The Best of Super Bowl Halftime Shows

From Kelly Clarkson to Madonna check out the best moments from the Super Bowl halftime shows.

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Madonna, right, and Nicki Minaj perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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If you thought it was hard to keep up with Madonna and her ever-changing personas in the 1990s, it was even harder to keep up with all the guest stars — like Nicki Minaj — she managed to squeeze into her far-ranging 12-minute Super Bowl performance in 2012.
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The Material Girl took to the field with an army of Roman centurions and was herself decked out in a chic battle-ready ensemble — fortunately with no hint of Janet Jackson-like tricks up her bodice.
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In true Madonna style, though, the night was about Madonna: Her guests were featured with the goal of complementing and saluting Her Madgesty.
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Clad in a black leather and lace corset with removable miniskirt, Beyonce’s 2013 Super Bowl outing may have lacked the out-sized spectacle of Madonna’s Egyptian inspired headdresses, Vogueing and endless parade of special appearances by artists including MIA and LMFAO in 2012, but what it excelled with was an onslaught of foot-thumping rythms, gyrating dancing and full-throated vocals.
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Beyonce performs during the halftime show.
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Madonna's performance was the latest in a long line of halftime extravaganzas. In 2011, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas performed during the Super Bowl XLV's halftime show at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
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In 2010 the Who took to the stage to perform some of their classics, such as "Pinball Wizard", "Who Are You", "Baba O'Riley", and "Won't Get Fooled Again."
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Before that Bruce Springsteen was the latest in a long line of acts to play the big gig. Bruce rocked the 2009 Super Bowl Halftime Show. And he was boss.
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Bruce Springsteen shows off his skills by swinging his guitar around his neck at Super Bowl XLIII.
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Tom Petty, shown here without His Heartbreakers, played Super Bowl XLII in 2008.
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The Musician Once Again Known as Prince ruled the Super Bowl XLI halftime show in 2007. His guitar solos from that day still pierce ears.
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We can't always get what we want, but in 2006 we got what we needed when Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones rocked Super Bowl XL.
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Paul McCartney became the safe choice for Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, a year after the Janet Jackson fiasco.
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Yes, the 2004 "Nipplegate" incident remains the most controversial moment in halftime history. Janet Jackson and surprise guest Justin Timberlake gave everyone more than they bargained for at Super Bowl XXXVIII.
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Sting was a repeat guest for Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003, and served up a kiss to No Doubt's Gwen Stefani.
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Singer Shania Twain also performed at Super Bowl XXXVII.
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The halftime during Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 struck a somber chord as victims of 9/11 were honored.
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U2 delivered an emotional performance of ''Where the Streets Have No Name'' as the names of 9/11 victims scrolled on a screen.
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Sting had an earlier appearance, sans Police, at Super Bowl XXXV in 2001.
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Toni Braxton, most recently of <i>Dancing with the Stars</i> fame, sang during halftime at Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000.
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Phil Collins also sang at Super Bowl XXXIV in an uber-casual cargo pant ensemble.
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Nearly 10 years before he would perform for President Barack Obama's inaugural ball, Stevie Wonder took to the stage in 1999 for Super Bowl XXXIII.
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Smokey Robinson and Martha Reeves had the crowd dancing in the seats during halftime at Super Bowl XXXII in 1998.
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The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, joined the reconstituted Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi) in 1997 for Super Bowl XXXI.
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ZZ Top also played the Super Bowl XXXI show with -- what else? -- leggy backup dancers.
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Diana Ross gave fans a supreme thrill at Super Bowl XXX in 1996.
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Tony Bennett reimagines Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium at Super Bowl XXIX in 1995.
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The Judds' mother-daughter duo, Naomi and Wynonna, performed together at 1994's Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta.
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Gloria Estefan warmed up Minnesota during halftime at Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.
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Big hair and bigger guitars rock Super Bowl XXV at Houlihan's Stadium in Tampa Bay in 1991.
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The Superdome in New Orleans morphed into a riverboat party during the 1990 halftime show at Super Bowl XXIV.
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Elvis Presto's Super Bowl XXIII performance in 1989 shook things up.
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Chubby Checker had the crowd twisting at Super Bowl XXII in 1988.
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The Up With People troupe brought its own brand of bland to Super Bowl XX in 1986.
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Not every year features a big musical act. In 1984 the halftime show had a circus theme.
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A Motown tribute filled the Pontiac Silverdome during halftime at Super Bowl XVI in 1982.
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New Orleans jazz clarinet king Pete Fountain performed at Super Bowl XV in 1981 at the Louisiana Superdome.
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The halftime show at Super Bowl XI in 1977 was a Mickey Mouse affair, complete with a performance of "It's a Small World."
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Andy Williams crooned during the halftime show at Super Bowl VII in 1973.
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Jazz man Al Hirt and his band played the halftime show at Super Bowl VI in 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. Also present: Goodyear blimp.
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The Material Girl also managed to cram in three costume changes and seven songs into her stunning show, which hit several periods from her 30-year career right up to "Give Me All Your Luvin," the single she released just Friday.
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