Everyone and their mother want the remaining members of Led Zeppelin to reunite one more time and what better place than the Super Bowl halftime show? Based on their one-off performance at the O2 arena back in 2007, there is no doubt that Robert, Jimmy, and John still got the goods for one more go round. I also don't think there's a person alive that doesn't know at least one of their songs. That's the key to a great Super Bowl halftime act. They need to be as universal as white bread and instantly connect with the viewers taking in the game. Their jams are also as epic as they get.


3. Daft Punk

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I shouldn't have to explain this pick in great detail. Why? It's because Daft Punk puts on one of the greatest live show experiences music has to offer and every human being alive should get a taste before they leave this crazy planet. From the Tron-like pyramid to their consistently groundbreaking electronic sounds, the French dudes of Daft Punk are in a league all their own. Electronic music is bigger than ever and having one of the genre's biggest and most influential names headline a halftime show should be an obvious no-brainer for anyone trying to give viewers entertainment that's legitimately out of this world.


2. AC/DC

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I don't think I'm alone when I say that I seriously have no idea why AC/DC has never played a Super Bowl halftime show. I'm well aware that Angus and the boys are not from America and could probably care less about football, but their epic rock jams have been motivating footballers for quite some time now and would easily be the perfect entertainment for rabid fans of all things pigskin. From "Thunderstruck" to "Back in Black," if the legendary dudes of AC/DC ever pumped out their greatest hits on Super Bowl Sunday, it could go down as the most-loved and universally heralded halftime show ever. Who gives a crap about Janet Jackson's nipple when you have Angus Young shredding on his iconic signature SG?


1. Guns N' Roses

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Think about it, people. Wouldn't it be amazing if all the original members of GNR squashed their stupid longstanding beef and reunited for a one-off performance at a future Super Bowl halftime show? Of course it would. One of the greatest rock acts of all time should have rocked that stage a helluva long time ago. I'm pretty sure Slash might have made it on the Super Bowl stage at one point or another, but it's definitely not even close to being the same as having Duff, Axl, and Izzy up there with him. We all know that the aged members of GNR aren't the same unpredictable act they once were, but even a halfway decent rendition of "Welcome to the Jungle" on the grandest stage of them all is sure to make players and fans alike go completely insane. 



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