21. Prince: February 21st, 1981
A 22-year-old Prince exploded onto SNL with a high-octane performance of "Partyup," bouncing, spinning, sliding, playing a wild guitar solo and then slamming down the mic and storming offstage. "I was blown away," said producer Jean Doumanian. "He was just the most original act I had seen in a long time." Unfortunately, Prince would be overshadowed by cast member Charles Rocket, who uttered his infamous on-air "fuck" during this very episode.