A huge lineup of music artists braved the cold and came out to perform today, (Nov. 22) at the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Now in its 92nd year, today’s time-honored holiday event s officially the coldest on record, parade co-host Al Roker reported.
More than 3.5 million people gather to see the parade live in New York City each year, and more than 50 million TV viewers watch it in homes nationwide. NBC has been broadcasting the parade since 1948 and this year, Roker, Savannah Guthrie, and Hoda Kotb co-hosted the festivities.
Kids everywhere undoubtedly loved watching all the colorful balloons and floats travel along the parade’s two-and-a-half mile route, which included a brand-new Goku balloon from Dragon Ball, the Sesame Street float, Diary of a Wimpy kid balloon, and of course, the guest of honor, Santa Claus!
Adding to the magic of the world-renowned entertainment extravaganza is performances from a spectacular roster of music superstars. A list of our picks for the seven best musical moments from the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is listed below.
7. Barenaked Ladies “One Week”
Barenaked Ladies celebrates their 30th anniversary this year. The Canadian rockers celebrated the milestone by performing their smash hit “One Week” while riding atop the King’s Hawaiian Aloha Spirit float. The confetti-erupting volcano added a fun backdrop to their fantastic performance.
6. Pentatonix – “Where Are You, Christmas?”
Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix is known for their shimmering takes on classic Christmas songs, as well as their own original holiday tunes. The group rode on the Entenmann’s bakery float and their “Where Are You, Christmas?” performance could not have been sweeter! The song is featured in the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 2000 movie and appears as a cover on Pentatonix’s 2018 holiday album, Christmas is Here! The song’s message about love being the true meaning of Christmas is beautiful.
5. Martina McBride – “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
Martina McBride has such a lovely voice and she delivered a magical rendition of the beloved Christmas classic song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” There may not be a better song to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Plus, she rode on the Balsam Hill float, which was a gorgeous display of all things Christmas, right down to the twirling reindeer merry-go-round!
4. Kane Brown – “Good As You”
Kane Brown is one of the hottest rising country stars right now. His second studio album, Experiment, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. He sang his latest single, “Good As You,” while riding the Mount Rushmore float. The song was upbeat and fun, despite the freezing temps and Brown delivered the song with his incomparable smile.
3. Sugarland – “Babe”
Sugarland fans are thrilled with the duo’s reunion for their first album in eight years, Bigger. They performed the album’s second single, “Babe,” which was co-written by Taylor Swift and Pat Monahan from Train. Swift’s vocals are featured on the record. The “Delicate” singer-songwriter wasn’t at the parade performance. But, her part was piped in via the backing track. Jennifer Nettles arguably has one of the best female voices in country music and it was great to see her and Kristian Bush back together for the parade.
2. Brynn Cartelli – “Walk My Way”
Brynn Cartelli made history as the youngest champion "The Voice." She notably brought newbie coach Kelly Clarkson all the way home to a season 14 win. Cartelli sang her “Voice” coronation single, “Walk My Way” while riding on the Universal Kids jungle-gym themed float. She did a fabulous job for her first parade performance and her energy was infectious.
1. Kelly Clarkson – “Heat”
Kelly Clarkson was such a trooper, belting her powerhouse vocals in her ironically-titled track “Heat” at the parade. She was bundled in a black coat and gloves and poured everything she had into the performance. “Heat” hails from her latest album Meaning of Life. It was totally obvious she was singing it live and as usual, she just smashed it and gets our pick for the best music performance of the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch a clip of her performance below.