Music 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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Maggie Rogers is listed (or ranked) 633 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) 632 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) 631 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) 630 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) 629 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) 628 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) 627 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) 626 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) 625 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) 624 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) 623 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) 622 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) 621 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) 620 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

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Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 619 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Dream pop, Electropop

January 20, 2018

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Halsey is listed (or ranked) 618 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Electropop, Synthpop

January 13, 2018

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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 617 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) 616 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Alternative R&B, Neo soul, R&B

December 9, 2017

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U2 is listed (or ranked) 615 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

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 614 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

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 613 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

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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 612 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

3rd ep. 1) October 5, 2013; 2) October 3, 2015; 3) November 4, 2017

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P!nk is listed (or ranked) 611 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) 610 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

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 609 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) 608 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

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HAIM is listed (or ranked) 607 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

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LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 606 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

May 6, 2017

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Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 605 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

April 15, 2017

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The Chainsmokers is listed (or ranked) 604 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Disco, Rock music, Hip Hop

April 8, 2017

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Lorde is listed (or ranked) 603 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

March 11, 2017

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Father John Misty is listed (or ranked) 602 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

March 4, 2017

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Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 601 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

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Alessia Cara is listed (or ranked) 600 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) 599 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music

January 21, 2017

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

January 14, 2017

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

1) December 12, 2015; 2) December 17, 2016

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Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 596 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Contemporary R&B

December 3, 2016

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The xx is listed (or ranked) 595 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

November 19, 2016

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A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 594 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

November 12, 2016

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Solange Knowles is listed (or ranked) 593 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop

November 5, 2016

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 592 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

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Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 591 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

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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 590 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

October 8, 2016

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The Weeknd is listed (or ranked) 589 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

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Courtney Barnett is listed (or ranked) 588 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Indie rock, Alternative rock, Grunge

May 21, 2016

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Drake is listed (or ranked) 587 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

3rd ep: 1) October 15, 2011; 2) January 18, 2014; 3) May 14, 2016

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 586 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

3rd ep: 1) September 29, 2001; 2) January 9, 2010; 3) May 7, 2016

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Nick Jonas is listed (or ranked) 585 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Teen pop, Pop rock

April 16, 2016

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Margo Price is listed (or ranked) 584 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Margo Price

April 9, 2016