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Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live 

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Updated February 10, 2020 110.1k 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 and 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

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

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637
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 and Southern hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

May 18, 2019

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635
Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 635 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
634
Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 634 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Genre: Contemporary R&B and Pop; Nationality: Canada

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
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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

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
630
Khalid is listed (or ranked) 630 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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Thomas Rhett is listed (or ranked) 629 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
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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

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

January 26, 2019

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