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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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Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 1 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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U2 is listed (or ranked) 2 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, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to ...more
3
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...more
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Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Country
Blake Tollison Shelton is an American country music singer and television personality. In 2001, he made his debut with the single "Austin". The lead-off single from his self-titled ...more
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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop, Contemporary R&B
Ariana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for her wide vocal range. Grande has ...more
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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Country, Pop, Rock
Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed ...more
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Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 9 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, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood. Scott is the daughter of ...more
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Kacey Musgraves is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Adele is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop, R&B, Soul
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, MBE is a British singer and songwriter. Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace in 2006. In 2007, she received ...more
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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music
Michael Steven Bublé is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. He became a naturalized Italian citizen in 2005. He has won several awards, including four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno ...more
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Thomas Rhett is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Country, Pop, Blues
Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer and songwriter. In 2002, she rose to fame after winning the first season of American Idol, and has since been established as "The Original ...more
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Chris Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Contemporary R&B, Hip hop, Pop
Christopher Maurice Brown "Chris" Brown is an American recording artist, dancer, and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he taught himself to sing and dance at a young age and was ...more
16
Leon Bridges is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop, Folk
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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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Alternative hip hop
Donald McKinley Glover, also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, is an American actor, writer, comedian, rapper, singer, and producer. He first came to attention for his work with Derrick ...more
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
Prince Roger Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. A major figure in popular music for over three decades, Prince is renowned ...more
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Americana, Blues-rock, Country
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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Khalid is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 22 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
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Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Americana, Alternative country, Roots rock
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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A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
A Tribe Called Quest was an American hip hop group that was formed in 1985, and is composed of MC/producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg aka Phife Diggy, and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A fourth ...more