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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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  • 653
    Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 653 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    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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  • 652
    Jack White is listed (or ranked) 652 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    Jack White

    Blues-rock, Punk blues

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

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  • 651
    Megan Thee Stallion is listed (or ranked) 651 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    October 3, 2020

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  • 650
    Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 650 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    Boyz II Men

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    May 9, 2020

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  • 649
    Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 649 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    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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  • 648
    The Weeknd is listed (or ranked) 648 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    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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  • 647
    David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 647 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    David Byrne

    New Wave, Worldbeat

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

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  • 646
    Luke Combs is listed (or ranked) 646 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    Luke Combs

    Country

    February 1, 2020

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  • 645
    Halsey is listed (or ranked) 645 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    Halsey

    Electropop, Synthpop

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

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  • 644
    Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 644 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    Lizzo

    Hip hop, Alternative hip hop

    December 21, 2019

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  • 643
    Niall Horan is listed (or ranked) 643 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    December 14, 2019

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  • 642
    DaBaby is listed (or ranked) 642 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    DaBaby

    Hip hop

    December 7, 2019

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  • 641
    King Princess is listed (or ranked) 641 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    November 23, 2019

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  • 640
    Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 640 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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  • 639
    Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 639 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    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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  • 638
    Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 638 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    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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  • 637
    Camila Cabello is listed (or ranked) 637 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    Camila Cabello

    Pop, Latin

    October 12, 2019

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  • 636
    Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 636 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    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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  • 635
    Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 635 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    Billie Eilish

    Art pop, Dark pop

    September 28, 2019

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  • 634
    DJ Khaled is listed (or ranked) 634 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    DJ Khaled

    Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

    May 18, 2019

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

    Jonas Brothers

    Bubblegum pop, Pop music

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

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  • 632
    Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 632 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    Shawn Mendes

    Contemporary R&B, Pop

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

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  • 631
    Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 631 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live

    Bangtan Boys (BTS)

    K-pop, Hip hop

    April 13, 2019

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

    Sara Bareilles

    Adult contemporary music, Adult album alternative

    April 6, 2019

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

    Tame Impala

    Indie rock, Psychedelic pop

    March 30, 2019

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