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The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s 

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Updated October 14, 2019 1.6k votes 85 voters 147 items

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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Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Bluegrass, Country, Southern rock

Labels: Rounder Records, Universal Music Group Nashville

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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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

Albums: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Madman Across the Water, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, + more

Labels: MCA Records, Universal Records, Island Records, Rocket Records, Geffen Records, + more

Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 ...more
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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

Albums: Call Me Irresponsible, White Christmas, First Dance, Call Me Irresponsible, Crazy Love, + more

Labels: 143 Records, Reprise Records

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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Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Alternative rock, Pop

Albums: Night Visions, Continued Silence EP, Night Visions Live, It's Time, It's Time Remixes, + more

Labels: Interscope Records

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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U2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Rock, Punk

Albums: The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby, Rattle and Hum, The Unforgettable Fire, + more

Labels: Island Records, CBS Records, Mercury, Interscope Records, Columbia

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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Kacey Musgraves is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Country

Albums: Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves, Merry Go 'Round, Blowin' Smoke, You Win Again (Nashville Star, + more

Labels: Mercury

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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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Country, Pop, Rock

Albums: Fearless, Speak Now, Red, Taylor Swift, Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection, + more

Labels: Big Machine Records, Universal Music Group

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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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop, Contemporary R&B

Albums: My Everything, Yours Truly, Christmas Kisses, Baby I, Right There, + more

Labels: Universal Republic Records, Republic Records

Ariana Grande (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 critics ...more
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Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Americana, Alternative country, Roots rock

Albums: High Top Mountain, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Bastard Children

John Sturgill Simpson (born June 8, 1978) is an American country music singer-songwriter. As of August 2017, he has released three albums as a solo artist. He released two albums independently, ...more
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HAIM is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

Albums: Days Are Gone, iTunes Festival: London 2012, Forever, Daytrotter Session, Don't Save Me, + more

Labels: Polydor Records

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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Adele is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop, R&B, Soul

Albums: 21, 19, Make You Feel My Love, Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Cold Shoulder, + more

Labels: XL Recordings, Universal Music Group, Columbia

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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Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

Albums: Aha Shake Heartbreak, Only by the Night, Youth & Young Manhood, Because of the Times, Come Around Sundown, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Hand Me Down, Sony Music Entertainment, Columbia, RCA Records

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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Leon Bridges is listed (or ranked) 13 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
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Americana, Blues-rock, Country

Albums: Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Columbia

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) 15 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop, Folk

Albums: x, Plus, No. 5 Collaborations Project, iTunes Festival 2012: Holiday Gift, The Slumdon Bridge, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Asylum Records, Elektra Records

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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Khalid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
R&B, Pop
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
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Ne-Yo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

Albums: Because of You, In My Own Words, Year of the Gentleman, Heroes, Gentlemanlike 4, + more

Labels: Compound Entertainment, Def Jam Recordings, Motown Records

Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1979), better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and dancer. He gained fame for his songwriting ...more
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Thomas Rhett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Thomas Rhett Country

Albums: Thomas Rhett, It Goes Like This, Something to Do With My Hands, It Goes Like This

Labels: Big Machine Records

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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Tom Petty and the Heartb... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

Albums: The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open, Southern Accents, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, + more

Labels: MCA Records, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Shelter Records, Backstreet Records, American Recordings, + more

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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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop, Funk, Hip hop

Albums: In My Mind, In My Mind: The Prequel, ADD SUV, G I R L, Frontin', + more

Labels: Interscope Records, Star Trak Entertainment, Virgin Records

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
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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

Albums: Nicholas Jonas, Dear God, Songs from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer), Chains, + more

Labels: Hollywood Records, Columbia

Nicholas Jerry Jonas (born September 16, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. Jonas began acting in theater at the age of seven, and released his debut single in 2002 which caught ...more
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Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Contemporary R&B, Pop

Albums: The Shawn Mendes EP, Life of the Party

Labels: Island Records

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
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

Albums: Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999, Love Symbol Album, Around the World in a Day, + more

Labels: Universal Records, Paisley Park Records, Arista Records, Warner Bros. Records, NPG Records, + more

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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Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Country, Pop

Albums: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum, A Merry Little Christmas, Need You Now, Own the Night, + more

Labels: Capitol Records Nashville, Capitol Records

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
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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

Albums: Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon, The Rhythm of the Saints, + more

Labels: Legacy Recordings, Hear Music, Warner Bros. Records, Columbia

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