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Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live  

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Live from the main stage at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, this is a list of every band, musician, and singer who has performed on Saturday Night Live. Since its premiere in 1975, SNL has had more than 600 unique musical guests. It's a dream gig: familiar stage, intimate crowd, audience of millions - many of whom are hearing you for the very first time. The acts on this list run the gamut in every genre of music, from Chuck Berry to Devo to Peter Tosh to Skid Row to MC Hammer to Crash Test Dummies to Garth Brooks to The Backstreet Boys to Lorde. The bands are listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent listed first. It includes the date of the appearance - or dates, for those of us lucky enough to be invited to perform more than once.

Because of the show's longevity, Saturday Night Live musical guests are a Who's Who of the most popular musicians of each time period. A look back at the early years of the sketch show reveals frequent repeat appearances from soft rock, folksy kinds of artists like James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Anne Murray. In the 1980s, new wave acts like Men at Work and The Cars stopped by a couple times each. In the 21st Century, it's all hip hop and pop made for clubbing, all Kanye this and Drake that, with only an occasional appearance by a singer-songwriter like Father John Misty or Adele.

For more about SNL guests, check out these lists of all Saturday Night Live hosts and the worst SNL hosts of all time.

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Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 651 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Contemporary R&B, Pop

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Luke Combs is listed (or ranked) 650 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Country

February 1, 2020

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Halsey is listed (or ranked) 649 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Electropop, Synthpop, Indie pop

3rd ep: 1) January 13, 2018; 2) February 9, 2019 [also host]; 3) January 25, 2020

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Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 648 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Pop

December 21, 2019

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Niall Horan is listed (or ranked) 647 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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DaBaby is listed (or ranked) 646 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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King Princess is listed (or ranked) 645 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 644 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

2nd ep: 1) April 15, 2017; 2) November 16, 2019 [also host]

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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 643 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Alternative Rock, Pop

6th ep: 1) April 7, 2001; 2) May 21, 2005; 3) October 25, 2008; 4) November 12, 2011; 5) May 3, 2014; 6) November 2, 2019

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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 642 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music

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Camila Cabello is listed (or ranked) 641 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 640 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Country, Pop, Rock

4th ep. 1) January 10, 2009; 2) November 7, 2009; 3) November 11, 2017; 4) October 5, 2019

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Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 639 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Art pop, Dark pop, Electropop

September 28, 2019

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DJ Khaled is listed (or ranked) 638 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 637 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

2nd ep: 1) February 14, 2009; 2) May 11, 2019

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Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 636 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Contemporary R&B, Pop

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Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 635 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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Sara Bareilles is listed (or ranked) 634 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Adult contemporary music, Adult album alternative, Blue-eyed soul

April 6, 2019

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Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 633 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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Khalid is listed (or ranked) 632 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
R&B, Pop

March 9, 2019

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Thomas Rhett is listed (or ranked) 631 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Country

March 2, 2019

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Gary Clark, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 630 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

February 16, 2019

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Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 629 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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Greta Van Fleet is listed (or ranked) 628 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 627 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Pop, Country pop, Hip hop

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