Best classic rock musical guests on Saturday Night Live

The SNL stage on display during a media preview on May 29, 2015 at the Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition, celebrating the NBC programs 40-year history. The exhibit, which opens May 30, will illustrate a week in the life of SNL’s offices and studios in 30 Rockefeller Center – complete with original scripts, set pieces, props, costumes, masks and interactive elements from the show’s 40 years since debuting in October 1975. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images). 

Saturday Night Live has been around forever. Actually, only since October, 1975. But it’s one of the most classic and iconic shows in television history, that’s for sure. And the musical guests have always been an important element of the music industry, and in pop culture. Some of the most legendary and memorable musical performances of our lifetime have been through our TV screens, late into the evening on a Saturday,or Sunday morning on our phones, watching a clip from the night before. Rolling Stone Magazine wrote an article a few years back about the best SNL musical guests and performances, and we highlighted the Bone artists below. (since they happen to be our favorites too). Relive the past 45 years on the SNL stage here:

Queen from September 25, 1982

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from November 19, 1994 (check out special guest Dave Grohl on drums)

The Rolling Stones from October 7, 1978

Pearl Jam from April 11, 1992

Nirvana from January 11, 1992

Rage Against The Machine from April 13, 1996

David Bowie from December 15, 1979




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