A party four decades in the making, the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special embraced what the show's been about from the start: banking on old and new in equal measure for the sake of sparking laugh riots and iconic pop culture moments. The sketches, cameos, and monologues came from the crème de la crème of comedy, with a blitz of major marquee names — Steve Martin! Billy Crystal! Tom Hanks! Chris Rock! Melissa McCarthy! Tina! Amy! Maya! Chevy! — all making their appearances within the first hour of the 150-minute broadcast. Martin Short and Maya Rudolph (who nailed her Beyoncé impression) rolled through a handful of fantastic musical highlights that have soundtracked the show's history and made for some awesome characters (the Blues Brothers! the Butabi brothers! Marty and Bobbi!). While looking back on the musical clips of yesteryear made for an exquisitely curated nostalgic detour, SNL 40 offered four more to be considered for the list, but only two of them are worth joining the ranks of the 40 we've already gushed over — and both songs were written by the same artist.
Screenshot Miley Cyrus performs Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" for Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special.