The 11 Hottest Super Bowl Halftime Show Outfits Ever
The Super Bowl halftime show outfit has become a spectacle in and of itself. Don’t believe me? Just check the way your spouse or non-sport fan relative freezes everything they’re doing to gawk at what today’s hottest stars are wearing. So important are the outfits, some performers have several wardrobe changes. Even the term “wardrobe malfunction” was spawned through this show and is fully ingrained in pop culture. Here we rank the hottest getups ever — by sex appeal, titillating distraction and censor-dodging nerve.
#11 Britney Spears
Britney Spears was merely a guest star when the fresh-faced pop sensation with an “I’m not that innocent” side took to the stage for the 2001 show starring Aerosmith. Surprisingly, her simple midriff and tight high waisted pants — given her career trajectory later with sultry tracks like “Toxic” and “Womanizer” — look downright tame compared to the other getups soon to follow in Super Bowl history.
#10 Fergie (of The Black Eyed Peas)
Chances are you’re the sexiest player on the field when you have glittery, sequined shoulder pads and knee high platform boots. Fergie proved just how titillating she could make her 2011 performance when she flung her hair and commanded the crowd in an NFL-meets-“Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” ensemble. So inviting were Fergie Ferg’s “humps” even Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash totally looks like he’s sneaking a peak when she bends.
#9 Gwen Stefani
Sometimes you don’t even need to gyrate or hardly do any dance moves at all to command a halftime performance. No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani proved just that when she rocked out toward the end of the 2003 halftime show along with Shania Twain, wearing a glittery getup similar to the iconic Cholo pants and sports bra she wore in her band’s “Just A Girl” music video.
#8 Tina Turner
The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll Tina Turner proved she’s “simply the best” in a getup so hot that even an older woman such as herself can pull it off, while still oozing sex appeal, and keep up with any current vixen on the pop charts. The secret? Well, just check out the skin tight all-leather onesie she sported with no bra on American television, and those suggestive moves — censors, be damned!
#7, #6, #5 Madonna, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.
Technically, Madonna, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. are separately sexy solo performers in their own right. But their triptych 2012 halftime show team up is notable for three key reasons you just can’t break apart.
Firstly, for its gyrations …
Secondly, for its choice hand gesture (that managed to avoid heavy TV fines) …
And, thirdly, this “WTF” outfit sported by a Will Ferrell lookalike “dancer” that upstaged Madonna’s getup (and, unfortunately, also managed to slip by without a fine).
(His dress was probably the moment where most of you bit your mouth while biting into your buffalo wing.)
#4 Katy Perry
Katy Perry stomped out the competition with a fiery 2015 performance that landed her at the Number 4 spot. C’mon, guys, a flame-inspired getup perfectly synched to pyro and a bossy stage-commanding booty thrust in platforms to a ready and willing Lenny Kravitz? Score!
#3 Shania Twain
Shania Twain is another one of those stars who doesn’t have to do much dance choreography or have flashy distractions behind her to show that she’s a sexy stunner. The country icon managed to entice audiences the world over in 2003 with a seductive jewel-encrusted bra and strands of jewels draping her waist in a leather vampire-like dress. Attention fully deserved.
In arguably one of the best, perfectly timed halftime show performances ever put on in Super Bowl history (don’t believe me, watch the full clip, and try not to have your jaw drop), Beyoncé commandeered the stage in 2013 with a leather-and-lace corset and her signature “Crazy In Love” finger-lick. Plus, flanked by a veritable army of dominatrixes dressed in black that would have the greatest forces in the world stand down. Thankfully, her too-hot-for-TV provocations didn’t get her fined or banned: The NFL welcomed her back for the big 5-0 alongside Coldplay in 2016.
#1 Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson: You win. While Justin Timberlake gets an “L” for letting Janet take the fall for the whole 2004 fiasco, her getup earns the pole position for a multitude of reasons. Essentially, it’s the “Gangnam Style” of Super Bowl halftime outfits. Think about it: Her outfit generated the most views and replays, became the first viral social media sensation of its kind, and, according to Forbes, her outfit helped start YouTube in the first place. She brought the world to a halt with one boob — and even the term “wardrobe malfunction” into the lexicon. Although it briefly derailed her music career, and banned MTV from producing another halftime show ever again, she eventually came back in 2015 with a Billboard Number 1 album (“Unbreakable”), all with the help of a star-incrusted nipple shield and a faulty bra. The hottest getup, indeed.
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