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Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live 

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Updated February 10, 2020 107.4k views 651 items

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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The Weeknd is listed (or ranked) 651 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Genre: Contemporary R&B, Hip hop, Pop; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Kiss Land, House of Balloons, Thursday, Echoes of Silence, Trilogy, + more

Labels: Universal Republic Records, XO Records, Republic Records

3rd ep: 1) October 10, 2015; 2) October 1, 2016; 3) March 7, 2020

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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 650 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Genre: New Wave, Worldbeat, Experimental music; Nationality: Scotland

Albums: Strange Mercy, Rei Momo, Love This Giant, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Big Love: Hymnal, + more

Labels: Thrill Jockey, Sire Records, Luaka Bop, Nonesuch Records

2nd ep: 1) November 18, 1989; 2) February 29, 2020

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Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 649 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Genre: Contemporary R&B, Pop; Nationality: Canada

Albums: One Time, Baby, My World, Under the Mistletoe, As Long as You Love Me, + more

Labels: Island Records, RBMG, Schoolboy Records, The Island Def Jam Music Group

3rd ep: 1) April 10, 2010; 2) February 9, 2013; 3) February 8, 2020

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Luke Combs is listed (or ranked) 648 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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Halsey is listed (or ranked) 647 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

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) 646 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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Niall Horan is listed (or ranked) 645 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Genre: Pop; Nationality: Ireland

December 14, 2019

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DaBaby is listed (or ranked) 644 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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King Princess is listed (or ranked) 643 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Genre: Pop; Nationality: American

Labels: Zelig Recordings

November 23, 2019

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Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 642 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) 641 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

Albums: A Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Parachutes, X&Y, Clocks, + more

Labels: Parlophone, EMI, Fierce Panda Records, Universal Music Group, EMI Records, + more

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) 640 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Acid Rap, Confident, Songs from Scratch: Paranoia

3rd ep: 1) December 12, 2015; 2) December 17, 2016; 3) October 26, 2019 [also host]

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Camila Cabello is listed (or ranked) 639 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Genre: Pop, Latin; Nationality: Cuba

October 12, 2019

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 638 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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

Labels: Big Machine Records, Universal Music Group

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) 637 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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DJ Khaled is listed (or ranked) 636 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Genre: Hip hop music, Southern hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: We the Best, Suffering from Success, Listennn... The Album, Kiss the Ring, Victory, + more

Labels: Def Jam South, Terror Squad Entertainment, Def Jam Recordings, Cash Money Records, Universal Motown Records, + more

May 18, 2019

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Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 635 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

Albums: Jonas L.A., A Little Bit Longer, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, It's About Time, + more

Labels: Jonas Records, Fair Trade Services, Hollywood Records, Daylight Records, Universal Music Group, + more

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

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Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 634 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Genre: Contemporary R&B, Pop; Nationality: Canada

Albums: The Shawn Mendes EP, Life of the Party

Labels: Island Records

2nd ep: 1) December 3, 2016; 2) May 4, 2019

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Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 633 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

Albums: 2 Cool 4 Skool, DARK&WILD, SKOOL LUV AFFAIR SPECIAL ADDITION

Labels: Big Hit Entertainment

April 13, 2019

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Sara Bareilles is listed (or ranked) 632 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Adult album alternative, Blue-eyed soul; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Little Voice, The Blessed Unrest, Careful Confessions, Kaleidoscope Heart, Brave Enough: Live at the Variety Playhouse, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Epic Records

April 6, 2019

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

Albums: Innerspeaker, Lonerism, Tame Impala, Solitude Is Bliss, Sundown Syndrome, + more

Labels: Modular Recordings

March 30, 2019

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Khalid is listed (or ranked) 630 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

March 9, 2019

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Thomas Rhett is listed (or ranked) 629 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

Albums: Thomas Rhett, It Goes Like This, Something to Do With My Hands, It Goes Like This

Labels: Big Machine Records

March 2, 2019

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Gary Clark, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 628 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Blak and Blu, iTunes Session, Gary Clark Jr., The Bright Lights EP, The bright lights - Australian tour edition

Labels: Warner Bros. Records

February 16, 2019

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Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 627 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Nothing But Flamerz (clean), DreamChasers, Flamers 2: Hottest In Tha City, Dreamchasers 2, Dreamchasers 3, + more

Labels: Maybach Music Group, Warner Bros. Records

January 26, 2019

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