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Madonna At The Super Bowl and the Top 10 Halftime Shows Ever

In the early hours of this morning, Madonna took to the stage in what promised to be the most polarising halftime shows in years. Entering the arena in a chariot drawn by Gladiators, Madonna segued seamlessly from ‘Vogue’ to ‘Music’ as the Spectacle unfolded around her.

The unwelcome Cameos of Pop’s Antichrists LMFAO dampened the occasion somewhat, as they awkwardly shuffled around the stage aimlessly, blissfully unaware at how little they contribute both to music and to the human race in general.

The appearance of M.I.A and Nicki Minaj for new single ‘Give Me All Your Lovin’ sexed up proceedings once more, showing that there might be some life in the old girl yet. However, M.I.A's already infamous Finger Gesture looks set to become this year's Nipple Slip.

Closing the show with ‘Like a Prayer’ alongside the fun sized Cee Lo Green, Madonna disappeared in a flash of smoke and muted applause and the show was over.

The show was just about okay. The choreography seemed a little tired and it’s likely that most (if not all) of the vocals were mimed. But a strong (and wise) song selection of her greatest hits just managed pulled her through. If nothing else, you can’t deny that these are some great pop songs.

In light of Madonna's Super Bowl show last night, Billboard.com have listed their Top 10 Halftime shows of All Time.

From Paul McCartney in 2005 (no. 10), Bruce Springsteen in 2009 (no. 5) and Prince in 2007 (no. 1), the list provides a strong selection of halftime shows with videos and reviews

for all of them. If you have twenty minutes to spare on your lunch break it is well worth a read.

Michael Townsend