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

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Updated April 19, 2019 398 votes 32 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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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: Pop, Contemporary R&B & Electronica; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: ...Baby One More Time, Blackout, Oops!...I Did It Again, Femme Fatale, In the Zone, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Jive Records, Zomba Group of Companies, RCA Records

Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she appeared in stage ...more
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U2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s

Albums: The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby, Rattle and Hum, The Unforgettable Fire, + more

Labels: Island Records, CBS Records, Mercury, Interscope Records, Columbia

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass ...more
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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: Pop, Contemporary R&B & Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: FutureSex/LoveSounds, The 20/20 Experience, Justified, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, Justin Timberlake: Live from London, + more

Labels: Tennman Records, Jive Records, Zomba Group of Companies, RCA Records

Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981), often known by his initials, JT, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he ...more
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'N Sync is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s

Albums: Home for Christmas, No Strings Attached, *NSYNC, Celebrity, Bye Bye Bye, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Jive Records, Zomba Group of Companies, RCA Records

NSYNC (, ; also stylized as *NSYNC or 'N Sync) was an American boy band formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1995 and launched in Germany by BMG Ariola Munich. NSYNC consisted of Justin Timberlake, JC ...more
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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite, Recovery, + more

Labels: Aftermath Entertainment, Web Entertainment, Game Recordings, Mashin' Duck Records, Rawkus Records, + more

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film ...more
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Beyoncé Knowles ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: R&B, Pop & Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Dangerously in Love, 4, Beautiful Liar, B'Day, Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Columbia

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and ...more
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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: Pop and Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey, The Emancipation of Mimi, Butterfly, + more

Labels: Island Records, Monarc Entertainment, Columbia, Virgin Records

Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and entrepreneur. Referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by the Guinness World Records, ...more
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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: Pop, Dance & Electronic; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance, The Edge of Glory, The Fame Monster, + more

Labels: Universal Music Group, Interscope Records, KonLive Distribution, Streamline Records

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is known for her unconventionality, provocative ...more
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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s

Albums: Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock, The Razors Edge, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, ATCO Records, EMI, Albert Productions, Epic Records, + more

AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. Commonly referred to ...more
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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Neo soul; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged, Girl On Fire, The Diary of Alicia Keys, + more

Labels: Star Mark Compilations, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, LaFace Records, Sony Music Entertainment, BMG JAPAN, + more

Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age ...more
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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s

Albums: A Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Parachutes, X&Y, Clocks, + more

Labels: Parlophone, EMI, Fierce Panda Records, Universal Music Group, EMI Records, + more

Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The four members – which include lead vocalist/pianist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer ...more
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Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s

Albums: 8 Days of Christmas, The Writing's on the Wall, #1's, Destiny Fulfilled, This Is The Remix, + more

Labels: Sony Music Entertainment, Elektra Records, Columbia

Destiny's Child were an American girl group whose final and best-known line-up comprised Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Formed in 1997 in Houston, Texas, Destiny's ...more
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Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s

Albums: Infinity on High, Save Rock and Roll, From Under the Cork Tree, Take This to Your Grave, Project Rocket / Fall Out Boy, + more

Labels: Fueled by Ramen, Island Records, Uprising Records, The Island Def Jam Music Group, Decaydance

Fall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, lead ...more
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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: Country, Pop & Rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Fearless, Speak Now, Red, Taylor Swift, Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection, + more

Labels: Big Machine Records, Universal Music Group

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. Born and ...more
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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s

Albums: Pinkerton, Weezer, Weezer, Weezer, Raditude, + more

Labels: Epitaph Records, Geffen Records, DGC Records, Universal Music Group, Interscope Records

Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992. Since 2001, the band has consisted of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian ...more
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Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s

Albums: A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, Vices & Virtues, Pretty. Odd., + more

Labels: Fueled by Ramen, Atlantic Records, Decaydance

Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by childhood friends Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson. Since 2015, singer Urie has ...more
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Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: Pop punk, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Let Go, My Happy Ending, Don't Tell Me, When You're Gone, Forbidden Rose, + more

Labels: Nettwerk Records, Epic Records, Arista Records, RCA Records

Avril Ramona Lavigne (; French: [avʁil laviɲ]; born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain and by 16, ...more
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Björk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: Electronic dance music, Jazz & Tribal house; Nationality: Iceland

Albums: Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine, Post, Biophilia, + more

Labels: Bad Taste, Atlantic Records, Mother Records, Universal Music Group, Polydor Records, + more

Björk Guðmundsdóttir ( BYURK, Icelandic: [pjœr̥k ˈkvʏðmʏntsˌtouʰtɪr] (listen); born 21 November 1965) is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and DJ. ...more
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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas, Stripped, Christina Aguilera, Bionic, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, RCA Records

Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Her accolades include five Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, ...more
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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s

Albums: Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash, Before These Crowded Streets, Everyday, Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King, + more

Labels: V2 Records, RCA Records

Dave Matthews Band is an American rock band that was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. The founding members were singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, ...more
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DMX is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: Hip hop music, Horrorcore & Hardcore hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, ...And Then There Was X, Grand Champ, + more

Labels: Bloodline Records, Def Jam Recordings, EMI, Ruff Ryders Entertainment, Her Royal Majesty's Records, + more

Earl Simmons (born December 18, 1970), known professionally as DMX, is an American rapper and actor. He began rapping in the early 1990s, and released his debut album, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot ...more
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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Latin pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Jenny From the Block, J.Lo, Dance Again, On the 6, Rebirth, + more

Labels: Work Group, Island Records, Def Jam Recordings, Epic Records, The Island Def Jam Music Group

Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), nicknamed "J-Lo", is an American actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, producer and businesswoman. In 1991, Lopez began appearing as a ...more
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Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s

Albums: Jonas L.A., A Little Bit Longer, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, It's About Time, + more

Labels: Jonas Records, Fair Trade Services, Hollywood Records, Daylight Records, Universal Music Group, + more

The Jonas Brothers are an American pop rock band. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network. They consist of three brothers: Kevin ...more
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Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Nu metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Devil Without a Cause, Fire It Up, Rock n Roll Jesus, The History of Rock, Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Jive Records

Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), known professionally as Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician, record producer, and actor. In a career spanning over 20 ...more
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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s

Albums: Hybrid Theory, Living Things, Meteora, Minutes To Midnight, Burn It Down, + more

Labels: Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records

Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. The band's current lineup comprises vocalist/keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda, lead guitarist Brad Delson, bassist ...more