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Best All-Time "Big Game" Halftime Performer

Who is the best all-time Super Bowl halftime performer? Super Bowl halftime performers include some of the musical giants in the industry: Legendary performers who gave their all to put on (all too brief) concerts during halftime of one of the world's most watched sporting events. For those who stuck around in front of the TV, the spectacle made it all worth it. I've listed many of the biggest performers here, along with videos of the Super Bowl halftime shows (when possible), so be sure to vote for your favorite. If you hated the performer, vote them down, by all means.

For decades, halftime at the Super Bowl featured boring performances with marching bands, Up with People (!) and other bizarre, dull displays. That all changed with Michael Jackson's Super Bowl XXVII performance at the Rose Bowl in 1993. Jackson put on a heck of a show and the ratings were huge. From there on out, the Super Bowl began to feature bigger and bigger names. In recent years, shows featuring the likes of U2, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have kept sports fans glued to their TV sets, instead of heading out to get more beer and tortilla chips/dip for the second half of the football game.

The most controversial halftime performance ever is an easy one: that would be 2004, in Houston, Texas, for Super Bowl XXXVII. Yes, the whole Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake debacle. J.T. informed Ms. Jackson that he'd have her "naked by the end of this song" and by God, he delivered on that promise - accidentally ripping part of Jackson's costume and exposing her right breast. Those who watched, millions, were suddenly contemplating the merits of nipple jewelry. Definitely a performance for the ages.

In 2012, Madonna is set to perform during the halftime extravaganza of Super Bowl XLVI. Rumors abounded about who her special guests would be (if any). Can Madonna vault to the top and take the coveted crown of best all-time Super Bowl halftime performer? Honestly, she's GOT to be better than the Black Eyed Peas, right?

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    Super Bowl XLI (2007)

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    Super Bowl XXVII (1993)

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    with Britney Spears and 'N Sync
    Super Bowl XXXV (2001)

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    Super Bowl XXXVI (2002)

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    Super Bowl XXXIX (2005)

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    with the E Street Band
    Super Bowl XLIII (2009)

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    Super Bowl XL (2006)

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    With the Red Hot Chili Peppers - Super Bowl XLVIII (2014)

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    with Destiny's Child
    Super Bowl XLVII (2013)

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    with Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Nelly and Kid Rock
    Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004)

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    Super Bowl XLIX (2015)

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    with Chaka Kahn, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Savion Glover and Kiss
    Super Bowl XXXIII (1999)

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    Super Bowl XLIV (2010)

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    Super Bowl XLII (2008)

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    with No Doubt and Sting
    Super Bowl XXXVII (2003)

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    with ZZ Top and James Brown
    Super Bowl XXXI (1997)

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    with Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias and Toni Braxton
    Super Bowl XXXIV (2000)

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    Super Bowl XXX (1996)

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    with Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and The Temptations
    Super Bowl XXXXII (1998)

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