Listomania: Ten Acts More Deserving Of Playing The Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show Than The Black Eyed Peas

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A week ago today, we passed along word of the still-circulating rumor that the Black Eyed Peas would be the performers at Super Bowl XLV, which, you surely already know, is set to take place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Sunday, February 6.

We've yet to squash that rumor--the closest we got was a "no comment" from the NFL, and some word from an employee of the North Texas Super Bowl Planning Committee saying that she hadn't heard anything about the Black Eyed Peas on that front.

Still, we're a little nervous; the NFL didn't flat-out deny the rumor. And that means, unfortunately, it could still be happening--which would be terrible news, in our humble opinions. The Black Eyed Peas have their place, we admit, but not on a platform where they can be seen by millions and millions of TV viewers.

So, on that front, we've come up with a list of other suggestions. After the jump check our list--which, we should note, doesn't just include acts we'd necessarily want to see in this setting, but rather the acts that we think actually deserve the honor and might be legitimate candidates to play the thing.

(Note: We've excluded earlier performers from coming back and reprising their roles.)

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10. Kenny Chesney
Would we want Chesney performing his cheeseball country during the halftime show? Not at all. But the fact remains: This is Texas, and, for better or worse, the rest of the country associates us with country music. And Chesney's one of the genre's biggest stars. Plus, he's been reportedly lobbying himself for the gig.

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9. The Beastie Boys
This one's probably a bit of a reach on our part. But, aside from cameos, there's never been a hip-hop halftime show at the Super Bowl. And, let's face it, the Beastie Boys, at least at this point in their careers, are not only great, but also as unoffensive as hip-hop gets while still maintaining high marks for integrity and creativity. Plus, Public Enemy's out of the question now that Flavor Flav's all crazy. So is Run-DMC, what with Jam-Master Jay's death, unfortunately.

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8. Billy Joel
Joel's probably the biggest solo performer out there that manages to have both working-man cred and massive commercial appeal--and yet still hasn't played the Super Bowl halftime show. But, seeing that the Super Bowl heads to the Meadowlands for SB XLVIII, we're thinking that he might be best suited for that one. Y'know, what with all his songs about New York.
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