Best Super Bowl halftime show performances, from Michael Jackson to Beyoncé

The first Super Bowl halftime show, before the game was even called the Super Bowl, consisted of marching bands from the University of Arizona and Grambling University, a baton twirler and two men in jet packs.

The stakes have been upped significantly in the 50 years following. Some of the most memorable moments of the Super Bowl broadcast have come during halftime, be it Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson’s rendezvous, Bruce Springsteen sliding groin-first into a camera or Madonna … being Madonna.

Who did it best? Here are our seven favorites.

Robert Spuhler and Meghan Giannotta