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12 Saturday Night Live Musical Performances You Need To See

James Wilson-Taylor
James Wilson-Taylor about 6 hours ago

From Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco to Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance...

US TV institution Saturday Night Live is currently in it's 44th season and, over the years, has seen many legends of music perform live in front of millions. So, we thought we'd round up a few of the best artists from our world that have taken on the iconic role of SNL musical guest over the years.

TWENTY ONE PILOTS

In an episode hosted by Lin Manuel Miranda, Tyler and Josh ripped through their then newly released single 'Heathens' alongside 'Ride' in one of their biggest TV performances to date. Now, can we have them back again this season please?

FALL OUT BOY

Not only did FOB run through classic singles 'Dance, Dance' and 'Sugar, We're Goin Down' but, as you can see from the above promo, they were up for throwing in a few Star Wars gags for good measure too. Check out the musical performances here

GREEN DAY

Veterans of SNL, Green Day first performed back in December 1994 to promote 'Dookie'. However, their most memorable moment must be this 2009 season finale performance of 'East Jesus Nowhere' featuring host Will Ferrell providing the cowbell.

PANIC! AT THE DISCO

Surprisingly, Panic! have only performed on SNL once to date, back in April 2008 alongside host Christopher Walken. Check out rare footage of their semi-acoustic take on 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies' here.

FOO FIGHTERS

Foos are effectively the SNL house band at this point, having performed countless times, even rocking out the end of season party and performing as Mick Jagger's backing band. Check out a handy guide to their SNL journey in the video above.

LINKIN PARK

Another repeat performer, Linkin Park first performed 'What I've Done' and 'Bleed It Out' in 2007, before returning for a final SNL appearance in February 2011 introduced by host and former cast member Dana Carvey.

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE

MCR's only SNL performance came at the height of 'The Black Parade'-era and, while it was obviously great, it's perhaps most memorable for this bonus video of The Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone dancing topless while the band soundcheck. We've all been there tbf... 

SYSTEM OF A DOWN

Both 'Mezmerize' and 'Hypnotize' topped the US Billboard 200 album charts in 2005 so what better way for SOAD to celebrate than performing on a Johnny Knoxville-hosted ep of SNL?

SUM 41

As well as performing as the musical guest in 2001, Sum 41 returned in 2005 to play alongside Ludacris on their collab remix of 'Get Back'. Honestly, it works surprisingly well...

P.O.D.

At the height of Nu Metal, the 2001/2 season featured performances by Andrew WK and pop punk legends Jimmy Eat World. But perhaps best of all was this P.O.D. performance in an episode hosted by the show's future Donald Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin.

BLINK-182

With 'All The Small Things' all over radio and MTV, it was inevitable that Blink would bring the Mark, Tom & Travis show over to Studio 3H in 2000 with Jamie Foxx providing host duties. 

GOOD CHARLOTTE

Though they are still yet to return to the show, GC certainly made a big impression with this 'The Young & The Hopeless'-era performance back in 2003 with host Bernie Mac.

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