Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" that exposed her right breast during her 2004 Super Bowl performance with Justin Timberlake is probably the most notorious halftime moment in NFL history. The incident netted a record fine, which was later overturned. While you may not remember who won the big game that year (the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29 to win their second Super Bowl in three years), the incident sometimes referred to as 'Nipplegate' lives in infamy.
'Safe' performances follow in 2005 and 2006
Former Beatle Paul McCartney's performance at the 2005 Super Bowl was considered "safe" after Janet Jackson's costume incident. McCartney played a few well-known hits from the Beatles and Wings before closing with a rendition of Hey Jude that had the 84,000 in attendance singing along. McCartney marked a shift away from pop, with classic rock acts getting the halftime gigs in the years immediately following Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction."
The Rolling Stones followed McCartney in 2006, performing a 12-minute set on a giant stage shaped like the band's iconic lips and tongue logo. The NFL reportedly ensured there was a five-second tape delay, so that parts of some songs deemed too sexually explicit could be censored.
Prince puts on a show fit for a king: 2007
Widely regarded as the best Super Bowl halftime performance ever, Prince put on an explosive show at Super Bowl XLI in Miami. The flamboyant musician rocked the crowd with a few of his own hits as well as some Queen and Bob Dylan covers before entertaining more than 74,000 football fans watching in a downpour with a little Purple Rain.
'The Boss' says 'put the chicken fingers down' in 2009
Bruce Springsteen told the audience at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa to put down their snacks and turn up their TVs before launching into a four-song set with his E Street Band. Springsteen's performance included a leap up onto a piano, reputedly motivated by interviewer Bob Costas calling the performer nicknamed The Boss old during a pre-show interview.
Queen of pop ascends her golden throne: 2012
Madonna made quite the entrance for her Super Bowl halftime show in 2012 when she was carried onto the field in a golden throne by men dressed as Roman soldiers. Despite a small slipup dancing in her high-heeled boots, guest appearances by LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Cee Lo Green rounded out an extravagant and memorable performance.
Beyoncé reunites Destiny's Child in 2013
Beyoncé exploded onto the stage at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, performing hit songs like Single Ladies and Crazy In Love. Former Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams then joined Queen B on stage for one of the most anticipated musical reunions of 2013.
Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers: 2014
Bruno Mars is one of the more unestablished acts to get the Super Bowl halftime gig, performing at the big game in 2014. Despite his relatively few years of fame, the R&B singer wowed the crowd at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey with his dance moves and charismatic stage presence. Mars was joined on stage by the Red Hot Chili Peppers to cap off an impressive performance.
Michael Jackson's epic 1993 halftime show
The King of Pop's performance in 1993 really was unprecedented, paving the way for the Super Bowl halftime show to become the pop culture phenomenon it is today. Prior to Jackson's 1993 performance, the Super Bowl halftime show was usually performed by university marching bands (with the exception of performances by Gloria Estefan and the New Kids on the Block in 1992 and 1991 respectively).
U2's tribute to 9/11 victims: 2002
Less than five months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, U2 performed at halftime during Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans. The performance served as a tribute to those who died in the attacks, with the band playing Where the Streets Have No Name as a scrolling backdrop showed the names of all those who perished.