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The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s

Updated October 14, 2019 2.8k votes 98 voters147 items

List RulesVote 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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    24

    Chris Stapleton

    Bluegrass, Country
    Christopher Alvin Stapleton (born April 15, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist,...  more
  • 2
    28
    14

    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsGoodbye 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

    Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and...  more
  • 3
    31
    19

    Taylor Swift

    Pop, Country

    AlbumsFearless, Speak Now, Red, Taylor Swift, Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection

    Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known...  more
  • 4
    29
    19

    AlbumsSame Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves, Merry Go 'Round, Blowin' Smoke, You Win Again (Nashville Star

    Kacey Lee Musgraves (born August 21, 1988) is an American singer and songwriter. She has won...  more
  • 5
    29
    19

    U2

    Rock, Punk

    AlbumsThe Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby, Rattle and Hum, The Unforgettable Fire

    U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead...  more
  • 6
    Todd Michael Bridges (born July 13, 1989) known professionally as Leon Bridges, is an American...  more
  • 7
    25
    15

    Imagine Dragons

    Alternative rock, Pop

    AlbumsNight Visions, Continued Silence EP, Night Visions Live, It's Time, It's Time Remixes

    Imagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup...  more
  • 8
    31
    23

    Ariana Grande

    Pop, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsMy Everything, Yours Truly, Christmas Kisses, Baby I, Right There

    Ariana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. A...  more
  • 9
    24
    15

    Khalid

    R&B, Pop
    Khalid Donnel Robinson (born February 11, 1998), known mononymously as Khalid, is an American...  more
  • 10
    22
    14

    Adele

    Pop, R&B

    Albums21, 19, Make You Feel My Love, Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Cold Shoulder

    Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating...  more
  • 11
    25
    18

    Kings of Leon

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsAha Shake Heartbreak, Only by the Night, Youth & Young Manhood, Because of the Times, Come Around Sundown

    Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2000. The band...  more
  • 12
    22
    15

    Michael Bublé

    Adult contemporary music, Lounge music

    AlbumsCall Me Irresponsible, White Christmas, First Dance, Call Me Irresponsible, Crazy Love

    Michael Steven Bublé (born September 9, 1975) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor and...  more
  • 13
    20
    12

    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock

    AlbumsBorn to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River

    Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949), nicknamed "The Boss", is an...  more
  • 14
    20
    12

    Ed Sheeran

    Pop, Folk

    Albumsx, Plus, No. 5 Collaborations Project, iTunes Festival 2012: Holiday Gift, The Slumdon Bridge

    Edward Christopher Sheeran, (; born 17 February 1991) is an English singer, songwriter,...  more
  • 15
    29
    25

    Lady A

    Country, Pop

    AlbumsNeed You Now, Lady Antebellum, A Merry Little Christmas, Need You Now, Own the Night

    Lady A (formerly known as Lady Antebellum) is an American country music group formed in...  more
  • 16
    18
    11

    HAIM

    Indie pop, Pop music

    AlbumsDays Are Gone, iTunes Festival: London 2012, Forever, Daytrotter Session, Don't Save Me

    Haim is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band consists of sisters...  more
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    17
    9

    Sturgill Simpson

    Americana, Alternative country

    AlbumsHigh Top Mountain, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Bastard Children

    John Sturgill Simpson (born June 8, 1978) is an American country music singer-songwriter. As...  more
  • 18
    17
    9

    Shawn Mendes

    Contemporary R&B, Pop

    AlbumsThe Shawn Mendes EP, Life of the Party

    Shawn Peter Raul Mendes (born August 8, 1998) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. He gained a...  more
  • 19
    31
    28

    AlbumsRed River Blue, Based on a True Story..., Blake Shelton, Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill, Cheers

    Blake Tollison Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is an American country singer and television...  more
  • 20
    21
    15

    Thomas Rhett

    Country

    AlbumsThomas Rhett, It Goes Like This, Something to Do With My Hands, It Goes Like This

    Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr., better known by his stage name Thomas Rhett, is an American country...  more
  • 21
    15
    8

    Nick Jonas

    Teen pop, Pop rock

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

    Nicholas Jerry Jonas (born September 16, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter and actor....  more
  • 22
    12
    5

    AlbumsIn My Mind, In My Mind: The Prequel, ADD SUV, G I R L, Frontin'

    Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (; born April 5, 1973) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter...  more
  • 23
    12
    8

    Ne-Yo

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsBecause of You, In My Own Words, Year of the Gentleman, Heroes, Gentlemanlike 4

    Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1979), better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an...  more
  • 24
    12
    8

    Florence + the Machine

    Neo soul, Baroque pop

    AlbumsLungs, Ceremonials, Dog Days Are Over, A Lot of Love. A Lot of Blood, Live at the Wiltern

    Florence and the Machine (stylised as Florence + the Machine) are an English indie rock band...  more
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    15
    12

    Prince

    Hip hop music, Synthpop

    AlbumsPurple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999, Love Symbol Album, Around the World in a Day

    Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter,...  more