Playing the halftime show in the Super Bowl may be biggest honor in pop superstardom, the best gig an artist can hope for.

It's far from easy to perform on live television, on the biggest stage, and on the biggest night of the year for TV.

It takes serious skill, extensive planning and sheer confidence to land the performance and a few of our favorites celebrities have done it.

In honor of Super Bowl 51, we have ranked the Top 11 performances, those we feel entertained us, inspired us and had us cheering from our living rooms.

Here are the best (and most famous) Super Bowl halftime shows of all time.

11. The Judds, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker - January 30, 1994

10. Diana Ross - January 28, 1996

9. Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers - February 2, 2014

8. Madonna, Nick Minaj, LMFAO, M.I.A, Cee Lo Green - February 5, 2012

7. Aerosmith, 'N SYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly - January 28, 2001

6. Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting - January 26, 2003

5. Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, Jessica Simpson, P. Diddy - February 1, 2004

FILE PHOTO: Singers Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. At the end of the performance, Timberlake tore away a piece of Jackson's outfit.

4. Beyonce', Destiny's Child - February 3, 2013

3. Prince - February 4, 2007

2. U2 - February 3, 2002

1. Michael Jackson - January 31, 1993

As an added bonus, here is Whitney Houston's flawless performance of the national anthem at Super Bowl XXV in 1991.