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The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s 

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Updated October 14, 2019 2k votes 93 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
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
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Piano rock; Nationality: United Kingdom

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

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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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Genre: Country, Pop & Rock; Nationality: United States of America

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

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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U2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s

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

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) 5 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

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

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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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Genre: Pop and Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

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

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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Khalid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
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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Adele is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Genre: Pop, R&B & Soul; Nationality: England

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

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) 9 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s

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

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) 10 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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Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s

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

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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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Lounge music & Pop music; Nationality: Canada

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

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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Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s

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

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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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Genre: Americana, Blues-rock & Country; Nationality: United States of America

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

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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Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Red River Blue, Based on a True Story..., Blake Shelton, Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill, Cheers, + more

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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HAIM is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s

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

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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Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s

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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Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Genre: Pop and Folk; Nationality: England

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

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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Thomas Rhett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Thomas Rhett

Albums: Thomas 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 music singer. He is the son of singer-songwriter Rhett Akins. Akins has charted five singles from his ...more
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Nick Jonas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Genre: Teen pop and Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America

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

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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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Genre: Pop, Funk & Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

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

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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Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Genre: Contemporary R&B and Pop; Nationality: Canada

Albums: The Shawn Mendes EP, Life of the Party

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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Ne-Yo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

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

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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Florence and the Machine... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s

Albums: Lungs, Ceremonials, Dog Days Are Over, A Lot of Love. A Lot of Blood, Live at the Wiltern, + more

Florence and the Machine (stylised as Florence + the Machine) are an English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of vocalist Florence Welch, keyboardist Isabella Summers, ...more
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The 2010s
Genre: Hip hop music, Synthpop & New Wave; Nationality: United States of America

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