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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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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop
Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a ...more
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U2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to ...more
3
Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. ...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
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop
NSYNC 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 Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, ...more
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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more
6
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, 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
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. She rose to prominence after releasing her self-titled debut studio album Mariah Carey in 1990; it went ...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
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music
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
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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
10
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop
Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London. After they formed under the name Pectoralz, Guy ...more
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Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Urban contemporary, Girl group, Hip hop music
Destiny's Child was an American R&B girl group whose final, and perhaps most recognizable, line-up comprised Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Formed in 1990 in ...more
12
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed ...more
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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock
Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992 consisting of Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner. The line-up has changed three times since its formation ...more
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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 14 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, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band." Their style, which is rooted in ...more
15
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record ...more
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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music
Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Rochester and Wexford, Pennsylvania, she appeared on the television ...more
17
Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
Panic! at the Disco is an American band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and features the current lineup of vocalist and guitarist Brendon Urie and bassist Dallon Weekes, who are supported ...more
18
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music
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) 19 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
Earl Simmons, better known by his stage names DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor. In 1999, DMX released his best-selling album ...And Then There Was X, which featured the hit ...more
20
Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music
The Jonas Brothers are an American rock band. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network. They consist of three brothers: Kevin Jonas, ...more
21
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
Pearl Jam is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band's line-up has comprised Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. The ...more
22
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk
Alecia Beth Moore, better known by her stage name P!nk, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Originally a member of the girl group Choice, she rose to fame as an R&B artist with ...more
23
Prince is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
Prince Roger Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. A major figure in popular music for over three decades, Prince is renowned ...more
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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion
Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, ...more
25
Dave Matthews & Friends is listed (or ranked) 25 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