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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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  • 654
    The Strokes

    The Strokes

    Garage rock, Power pop

    4th ep: 1) January 19, 2002; 2) January 21, 2006; 3) March 5, 2011; 4) October 31, 2020

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  • 653
    H.E.R.

    October 24, 2020

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    Jack White

    Jack White

    Blues-rock, Punk blues

    3rd ep: 1) March 3, 2012; 2) April 14, 2018; October 10, 2020

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  • 651
    Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber

    Contemporary R&B, Pop

    4th ep: 1) April 10, 2010; 2) February 9, 2013; 3) February 8, 2020; 4) October 17, 2020

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  • 650
    Megan Thee Stallion

    October 3, 2020

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  • 649
    Boyz II Men

    Boyz II Men

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    May 9, 2020

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  • 648
    Miley Cyrus

    Miley Cyrus

    Pop, Country pop

    5th ep. 1) October 5, 2013; 2) October 3, 2015; 3) November 4, 2017; 4) December 15, 2018 [with Mark Ronson]; 5) April 25, 2020

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  • 647
    The Weeknd

    The Weeknd

    Contemporary R&B, Hip hop

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

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  • 646
    David Byrne

    David Byrne

    New Wave, Worldbeat

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

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  • 645
    Luke Combs

    Luke Combs

    Country

    February 1, 2020

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  • 644
    Halsey

    Halsey

    Electropop, Synthpop

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

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  • 643
    Lizzo

    Lizzo

    Hip hop, Alternative hip hop

    December 21, 2019

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  • 642
    Niall Horan

    December 14, 2019

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  • 641
    DaBaby

    DaBaby

    Hip hop

    December 7, 2019

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  • 640
    King Princess

    November 23, 2019

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  • 639
    Harry Styles

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

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  • 638
    Coldplay

    Coldplay

    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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  • 637
    Chance The Rapper

    Chance The Rapper

    Hip hop music

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

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  • 636
    Camila Cabello

    Camila Cabello

    Pop, Latin

    October 12, 2019

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  • 635
    Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift

    Country, Pop

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

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  • 634
    Billie Eilish

    Billie Eilish

    Art pop, Dark pop

    September 28, 2019

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  • 633
    DJ Khaled

    DJ Khaled

    Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

    May 18, 2019

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  • 632
    Jonas Brothers

    Jonas Brothers

    Bubblegum pop, Pop music

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

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  • 631
    Shawn Mendes

    Shawn Mendes

    Contemporary R&B, Pop

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

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  • 630
    Bangtan Boys (BTS)

    Bangtan Boys (BTS)

    K-pop, Hip hop

    April 13, 2019

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