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Saturday Night Live is an American television staple, satirizing everything from politics and current events, all the way to the appropriate amount of cowbell. (Just always assume you’ll need more of it.)

Every Saturday, SNL not only brings the humor, but they bring in some of the biggest musical acts in the world to perform their biggest hits. Sometimes these musicians get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cameo in a comedy sketch with the actors. Check out a list of some of our favorite rock and alternative musicians who popped up in SNL skits below.

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1. Chris Martin, COLDPLAY

Recurring Weekend Update characters Garth and Kat (Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig) love to share the desk with Seth Meyers to reveal their new holiday songs. On this segment, they brought on their backup singer Jan Pockabook (Chris Martin) to sing Thanksgiving tunes with them. These characters all improvise songs going off Armisen’s lead, and if their songs aren’t funny enough, you have to see their hair and matching vests.


Have you ever wondered what rock legend Mick Jagger says to himself when he looks in the mirror? Look no further, because this SNL sketch shows you. Jimmy Fallon plays Mick Jagger’s reflection, and he absolutely nailed it down to Jagger’s famous moves.

3. Steven Tyler, AEROSMITH

This old-school SNL sketch features a young Jeff Goldblum, Chris Farley and David Spade as Karl, the video store worker. Steven Tyler sneaks in at the end for a perfect, hilarious cameo.

4. Harry Styles

Harry Styles has the amazing opportunity to perform “Sign Of The Times” and act in more than one sketch alongside that night’s host Jimmy Fallon. In one sketch, he is a Confederate soldier who gives the Union soldiers a bit of music advice. You can also catch Styles impersonating Mick Jagger with complete and creepy accuracy.

5. Lorde

This awkward sketch is comedy gold that is beyond tongue-in-cheek. The female SNL cast members were part of this sketch highlighting “A Day Without Women” and included the “Royals” singer herself. No spoilers: You have to see what happens for yourself.