What do previous Super Bowl halftime performers like Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Beyoncé have in common with lesser known music recording acts like RikRok Ducent, B2K, and Slim Thug?
Well, they’ve all had Number One songs during the week that a Super Bowl was played. And djrobblog has compiled a list of all the No. 1 songs that were at the top on the day that the 51 Super Bowls were played – in order from SB I to SB LI. There’s also a special Spotify playlist featuring all the songs at the end of the article!
Sorry, Lady Gaga, you’re not on this list. But you came close…twice: first in late January 2009 with “Just Dance” and again in February 2011 with “Born This Way.”
But I’m sure Gaga’s Monsters aren’t disappointed, after all, she’s the halftime performer at this year’s big game.
However, some of the music industry’s biggest names – both past and present – have had their songs top the chart during the week that the NFL’s biggest game was played. And the list of artists and songs is very impressive!
Interestingly enough, over the 51-year history of the game, only three recording acts – Elton John, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars – have had it happen twice, with Beyoncé topping the chart during back-to-back Super Bowls (SB XL and XLI).
Both of Elton John’s two Super Bowl Number Ones came courtesy of collaborations: first as one of the “Friends” in Dionne & Friends “That’s What Friends Are For” (SB XX), and then as George Michael’s duet partner on a 1991 remake of John’s own 1974 hit, “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” (SB XXVI).
Bruno Mars has come closest to having three Super Bowl Number Ones: his “Locked Out of Heaven” was knocked out of chart heaven just a day before Super Bowl XLVII four years ago.
Including featured acts and other collaborations, there’ve been 63 different recording acts that have accounted for the 51 Number One Super Bowl songs. Amazingly, of those 63 acts, 45 of them have had other Number One songs as well.
The 18 who’ve never had another Number One song beyond their Super Bowl chart-toppers, were, in order, John Fred & the Playboys, Don McLean, Carly Simon, Al Wilson, Player, Toto, Yes, Billy Vera & the Beaters, Surface, RikRok Ducent, B2K, Mario, Slim Thug, Wanz, Juicy J, Mark Ronson, Migos and Lil Uzi Vert.
Of those 18, thirteen were lead acts, while the other five were featured guests.
Men have dominated the demographics, accounting for 31 of the 51 Number One songs.
Women have accounted for 13 of them, while mixed groups and collaborations account for the other seven.
And which acts have ruled the charts during each of Atlanta’s and New England’s combined nine other Super Bowl appearances?
Well, for that answer and the complete list of all 51 of the songs that have reigned on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart during the week the Super Bowl was played, along with the corresponding Super Bowl game info, read on!
Super Bowl I – “I’m A Believer” – Monkees (1/15/67: Green Bay def. KC Chiefs; LA Coliseum)
SB II – “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) – John Fred & the Playboys (1/14/68: Green Bay def. Oak. Raiders; Orange Bowl)
SB III – “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye (1/12/69: NY Jets def. Balt. Colts; Orange Bowl)
SB IV – “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” – B.J. Thomas (1/11/70: KC Chiefs def. Minnesota Vikings; Tulane Stadium, NOLA)
SB V – “Knock Three Times” – Tony Orlando & Dawn (1/17/71: Bal Colts def. Dallas; Orange Bowl)
SB VI – “American Pie” – Don McLean (1/16/72: Dallas def. Miami Dolphins; Tulane Stadium)
SB VII – “You’re So Vain” – Carly Simon (1/14/73: Miami def. Washington; LA Coliseum)
SB VIII – “Show And Tell” – Al Wilson (1/13/74: Miami def. Minnesota; Rice Stadium, Houston)
SB IX – “Mandy” – Barry Manilow (1/12/75: Pittsburgh def. Minnesota; Tulane Stadium)
SB X – “Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know…?)” – Diana Ross (1/18/76: Pittsburgh def. Dallas; Orange Bowl)
SB XI – “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” – Leo Sayer (1/9/77: Oakland def. Minnesota; Rose Bowl)
SB XII – “Baby Come Back” – Player (1/15/78: Dallas def. Denver; Superdome, NOLA)
SB XIII – “Le Freak” – Chic (1/21/79: Pittsburgh def. Dallas; Orange Bowl)
SB XIV – “Rock With You” – Michael Jackson (1/20/80: Pittsburgh def. LA Rams; Rose Bowl)
SB XV – “The Tide Is High” – Blondie (1/25/81: Oakland def. Philadelphia Eagles; Superdome)
SB XVI – “I Can’t Go For That” – Daryl Hall & John Oates (1/24/82: SF 49ers def. Cincinnati; Pontiac Silverdome)
SB XVII – “Africa” – Toto (1/30/83: Washington def. Miami; Rose Bowl)
SB XVIII – “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” – Yes (1/22/84: LA Raiders def. Washington; Tampa Stadium)
SB XIX – “Like A Virgin” – Madonna (1/20/85: SF 49ers def. Miami; Stanford Stadium)
SB XX – “That’s What Friends Are For” – Dionne & Friends (Stevie W., Gladys K., Elton J.) (1/26/86: Chicago Bears def. NE Pats; Superdome)
SB XXI – “At This Moment” – Billy Vera (1/25/87: NY Giants def. Denver; Rose Bowl)
SB XXII – “Could’ve Been” – Tiffany (1/31/88: Washington def. Denver; Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego)
SB XXIII – “Two Hearts” – Phil Collins (1/22/89: 49ers def. Cincinnati; Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami)
SB XXIV – “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” – Michael Bolton (1/28/90: 49ers def. Denver; Superdome)
SB XXV – “The First Time” – Surface (1/27/91: NY Giants def. Buffalo; Tampa Stadium)
SB XXVI – “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” – George Michael/Elton John (1/26/92: Washington def. Buffalo; Metrodome)
SB XXVII – “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston (1/31/93: Dallas def. Buffalo; Rose Bowl)
SB XXVIII – “All For Love” – Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting (1/30/94: Dallas def. Buffalo; Georgia Dome)
SB XXIX – “Creep” – TLC (1/29/95: 49ers def. San Diego; Joe Robbie Stadium; 1/29/95)
SB XXX – “One Sweet Day” – Mariah Carey/Boyz II Men (1/28/96: Dallas def. Pittsburgh; Sun Devil Stadium; Arizona)
SB XXXI – “Un-Break My Heart” – Toni Braxton (1/26/97: Green Bay def. NE Pats; Superdome)
SB XXXII – “Together Again” – Janet Jackson (1/25/98: Denver def. GB; Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego)
SB XXXIII – “…Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears (1/31/99: Denver def. ATL; Pro Player Stadium, Miami)
SB XXXIV – “I Knew I Loved You” – Savage Garden (1/30/00: St. Louis Rams def. Ten Titans; Georgia Dome)
SB XXXV – “It Wasn’t Me” – Shaggy feat. RikRok Ducent (1/28/01: Balt. Ravens def. NY Giants; Raymond James Stadium, Tampa)
SB XXXVI – “U Got It Bad” – Usher (2/3/02: NE Pats def. St. Louis Rams; Superdome)
SB XXXVII – “Bump, Bump, Bump” – B2k & P. Diddy (1/26/03: Tampa Bay def. Oakland; Qualcomm Stadium)
SB XXXVIII – “Hey Ya!” – OutKast (2/1/04: NE Pats def. Carolina Panthers; Reliant Stadium, Houston)
SB XXXIX – “Let Me Love You” – Mario (2/6/05: NE Pats def. Phi Eagles; ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville)
SB XL – “Check On It” – Beyoncé feat. Slim Thug (2/5/06: Pittsburgh def. Seattle; Ford Field, Detroit)
SB XLI – “Irreplaceable” – Beyoncé (2/4/07: Indianapolis def. Chicago; Dolphin Stadium, Miami)
SB XLII – “Low” – Flo Rida feat. T-Pain (2/3/08: NY Giants def. NE Pats; University of Phoenix Stadium)
SB XLIII – “My Life Would Suck Without You” – Kelly Clarkson (2/1/09: Pittsburgh def. AZ Cards; Raymond James Stadium)
SB XLIV – “TiK ToK” – Ke$ha (2/7/10: New Orleans Saints def. Indianapolis; Sun Life Stadium, Miami)
SB XLV – “Grenade” – Bruno Mars (2/6/11: Green Bay def. Pittsburgh; Cowboys Stadium)
SB XLVI – “Set Fire To The Rain” – Adele (2/5/12: NY Giants def. NE Pats; Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis)
SB XLVII – “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz (2/3/13: Baltimore def. 49ers; Superdome)
SB XLVIII – “Dark Horse” – Katy Perry feat. Juicy J (2/2/14: Seattle def. Denver; MetLife Stadium, New Jersey)
SB XLIX – “Uptown Funk!” – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (2/1/15: NE Pats def. SEA; University of Phoenix Stadium)
SB 50 – “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber (2/7/16: Denver def. Carolina Panthers; Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA)
SB LI – “Bad and Boujee” – Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert (2/5/17: Atlanta Falcons vs. NE Pats; NRG Stadium, Houston, TX)
So will it be the Falcons or the Pats who claim victory at Super Bowl LI and have their team forever linked with Migos and Lil Uzi Vert?
We’ll find out tonight.
And you can hear all these songs at your Super Bowl party via my special Spotify playlist by clicking the link.
Enjoy and thanks for all the love and support of djrobblog!