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

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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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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970. The group consists of Steven Tyler (vocals, keyboards), Joe Perry (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums), ...more
2
Dave Matthews & Frie... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Rock music, Jam band
Dave Matthews & Friends is an American jam band that was put together for a tour to support Dave Matthews' solo debut, Some Devil. Most of the musicians participated in the album's ...more
3
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop
Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known professionally as Jay-Z (stylized as JAY-Z), is an American rapper, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, and record executive. Considered among ...more
4
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music
Leonard Albert Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. His "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, blues, ...more
5
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Pop, Contemporary R&B, Electronica
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
6
Adele is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Pop, R&B, Soul
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (; born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. In 2007, she ...more
7
Bubba Sparxxx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Bubba Sparxxx Hip hop music, Country rap, Southern hip hop
Warren Anderson Mathis (born March 6, 1977), better known by his stage name Bubba Sparxxx, is an American rapper from Georgia. His singles include "Deliverance", "Ugly", and ...more
8
Clay Aiken is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock
Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom; November 30, 1978) is an American singer, television personality, actor, politician, and activist. He first gained fame when ...more
9
Corinne Bailey Rae is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Indie pop, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Corinne Jacqueline Bailey Rae (née Bailey; born 26 February 1979) is a British singer and songwriter from Leeds. Bailey Rae was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2006 in ...more
10
David Gray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock
David Gray (born 13 June 1968) is a British singer-songwriter. Gray released his first album in 1993 and received worldwide attention after the release of White Ladder six years later. It was ...more
11
Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock
Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band, formed in Bellingham, WA, in 1997. The band is composed of Ben Gibbard (vocals, guitar, piano), Nick Harmer (bass), Dave Depper (guitar, ...more
12
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
Dixie Chicks are an American music group composed of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in ...more
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Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Pop music, Rock music, Country rock
Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and founding member of the Eagles. He was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles ...more
14
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop, Trap, Pop
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record executive, entrepreneur, and actor. His career began in ...more
15
Eve is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music
Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper (born November 10, 1978) is an American hip hop recording artist and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best ...more
16
E Street Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
E Street Band Rock music
The E Street Band is an American rock band, and has been musician Bruce Springsteen's primary backing band since 1972. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. The band ...more
17
Faith Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Country pop, Country
Audrey Faith McGraw (née Perry; born September 21, 1967), known professionally as Faith Hill, is an American singer and record producer. She is one of the most successful country artists ...more
18
Fiona Apple is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Indie pop, Rock music, Piano rock
Fiona Apple McAfee-Maggart (born September 13, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her accolades include one Grammy Award, and an additional six Grammy Award nominations in ...more
19
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Alternative rock, Post-grunge
Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting ...more
20
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk
Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 2002. The band's original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar, keyboard), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, ...more
21
Gnarls Barkley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul
Gnarls Barkley is an American soul duo, composed of singer-songwriter CeeLo Green and producer Danger Mouse. They released their debut studio album, St. Elsewhere, in 2006. It contained their ...more
22
Good Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Pop punk, Rock music, Dance-punk
Good Charlotte is an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland, that formed in 1996. Since 1998, the band's constant members have been vocalist Joel Madden, guitarist and vocalist Benji Madden, ...more
23
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of the band's career, they have been a trio with drummer ...more
24
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave
Gwen Renée Stefani (; born October 3, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She is a co-founder and the lead vocalist of the band No Doubt, whose singles ...more
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India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music
India Arie Simpson (born October 3, 1975), also known as India.Arie (sometimes styled as india.arie), is an American singer and songwriter. She has sold over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 ...more