Saturday Night Live's 12 Best Holiday Musical Guests
PAUL McCARTNEY, Season 38
I'd just seen Sir Paul at Minute Maid Park a month earlier and was still in awe when he played SNL in December 2012. The "Sirvana" thing was cool, but "Wonderful Christmastime" just never disappoints. If you're not ready for egg nog after this one, you're probably devising an evil plan to steal Whoville's toys.
MICHAEL BUBLE, Season 37
Christmas standards like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" were made for Buble and he delivered. But his "Christmas duets" skit with SNL players imitating Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift proved the crooner has a fun sense of humor.
LUCIANO PAVAROTTI/VANESSA WILLIAMS, Season 24
The same episode featuring Pete Schweddy's edible holiday balls ("Wow! My mouth's watering just thinking about those balls!") gets a dose of class with one of opera's greats sharing the stage with Williams for "Adeste Fideles."
ELVIS COSTELLO, Season 3
Most SNL and many music fans know the story of the act that got Elvis Costello banned from the show for years. A last-minute replacement for the Sex Pistols, Costello was asked by NBC brass not to perform the song "Radio, Radio" because of its anti-corporate-media message.
He brought The Attractions onstage, started a different tune, stopped the band mid-song and launched into "Radio, Radio." Merry Christmas, Lorne Michaels. Lost in all the fuss was just how great the song sounded live. Classic song, classic SNL moment.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, Season 32
SNL fans look forward to any episode featuring the multi-talented Timberlake and will get a chance to see him handle musical guest duties again for the 2013 holiday episode this weekend. With Jimmy Fallon hosting, expect Timberlake to appear in some soon-to-be classic skits.
In 2006, he performed "What Goes Around/Comes Around," on the show, which was entirely overshadowed by his viral-video short, "Dick In a Box," with SNL's Andy Samberg.
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