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The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s  

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List Rules Vote up the bands and musicians who did the best job as musical guests on SNL from 1990 through 1999.

The 1990s were a period of transition and change for Saturday Night Live, but they carried through and started the new millennium strong.  Even with over two dozen bands and musicians appearing multiple times, there were just over 160 different musical guests in the '90s.  If you can't remember everybody who played on the show, then refresh your memory with this list of the bands who played on SNL from 1990 through 1999, ranked from best SNL '90s musical guests to worst SNL '90s musical guests.

Setting a record for the most times playing for SNL in a decade, musician Sting performed on SNL four times between 1990 and 1999, even doing double duty as guest and host in 1991. Close behind were acts such as R.E.M., Mariah Carey, Smashing Pumpkins, and Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers. Regular musical guest Eminem even made his first appearance on Saturday Night Live in 1999.

Just like the seasons and episodes themselves, the Saturday Night Live musical guests of the 1990s range from great to grueling. Vote up the bands and musicians who did the best job as musical guests on SNL in the '90s.

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
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
2
Bruce Hornsby & The Range is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Bruce Hornsby & The Range was a music band.
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The Smithereens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Jangle pop, Rock music, Pop rock
The Smithereens are an American rock band from Carteret, New Jersey, United States. The group formed in 1980 with members Pat DiNizio, Jim Babjak, Mike Mesaros, and Dennis Diken. This lineup ...more
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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer-songwriter and slide guitar player. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, ...more
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The Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Minneapolis sound
The Original 7ven is an American funk and dance-pop ensemble formed in Minneapolis in 1981. They are close Prince associates and arguably the most successful artists who have worked with him.
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Paul Westerberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Alternative rock, Punk rock
Paul Harold Westerberg is an American musician, best known as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter in The Replacements, one of the seminal alternative rock bands of the 1980s. He launched a ...more
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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving ...more
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The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music
The Corrs were an Irish band that combine rock with traditional Celtic Irish folk themes within their music. The group consists of the Corr siblings, Andrea; Sharon; Caroline; and Jim. They are ...more
9
All Saints is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Girl group
All Saints are an English-Canadian girl group. Originally founded in 1993 as All Saints 1.9.7.5., the group was re-founded in 1995 as a quartet consisting of British members Melanie Blatt and ...more
10
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music
William Martin "Billy" Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth ...more
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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music
Dave Matthews Band is an American rock band that was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. The founding members were singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, ...more
12
Eagle-Eye Cherry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Pop music, Rock music, Acoustic music
Eagle-Eye Lanoo Cherry is a Swedish musician best known for the single "Save Tonight".
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Fiona Apple is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Indie pop, Rock music, Piano rock
Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and record producer. Classically trained on piano as a child, Apple began composing her own songs when she was eight years ...more
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Garbage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music
Garbage is an American-Scottish alternative rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1993. The group consists of Scottish musician Shirley Manson and American musicians Duke Erikson, Steve ...more
15
Jamiroquai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Ballad
Jamiroquai are a British funk and acid jazz band formed in 1992. Fronted by lead singer Jay Kay, Jamiroquai were initially the most prominent component in the London-based funk/acid jazz ...more
16
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal
James Patrick "Jimmy" Page, OBE is an English musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and leader of the ...more
17
Luscious Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music
Luscious Jackson is an alternative rock group formed in 1991. The band's name was inspired by now-retired American basketball player Lucious Jackson. The original band consisted of Jill Cunniff, ...more
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Marc Anthony is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Ballad, Pop music, Latin American music
Marco Antonio Muñiz, better known by his stage name Marc Anthony, is an American actor, singer, record producer, and television producer. Anthony is also the top selling tropical salsa ...more
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Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock
Sir Michael Philip Jagger, better known as Mick Jagger, is an English singer, songwriter and one time actor, best known as the lead singer and a founder member of The Rolling Stones. Jagger's ...more
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Natalie Merchant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Alternative rock
Natalie Anne Merchant is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She joined the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 and left it to begin her solo career in 1993.
21
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock
Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, actor and singer-songwriter. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with ...more
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Robbie Robertson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock
Robbie Robertson, OC is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for his work as lead guitarist and primary songwriter within The Band. As a songwriter, Robertson is credited for ...more
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Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music
Rollins Band was an American rock band led by singer and songwriter Henry Rollins. They are best known for the songs "Low Self Opinion" and "Liar", which both earned heavy ...more
24
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
Soul Asylum is an American alternative rock band that formed in 1981, and officially in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1983. The band originally formed in 1981 under the name Loud Fast Rules, with ...more
25
Teenage Fanclub is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '90s
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Shoegazing
Teenage Fanclub are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in Bellshill in 1989. The band is composed of Norman Blake, Raymond McGinley, Gerard Love and Francis MacDonald, with songwriting ...more