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?
- Elvis Costello, December 1977.
1a. Bonus: Elvis gets his revenge.
- Then there’s the Fear riot for 1981. Yes, that’s pre-Chili Peppers Flea playing bass for them.
- David Bowie (with support singer Klaus Nomi) 1979.
- There’s the Tragically Hip’s performance, of course.
- And this Band performance from 1976 is the first musical guest I recall seeing.