Ranking the 40 Best SNL Musical Guests Over 40 Years (And My Personal Top 5.5)

Yes, SNL has been on that long–and every single week (I think) they’ve had a special musical guest. The Village Voice ranked their top 40 here.

My pick for number one?

1. Elvis Costello, December 1977.

1a. Bonus: Elvis gets his revenge.

http://youtu.be/0E6fvVaVgOQ

2. Then there’s the Fear riot for 1981. Yes, that’s pre-Chili Peppers Flea playing bass for them.

3. David Bowie (with support singer Klaus Nomi) 1979.

4. There’s the Tragically Hip’s performance, of course.

5. And this Band performance from 1976 is the first musical guest I recall seeing.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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