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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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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have ...more
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Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Bluegrass, Country, Southern rock
Christopher Alvin Stapleton (born April 15, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and grew up in Staffordsville, Kentucky, ...more
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U2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Rock, Punk
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass ...more
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop, R&B, Soul
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (; born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. In 2007, she ...more
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Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Alternative rock, Pop
Imagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne "Wing" Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and ...more
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Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2000. The band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Jared Followill, with their cousin ...more
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. With a career spanning four decades, Prince was ...more
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Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Country
Blake Tollison Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is an American country singer and television personality. In 2001, he made his debut with the single "Austin". The lead-off single from his ...more
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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop, Contemporary R&B
Ariana Grande-Butera (; born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. A multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, she is known for her wide vocal range, which ...more
10
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Country, Pop, Rock
Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. Born and ...more
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Americana, Blues-rock, Country
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949), nicknamed "The Boss", is an American singer-songwriter who is a solo artist and is the leader of the E Street Band. ...more
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Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop, Folk
Edward Christopher Sheeran, (; born 17 February 1991) is an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actor. He attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford as an ...more
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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Alternative rock, Post-grunge
Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting ...more
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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop, Funk, Hip hop
Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (; born April 5, 1973) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Williams and Chad Hugo formed the record production duo The Neptunes in 1992, ...more
15
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (alternately Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) were an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. Formed in 1976, the band originally comprised Tom Petty ...more
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Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Country, Pop
Lady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The group is composed of Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals), Charles Kelley (lead and ...more
17
Kacey Musgraves is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Country
Kacey Lee Musgraves (born August 21, 1988) is an American singer and songwriter. She has won six Grammy Awards, four Country Music Association Awards and three Academy of Country Music Awards. ...more
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Leon Bridges is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Todd Michael Bridges (born July 13, 1989) known professionally as Leon Bridges, is an American gospel and soul singer, songwriter and record producer from Fort Worth, Texas. He is best known for ...more
19
Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music
Michael Steven Bublé (IPA: boo-BLAY; born September 9, 1975) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. His first album reached the top ten in Canada and the UK. He ...more
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Thomas Rhett is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock
Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's musical career has spanned seven decades with his fame and commercial success beginning as half of ...more
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Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Country, Pop, Blues
Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, author, and television personality. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the first season of American ...more
23
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Alternative hip hop
Donald McKinley Glover Jr. (born September 25, 1983) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, musician, and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as ...more
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HAIM is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Contemporary R&B, Pop
Shawn Peter Raul Mendes (born August 8, 1998) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. He gained a following in 2013, posting song covers on the video-sharing application Vine. The following year, ...more