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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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King Princess is listed (or ranked) 647 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Pop

November 23, 2019

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Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 646 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) 645 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) 644 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music

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) 643 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Pop, Latin

October 12, 2019

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 642 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) 641 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) 640 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

May 18, 2019

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Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 639 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) 638 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Contemporary R&B, Pop

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

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Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 637 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
K-pop, Hip hop, EDM

April 13, 2019

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Sara Bareilles is listed (or ranked) 636 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) 635 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Indie rock, Psychedelic pop

March 30, 2019

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Khalid is listed (or ranked) 634 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) 633 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) 632 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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Halsey is listed (or ranked) 631 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Electropop, Synthpop, Indie pop

2nd ep: 1) January 13, 2018; 2) February 9, 2019 [also host]

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Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 630 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music

January 26, 2019

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Greta Van Fleet is listed (or ranked) 629 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Rock

January 19, 2019

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

4th ep. 1) October 5, 2013; 2) October 3, 2015; 3) November 4, 2017; 4) December 15, 2018 [with Mark Ronson]

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Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 627 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

3rd ep: 1) September 22, 2012; 2) April 11, 2015; 3) December 8, 2018

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Anderson .Paak is listed (or ranked) 626 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

December 1, 2018

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Ella Mai is listed (or ranked) 625 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
R&B, Pop

November 17, 2018

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 624 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop, Trap, Pop

3rd ep: 1) September 13, 2008; 2) December 18, 2010; 3) November 10, 2018

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Maggie Rogers is listed (or ranked) 623 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Pop, Art pop, Folk pop

November 3, 2018