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The Best SNL Musical Sketches

Updated May 3, 2019 399 votes 55 voters 2k views27 items

List RulesVote up the funniest musical sketches on Saturday Night Live.

Saturday Night Live has produced many memorable sketches since the 1970s. Each sketch relies on a specific bit to draw humor from, and in many of those sketches, music is the driving force. With only a week to write and produce the sketches, it's actually quite impressive how the SNL team can create unique songs in such a short amount of time. Which of these SNL musical skits do you like best? Take a trip down memory lane to recall the sketches that had you rolling on the floor laughing. 

One of the first musical sketches the show put on was The Blues Brothers. Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd played the eponymous brothers who would go on to star in their own movie. Another musical team that eventually got their own movie was The Roxbury Guys. You can definitely pick these guys out of a line-up for the unusual way they dance when "What Is Love?" starts to play. There are numerous other SNL musical segments that will have you singing along any time you watch them. 

You will find dozens of the funniest musical SNL characters in the show's history on this list. Vote for the ones you frequently find yourself rewatching on YouTube. 

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    The Blues Brothers

    Video: YouTube

    First appeared: April 22, 1978

    The Blues Brothers are a soul and revivalist band. What started as a simple bit with Jim Belushi playing the harmonica during a Slim Harpo song, the genesis of the band was born. 

    • Played By: Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd
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    The Culps

    First appeared: November 2, 1996

    The Culps may not have been very stylish, but they kept up with all of the hits of the day. The Culp Family Musical Performances performed conservative medleys of pop songs, much to the chagrin of their son, who was never shown in a sketch. 

    • Played By: Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer
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  • Photo: MSNBC
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    The Prince Show

    First appeared: Feb. 14, 2004

    The Prince Show parodied Prince and Beyonce's performance at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards. Prince would often grow tired of his guests and request them to perform ridiculous acts to amuse him.

    • Played By: Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph
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    Mascots

    First appeared: October 11, 2003

    A costumed street advertiser often got into fights with other mascots. They settled their arguments the only way they knew how: by singing parodies of famous songs. 

    • Played By: Justin Timberlake
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