Five Rockin' Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Super Bowl XLIV is this weekend, and while we're excited to see the Colts and the Saints duke it out for the national football championship, we can't help but look forward to seeing The Who perform at the halftime show. Here's hoping Pete Townshend smashes a guitar or two—and that the band can match the greatness of halftime show performers before them. Here's a look back at five of the best Super Bowl halftime shows.

5. The Rolling Stones rocked Ford Field in Detroit in 2006.



4. Former Beatle Paul McCartney revisited his Fab Four days at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville in 2005. (Embedding is disabled, but you can watch it here.)

3. Supreme diva Diana Ross topped off her epic 1996 performance at Tempe's Sun Devil Stadium with a helicopter exit.



2. Who could forget the events at Houston's Reliant Stadium in 2004? The P. Diddy-Nelly duet? Jessica Simpson's booty shorts? Kid Rock's wife-beater? And, oh yeah, the wardrobe malfunction? Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake definitely made an impression.




1. Michael Jackson set the bar high at Pasadena's Rose Bowl in 1993. And by high, I mean high enough to catapult himself from the scoreboard to the stage.




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I agree that U2 should not be left off the list as well.
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could not agree more!!!



How do you create this list without even mentioning U2's performance in 2002 (New Orleans)? That was by far the greatest and most emotional Halftime Show ever.
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I'll probably tune just for the Who then turn the tv off again. I don't watch football.
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so 3 out of the 5 performances were 21st century? And you left out the Prince one?!?! Insanity.....
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1. Bruce Springsteen

2. U-2

3. Rolling Stones

4. Aerosmith

5. Michael Jackson



I fear the upcoming show. I love the Who. They were one of my favorite bands of all time. But lets face it, they are old. Daltry's voice is shot, and it's really only Daltrey and Townsend. Kenny Jones? on drums. And who is going to ever replace the great John Entwhistle on bass? Just pick something easy guys. I would hate to see you embarrass yourselves in front of millions of people.
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You're missing the one with Britney, Justin, Mary J Blige (sp?), Aerosmith (I think) etc... Cant remember what year it was from
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Whitney houston deserves to be on that list :p
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Paul McCartney? Ho-hum...
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How could you forget prince and his phalic guitar?
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I agree, leaving U2's performance off the list is INCREDIBLY dumb.
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U2 should be on this list!
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How do you create this list without even mentioning U2's performance in 2002 (New Orleans)? That was by far the greatest and most emotional Halftime Show ever.
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My favourite Super Bowl halftime show was Bruce Springsteen last year.
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