The Super Bowl halftime show has become almost as big as the big game itself, with music legends like Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones having taken to the stage during a much needed break in play in the NFL's championship game.
There is no bigger platform on which a musical talent can perform, and only the best of the best land the coveted gig. Super Bowl 50's headlining act Coldplay admits that their performance at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium will be the "greatest moment" of the band's career.
While some performances make a splash others paint an indelible mark in pop culture. Live television events were changed forever after Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction in 2004 sparked an outcry from angry viewers. The stage has also been home to some of the most surprising and A-list duets of all time. In 1999, Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan performed a medley of their hits and then two years later in 2001, Aerosmith rocked out alongside Britney Spears and *NSYNC.
Musicians have also learned how to capitalize on their Super Bowl shows with aptly timed tours and albums – Beyoncé famously announced her “Mrs. Carter Show” world tour shortly after her electrifying performance and tickets to Bruno Mars’ tour went on sale the very next day following his halftime show in 2014.
Here, Hello!rounds up the top 12 halftime performances of all time.