The 10 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows

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Super Bowl XXXVI (2002)
Text: Lonny Krasnow, SI.com
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Super Bowl XXXVI (2002)

U2

Months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U2 delivered a moving tribute to America and the victims of 9/11. The Irish rockers opened with "Beautiful Day," followed by the subdued "MLK" and a powerful rendition of "Where the Streets Have No Name." As the Edge played the hypnotic guitar part, the victims' names scrolled to the heavens on a towering backdrop. At the end, when Bono opened his jacket to reveal a stars-and-stripes lining, the whole stadium erupted.

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