It's that time of year, when America's favorite unofficial holiday gives the nation license to drink irresponsibly on Sunday night and turn into marketing experts. That's right, it's the Super Bowl and we definitely watched it along with all the ads. Who won again? Baby Nut? Just kidding, Kansas City Chiefs fans!
Fortunately for you, Americans can't enjoy a sport merely for competition's sake: It has to be big, it has to be bold, and it has to bring tons of smoky-hot garlic flavor. Wait, no, that's Guy Fieri, though the Super Bowl has a similar sense of swagger. The event has morphed from its humble beginnings as the 1967 championship game into the brash spectacle of ceremony, celebrity, and product placement it is today. The halftime show is an essential part of this spectacle, and each year's performers -- including Jennifer Lopez and Shakira in 2020! -- must necessarily come from the small pool of the most famous people alive.
It wasn't always this way. After 1992's impossibly awful "Winter Magic" theme (complete with kids "rapping" a Frosty the Snowman song), the NFL stepped up its game. The following year, Michael Jackson changed the halftime show forever, adding his trademark showmanship and a badass moonwalk to make a one-sided game watchable. But with 2020 in the books, which of the 28 most recent halftime shows is the best? And what's the worst? Let's get into it, and this is now updated to reflect J. Lo and Shakira's performance.