Over the years, "Saturday Night Live" has evolved into a litmus test for musicians. If you're a band on the rise, then landing a gig on "SNL" can make or break you. If you're an established act, appearing on the sketch show can cement your greatness. And if you're a legend, agreeing to be on the show goes a long way in showing that you're still accessible to the masses. No matter what their status in the music world, just about every musician agrees: performing on "SNL" is a good gig.
And a slew of artists have done just that since the show's premiere 38 years ago, some more memorable than others of course. And in honor of the show's creator Lorne Michaels's birthday today (and Lady Gaga pulling double-duty as host and musical guest this week), here are a healthy handful of acts that left a lasting impression in Studio 8H! Enjoy!