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The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s

Updated October 14, 2019 2.8k votes 97 voters147 items

List RulesVote up the bands and musicians who did the best job as musical guests on SNL from 2010 through 2019.

Saturday Night Live in the 2010s found a new kind of balance. Even with many musical guests returning multiple times, the 2010s saw a lot of hosts. If you can't remember everybody who played on the show, then refresh your memory with this list of the bands who were musical guests from 2010 through 2019, ranked from best SNL 2010s musical guests to worst SNL 2010s musical guests.

The 2010s seemed to have more memorable repeat musical guests than any previous decade - with artists like Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, and Rihanna appearing four times each. Repeat acts also included Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga, who each got to play the dual role of host and musical guest - Bruno Mars in 2012 and Lady Gaga in 2013. Other memorable performers were Childish Gambino and Prince.

Just like the seasons and episodes themselves, the Saturday Night Live musical guests of the 2010s range from great to grueling. Vote up the bands and musicians who did the best job performing on SNL in the '10s.

  • Katy Perry26
    12
    9

    Katy Perry

    Pop, Rock

    AlbumsTeenage Dream, E.T., One of the Boys, Katy Hudson, Ur So Gay

    Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an... more on Wikipedia
  • Justin Timberlake27
    11
    8

    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
  • Jonas Brothers28
    10
    7

    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
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers29
    8
    5

    AlbumsThe Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open, Southern Accents, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (alternately Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) were an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Lady Gaga30
    11
    9

    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
  • The Weeknd31
    11
    9

    The Weeknd

    Contemporary R&B, Hip hop

    AlbumsKiss Land, House of Balloons, Thursday, Echoes of Silence, Trilogy

    Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born 16 February 1990), better known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Foo Fighters32
    11
    9

    Foo Fighters

    Alternative rock, Post-grunge

    AlbumsWasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters, One by One, There Is Nothing Left to Lose

    Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana... more on Wikipedia
  • Rihanna33
    11
    9

    Rihanna

    R&B, Pop

    AlbumsLoud, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set, A Girl like Me, Music of the Sun

    Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record... more on Wikipedia
  • Alicia Keys34
    8
    6

    Alicia Keys

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsRemixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged, Girl On Fire, The Diary of Alicia Keys

    Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an ... more on Wikipedia
  • Lana Del Rey35
    11
    11

    Lana Del Rey

    Alternative pop, Rock

    AlbumsBorn to Die, Paradise, Lana Del Rey, Die for Me, Kill Kill

    Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Radiohead36
    11
    11

    Radiohead

    Rock music, Electronic music

    AlbumsKid A, OK Computer, The Bends, In Rainbows, Amnesiac

    Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1985. The band consists of... more on Wikipedia
  • Frank Ocean37
    11
    11

    Frank Ocean

    Alternative hip hop, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsChannel Orange, nostalgia, ULTRA., unreleased, MISC.

    Frank Ocean (born October 28, 1987) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record... more on Wikipedia
  • Childish Gambino38
    12
    12

    Childish Gambino

    Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsBecause the Internet, Utterances of the Heart, Love Letter in an Unbreakable Bottle, Culdesac, Sick Boi

    Donald McKinley Glover Jr. (born September 25, 1983) is an American actor, comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Paul Simon39
    7
    5

    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
  • Ellie Goulding40
    9
    9

    Ellie Goulding

    Indie pop, Electronica

    AlbumsLights, Halcyon, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding, Halcyon Days, iTunes Festival: London 2010

    Elena Jane Goulding (born 30 December 1986) is an English singer and songwriter. Her career... more on Wikipedia
  • Carly Rae Jepsen41
    9
    9

    Carly Rae Jepsen

    Bubblegum pop, Disco

    AlbumsTug of War, Kiss, Emotion, Emotion: Side B, Dedicated

    Carly Rae Jepsen (born November 21, 1985) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress. Born... more on Wikipedia
  • Coldplay42
    11
    12

    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
  • Chris Brown43
    17
    21

    Chris Brown

    Contemporary R&B, Hip hop

    AlbumsExclusive, F.A.M.E., Run It!, In My Zone, Graffiti

    Christopher Maurice Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actor... more on Wikipedia
  • Robyn44
    11
    12

    Robyn

    Hip hop music, Synthpop

    AlbumsRobyn, Body Talk, Part 3, Robyn Is Here, Body Talk

    Robin Miriam Carlsson (born 12 June 1979), known as Robyn (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈrɔbʏn]),... more on Wikipedia
  • St. Vincent45
    11
    12

    St. Vincent

    Indie pop, Downtempo

    AlbumsStrange Mercy, Actor, Marry Me, Love This Giant, St. Vincent

    Anne Erin "Annie" Clark (born September 28, 1982), known professionally as St. Vincent, is an... more on Wikipedia
  • Kelly Clarkson46
    22
    29

    Kelly Clarkson

    Country, Pop

    AlbumsBreakaway, Stronger, My December, Miss Independent, Thankful

    Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, actress,... more on Wikipedia
  • Usher47
    7
    7

    Usher

    Contemporary R&B, Hip hop

    AlbumsConfessions, Rhythm City, Volume 1: Caught Up (bonus disc), My Way, Usher

    Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. He was... more on Wikipedia
  • Lorde48
    7
    7

    Lorde

    Indie pop, Electronica

    AlbumsPure Heroine, The Love Club EP, Royals / White Noise: Live from the BRITs, Tennis Court EP, Tennis Court

    Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor (born November 7, 1996), known professionally as Lorde, is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Linkin Park49
    9
    11

    Linkin Park

    Alternative rock, Hip hop

    AlbumsHybrid Theory, Living Things, Meteora, Minutes To Midnight, Burn It Down

    Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. The band's current lineup... more on Wikipedia
  • LCD Soundsystem50
    9
    11

    LCD Soundsystem

    Synthpop, Dance-punk

    AlbumsSound of Silver, This Is Happening, LCD Soundsystem, Introns, Big Ideas

    LCD Soundsystem was an American dance-punk band from New York City. It was fronted by... more on Wikipedia