Super Bowl 2014: The 7 best halftime shows of all time

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6. Prince (2007)

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It's hard to beat "Purple Rain" in... well, the rain. The singer performed with the Florida A&M University Marching 100 Band and played a mammoth set which consisted of seven songs, starting with "We Will Rock You" and continuing on to "Let's Go Crazy," "Baby, I'm A Star," "Proud Mary," "All Along the Watchtower," "Best of You" and that rendition of "Purple Rain."

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