Get into the (football) groove: Madonna has officially been announced as the featured performer for the Super Bowl XLVI half-time show on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis. While it’s still a little too soon to place our bets on which teams will play in the big game (where’s Lisa Simpson when you need her?), that doesn’t mean we can’t start to guess, or at the very least make our wish list, for what the Material Girl will sing during the half-time show. (Early prediction: She probably won’t play “Material Girl.”)
While last year’s half-time act/pod people of the future the Black Eyed Peas, along with Usher and Slash, played eight tunes, the standard playlist by previous performers like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, and U2 has featured three to five of their greatest hits. (Then again, Prince rocked no less than seven during his Super Bowl XLI appearance.)
So what’s the ideal Madonna playlist? While Justin Timberlake might run into some roadblocks in order to appear on the Super Bowl half-time stage again (something about a “wardrobe malfunction”?) it would be great to have him perform their sporty, arena-worthy duet “4 Minutes.” (Though, speaking of sport, I’d almost rather have Madonna perform at the World Series, if only for the sole purpose of a long-overdue revival of “This Used to Be My Playground.” Go Peaches!)
As for the other possible songs for the 53-year-old pop icon to perform, “Like a Prayer,” “Express Yourself,” ‘Ray of Light,” “Music,” and the very un-Super Bowl-y but essential nevertheless “Vogue” could make for one hell of a mix on the hydrangea-free stage. But what do you think, PopWatchers? Which tunes should Madge pull out for the Super Bowl? Are you hoping for a Britney Spears surprise for “Me Against the Music” or, since the Super Bowl is the best holiday of the year, would there be nothing more fitting than “Holiday”? Share in the comments section below!