From The Cure breaking curfew to Madonna dazzling the dance tent to Tupac's on-stage resurrection, these are the 15 moments that helped make Coachella the king of all U.S. festivals.
5. Dre & Snoop Resurrect Tupac
Coachella got gangsta in 2012 when it reunited hip-hop icons Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg to close out both Sundays of its first two-weekend run. The pair's posse was in full effect during the set, as 50 Cent, Warren G., Wiz Khalifa and Eminem turned up to perform some of their classic G-era jams throughout the show. Easily the most buzzed about moment, however, was when Tupac rose from the grave (via a life-sized, hologram-like 3D projection) to perform two hits for the awed audience.
4. Prince Parties Like It's 1984
Three weeks before Coachella 2008 kicked off, organizers announced the addition of Prince as Saturday's headlining act. "I [came] to party," the pint-sized powerhouse screamed to the crowd. "You are in the coolest place on Earth right now." And just to make sure that was the case, Prince showed up with more than his arsenal of hits -- including "Purple Rain" and "Little Red Corvette" -- he also brought an all-star '80s entourage that included percussion queen Shelia E. and members of the Time, who kicked off the set with a medley of "Jungle Love" and "The Bird."
3. Pixies Sell Out
After an 11-year hiatus, alt-rock godfathers the Pixies answered the prayers of Gen-Xers everywhere and announced a 16-date North American club tour that concluded with a headlining spot at Coachella 2004. The band's much-hyped appearance drew record numbers to the polo grounds, resulting in Coachella's first sell-out event, and garneried international for the festival as one of the globe's premier music events.
2. Rage in the Desert
Coachella had hosted many reunion gigs on its grounds before, but nothing shook the polo field quite like the return of Rage Against the Machine. Zack de La Rocha, Tom Morello and co. brought their politically charged songs to the stage for the first time in seven years and performed in front of an estimated 100,000 people -- the largest crowd in Coachella's history. The show was intended to be a one-off, but thanks to the overwhelming response from fans, the gig promoted a full-scale band reunion.
1. Daft Punk's Pyramid Lights Up the Night
Before Daft Punk took the Coachella stage in 2006, the pair had all but fallen off the EDM radar. The excitement of their Sahara tent set was high, though fueled more by nostalgia for group's late-90s glory days. But even the loftiest expectations were shattered the minute the French producers, garbed in their iconic robot gear, emerged from inside their now-famous LED pyramid and began dropping beats that sent shockwaves across the polo field. Daft Punk's 80-minute mashup set of their grittiest, funkiest grooves was quickly christened the greatest show on Earth by dance disciples everywhere and raised the bar to ridiculous levels for every producer who followed in their wake. Eight years later, the pair's appearance remains Coachella's biggest were-you-there moment.