The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL in the '70s

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Vote up the bands and musicians who did the best job as musical guests on SNL from 1975 through 1979.

Even though Saturday Night Live didn't start until halfway through the decade, there were still plenty of '70s SNL musical guests. And, athough Saturday Night Live might not have started out a hit, as the 1970s slipped past, SNL cemented itself into the TV viewing habits of the masses. If you can't remember everybody played on the show, then refresh your memory with this list of the bands who played on SNL from 1975 through 1979, ranked from best SNL '70s musical guests to worst SNL '70s musical guests.

Ranging from Devo to The Rolling Stones, Saturday Night Live musical guests also included The Blues Brothers, a band born from a sketch on SNL itself. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel even reunited for the first time publicly on SNL during the second episode of the show.

Just like the seasons and episodes themselves, the Saturday Night Live musical guests of the 1970s range from great to grueling. Vote up the bands and musicians who did the best job as musical guests on SNL in the '70s.

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  • Blondie
    1
    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave
    • Albums: Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie, Eat to the Beat, The Platinum Collection
  • George Harrison
    2
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
    • Albums: All Things Must Pass, Cloud Nine, Living in the Material World, Thirty Three & 1/3, George Harrison
  • Linda Ronstadt
    3
    New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music
    • Albums: A Merry Little Christmas, Heart Like a Wheel, What's New, 'Round Midnight, Blue Bayou
  • Art Garfunkel
    4
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music
    • Albums: The Animals' Christmas, Angel Clare, Watermark, Fate for Breakfast, Scissors Cut
  • Willie Nelson
    5
    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music
    • Albums: Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman, Last of the Breed, The Red Headed Stranger
  • Gordon Lightfoot
    6
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
    • Albums: Endless Wire, If You Could Read My Mind, Summer Side of Life, Don Quixote, Did She Mention My Name?
  • ABBA
    7
    Synthpop, Disco, Pop music
    • Albums: Voyage, Fernando, Arrival, Thank You for the Music, Voulez-Vous
  • Paul Simon
    8
    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
  • The Band
    9
    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music
    • Albums: The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz, Planet Waves, The Basement Tapes
  • Carly Simon
    10
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music
    • Albums: Christmas Is Almost Here, Christmas Is Almost Here Again, Spoiled Girl, Coming Around Again, Hotcakes
  • Billy Joel
    11
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music
    • Albums: The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, An Innocent Man
  • Meat Loaf
    12
    Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music
    • Albums: Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II (bonus disc), Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That), Dead Ringer
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    13
    Dubstep, Jug band, Country pop
    • Albums: The Christmas Album, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Let's Go, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Symphonion Dream
  • James Taylor
    14
    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music
    • Albums: Sweet Baby James, A Christmas Album, James Taylor at Christmas, Never Die Young, Hourglass
  • Brian Wilson
    15
    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music
    • Albums: SMiLE, What I Really Want for Christmas, Orange Crate Art, That Lucky Old Sun, Brian Wilson
  • Judy Collins
    16
    Pop music, Folk music, Rock and roll
    • Albums: So Early in the Spring, the First 15 Years, Judith, Times of Our Lives, Hard Times for Lovers
  • Van Morrison
    17
    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
    • Albums: Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview, It's Too Late to Stop Now, The Best of Van Morrison
  • Chicago
    18
    Ballad, Ska, Rock music
    • Albums: Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be, Santa?, Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits
  • David Bowie
    19
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
    • Albums: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane, "Heroes"
  • Jackson Browne
    20
    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock
    • Albums: Running on Empty, Jackson Browne, Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2, The Pretender
  • Martha Reeves
    21
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll
    • Albums: Dancing in the Street, In the Midnight Hour, Greatest Hits
  • Anne Murray
    22
    Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music
    • Albums: Anne Murray's Christmas Album, Christmas Wishes, Best of the Season, Greatest Hits Volume II, The Best... So Far
  • Bob Dylan
    23
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
    • Albums: Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home
  • Talking Heads
    24
    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk
    • Albums: Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Sand in the Vaseline: Popular Favorites