Country Music and football season go hand-in-hand, with Hank Williams Jr., Faith Hill, and Carrie Underwood singing the national anthem for the Sunday and Monday Night Football festivities in the past. When it comes to the Super Bowl, pop and rock acts have historically dominated the game’s events, but there have been many times when Country Music has left its mark on the most-watched TV event of the year.
With the Super Bowl fast approaching this weekend, let’s take a look back at some of times that Country Music took center stage and rocked it during the Super Bowl pre-show, halftime show and even the commercials.
Back in 1994 for Super Bowl XXVIII, Country definitely took over the game with the “Wavy Lay’s Rockin’ Country Sunday” halftime show. Country stars Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt and Brooks & Dunn filled the stadium with tunes from the heartland, marking the first time a Super Bowl halftime show was filled entirely with Country Music.
A bit more recently, Country and crossover legend Shania Twain starred in the Super Bowl halftime show in 2003 alongside No Doubt and Sting. Also, before the game, the Dixie Chicks served up a beautiful rendition of the national anthem, giving Super Bowl XXXVII a double dose of Country Music girl power.
Speaking of the national anthem, it seems that Country Music stars have made several appearances during the pregame performances, singing the songs that salute our nation. In 1993, Garth Brooks tipped his hat to America with his own rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” while actress Marlee Matlin signed the song.
Before the Super Bowl XXIV game in 2000, Faith Hill delivered the national anthem so powerfully and passionately that it is considered one of the best all-time performances of the song.
Country Music stars can do more than just sing for the Super Bowl—they’re stars of the commercials, too!
Willie Nelson made light of his tax troubles with a clever commercial for H&R Block that aired during the 2003 Super Bowl.
This year, Country Music got a Super Bowl commercial shout out from Ellen Degeneres, who featured Brandy Clark’s “Stripes” in her new ad for the Beats Music app which will air during this Sunday’s game.
We’ll be on the lookout for more Country stars making an appearance during the big game this weekend. Will you be watching?
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