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A look back at Super Bowl Halftime Shows of years past

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Janet and Justin from 2004. We all know what happened next. Janet and Justin from 2004. We all know what happened next.
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Well, another Super Bowl is upon us, and you know what that means: A buffalo wing binge that you know you'll regret by wing 20. It also means another star-studded halftime show. This year's halftime show will include Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz as well as an unnamed female artist (twitter says it's going to be Missy Elliot). During a news conference Thursday Perry also said she would have sharks and lions on stage with her. Perry also said she's rooting for the Seahawks, so good news there.

Perry's set is still an unknown, but what about some halftime shows of the past? The following is a list of what most consider the best halftime shows in recent years. They're not in any particular order, but we would like your thoughts. Leave your comments and vote in our online poll.

WATCH Patrick Erickson's report on Katy Perry HERE

Prince (2007): Prince performed on a basically empty stage, but for the Prince symbol. He started by saying "Dearly beloved, we are here to celebrate this thing called LIFE!" He then jammed on the guitar for 12 minutes and led the audience in a heartfelt rendition of Purple Rain. This was Super Bowl XLI. http://www.wat.tv/video/prince-superbowl-half-time-4uv1f_2hztv_.html

Beyoncé, Destiny's Child (2013): Beyoncé made a triumphant halftime star at Super Bowl XLVII. The three-song cameo for Destiny made the air even more electric.

Madonna with Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Cee-Lo Green (2012): Madonna's performance broke a record as the then most-watched Super Bowl halftime show in history, garnering 114 million viewers. She also set a new record as the most tweeted about subject on the social network Twitter with 10,245 posts per second and was the most-searched term on Google during the event.

U2 (2002): Super Bowl XXXVI featured an uplifting mini-concert from Bono and company, timed to salute those killed in the Sept. 11 attack that had occurred just five months earlier.

Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers (2014): Bruno Mars was by far the least known performer to headline a Super Bowl halftime show. No one really knew what to expect. Then he came out with a minute long drum solo before taking the stage and melting faces with one of the most high energy performances of all time. Then he brought out the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a mash up of their biggest hits as well as his own. This was Super Bowl XLVIII. 

Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly (2001): How weird was this? The biggest Boy Band in the world paired with one of the biggest rock bands in the world mixed with the biggest female pop artist in the world and then Nelly and Mary J. Blige thrown in for good measure. It was certainly something and it actually mostly worked. Super Bowl XXXV is definitely considered a win.

Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock and Justin Timberlake (2004): Nelly makes yet another appearance. This is one of the most infamous Super Bowl Halftime shows. Super Bowl XXXVIII. It gave us the eternal phrase "wardrobe malfunction." http://youtu.be/jW97CWfeWdY *Watch at your own risk. Janet's breast comes out. Some people (The FCC) didn't like that. 

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