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The Most Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Shows Of All Time

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Super Bowl halftime performances are one of the pinnacles of a musician’s career - and shows they've basically made it. One of the biggest audiences an artist can perform for, the gig is only given to the best of the best. With performances from some of music’s most notable artists, the event is bound to be filled with great music, theatrics and controversy.

Here are some of the most memorable performances in Super Bowl history.

1. Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Kid Rock, Jessica Simpson and Nelly (2004)the-most-memorable-super-bowl-halftime-shows-of-all-time-janet

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While it may not have been the most talented halftime set ever, it is by far one of the most notable thanks to an, uh, on-air nipple slip. The controversial performance was one of the most talked about moments in Super Bowl halftime history. While the show was actually an energized, hit-filled performance, the entire event was overshadowed by the on-air slip, ending the show with a shock - to say the least.

2. Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Mary J. Blige, Nelly, and Britney Spears (2001)the-most-memorable-super-bowl-halftime-shows-of-all-time-britney

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There was certainly a shock factor in play with this performance. Combining incredibly unique musical eras in one, with the help of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler as so-called halftime coaches, "Aerosync" was born. With classic hits like "Bye, Bye, Bye" followed by "I Don’t Want a Miss Thing," the performance was less a battle of the bands and more a battle of generations... but it gave generations across the board something to roar about.

3. Prince (2007)the-most-memorable-super-bowl-halftime-shows-of-all-time-prince

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We’re not sure a bad Prince performance has ever been a thing, so it stands to reason that this 2007 event was as wacky and exciting as anyone can expect when you put Prince and the Super Bowl in the same sentence. Filled with covers, new takes on original hits and guitar solos to remember, Prince certainly knew what it took to master the art of the halftime show.

4. Beyonce (2013)the-most-memorable-super-bowl-halftime-shows-of-all-time-beyonce

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The fans in the stands and at home were crazy in love with this stellar performance from Queen Bey. But what did anyone expect from the independent woman who took the world by storm? Not to mention the Destiny’s Child reunion that saw Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams on the stage.

5. Rolling Stones (2006)the-most-memorable-super-bowl-halftime-shows-of-all-time-rolling-stones

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If anyone knows how to put on a killer Super Bowl halftime show it’s these bad*** rock boys! With a performance that most certainly satisfied (no seriously, who didn’t want to hear "Satisfaction"?), it was an energy-filled rock concert for the ages.

6. Bruno Mars (2014)the-most-memorable-super-bowl-halftime-shows-of-all-time-bruno

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Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers put on a record-setting performance in 2014, garnering more than 100 million viewers. Mars and the Peppers performed "Give It Away" and Mars closed with his hit song "Just the Way You Are" for a memorable night that won't be forgotten.

7. Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band (2009)the-most-memorable-super-bowl-halftime-shows-of-all-time-bruce

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When Bruce Springsteen tells you to step away from the guacamole dip, you better listen! This rock star was born to run the Super Bowl, and that’s just what he did. With the help of the E. Street Band, Springsteen took the stage by storm, starting off with a rockin’ version of "Tenth Avenue Freezeout" the Boss certainly did not disappoint. 

8. U2 (2002)the-most-memorable-super-bowl-halftime-shows-of-all-time-u2

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In a tribute to the victims of 9/11, U2 took the opportunity and turned the performance into a beautiful remembrance. While playing "MLK," the names of victims appeared on a screen behind them for what was one of the most moving halftime performances in Super Bowl history. 

9. Madonna (2012)the-most-memorable-super-bowl-halftime-shows-of-all-time-madonna

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In true Madonna style, the celeb singer strutted on stage in a glammed up gladiator getup, putting on a perfect pop-filled performance. It was strange, it was wild, it was filled with exotic dance moves… but it sure was memorable. 

10. Michael Jackson (1993)the-most-memorable-super-bowl-halftime-shows-of-all-time-michael-jackson

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With hits like "Billie Jean" and "Black and White," this Super Bowl halftime show started out with a bang (after an awkwardly long moment of stillness). In one of many memorable performances by the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson brought out his famous moves and biggest hits for one groovin’ show.

11. Paul McCartney (2005)the-most-memorable-super-bowl-halftime-shows-of-all-time-paul

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Paul McCartney stuck to the classics in a performance that saw little controversy, but instead was a halftime filled with nothing but amazing music and legendary tunes. Rolling in the goodness with "Drive My Car," McCartney took the stage in pure form, bringing the show to its peak with an unforgettable performance of "Live and Let Die."

12. Tom Petty (2008)the-most-memorable-super-bowl-halftime-shows-of-all-time-tom-petty

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Tom Petty clearly understood what makes a great halftime show. Starting off with a classic hit like "American Girl," Petty had the crowd dancing from the first chord, and things only got better from there. There was no need for the glitz and glam, just Petty being Petty. 


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