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Top 20 Musical Performances on SNL

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The best musical performances on Saturday Night Live

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Rolling Stones - October 7, 1978 Report Abuse
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The Blues Brothers - November 11, 1978 Report Abuse
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Simon & Garfunkel - October 18, 1975 Report Abuse
The standards were set high for SNL when on its second episode ever, Art Garfunkel joined host Paul Simon in an impromptu performance of "The Boxer." Impressive.
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - November 10, 1979 Report Abuse
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Elvis Costello - December 17, 1977 Report Abuse
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David Bowie - December 15, 1979 Report Abuse
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Elvis Costello and the Beastie Boys - September 26, 1999 Report Abuse
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Paul Simon and George Harrison - November 20, 1976 Report Abuse
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U2 - November 20, 2004 Report Abuse
Instead of the same old wave goodnight to the audience, this show was ended by a surprising encore from U2 when they played their classic hit "I WIll Follow."
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Nirvana - January 11, 1992 Report Abuse
Everyone's favorite grunge band made its SNL debut with their iconic song "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Their performance was raw and loud and in your face ... everything that was missing from SNL in the 80s. Although the band was being played on MTV, this was really the band's introduction to main stream middle America.
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Pearl Jam - April 22, 1992 Report Abuse
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The Replacements - January 18, 1986 Report Abuse
The band played a loud and energetic version of "Bastards Of Young" in their first performance, and for their second performance, after everyone in the band had changed into each others' clothes, they played "Kiss Me On The Bus." If that weren't enough, during both songs the bandmembers were busy mouthing profanities at the camera, stumbling around stage, purposefully dropping their instruments, and generally acting like the bunch of drunken fools that they were rumored to be. But amazingly enough, they hit all their notes and played the songs perfectly.
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Frank Zappa - December 11, 1976 Report Abuse
I'm amazed that this ever happened. Enough said.
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Radiohead - October 14, 2000 Report Abuse
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Patti Smith - April 17, 1976 Report Abuse
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Fear - October 31, 1981 Report Abuse
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Arcade Fire - February 24, 2007 Report Abuse
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Run DMC - October 18, 1986 Report Abuse
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Sinéad O'Connor - October 3, 1992 Report Abuse
O'Connor's trouble with SNL goes further back than the pope photo incident. In 1990 she was supposed to perform, but she backed out because she refused to share a stage with offensive comedian Andrew Dice Clay. She did perform later that year with little controversy, but then when she returned in 1992, after her second song she help up a picture of the pope and shouted, "Fight the real enemy!" while ripping his picture in half.
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Rage Against the Machine - April 13, 1996 Report Abuse
Who thought it was a good idea to put Rage Against the Machine on the same show as Steve Forbes? Apparently 30 seconds before the band was going to perform, their stage hands hung several upside-down flags, which the SNL staff then raced to take down. While the flags were removed with only a few seconds remaining, the band and their manager were asked to leave the building immediately after the performance. No second set, no wave goodbye at the end of the show.
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