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The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s 

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Updated April 19, 2019 395 votes 30 voters 152 items

List Rules Vote up the bands and musicians who did the best job as musical guests on SNL from 2000 through 2009.

From the 9/11 attacks to the writers strike that shortened season 33 to some big cast shakeups mid-decade, Saturday Night Live went through some big changes in the 2000s.  Even with over a dozen bands and musicians returning multiple times, there were almost 150 different musical guests in the '00s. If you can't remember everybody who played on the show, then refresh your memory with this list of the bands who played on SNL  from 2000 through 2009, ranked from best SNL '00s musical guests to worst SNL '00s musical guests.

The 2000s saw multiple musical acts return several times to perform on SNL, with the Foo Fighters, Shakira, Eminem, and Avril Lavigne some of the performers who played on Saturday Night Live three times in the 2000s. Other bands and musicians who only appeared once, but were no less memorable moments of the decade were Sisqó, Destiny's Child, and Vampire Weekend. Justin Timberlake joined the cast two times as both musical guest and host in 2003 and 2006.

Just like the seasons and episodes themselves, the Saturday Night Live musical guests of the 2000s range from great to grueling. Vote up the bands and musicians who did the best job performing on SNL in the '00s.

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J-Kwon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap
Jerrell C. Jones (born March 28, 1986), better known by his stage name J-Kwon, is an American rapper from St. Louis best known for his 2004 rap single "Tipsy," which rose to number 2
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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music
Jack Hody Johnson (born May 18, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker and former professional surfer. Johnson is known ...more
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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
The White Stripes were an American rock duo formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group consisted of Jack White (songwriter, vocals, guitar, piano, and mandolin) and Meg White (drums and ...more
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James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music
James Hillier Blount (born 22 February 1974), better known by his stage name James Blunt, is an English singer-songwriter, record producer and former British Army Officer. Blunt rose to fame in ...more
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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music
Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. A prominent figure in popular culture, she is known for sonically innovative, socially ...more
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Jet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk
Jet is an Australian rock band formed in 2001. The band consists of lead guitarist Cameron Muncey, bassist Mark Wilson, and brothers Nic and Chris Cester on vocals/rhythm guitar and drums ...more
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Jimmy Eat World is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band formed in Mesa, Arizona in 1993. The band is composed of lead guitarist/lead vocalist Jim Adkins, drummer Zach Lind, rhythm guitarist/vocalist Tom ...more
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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Blues, Pop, Rock
John Clayton Mayer (; born October 16, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, ...more
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Keane is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music
Keane are an English rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1995. The band currently comprises Tom Chaplin (lead vocals, electric/acoustic guitar), Tim Rice-Oxley (piano, synthesisers, ...more
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Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Country pop, Contemporary Country, Country rock
Keith Lionel Urban (born 26 October 1967) is a New Zealand singer, songwriter and record producer well known for his work in country music. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album and ...more
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Kelis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop
Kelis Rogers (; born August 21, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter and chef. When she was 14, Kelis was admitted to New York's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and ...more
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Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2000. The band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Jared Followill, with their cousin ...more
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Korn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal
Korn (stylized as KoЯn) is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band is notable for pioneering the nu metal genre and bringing it into the ...more
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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music
Kylie Ann Minogue, (; born 28 May 1968), also known mononymously as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter and actress. Throughout her career, Minogue has been known for reinventing herself ...more
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Feist is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music
Leslie Feist (born 13 February 1976) is a Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter and guitarist, performing both as a solo artist and as a member of the indie rock group Broken Social Scene. Feist ...more
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Lily Allen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Indie pop, Synthpop, 2 Tone
Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper (née Allen; 2 May 1985) is an English singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Allen left school when she ...more
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Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop
Christopher Brian Bridges (born September 11, 1977), known professionally as Ludacris (), is an American rapper and actor. Ludacris is the founder of Disturbing tha Peace. Ludacris has won ...more
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Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul
Macy Gray (born Natalie Renée McIntyre on September 6, 1967) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actress. She is known for her distinctive ...more
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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Pop, Alternative Rock
Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. It currently consists of lead vocalist Adam Levine, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, ...more
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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
Mary Jane Blige (; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. Her career began in 1989 when she signed to Uptown Records, becoming the youngest and ...more
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Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop
Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist. She embarked on her music career with ...more
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Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock
Modest Mouse is an American rock band formed in 1992 in Issaquah, Washington and currently based in Portland, Oregon. The founding members are lead singer/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah ...more
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Ms. Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, UK Garage, Contemporary R&B
Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley (born 26 April 1981), better known as Ms. Dynamite, is an English rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. She is the recipient of the Mercury Music Prize, two ...more
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Muse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Alternative Rock, Electronica
Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals), and ...more
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My Morning Jacket is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock
My Morning Jacket is an American rock band formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1998. The band currently consists of vocalist/guitarist Jim James, bassist Tom Blankenship, drummer Patrick Hallahan, ...more