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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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 635 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) 634 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

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

December 1, 2018

632
Ella Mai is listed (or ranked) 632 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
R&B, Pop

November 17, 2018

631
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 631 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

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

November 3, 2018

629
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 629 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

628
Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 628 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music

October 6, 2018

627
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 627 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) 626 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

625
Kacey Musgraves is listed (or ranked) 625 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Country

May 12, 2018

624
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 624 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop

May 5, 2018

623
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 623 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

622
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 622 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop, Trap

April 7, 2018

621
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 621 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

620
James Bay is listed (or ranked) 620 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Indie, Folk rock, Soul

March 10, 2018

619
Migos is listed (or ranked) 619 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Southern hip hop

March 3, 2018

618
Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 618 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Pop

February 3, 2018

617
Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 617 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

616
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 616 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Dream pop, Electropop

January 20, 2018

615
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 615 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Electropop, Synthpop

January 13, 2018

614
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 614 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

8th ep. 1) December 2, 1995; 2) November 6, 1999; 3) February 22, 2003; 4) November 12, 2005; 5) October 13, 2007; 6) April 9, 2011; 7) May 19, 2012; 8) December 17, 2017

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SZA is listed (or ranked) 613 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Alternative R&B, Neo soul, R&B

December 9, 2017

612
U2 is listed (or ranked) 612 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

4th ep. 1) December 9, 2000; 2) November 20, 2004; 3) September 26, 2009; 4) December 2, 2017

611
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 611 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

7th ep. 1) October 23, 1999; 2) October 7, 2000; 3) May 11, 2002; 4) October 30, 2004; 5) December 18, 2010; 6) November 2, 2013; 7) November 18, 2017

610
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 610 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

3rd ep. 1) January 10, 2009; 2) November 7, 2009; 3) November 11, 2017

609
Pink is listed (or ranked) 609 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

3rd ep. 1) January 12, 2002; 2) December 6, 2003; 3) October 14, 2017

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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 608 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

2nd ep. 1) March 29, 2014; 2) October 7, 2017

607
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 607 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

4th ep. 1) December 16, 2000; 2) November 2, 2002; 3) May 8, 2010; 4) September 30, 2017

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Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 606 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

3rd ep. 1) September 25, 2010; 2) October 12, 2013; 3) May 20 2017

605
HAIM is listed (or ranked) 605 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

2nd ep. 1) November 23, 2013; 2) May 13, 2017

604
LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 604 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

May 6, 2017

603
Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 603 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

April 15, 2017

602
The Chainsmokers is listed (or ranked) 602 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Disco, Rock music, Hip Hop

April 8, 2017

601
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 601 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

March 11, 2017

600
Father John Misty is listed (or ranked) 600 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

March 4, 2017

599
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 599 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

2nd ep: 1) April 12, 2014; 2) February 11, 2017

598
Alessia Cara is listed (or ranked) 598 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Alessia Cara

February 4, 2017

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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 597 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music

January 21, 2017

596
Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 596 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

January 14, 2017

595
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 595 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music

2nd ep: 1) December 12, 2015; 2) December 17, 2016

594
Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 594 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Contemporary R&B

December 3, 2016

593
The xx is listed (or ranked) 593 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

November 19, 2016

592
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 592 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

November 12, 2016

591
Solange Knowles is listed (or ranked) 591 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop

November 5, 2016

590
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 590 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

3rd ep: 1) October 3, 2009; 2) May 21, 2011; 3) November 16, 2013; 4) October 22, 2016

589
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 589 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

4th ep: 1) October 9, 2010; 2) October 20, 2012; 3) November 22, 2014; 4) October 15, 2016

588
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 588 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

October 8, 2016

587
The Weeknd is listed (or ranked) 587 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Indie pop, Downtempo, Dubstep

2nd ep: 1) October 10, 2015; 2) October 1, 2016

586
Courtney Barnett is listed (or ranked) 586 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Indie rock, Alternative rock, Grunge

May 21, 2016