One-click Wonder: Headliners

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Last week, buzz around Glastonbury 2009 gathered steam with the news that Bruce Springsteen will top the bill on Saturday night - quite a coup, though will The Boss be able to match up to these legendary Glasto performances?

New Order - 1981

Formed from the ashes of Joy Division only a year previously, the Manchester outfit showcased their all-new electronic-inspired sound on the all-new Pyramid stage and proved there was life after Ian Curtis.

Johnny Cash - 1994

Cash’s appearance with wife June Carter was a pivotal moment in his Nineties comeback, and paved the way for a regular Sunday afternoon veterans slot, since filled by the likes of Al Green and Neil Diamond.

Pulp - 1995

Stepping in as last-minute replacements for headliners the Stone Roses, Pulp turned overnight from indie misfits into Britpop superstars, notably thanks to this rabble-rousing rendition of "Common People".

Radiohead - 1997

Coming up against extreme weather and technical hitches, the Oxford miserabilists - then at their OK Computer peak - still gave what organiser Michael Eavis called "the most inspiring festival gig in 30 years".

Jay-Z - 2008

The rapper offered a defiant riposte to those, like Noel Gallagher, who doubted hip-hop's place at the festival with a thrilling set opened by a wry cover of "Wonderwall" and an explosive "99 Problems".