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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, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band." Their style, which is rooted in ...more
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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 3 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
4
Dave Matthews & Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 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
5
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap
Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in ...more
6
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music
Leonard Albert "Lenny" Kravitz is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose "retro" style incorporates elements of ...more
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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
DMX is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 10 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
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P!nk is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
Prince is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 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
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Bubba Sparxxx is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Country rap, Southern hip hop
Warren Anderson Mathis, better known by his stage name, Bubba Sparxxx, is an American hip hop recording artist from Troup County, Georgia. He is perhaps best known for his singles ...more
15
E Street Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Rock music
The E Street Band is a musical group.
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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music
Jack Johnson is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and former professional surfer. Johnson is known primarily for his work in the folk rock, soft rock, and ...more
17
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 17 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 and Meg White. After releasing several singles and three albums within the ...more
18
James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music
James Hillier Blount, better known by his stage name James Blunt, is an English singer-songwriter. He had signed with EMI before securing a recording contract with Atlantic Records and Custard ...more
19
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Country pop, Contemporary Country, Country rock
Keith Lionel Urban is a New Zealand-born Australian country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, entrepreneur and music competition judge. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, and ...more
20
Outkast is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz
Outkast was an American hip hop duo formed in 1992, in East Point, Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big ...more
21
Ray LaMontagne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Folk music, Folk rock, Country blues
Raymond "Ray" Charles Jack LaMontagne is an American singer-songwriter. LaMontagne has released five studio albums, Trouble, Till the Sun Turns Black, Gossip in the Grain, God Willin' ...more
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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other ...more
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Sisqó is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
Mark Althavean Andrews, known by his stage name Sisqó, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer and actor. He is the lead singer of R&B group Dru Hill, and ...more
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Snow Patrol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Post-Britpop, Folk rock, Power pop
Snow Patrol are a Northern Irish alternative rock band formed in 1994, consisting of Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn, and Johnny McDaid. Initially an indie rock band, ...more
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T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
Hip hop music, Pop music, Electro hop
Faheem Rashad Najm better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor. His debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, was released in 2005. In ...more