By now, virtually everyone knows that iconic pop star Madonna will be performing at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 5th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. In the days and weeks since the announcement, there’s been much speculation about the songs from the singer’s expansive catalog that she will perform at the show. Today, several websites are reporting that the set list has been finalized and the selections will excite many and disappoint others.
The one song that’s been set from the start to be performed at the Super Bowl halftime show is Madonna’s newest single, “Gimme All Your Luvin’,” from her forthcoming untitled album, the singer’s first in five years. The song, which has yet to be released, features rap impresarios Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., and both will join Madonna at the big performance.
Billboard Magazine recently polled its readers to ask what songs they thought the pop superstar should sing for the remainder of the set and two of the four top tunes chosen made the final cut, “Holiday” and “Vogue.” These songs are two of Madonna’s most iconic, an early breakthrough and a tune that set off a worldwide phenomenon, respectively, and the others that were chosen by the singer were most likely picked to represent the entire career-span of the icon.
In addition to “Gimme All Your Luvin’,” “Holiday” and “Vogue,” the Super Bowl set list will also include the title cuts to her 1990 album, “Ray of Light,” and 2000’s “Music.” Since the Super Bowl Halftime Show is such a huge spectacle, up tempo stuff is what makes it memorable, and the five tracks that made the final set list should all make the cut, though there are plenty of others that would’ve done just as well.
Two songs that did not make the final set list, but were voted on by Billboard readers were the anthemic “Express Yourself” and the retro-disco tune “Hung Up,” from Madonna’s fantastic “Confessions on a Dancefloor” set. Other strong possibilities may have included favorites such as “Like a Prayer,” “4 Minutes,” “Like a Virgin,” or even “Lucky Star.” Any of these tracks would’ve fit the bill, but nevertheless, the songs chosen for the Super Bowl set are all fitting for such a spectacle as this and they’re a great representation of the entirety of the singer’s career.