8 Bands That Should Have Played The Super Bowl Halftime Show By Now


Another year, another Super Bowl halftime show. 

Following the revelation back in 2018 that Foo Fighters have been asked to play the halftime show “multiple times”, we got to thinking- there’s been a significant lack of rock acts taking on the biggest stage in the world. And we aren’t the only ones to have noticed – Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor previously tweeted in support of Disturbed frontman David Draiman performing the national anthem at the 2020 event, sharing “It’s long overdue for rock and metal to be represented at the Super Bowl.”

And Corey is right, guys. It is long overdue. 

That’s before we even address the irony of the 2020 Super Bowl being hosted at the Hard Rock Stadium. It’s literally in the title.

While recently the halftime performers have swung far more pop, it was only in 2010 that The Who took on the halftime show, and 2014 saw the Red Hot Chilli Peppers entertaining the Super Bowl crowd. So there’s scope for this. 

Here are the bands that we think should have absolutely played the Super Bowl halftime show by now. 

Kicking it off with the band that made us even think of this. It just makes sense.

02. BLINK-182
Still one of the biggest bands in the world, Blink have been around for decades and have been an absolute hit machine. With their Las Vegas residency and status, there’s no reason that in 2019 we still are yet to see a Blink-182 halftime show at the Super Bowl.

Also, not for nothing but if blink-182 ever play it, frontman Mark Hoppus has promised that they’ll whip out the dance moves that J-Lo and Shakira did during their performance over the weekend.


Hello, Panic! At The Disco are one of the biggest bands on the planet. Brendon Urie is a genuine mega-star. Plus, the NFL have already used a number of Panic! At The Disco tracks in their ads, so there’s scope there. Plus, isn’t ‘Victorious’ just the perfect song for a halftime show at a sporting event? Tell us we’re wrong.

Also, invite along the marching band who routinely whip out these sick Panic! At The Disco covers for their own halftime shows, and you’re home and hosed. Lock it in. 2021.

2005 was the moment. Green Day were one of the biggest bands in the entire world. You couldn’t leave your house without hearing ‘American Idiot’ on the radio. It’s a Broadway musical. Bring out the cast and have a big, theatrical collaboration. We’re just throwing ideas around. There’s no reason that Green Day shouldn’t have been offered the Super Bowl halftime show by now. 

The biggest travesty is that we never got a Super Bowl halftime performance from Linkin Park and Jay-Z. We’re talking ‘Collision Course’ era Linkin Park, 2004. Instead in 2004 we were treated to Jessica SimpsonJanet Jackson and Justin Timberlake


There was a time after the release of ‘The Black Parade’ when My Chemical Romance were one of the biggest bands in the world. 2007 should have been their year that they did the Super Bowl halftime show. Can you see it now? In full marching band regalia? Parade float? A recreation of the ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ video, on the pitch? It should have happened.

But given that it never did, and now they’re back (and bigger than ever) now is the moment. Make Super Bowl Emo Again, 2021.

07. MUSE
Arguably still one of the biggest bands in the world, we had to triple check that they haven’t actually done it before. Because they inexplicably haven’t.

They’ve headlined Chicago’s Wrigley Field, their track ‘Centuries’ was used on a massive ESPN campaign, and they played the halftime show at the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl. Basically, let’s get this thing happening.

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