10 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Music Moments of the Year

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon SNL 40
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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon during the Cold Open of "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special" on Feb. 15, 2015.

It's been a big year for Saturday Night Live -- from marking its 40th anniversary with a star-studded special to some seriously terrific performances and a number of hilarious music-based sketches. 

10 Best Late-Night TV Music Moments of the Year

Watch our 10 of our favorite SNL music moments of 2015 below. You'll laugh, you'll sing along and you might even cry (at least one performer did). Enjoy. 

10. "The Squad"
It's a dystopian future and everyone and their mothers has joined Taylor Swift's girl squad. It's so eerie, because it's nearly true. 

9. Disclosure Performs "Magnets" With Lorde
In which Lorde's vocals sounded so good, she was widely accused of lip-syncing. She responded appropriately taking it as a compliment, stating, she has never and will never lip sync. 

8. Miley Cyrus Performs "Twinkle Song"
Appearing on the season 41 opener as host and musical guest, Miley Cyrus broke down in tears performing "Twinkle Song," a tribute to her late dog Floyd. 

7. SNL 40th Anniversary Special Cold Open With Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon
The comedic team of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake is one for the ages. So it was a good call putting them together to open the SNL 40th Anniversary Special, introducing the epic show that was about to unfold with a Beastie Boys-style rap recapping the past 40 years of the seminal sketch comedy show. 

6. "First Got Horny 2 U" 
Because nostalgia is a very real thing and these pretty much all seem to be true-to-life confessions

5. D'Angelo and The Vanguard Perform "Really Love"
While the SNL stage often feels cold and stale with normally great artists somehow falling flat, D'Angelo was able to warm it up nicely with the show's most soulful and sexy performance of the year. 

4. Adele Performs "When We Were Young"
Adele's television debut of her 25 track "When We Were Young" was a show stopper, reminding viewers across the country just what an incredible singer she is. Performing the day after 25's release, it surely helped encourage at least a few people to go out and buy the record-breaking album. 

3. "A Thanksgiving Miracle"
No matter your politics, race or religion, there is apparently one thing the world can agree on -- Adele. If it's enough to bring a family together on Thanksgiving, one has to think what else could "Hello" do for our society?

2. Kanye West Performs "Jesus Walks," "Only One" and "Wolves"' on SNL 40th Anniversary Special
Kanye West's been king at making the SNL stage his own for some time (remember "Runaway" and "Power" in 2010?) but amidst a flurry of performances and a packed SNL 40 lineup, he managed to make his performance here an epic standout. Sia and Vic Mensa joined him on "Wolves" for the claustrophobic, monochromatic performance, helping push the needle with new material. 

Kanye West performing 'Jesus Walks', 'Only One' & 'Wolves' on Saturday Night Live from Kimye on Vimeo.

1. SNL 40th Anniversary Special Tribute to Its Musical Moments
For sheer volume alone, the SNL 40 special's 15-minute tribute to music tops the list. But to get specific, this sketch sequence covered everything good the show has done with music from Maya Rudolph's Beyonc√© impression to Adam Sandler's Opera Man. But the true standout was Bill Murray as Nick Ocean, singing the "Theme From Jaws" (12:00 mark). Now that's musicianship. 


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