Five Rockin' Super Bowl Halftime Shows

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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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