Musicians 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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Khalid is listed (or ranked) 640 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
R&B

March 9, 2019

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Thomas Rhett is listed (or ranked) 639 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) 638 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) 637 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Electropop, Synthpop

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

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Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 636 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) 635 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) 634 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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) 633 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) 632 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) 631 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) 630 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

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

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

November 3, 2018

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 628 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

11th ep: 1) November 20, 1976; 2) October 29, 1977; 3) March 15, 1980; 4) November 22, 1986; 5) November 17, 1990; 6) May 15, 1993; 7) October 22, 1994; 8) November 4, 2000; 9) May 13, 2006; 10) May 14, 2011; 11) October 13, 2018

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Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 627 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music

October 6, 2018

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 626 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

7th ep: 1) October 1, 2005; 2) September 29, 2007; 3) December 13, 2008; 4) October 2, 2010; 5) May 18, 2013; 6) February 13, 2016; 7) September 29, 2018

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 625 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

3rd ep: 1) January 29, 2011; 2) December 6, 2014; 3) May 19, 2018

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Kacey Musgraves is listed (or ranked) 624 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Country

May 12, 2018

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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 623 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop

May 5, 2018

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Jack White is listed (or ranked) 622 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

2nd ep: 1) March 3, 2012; 2) April 14, 2018

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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 621 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop, Trap

April 7, 2018

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Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 620 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

5th ep: 1) February 24, 2007; 2) November 13, 2010; 3) May 19, 2012; 4) September 28, 2013; 5) March 17, 2018

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James Bay is listed (or ranked) 619 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Indie, Folk rock, Soul

March 10, 2018

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Migos is listed (or ranked) 618 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Southern hip hop

March 3, 2018

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Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 617 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Pop

February 3, 2018

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Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 616 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Bluegrass, Country, Southern rock

2nd ep. 1) January 16, 2016; 2) January 27, 2018