Most Popular Halftime Shows in the 2000s

There is no gig quite like the Super Bowl halftime show. 15 minutes to perform your catalog with more than 150 million viewers, with the likes of Rihanna, The Weeknd and Lady Gaga all making their mark on that legendary stage.

This year, RnB superstar Usher took to the stage in Vegas and we were curious to discover the most popular Super Bowl halftime shows of the 2000s by analyzing the viewership on each performance uploaded on YouTube.

The top 10 most popular halftime performances

 Super BowlDateLocationPerformer(s)YouTube Views
1stLIV2020Hard Rock StadiumShakira, Jennifer Lopez302,000,000
2ndLVI2022SoFi StadiumDr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar252,000,000
3rdLVII2023State Farm StadiumRihanna208,000,000
4th502016Levi’s StadiumColdplay131,000,000
5thLI2017NRG StadiumLady Gaga98,000,000
6thXLIX2015University of Phoenix StadiumKaty Perry93,000,000
7thLV2021Raymond James StadiumThe Weeknd63,000,000
8thXLVII2013Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeBeyoncé43,000,000
9thXLVI2012Lucas Oil StadiumMadonna42,000,000
10thLII2018U.S. Bank StadiumJustin Timberlake33,700,000

Working with, we can reveal the most popular halftime performance is from Shakira and Jennifer Lopez at the 2020 Super Bowl LIV show in Miami, Florida (Hard Rock Stadium).

The phenomenal show featured special guests such as Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Emme Muñiz. This performance is the most viewed on YouTube out of all the halftime shows analyzed in the 2000s, with an impressive 302 million views.

The Super Bowl LVI 2022 halftime show ranks in second place, which saw Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar take to the SoFi Stadium stage. The iconic performance has since racked up 252 million views on YouTube.

Most impressively, Rihanna’s Super Bowl LVII solo halftime show ranks third. With no surprise guests (just the announcement of her pregnancy) and not even a year since its debut, the performance has already gained 208 million views – the highest of any solo show.

The 5 least watched halftime performances

 Super BowlDateLocationPerformer(s)YouTube Views
1stXXXIX2005Alltel StadiumPaul McCartney250,000
2ndXL2006Ford FieldThe Rolling Stones390,000
3rdXLIII2009Raymond James StadiumBruce Springsteen and the E Street Band594,000
4thXXXIV2000Georgia DomePhil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton671,000
5thXXXVI2002Louisiana SuperdomeU21,000,000

The halftime performance with the least amount of views in the 2000s is Paul McCartney’s 2005 show at the Super Bowl XXXIX. The Beatles legend has only racked up 250,000 views on YouTube, despite belting iconic tunes such as ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Live and Let Die’.

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.