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

Over 100 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL in the '70s
Voting Rules
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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  • George Harrison
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
    57 votes
    • Albums: All Things Must Pass, Cloud Nine, Living in the Material World, Thirty Three & 1/3, George Harrison
    George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer-songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. ...more
  • Blondie
    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave
    47 votes
    • Albums: Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie, Eat to the Beat, The Platinum Collection
    Blondie are an American rock band co-founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the American new wave scene of the mid-1970s in New York. Their first two ...more
  • Art Garfunkel
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music
    37 votes
    • Albums: The Animals' Christmas, Angel Clare, Watermark, Fate for Breakfast, Scissors Cut
    Arthur Ira Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) is an American singer, poet, and actor. He is best known for his partnership with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. Highlights of his ...more
  • Linda Ronstadt
    New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music
    50 votes
    • Albums: A Merry Little Christmas, Heart Like a Wheel, What's New, 'Round Midnight, Blue Bayou
    Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is a retired American popular music singer known for singing in a wide range of genres including rock, country, light opera, and Latin. She has earned 10 ...more
  • Willie Nelson
    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music
    36 votes
    • Albums: Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman, Last of the Breed, The Red Headed Stranger
    Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined ...more
  • Paul Simon
    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock
    48 votes
    • Albums: Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon, The Rhythm of the Saints
    Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's musical career has spanned seven decades with his fame and commercial success beginning as half of the ...more