Study says Coldplay was best Super Bowl halftime show since 2001 – yes, really

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Published 10:57 a.m. ET Feb. 6, 2021 | Updated 10:59 a.m. ET Feb. 6, 2021

A new study found that Coldplay’s performance at Super Bowl 50, at which Chris Martin and bandmates were famously upstaged by Beyoncé’s walk-on, is – scientifically speaking, at least – the best Super Bowl halftime show of the past 20 years. 

That means it scored better than Prince’s iconic performance of “Purple Rain” during an actual downpour. 

No, really. 

The study, conducted by OnBuy.com, surveyed 4,376 fans around the world on their favorite performances and collated YouTube views and like-to-dislike ratios to arrive at a fan index score. 

By that metric, Coldplay scored a 48 out of a possible 60, squeaking by Shakira and J.Lo’s performance at the 2020 Super Bowl, which came in second place with 46, and Prince, who somehow finished third with 44.

The lowest-rated halftime show performance, scoring 16 out of 60, was shirtless Adam Levine and Maroon 5. 

Shania Twain (2003), the Who (2010) and Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction performance (2004) rounded out the bottom of the list.

The entire listHere’s how they rated.

1. Coldplay, 2016

2. Shakira and J.Lo, 2020

3. Prince, 2007

4. Madonna, 2012

5. Beyoncé, 2013

6. Lady Gaga, 2017

7. Katy Perry, 2015

8. U2, 2002

9. Paul McCartney, 2005

10. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 2008

11. Aerosmith, 2001

12. Justin Timberlake, 2018

13. Bruno Mars, 2014

14. The Rolling Stones, 2006

15. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 2009

16. The Black Eyed Peas, 2011

17. Shania Twain, 2003

18. The Who, 2010

19. Jessica Simpson, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, 2004

20. Maroon 5, 2019

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