For the performance of his 'Heal the World' single, Michael Jackson was joined by 3,500 local school children from Southern California.
Aerosmith, Super Bowl XXXV
Clearly, Aerosmith has seen its better days. It's always cool to hear some classics. If it had been the band itself playing 'Dream On' or 'Walk This Way' it might've been better. But throwing acts like Britney Spears and N'Sync on stage with the aging rockers just didn't work.
Lingerie Bowl, Super Bowl XXXVIII
In 2004, opposite the Janet Jackson debacle, halftime counterprogramming was taken to a new level (it's up for debate if that level was higher or lower). Millions of men decided to forego the traditional halftime bathroom visit to check out scantily clad women tossing around the pigskin. The Lingerie Bowl must have been a success, as the Lingerie Football League held its first season in 2009 and is still going strong today.
Janet Jackson, Super Bowl XXXVIII
OK, who really remembers anything about the musical part of Janet's halftime performance with a bewildered Justin Timberlake? The 'wardrobe malfunction' heard 'round the world — lasting less than a second — forced stricter broadcast regulations, leading to tighter restrictions on TV and radio and even a serious fine by the FCC levied against CBS (later rescinded).
Paul McCartney, Super Bowl XXXIX
OK, this one is based mainly on name and place in history, not his halftime performance. He played a few Beatles and Wings classics, but it wasn't anything to be excited about. It was clearly a G-rated response to the Janet Jackson fiasco a year earlier.
'In Living Color', Super Bowl XXVI
Before FOX had the rights to show the Super Bowl, the programmers tried to steal the halftime audience. In the first halftime counterprogramming effort, FOX showed an episode of 'In Living Color' during the break and attracted 20-25 million viewers away from the CBS broadcast. See what Homey the Clown and some Fly Girls can do?
Rolling Stones, Super Bowl XL
It was an odd choice to have the British bad boys take the stage in a city as rich in musical history as Detroit, but the Stones certainly did it big. They had the biggest stage setup of any halftime performer and drew a reported 89.9 million viewers more than the Oscars, Grammys and Emmys combined.
Grambling State University Band, Super Bowl II
Generally recognized as one of the best marching bands to ever grace a gridiron, the Tiger Marching Band has been featured in six Super Bowl halftime performances, but only once have been featured as only performer, in 1968. In their appearance in Super Bowl I, the band was accompanied by the University of Arizona Marching Band and Grambling State's most recent appearance, in 1998, was part of a salute to Motown.
'Beavis and Butt-Head', Super Bowl XXVIII
At the height of their slacker stardom in 1994, MTV decided to capitalize on the then-new counterprogramming trend by airing the 'Butt Bowl' during the halftime break, with a countdown clock to let you know when the game was going to start back up. The 'Butt Bowl' returned in 1995 and 1996, too.
Stevie Wonder, Super Bowl XXXIII
The halftime show was dubbed a 'Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing,' but the star of the show was Stevie. There was a forgettable duet with Gloria Estefan, but Stevie made time for a few of his classics in 'Sir Duke,' 'You Are The Sunshine of My Life' and 'I Wish.'
Tom Petty, Super Bowl XLII
Nothing flashy, nothing spectacular. Just a solid performance by a rock legend, heavy on the hits without the annoying halftime glitz.
James Brown, Super Bowl XXXI
'The Godfather of Soul' was every bit the 'Superbad' superstar you could have wanted him to be as he rocked the Superdome. He even made up for the fact that they trotted out the John Goodman version of the Blues Brothers as part of the show.
U2, Super Bowl XXXVI
U2 came back strong in 2000 with their 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' album and the ensuing Elevation Tour. After Sept. 11, 2001, the band began paying tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who perished on that day during their live show and did the same during their Super Bowl performance some four months after the attack.
Prince, Super Bowl XLI
It had been a while since The Purple One had a huge hit, but on that night in South Florida he showed he's still got it by running through his most well-known classics to rave reviews.