7. David Bowie: December 15th, 1979
Bowie was in his Berlin phase when he made this
iconically weird SNL appearance, blending
pop, punk, fashion and gender roles. He took the stage alongside unknown
performance artists Joey Arias and Klaus Nomi, sang "TVC15" while
wearing a dress and heels and walking a stuffed pink poodle, then put on a
freaky headless marionette get-up for a rendition of "Boys Keep Swinging."
"We didn't have to do anything but be ourselves that night," says
Arias, who did choreography and provided backup vocals alongside Nomi. "People
still come up to me on tour and say, 'You changed my life.'"