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

Updated April 19, 2019 784 votes 39 voters152 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1
    Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Justin Timberlake

    Pop, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsFutureSex/LoveSounds, The 20/20 Experience, Justified, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, Justin Timberlake: Live from London

    Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981), often known by his initials, JT, is an... more on Wikipedia
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    'N Sync is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    'N Sync

    Bubblegum pop, Pop music

    AlbumsHome for Christmas, No Strings Attached, *NSYNC, Celebrity, Bye Bye Bye

    NSYNC (, ; also stylized as *NSYNC or 'N Sync) was an American boy band formed in Orlando,... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Lady Gaga

    Pop, Dance

    AlbumsThe Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance, The Edge of Glory, The Fame Monster

    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga,... more on Wikipedia
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    AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    AC/DC

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock

    AlbumsBack in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock, The Razors Edge, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

    AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Coldplay

    Alternative Rock, Pop

    AlbumsA Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Parachutes, X&Y, Clocks

    Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The four members – which include... more on Wikipedia
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    Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Destiny's Child

    Urban contemporary, Girl group

    Albums8 Days of Christmas, The Writing's on the Wall, #1's, Destiny Fulfilled, This Is The Remix

    Destiny's Child were an American girl group whose final and best-known line-up comprised... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Taylor Swift

    Country, Pop

    AlbumsFearless, Speak Now, Red, Taylor Swift, Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection

    Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Weezer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Weezer

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsPinkerton, Weezer, Weezer, Weezer, Raditude

    Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992. Since 2001, the... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Britney Spears

    Pop, Contemporary R&B

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

    Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Panic! at the Disco

    Alternative rock, Pop punk

    AlbumsA Fever You Can't Sweat Out, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, Vices & Virtues, Pretty. Odd.

    Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Dave Matthews Band

    Rock music, World music

    AlbumsUnder the Table and Dreaming, Crash, Before These Crowded Streets, Everyday, Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King

    Dave Matthews Band is an American rock band that was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    DMX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    DMX

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore

    AlbumsIt's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, ...And Then There Was X, Grand Champ

    Earl Simmons (born December 18, 1970), known professionally as DMX, is an American rapper and... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Jonas Brothers

    Bubblegum pop, Pop music

    AlbumsJonas L.A., A Little Bit Longer, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, It's About Time

    The Jonas Brothers are an American pop rock band. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Pearl Jam

    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsTen, Vs., Vitalogy, Binaural, No Code

    Pearl Jam is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    P!nk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    P!nk

    Pop punk, R&B

    AlbumsM!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse, Dear Mr. President, Pink: Live in Europe

    Alecia Beth Moore (born September 8, 1979), known professionally as Pink (stylized as P!nk),... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Prince is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Prince

    Hip hop music, Synthpop

    AlbumsPurple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999, Love Symbol Album, Around the World in a Day

    Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
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    Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Vampire Weekend

    Indie rock, Baroque pop

    AlbumsVampire Weekend, Contra, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend, Mansard Roof

    Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. They are... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    U2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    U2

    Rock, Punk

    AlbumsThe Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby, Rattle and Hum, The Unforgettable Fire

    U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead... more on Wikipedia
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    Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Christina Aguilera

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop

    AlbumsBack to Basics, My Kind of Christmas, Stripped, Christina Aguilera, Bionic

    Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, actress... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s

    AlbumsDangerously in Love, 4, Beautiful Liar, B'Day, Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes

    Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and... more on Wikipedia
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    Björk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Björk

    Electronic dance music, Jazz

    AlbumsHomogenic, Debut, Vespertine, Post, Biophilia

    Björk Guðmundsdóttir (born 21 November 1965) is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, record... more on Wikipedia
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    Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Jennifer Lopez

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsJenny From the Block, J.Lo, Dance Again, On the 6, Rebirth

    Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), nicknamed "J-Lo", is an American actress, singer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Kid Rock

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsDevil Without a Cause, Fire It Up, Rock n Roll Jesus, The History of Rock, Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp

    Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), known professionally as Kid Rock, is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Moby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Moby

    Electronica, Down Tempo

    AlbumsPlay, Everything Is Wrong, 18, I Like to Score, The End of Everything

    Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965), better known as Moby, is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '00s
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    Paul Simon

    Rock music, Folk music

    AlbumsGraceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon, The Rhythm of the Saints

    Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor.... more on Wikipedia
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