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The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s  

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List Rules Vote 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.

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Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music
Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter, actor, guitarist and record producer. He was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk. He ...more
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Thomas Rhett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Thomas Rhett Country
Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr., better known by his stage name Thomas Rhett, is an American country music singer. He is the son of singer-songwriter Rhett Akins. Akins has charted five singles from his ...more
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Khalid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
R&B
Khalid Donnel Robinson (born February 11, 1998), known mononymously as Khalid, is an American singer and songwriter. His debut single, "Location", was released in July 2016, and his ...more
4
Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Bluegrass, Country, Southern rock
Chris Stapleton is an American country, bluegrass, and rock musician signed to Universal Music Group Nashville. He is an established songwriter. with four number one songs including the 5-week ...more
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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap
Beck Hansen, known by the stage name Beck, is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his lo-fi, sonically experimental style, ...more
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and humanitarian. He is best known for his work with his E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen ...more
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Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music
Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known by his stage name CeeLo Green, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and businessman. Green came to initial prominence as a member of ...more
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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
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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D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
Michael Eugene Archer (born February 11, 1974), better known by his stage name D'Angelo (pronounced di-Angelo), is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. ...more
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Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
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
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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
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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LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music
LCD Soundsystem was an American dance-punk band from New York City. It was fronted by singer-songwriter and producer James Murphy, co-founder of record label DFA Records. The group released ...more
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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music
Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the ...more
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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop, Country pop, Hip hop
Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her father is country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. She held minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish in her ...more
15
Ne-Yo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Shaffer Chimere Smith, known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Ne-Yo gained fame for his song-writing abilities when he ...more
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the ...more
17
Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music
Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969), also known by the stage names Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puffy or Diddy, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive, actor, ...more
18
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop
Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, better known mononymously as Sia, is an Australian singer, songwriter and music video director. Musically and artistically precocious from an early age, Sia became ...more
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. In 1976, the band's original lineup was Tom Petty as the primary vocalist and guitar player, Mike Campbell as ...more
20
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop
Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, ...more
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Nick Jonas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Teen pop, Pop rock
Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas is an American singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as one of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he formed with his brothers Kevin and Joe. The Jonas ...more
22
Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music
Alabama Shakes is an American rock band formed in Athens, Alabama, in 2009. The group consists of lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, keyboard ...more
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HAIM is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music
Haim is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band consists of sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, and drummer Dash Hutton. The group's pop sound on their studio work ...more
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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music
Samuel Frederick "Sam" Smith is an English singer and songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which ...more
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George Ezra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Folk rock, Blues, Roots Rock
George Ezra Barnett (born 7 June 1993) is an English singer-songwriter, podcaster and musician. After releasing two EPs, Did You Hear the Rain? in October 2013 and Cassy O' in March 2014, Ezra ...more