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The halftime show at the Super Bowl was not always the spectacle that we know it to be today. The first 20 halftime shows were mostly filled with marching bands, high school bands, and some non-profit organizations putting on performances. Most of these shows all carried themes, generally saluting or providing tribute to a city or anniversary.

It wasn’t until 1993 that the halftime show really took off. This is all thanks to Fox network airing a special episode of In Living Color at the same time as Gloria Estefan’s 1992 Super Bowl halftime show, resulting in many lost viewers for CBS. After seeing all the lost viewership in 1992, we were treated to Michael Jackson in the 1993 halftime show.

Since then, the halftime show has taken on a life of its own, and even comes with its own set of props at sportsbooks. The two most popular halftime show props are the first and last songs performed during the show.

Fans will be treated to Rihanna’s first performance since 2018 at Super Bowl 57. The NFL has announced Rihanna will headline the Super Bowl halftime show. Who she brings with her is anyone’s guess at this point—which you can also bet on! If you’re trying to find some trends from past performances, you’ll see the performers as well as first and last songs played for every halftime show since Super Bowl 25.

Historical Halftime Show First/Last Songs | 2023 Halftime Show First & Last Song Odds

Super Bowl Halftime Show: First and Last Songs Every Year

Super Bowl Headline Performer First Song Last Song
25 New Kids On The Block It’s a Small World After All/We Are the World/I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing It’s a Small World After All
26 Gloria Estefan Winter Magic Get On Your Feet
27 Michael Jackson Jam Heal the World
28 Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, The Judds Tuckered Out Love Can Build a Bridge
29 Patti Labelle, Indiana Jones & Marion Ravenwood, Teddy Pendergrass, Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine Release Yourself Can You Feel the Love Tonight
30 Diana Ross Stop in the Name of Love Take Me Higher
31 The Blues Brothers, ZZ Top, James Brown, Catherine Crier Everybody Needs Somebody to Love Gimme Some Lovin’
32 Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Queen Latifah Get Ready Dancing in the Street
33 Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Savion Glover Go Daddy O You’ll Be Mind (Party Time)/Another Star/My Cherie Amour
34 Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton Reflections of Earth We Go On
35 Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J Blige, Nelly Bye Bye Bye Walk This Way
36 U2 Beautiful Day Where the Streets Have No Name
37 Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting Man! I Feel Like a Woman! Message in a Bottle
38 Jessica Simpson, Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock, Justin Timberlake The Way You Move Rock Your Body
39 Paul McCartney Drive My Car Hey Jude
40 The Rolling Stones Start Me Up (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
41 Prince We Will Rock You Purple Rain
42 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers American Girl Runnin’ Down a Dream
43 Bruce Springsteen Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out Glory Days
44 The Who Pinball Wizard Won’t Get Fooled Again
45 The Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling The Time (Dirty Bit)
46 Madonna Vogue Like a Prayer
47 Beyonce Run the World (Girls) Halo
48 Bruno Mars Billionaire Just the Way You Are
49 Katy Perry Roar Firework
50 Coldplay Yellow Fix You/Up & Up
51 Lady Gaga God Bless America/This Land is Your Land Bad Romance
52 Justin Timberlake Filthy Can’t Stop the Feeling
53 Maroon 5 Harder to Breathe Moves Like Jagger
54 Jennifer Lopez, Shakira Dare (La La La) Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)
55 The Weeknd Starboy Blinding Lights
56 Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar & Mary J. Blige The Next Episode Still D.R.E.
57 Rihanna B*tch Better Have My Money Diamonds

Though Rihanna has not put out a new album since 2016, she did release the single “Lift Me Up” in October of 2022 and has been teasing a new album for the last few months. It seems likely she will release new music to go with her 2023 Super Bowl halftime performance.

But based on past halftime show trends, it is unlikely she is going to open with anything brand new. “Pon de Replay” will be a strong option, as it was her real breakout song. She has had a total of 14 songs hit no. 1 on the charts: “SOS,” “Umbrella,” “Take a Bow,” “Disturbia,” “Live Your Life,” “Rude Boy,” “Love the Way You Lie,” “What’s My Name?” “Only Girl,” “S&M,” “We Found Love,” “Diamonds,” “The Monster,” and “Work.”

Rihanna has also collaborated with a ton of other big names, including: Jay-Z (who discovered her), Eminem, Drake, Britney Spears, and T.I. among others.

The Super Bowl halftime show expects to get underway around 8pm ET.

The first song Rihanna performed was “B*tch Better Have My Money”. The last song Rihanna performed was “Diamonds”.

Halftime Show First and Last Song Trends

  • Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl 52 halftime show is the only one in the last 16 years to begin with a song that is less than a year old – the single “Filthy” was released less than a month earlier
  • Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl 51 halftime show is the only one in the last 13 years where the first song played was not a single from the performing artist – Gaga went political with a “God Bless America / This Land Is Your Land” mashup
  • Only 4 of the last 12 first songs played at Super Bowl halftime shows featuring modern artists were less than three years old, with 7 of them being less than seven years old – Gaga’s political choice joins Coldplay (Yellow), Maroon 5 (Harder to Breathe), and Rihanna (Better Have My Money) as the only first songs played that were released more than seven years before the halftime show; the Super Bowl 2022 Halftime Show was not counted towards this.
  • The average age of the last songs performed during the last 11 Super Bowl halftime shows featuring modern artists is five years; seven of them were less than five years old, though – J-Lo and Shakira performed the ten-year old single “Waka Waka”, Maroon 5 went with the eight-year old “Moves Like Jagger”, Lady Gaga went with the eight-year old “Bad Romance”, and Rihanna went with 11-year-old “Diamonds”; the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show was also not considered “modern artists”.
  • Each last song performed in the last 21 Super Bowl halftime shows has been a single released by one of the performing artists in the show

Super Bowl 2023 Halftime Show Props

Song Odds to Be First Song Played
Diamonds +400
B**ch Better Have My Money +400
Don’t Stop the Music +400
This Is What You Came For +500
Umbrella +700
Disturbia +900
We Found Love +1000
Run This Town +1000
SOS +1000
Pon de Replay +1400
Shut Up And Drive +1400
Stay +1400
What’s My Name +2000
Work +2000
Rude Boy +2000
S&M +2000
Only Girl (In The World) +2200
FourFiveSeconds +2500
Song Odds to Be Last Song Played
Umbrella +300
Run This Town +500
SOS +500
Don’t Stop the Music +500
We Found Love +600
Diamonds +1000
B**ch Better Have My Money +1200
Disturbia +1200
Stay +1200
Pon de Replay +1200
FourFiveSeconds +1500
This Is What You Came For +1500
Shut Up And Drive +1500
What’s My Name +2000
Take A Bow +2500
Where Have You Been +2500
Work +2500
Love On The Brain +2500
Artist Odds to Appear During Halftime Show
Calvin Harris -200
JAY-Z -200
Drake +100
A$AP Rocky +150
DJ Khaled +200
Kendrick Lamar +250
Eminem +300
A$AP Rocky with a baby +350
Kanye West +400
T.I. +400
Kid Cudi +500
David Guetta +500
Paul McCartney +500
Pharrell Williams +650
SZA +800

FanDuel Sportsbook has released odds for the first and last songs Rihanna will perform during the Super Bowl 57 halftime show. If you’re not already betting at FanDuel, don’t miss out on our FanDuel promo code for a great bonus when registering. Unfortunately, many of these props have not been taken down with too many potential leaks coming out Super Bowl Sunday.

“Diamonds”, “B**ch Better Have My Money”, and “Don’t Stop the Music” are all listed as co-favorites to be the first song performed at +400 odds each. “This Is What You Came For” is next up at +500 odds. If you bet $20 on any of the three songs listed as co-favorites, you would stand to win $80 and return $100.

“Umbrella” is given the best odds to be the last song Rihanna performs at +300 odds. “Run This Town”, “SOS”, and “Don’t Stop the Music” are next on the board at +500 odds each. If you bet $20 on “Umbrella” to be the final song played, you would stand to win $60 and return $80.

FanDuel also has a prop for which artists will make guest appearances. Both Calvin Harris and JAY-Z are seen as heavy favorites to join Rihanna on stage, with both given -200 odds. This means a $20 bet on either of these artists to appear would only win you $10 and return $30. Other names like Drake (+100), A$AP Rocky (+150), and DJ Khaled (+200) are also given shorter odds to make an appearance.

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