Super Bowl LIII: Here are the best halftime shows of all time

Let's be real, the best thing about the Super Bowl is the halftime show.

Ever since the NFL rebranded the mid-game break in 1991 to feature mainstream artists and bands, the biggest gig in music has welcomed massive names like Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Prince, Katy Perry and Madonna, just to name a few.

After Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson's breast live onstage during the 2004 halftime show, the NFL famously strayed away from pop acts for several years and invited safer classic rock acts to perform during the quick gig that's watched by upwards of 120 million people worldwide. Those included Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Bruce Springsteen.

Which Super Bowl halftime shows still rank among the best ever, though? Check out the video above for the 9 best performances of all time, and click through the gallery below for a look at the last 20 years of Super Bowl halftime shows.

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Super Bowl halftime shows through the years

Super Bowl LII (2018): Justin Timberlake 

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl LI (2017): Lady Gaga

(Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Super Bowl 50 (2016): Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson

(Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLIX (2015): Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott

(Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLVIII (2014): Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers

(Photo by Rich Kane/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLVII (2013): Beyoncé, Destiny's Child

(Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)

Super Bowl XLVI (2012): Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. Cee Lo Green

(Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLV (2011): Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLIV (2010): The Who 

(Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Super Bowl XLIII (2009): Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

(Photo by Joe Rimkus Jr/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLII (2008): Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

(Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLI (2007): Prince

(Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XL (2006): The Rolling Stones

(Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XXXIX (2005): Paul McCartney

(Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004): Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson, Kid Rock, Nelly, P. Diddy

(Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

Super Bowl XXXVII (2003): Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting

(Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)

Super Bowl XXXVI (2002): U2

(Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

Super Bowl XXXV (2001): Aerosmith, Britney Spears, NSYNC, Mary J. Blige, Nelly

(Photo byDoug Pensinger/ALLSPORT)

Super Bowl XXXIV (2000): Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton

(Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

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