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Readers' Poll: The Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Your picks include Madonna, Prince, U2 and Bruce Springsteen
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8. Tom Petty

According to the rumor mill, the Eagles were approached about playing the 2008 halftime show, but they ultimately couldn't come to a deal. Whether or not that's true, Tom Petty says they phoned him very late in the game and he happily agreed. It became the perfect way to promote his upcoming summer tour and, since Petty wasn't promoting a new album at the time, the set was focused entirely on his hits. He and his band opened with a slightly shortened "American Girl" and then tore through three consecutive hits from Full Moon Fever. It was a set they could have done in 1989, but people don't exactly tune into a halftime show to hear unfamiliar songs. 

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