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Five Super Bowl Halftime Moments That Didn't Suck

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Once again, it's that magical time of year ... Super Bowl!

Hell, even people who could give a damn seem to get into the spirit. Like Jews shopping for Christmas gifts at Aventura Mall in mid-December, they'll gather 'round the TV somewhere this Sunday with friends and loved ones, not really into the reason for the season, but down with the hubbub nonetheless.

And why not? There's food. There's beer. There are multimillion-dollar commercials. And of course, there's the largest audience for any event in the world at a given time.

Which is exactly why we've decided to bring you a very special two-part series highlighting the most memorable musical moments in NFL history. Here's part one: our top five Super Bowl halftime moments that didn't suck!

5. Bruce Springsteen

Shame on you if you saw this one on the bill for Super Bowl XLIII and said, "Seriously? Isn't he, like, 90?" A rather spry-looking Jersey boy kicked out "Born to Run" and "Glory Days," reminding America and the world why we call him The Boss.

4. Rolling Stones

Alright, so Mick, Keith and the boys are looking a little haggard. You would too if you'd seen the things they've seen. Besides, they're still the bleedin' Rolling Stones, mate! Check out this clip of the Stones' "Start Me Up."

3. Tom Petty

From the (admittedly phallic-looking) Flying V that ushered in a rousing performance of "American Girl," you knew this was going to be an unabashbed celebration of Americana. And Petty never disappoints. "I Won't Back Down," "Free Falling" and "Running Down a Dream" rounded out a perfect set.

2. Paul McCartney

Super Bowl XXXIX featured none other than Sir Paul McCartney. And the ex-Beatle bowled through a memorable set that featured "Drive My Car," "Get Back," "Live and Let Die," and "Hey Jude." Classic. This clip says it all.

1. U2

U2 made a statement with the 2002 halftime show, paying tribute to the lives lost in 9/11 by listing them throughout a rousing rendition of "Where the Streets Have No Name." If this one doesn't give you goosebumps, there might be something wrong with you.

Runner Up

Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction might have placed had we not all seen her atrocious bit of hardware in the stills later and collectively said, "What the hell is THAT??" In fact, it might just be enough to land her on our five worst Super Bowl halftime moments list.

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