Feb. 1, 1993 file photo shows Pop superstar Michael Jackson performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Feb. 1, 1993 file photo shows Pop superstar Michael Jackson performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

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The Super Bowl halftime show has come a long way since 1967, when the Grambling State University marching band performed Super Bowl I. Those early shows featured marching bands and gimmicks like Walt Disney characters, George Burns and Olympic athletes -- a far cry from today's superstar-fueled concerts.

In 1976 -- one of many performances by Up With People -- Brent Musburger and Phyllis George put on a happy face while introducing the carnage that was to come.

The show hit a new low in 1989. Bob Costas' sarcastic set-up said it all while introducing Elvis Presto and what was dubbed as the "world's largest card trick." The production looked like it was made for public-access cable and, in the end, the card trick failed.

In 1991, New Kids on the Block became the first contemporary pop act to perform as they pranced on the stage with Mickey Mouse. Michael Jackson ushered in the superstar era in 1993, a game the Cowboys won over the Bills, 52-17. Diana Ross performed in the last Super Bowl Dallas won: 27-17 over the Steelers.

Michael Hogue, The Dallas Morning News

Here's Sports Illustrated's list of best and worst halftime performances:

Worst 

1. Elvis Presto (1989)
2. Black Eyed Peas (2001 in Arlington)
3. "Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye" (1995)
4. "Winter Magic" (1992)
5. New Kids on the Block (1991) 

Best 

1. U2 (2002)
2. Prince (2007)
3. Beyonce (2013)
4. Bruno Mars (2014)
5. Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, NSYNC (2001)

From the UT Longhorn Band ('74) to Janet Jackson's infamous nip-slip ('04), here's a look at all 50 halftime shows, plus the postseason outcomes for the Cowboys:

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