Lists: Musical Guests on Saturday Night Live 1975-2006

Nirvana on SNL, 1992

Saturday Night Live has long been an institution on late night TV, and their roster of musical guests who have performed live on the show reads like a who’s who list of rock/pop history. Collect ’em all!

I thought it might be handy to compile a list of all the music performers who have appeared on the show since its inception, in a single post. So here they are:

10/11/75: Billy Preston, Janis Ian
10/18/75: Randy Newman, Phoebe Snow
11/08/75: Esther Phillips
11/15/75: ABBA, Loudon Wainwright III
12/13/75: Gil Scott-Heron
12/20/75: Martha Reeves, The Stylistics
01/10/76: Anne Murray
01/17/76: Bill Withers, Toni Basil, The Blues Brothers
01/24/76: Neil Sedaka
01/31/76: Jimmy Cliff
02/14/76: Al Jarreau
02/21/76: Desi Arnaz, Jr.
02/28/76: Leon Redbone, The Singing Idlers
03/13/76: Betty Carter
04/17/76: Patti Smith
04/24/76: Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian
05/08/76: Carly Simon
05/15/76: Leon Russell
05/22/76: Gordon Lightfoot
05/29/76: Leon Redbone
07/24/76: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
07/31/76: Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge
09/18/76: James Taylor
09/25/76: Boz Scaggs
10/02/76: Joe Cocker, Stuff
10/16/76: John Prine
10/23/76: Kinky Friedman
10/30/76: The Band
11/13/76: Ry Cooder
11/20/76: Paul Simon, George Harrison
11/27/76: Brian Wilson
12/11/76: Frank Zappa
01/15/77: George Benson
01/22/77: Chuck Berry
01/29/77: Leo Sayer, Donny Harper Singers
02/26/77: The Kinks
03/12/77: Richard Baskin
03/19/77: Levon Helm, Dr. John, The Meters
03/26/77: Santana
04/09/77: Tom Waits, Brick
04/16/77: Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Roslyn Kind
04/23/77: Alan Price, Neil Innes
05/14/77: Joan Armatrading
05/21/77: Jennifer Warnes, Kenny Vance
09/24/77: Jackson Browne
09/08/77: Taj Mahal
10/15/77: Libby Titus
10/29/77: Paul Simon
11/12/77: Ray Charles
11/19/77: Leon Redbone
12/10/77: Willie Nelson
12/17/77: Elvis Costello
01/21/78: Randy Newman, Dirt Band
01/28/78: Bonnie Raitt
02/18/78: Billy Joel
02/25/78: Ashford & Simpson
03/11/78: Stephen Bishop
03/18/78: Eddie Money
03/25/78: Meat Loaf
04/08/78: Eugene Record
04/15/78: Keith Jarrett, Gravity
04/22/78: The Blues Brothers
05/13/78: Jimmy Buffett, Gary Tigerman
05/20/78: Sun Ra
10/07/78: The Rolling Stones
10/14/78: Devo
10/21/78: Frank Zappa
11/04/78: Van Morrison
11/11/78: The Grateful Dead
11/18/78: The Blues Brothers
12/09/78: Kate Bush
12/16/78: Peter Tosh
01/27/79: The Doobie Brothers
02/10/79: Talking Heads
02/17/79: Judy Collins
02/24/79: Delbert McClinton
03/10/79: Eubie Blake & Gregory Hines
03/17/79: The Chieftains
04/07/79: Rickie Lee Jones
04/14/79: Ornette Coleman
05/12/79: James Taylor
05/19/79: Linda Ronstadt & Phoebe Snow
05/26/79: Bette Midler
10/13/79: Blondie
10/20/79: Bob Dylan
11/03/79: Chicago
11/10/79: Tom Petty
11/17/79: The Roches
12/08/79: Randy Newman
12/15/79: David Bowie
12/22/79: Desmond Child & Rouge
01/26/80: The B-52’s
02/09/80: Marianne Faithfull
02/16/80: Gary Numan
02/23/80: Sam & Dave
03/08/80: The J. Geils Band
03/15/80: James Taylor & Paul Simon, David Sanborn
04/05/80: The Grateful Dead
04/12/80: Anne Murray
04/19/80: The Specials
05/10/80: Amazing Rhythm Aces, Bruce Cockburn
05/17/80: 3-D, Paul & Linda McCartney
05/24/80: Andrew Gold, Andrae Crouch & Voices of Unity
11/15/80: Kid Creole & The Coconuts
11/22/80: Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
12/06/80: Aretha Franklin, Keith Sykes
12/13/80: James Brown, Ellen Shipley
12/20/80: The cast of The Pirates of Penzance
01/10/81: Jack Bruce & Friends
01/17/81: Cheap Trick, Stanley Clarke Trio
01/24/81: Joe ‘King’ Carrasco & The Crown, 14 Karat Soul
02/07/81: Jimmy Cliff
02/14/81: Funky 4 + 1 More
02/21/81: Todd Rundgren, Prince
03/07/81: Delbert McClinton
04/11/81: Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
10/03/81: Rod Stewart
10/10/81: The Kinks
10/17/81: Miles Davis
10/31/81: Fear
11/07/81: Rick James & The Stone City Band
11/14/81: The Go-Go’s, Billy Joel
12/05/81: Meat Loaf & The Neverland Express
12/12/81: The Spinners, Yale Whiffenpoofs
01/23/82: The Allman Brothers Band
01/30/82: Jennifer Holliday
02/06/82: Lindsey Buckingham
02/20/82: Luther Vandross
02/27/82: Hall & Oates
03/20/82: Mink DeVille
03/27/82: Rickie Lee Jones
04/10/82: John Cougar
04/17/82: Johnny Cash, Elton John
04/24/82: Charlie Daniels Band
05/15/82: Sparks
05/22/82: Olivia Newton-John
09/25/82: Queen
10/02/82: George Thorogood & The Destroyers
10/09/82: The Clash
10/23/82: Men at Work
10/30/82: Joe Jackson
11/13/82: Kenny Loggins
11/20/82: Squeeze
12/04/82: Laura Branigan
12/11/82: Lionel Ritchie
01/29/83: The Bus Boys
02/05/83: Joe Cocker
02/19/83: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
02/26/83: Randy Newman
03/12/83: Leon Redbone
03/19/83: Duran Duran
04/09/83: Musical Youth
04/16/83: Michael McDonald
05/07/83: Stevie Wonder
05/14/83: Kevin Rowland & Dexy’s Midnight Runners
10/08/83: John Cougar
10/15/83: Eddy Grant
10/22/83: Men at Work
11/05/83: Stray Cats
11/12/83: Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo & Lindsey Buckingham
11/19/83: Loverboy
12/03/83: Big Country
12/10/83: Stevie Nicks
01/14/84: Huey Lewis & The News
01/21/84: The Motels
01/28/84: Billy Idol
02/11/84: Adam Ant
02/18/84: The Fixx
02/25/84: Kool & The Gang
03/17/84: Al Jarreau
04/07/84: Deniece Williams
04/14/84: Madness
05/05/84: Spinal Tap
05/12/84: The Cars
10/06/84: Thompson Twins
10/13/84: Peter Wolf
10/20/84: Andrae Crouch, Wintley Phipps
11/03/84: Chaka Khan, The Folksmen
11/10/84: Frankie Goes to Hollywood
11/17/84: The Kinks
12/01/84: Billy Squier
12/08/84: Ringo Starr, Herbie Hancock
12/15/84: Robert Plant & The Honeydrippers
01/12/85: John Waite
01/19/85: Billy Ocean
02/02/85: Tina Turner
02/09/85: Bryan Adams
02/16/85: Power Station
03/30/85: The Commodores
04/06/85: Santana
04/13/85: Greg Kihn
11/09/85: Simple Minds
11/16/85: Sheila E.
11/23/85: Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band
12/07/85: Mr. Mister
12/14/85: Sade
12/21/85: Dream Academy, The Cult
01/18/86: The Replacements
01/25/86: Al Green
02/08/86: The Nelsons
02/15/86: Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughn
02/22/86: The Neville Brothers
03/15/86: Roseanne Cash
03/22/86: Philip Glass
04/12/86: Joe Jackson
04/19/86: Laurie Anderson
05/10/86: Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
05/17/86: Level 42, E.G. Daily
05/24/86: George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic
10/11/86: Buster Poindexter
10/18/86: Run DMC
11/08/86: Ric Ocasek
11/15/86: Lou Reed
11/22/86: Paul Simon
12/06/86: Randy Newman
12/13/86: The Pretenders
12/20/86: Lone Justice
01/24/87: Debbie Harry
01/31/87: Bruce Hornsby & The Range
02/14/87: Paul Young
02/21/87: Willie Nelson
02/28/87: Robert Cray Band
03/21/87: Percy Sledge
03/28/87: Wynton Marsalis
04/11/87: Anita Baker
04/18/87: Timbuk 3
05/09/87: Suzanne Vega
05/16/87: Los Lobos
05/23/87: Roy Orbison
10/17/87: Steve Martin / Sting
10/24/87: L.L. Cool J, Michael Penn & The Pull
10/31/87: The Cars
11/14/87: Simply Red
11/21/87: Cher
12/05/87: Bryan Ferry
12/12/87: Buster Poindexter, David Gilmour
12/19/87: Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt
01/23/88: James Taylor
01/30/88: Robbie Robertson
02/13/88: Terence Trent D’Arby
02/20/88: Randy Travis
02/27/88: 10,000 Maniacs
10/08/88: Keith Richards
10/15/88: The Sugarcubes
10/22/88: Randy Newman & Mark Knopfler
11/05/88: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
11/12/88: Johnny Clegg & Savuka
11/19/88: Tracy Chapman
12/03/88: The Bangles
12/10/88: Bobby McFerrin
12/17/88: Little Feat
01/21/89: Anita Baker
01/28/89: John Hiatt
02/11/89: Luther Vandross
02/18/89: Cowboy Junkies
02/25/89: Gipsy Kings
03/25/89: Elvis Costello
04/01/89: Living Colour
04/15/89: Dolly Parton
04/22/89: John Mellencamp
05/13/89: Fine Young Cannibals
05/20/89: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
09/24/89: 15th Anniversary Special
09/30/89: Neil Young
10/07/89: Rickie Lee Jones
10/21/89: Billy Joel
10/28/89: Don Henley
11/11/89: Eurythmics
11/18/89: David Byrne
12/02/89: k.d. lang & The Reclines
12/09/89: Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville
12/16/89: Tracy Chapman
01/13/90: Harry Connick, Jr.
01/20/90: Bonnie Raitt
02/10/90: Tevin Campbell & Kool Moe Dee & Big Daddy Kane
02/17/90: Aerosmith
02/24/90: Technotronic
03/17/90: The Pogues
03/24/90: Eric Clapton
04/14/90: The Smithereens
04/21/90: The B-52’s
05/12/90: Julee Cruise, Spanic Boys
05/19/90: The Notting Hillbillies
09/29/90: Sinead O’Connor
10/06/90: Hothouse Flowers
10/20/90: The Time
10/27/90: Mariah Carey
11/10/90: World Party
11/17/90: Paul Simon
12/01/90: Faith No More
12/08/90: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
12/15/90: The Neville Brothers
01/12/91: Vanilla Ice
01/19/91: Sting
02/09/91: INXS
02/16/91: Deee-Lite with Bootsy Collins & The Rubber Band
02/23/91: Whitney Houston
03/16/91: Black Crowes
03/23/91: Fishbone
04/13/91: R.E.M.
04/20/91: Michael Bolton
05/11/91: Chris Isaak
05/18/91: Elvis Costello
09/28/91: Public Enemy
10/05/91: Color Me Badd
10/12/91: Tom Petty
10/26/91: Bonnie Raitt
11/02/91: Skid Row
11/16/91: Mariah Carey
11/23/91: Tin Machine
12/07/91: Hammer
12/14/91: James Taylor
01/11/92: Nirvana
01/18/92: Robbie Robertson & Bruce Hornsby
02/08/92: C+C Music Factory
02/15/92: Teenage Fanclub
02/22/92: Red Hot Chili Peppers
03/14/92: Garth Brooks
03/21/92: En Vogue
04/11/92: Pearl Jam
04/18/92: Annie Lennox
05/09/92: Bruce Springsteen
05/16/92: Vanessa Williams
09/26/92: Bobby Brown
10/03/92: Sinead O’Connor
10/10/92: Spin Doctors
10/24/92: Arrested Development
10/31/92: 10,000 Maniacs
11/14/92: Morrissey
11/21/92: Sade
12/05/92: Neil Young
12/12/92: Black Crowes
01/09/93: Bon Jovi
01/16/93: Madonna
02/06/93: Mick Jagger
02/13/93: Paul McCartney
02/20/93: Sting
03/13/93: Mary J. Blige
03/20/93: Soul Asylum
04/10/93: Peter Gabriel
04/17/93: Lenny Kravitz
05/08/93: Midnight Oil
05/15/93: Willie Nelson & Paul Simon
09/25/93: Nirvana
10/02/93: Cypress Hill
10/09/93: Aerosmith
10/23/93: Billy Joel
10/30/93: Smashing Pumpkins
11/13/93: James Taylor
11/20/93: Stone Temple Pilots
12/04/93: Paul Westerberg
12/11/93: Tony! Toni! Tone!
01/08/94: Blind Melon
01/15/94: Counting Crows
02/05/94: Salt-N-Pepa
02/12/94: UB40
02/19/94: Crash Test Dummies
03/12/94: Aretha Franklin
03/19/94: Snoop Doggy Dogg
04/09/94: Dwight Yoakam
04/16/94: Pearl Jam
05/07/94: The Pretenders
05/14/94: Janet Jackson
09/24/94: Eric Clapton
10/01/94: Bonnie Raitt
10/15/94: Seal
10/22/94: Edie Brickell & Paul Simon
11/12/94: R.E.M.
11/19/94: Tom Petty
12/03/94: Green Day
12/10/94: Beastie Boys
12/17/94: Hole
01/14/95: Luscious Jackson
01/21/95: Live
02/11/95: Des’ree
02/18/95: Bon Jovi
02/25/95: The Cranberries
03/18/95: Annie Lennox
03/25/95: The Tragically Hip
04/08/95: Dionne Farris
04/15/95: Dave Matthews Band
05/06/95: TLC
05/13/95: Rod Stewart
09/30/95: Blues Traveler
10/07/95: Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
10/21/95: Natalie Merchant
10/28/95: Alanis Morissette
11/11/95: The Smashing Pumpkins
11/18/95: Rancid
12/02/95: Foo Fighters
12/09/95: Silverchair
12/16/95: Bush
01/13/96: Joan Osborne
01/20/96: Tori Amos
02/10/96: Coolio
02/17/96: Tupac Shakur
02/24/96: Sting
03/16/96: Everclear
03/23/96: Gin Blossoms
04/13/96: Rage Against The Machine
04/20/96: Dave Matthews Band
05/11/96: The Cure
05/18/96: Soundgarden
09/28/96: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
10/05/96: Sheryl Crow
10/19/96: New Edition
10/26/96: Dr. Dre
11/02/96: The Wallflowers
11/16/96: Fiona Apple
11/23/96: Bush
12/07/96: No Doubt
12/14/96: Whitney Houston
01/11/97: Beck
01/18/97: Snoop Doggy Dogg
02/08/97: David Bowie
02/15/97: Live
02/22/97: Tina Turner
03/15/97: Veruca Salt
03/22/97: Aerosmith
04/12/97: Spice Girls
04/19/97: Rollins Band
05/10/97: Jewel
05/17/97: En Vogue
09/27/97: Jamiroquai
10/04/97: Oasis
10/18/97: Bjork
10/25/97: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
11/08/97: Jane’s Addiction
11/15/97: Mariah Carey
11/22/97: Sarah McLachlan
12/06/97: Metallica
12/13/97: Hanson
01/10/98: Ben Folds Five
01/17/98: Portishead
02/07/98: Paula Cole
02/14/98: Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
02/28/98: Garth Brooks
03/07/98: Natalie Imbruglia
03/14/98: Backstreet Boys
04/04/98: Third Eye Blind
04/11/98: All Saints
05/02/98: Natalie Merchant
05/09/98: Puff Daddy & Jimmy Page
09/26/98: The Smashing Pumpkins
10/03/98: Sheryl Crow
10/17/98: Elliott Smith
10/24/98: Alanis Morissette
11/07/98: Eagle-Eye Cherry
11/14/98: Jewel
11/21/98: Beastie Boys
12/05/98: Lauryn Hill
12/12/98: Luciano Pavarotti & Vanessa Williams
01/09/99: Beck
01/16/99: Everlast
02/06/99: Barenaked Ladies
02/13/99: Busta Rhymes with The Roots
02/20/99: Lucinda Williams
03/13/99: The Corrs
03/20/99: Garbage
04/10/99: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
05/08/99: Ricky Martin
05/15/99: Backstreet Boys
10/02/99: David Bowie
10/16/99: Marc Anthony
10/23/99: Dr. Dre
11/06/99: Foo Fighters
11/13/99: Chris Gaines
11/20/99: Sting
12/04/99: Beck
12/11/99: R.E.M.
01/08/00: Blink-182
01/15/00: Macy Gray
02/05/00: Jennifer Lopez
02/12/00: DMX
02/19/00: Fiona Apple
03/11/00: N*Sync
03/18/00: AC/DC
04/08/00: Christina Aguilera
04/15/00: Eve
05/06/00: Neil Young
05/13/00: Britney Spears
05/20/00: Kid Rock
10/07/00: Eminem
10/14/00: Radiohead
10/21/00: The Wallflowers
11/04/00: Paul Simon
11/11/00: Ricky Martin
11/18/00: David Gray
12/09/00: U2
12/16/00: Jay-Z
01/13/01: Nelly Furtado
01/20/01: Lenny Kravitz
02/10/01: Jennifer Lopez
02/17/01: Shaggy
02/14/01: Dave Matthews Band
03/10/01: Don Henley
03/17/01: Aerosmith
04/07/01: Coldplay
04/14/01: Eve
05/05/01: Destiny’s Child
05/12/01: Bon Jovi
05/19/01: Weezer
09/29/01: Alicia Keys
10/06/01: Sum 41
10/13/01: Macy Gray
11/03/01: Ja Rule
11/10/01: Ryan Adams
11/17/01: Creed
12/01/01: Shakira, Bubba Sparxxx
12/08/01: Mick Jagger
12/15/01: No Doubt
01/12/02: Pink
01/19/02: The Strokes
02/02/02: Britney Spears
03/02/02: Outkast
03/09/02: India.Arie
03/16/02: Kylie Minogue
04/06/02: Jimmy Eat World
04/13/02: Andrew W.K.
04/20/02: P.O.D.
05/11/02: Eminem
05/18/02: Moby
10/05/02: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
10/12/02: Faith Hill
10/19/02: White Stripes
11/02/02: Jay-Z
11/09/02: Eve
11/16/02: Nelly
12/07/02: Norah Jones
12/13/02: Phish
01/11/03: Avril Lavigne
01/18/03: The Donnas
02/08/03: Dixie Chicks
02/15/03: Beck
02/22/03: Foo Fighters
03/08/03: Ms. Dynamite
03/15/03: Christina Aguilera
04/05/03: Good Charlotte
04/12/03: Zwan
05/03/03: 50 Cent
05/10/03: Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder
05/17/03: Beyonce
10/04/03: John Mayer
10/11/03: Justin Timberlake
10/18/03: Britney Spears
11/01/03: Outkast
11/08/03: Dave Matthews
11/15/03: Missy Elliot
12/06/03: Pink
12/13/03: Jet
01/10/04: Black-Eyed Peas
01/17/04: G-Unit
02/07/04: Clay Aiken
02/14/04: Kelis
02/21/04: Maroon 5
03/06/04: Norah Jones
03/13/04: N.E.R.D.
04/03/04: Toots & The Maytals
04/10/04: Janet Jackson
05/01/04: Usher
05/08/04: Avril Lavigne
05/15/04: J-Kwon
10/02/04: Nelly
10/09/04: Queen Latifah
10/23/04: Ashlee Simpson
10/30/04: Eminem
11/13/04: Modest Mouse
11/20/04: U2
12/11/04: Scissor Sisters
12/18/04: Destiny’s Child
01/15/05: The Killers
01/22/05: Ludacris featuring Sum-41
02/05/05: Keane
02/12/05: Kelly Clarkson
02/19/05: 50 Cent
03/05/05: Jack Johnson
03/12/05: Gwen Stefani
04/09/05: Green Day
04/16/05: Beck
05/07/05: System of a Down
05/14/05: Queens of the Stone Age
05/21/05: Coldplay
10/01/05: Kanye West
10/08/05: Ashlee Simpson
10/22/05: Franz Ferdinand
10/29/05: Sheryl Crow
11/12/05: Foo Fighters
11/19/05: Korn
12/03/05: James Blunt
12/10/05: Shakira
12/17/05: Neil Young
01/14/06: Death Cab For Cutie
01/21/06: The Strokes
02/04/06: Prince
03/04/06: Fall Out Boy
03/11/06: Arctic Monkeys

Source: SNL Transcripts

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