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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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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music
Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, director, painter, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. West first gained prominence as a producer for Roc-A-Fella ...more
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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Alternative hip hop, 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) 3 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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Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock
Mumford & Sons are a British rock band from London, England, formed in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane. Mumford & Sons have released ...more
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Maggie Rogers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Margaret Debay Rogers is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer from Easton, Maryland. She rose to fame after her song "Alaska" was played to Pharrell Williams during a ...more
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Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock
Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother Will Butler, Richard ...more
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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music
Anne Erin "Annie" Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. She began her music career as a member of ...more
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Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
K-pop, Hip hop, EDM
Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, is a seven member South Korean boy group formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They debuted on June 13, 2013 with the song "No More Dream". They have won ...more
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Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music
Jacques Webster, better known by his stage name Travis Scott, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Houston, Texas. In 2012, Scott signed to Epic Records before ...more
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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, at the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash ...more
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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more
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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Rock music, Grunge, 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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Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul
Janelle Monáe Robinson (born December 1, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. She is signed to Atlantic Records, as well as her own imprint, the Wondaland Arts ...more
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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop
Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known by her stage name Rihanna, is a Barbadian singer, actress, and fashion designer. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting record producer Evan ...more
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Robyn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music
Robin Miriam Carlsson, better known by her stage name Robyn, is a Swedish recording artist. Robyn became known in the late nineties for her worldwide dance-pop hit "Do You Know" from ...more
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Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 18 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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LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop
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
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 21 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
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Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 22 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
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Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 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