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The Best Musical Guests on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' in 2019

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This list contains videos and information about the 2019 musical guests on Stephen Colbert. Recent musical guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert come in many forms. Some Colbert musical guests are legends of classic rock while other best musical guests on Stephen Colbert are buzz-worthy rappers. Some great Colbert Show musical guests are even up-and-coming pop stars.

Who are some of the recent best musical guests on Stephen Colbert? Of course, BTS has to be near the top. The K-pop superstars performed “Make It Right” on May 17, 2019. They also sat down for an interview and recreated the Beatles iconic TV debut during their Late Show appearance. Fellow K-poppers BLACKPINK also stopped by Colbert in 2019 to perform “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” on February 11th.

Spike Jonze directed Karen O and Danger Mouse's March 18, 2019, Colbert set in the style of a live music video. Other great 2019 Late Show musical guests include Cage the Elephant, Future, and The National.

Which recent Late Show performance is the best? Vote your favorites to the top of this list.

  • BTS1


    K-pop, Hip hop


    May 17, 2019 - Performed "Make It Right" from their EP Map of the Soul: Persona.

    Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, is a seven member South Korean boy group formed by Big Hit...  more


    K-pop, EDM

    February 11, 2019 - Performed "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" from their album Square Up (EP).

    Blackpink (commonly stylized as BLACKPINK or BLΛƆKPIИK) is a South Korean girl group formed by...  more
  • Tori Kelly3

    Tori Kelly

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsFill a Heart, Foreword, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), Handmade Songs By Tori Kelly

    August 14, 2019 - Performed "Sorry Would Go a Long Way" from her album Inspired by True Events.

    Victoria Loren Kelly (born December 14, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and...  more
  • Pharrell Williams4

    AlbumsIn My Mind, In My Mind: The Prequel, ADD SUV, G I R L, Frontin'

    December 4, 2019 - Performed "Letter to My Godfather", from the film The Black Godfather

    Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (; born April 5, 1973) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter...  more
  • Thomas Rhett5

    Thomas Rhett


    AlbumsThomas Rhett, It Goes Like This, Something to Do With My Hands, It Goes Like This

    December 11, 2019 - Performed "Notice" from his album Center Point Road.

    Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr., better known by his stage name Thomas Rhett, is an American country...  more
  • Paul Simon6

    Paul Simon

    Rock music, Folk music

    AlbumsGraceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon, The Rhythm of the Saints

    April 15, 2019 - Performed "That Was Your Mother" from his album Graceland.

    Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor....  more
  • Cold War Kids7

    Cold War Kids

    Blues-rock, Soul music

    AlbumsRobbers & Cowards, Loyalty to Loyalty, Mine Is Yours, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, Up in Rags/With Our Wallets Full

    November 12, 2019 - Performed "Complainer" from their album New Age Norms 1.

    Cold War Kids is an American indie rock band from Long Beach, California. Band members are...  more
  • Hootie & the Blowfish8

    Hootie & the Blowfish

    Jangle pop, Heartland rock

    AlbumsCracked Rear View, Hootie & the Blowfish, Fairweather Johnson, Musical Chairs, Kootchypop

    May 1, 2019 - Performed "Hold My Hand" from their album Cracked Rear View.

    "Hootie" is a nickname for the following people: Hootie Ingram (born 1933), former Clemson...  more
  • Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li9

    AlbumsVersion, Here Comes the Fuzz, Record Collection, Just (feat. Alex Greenwald), Valerie

    June 13, 2019 - Performed "Late Night Feelings"

    Mark Daniel Ronson (born 4 September 1975) is a British–American musician, DJ, songwriter and...  more
  • Sharon Van Etten featuring Norah Jones10

    AlbumsAre We There, Tramp, Taking Chances, Because I Was in Love, Leonard

    December 19, 2019 - Performed "Seventeen" from her album Remind Me Tomorrow, featuring Norah Jones.

    Sharon Katharine Van Etten (born February 26, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and...  more
  • The 197511

    The 1975

    Indie pop, Nu gaze

    AlbumsThe 1975, Music for Cars, Sex, iTunes Festival: London 2013, Facedown

    November 18, 2019 - Performed "Frail State of Mind" from their upcoming album Notes on a Conditional Form.

    The 1975 is an English indie rock band formed in Manchester. The group consists of Matthew...  more
  • Mumford & Sons12

    Mumford & Sons

    Pop music, Folk rock

    AlbumsLive at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (Deluxe Companion), Babel, Mumford & Sons, iTunes Festival: London 2010

    March 7, 2019 - Performed "Beloved" from their album Delta.

    Mumford & Sons are a British rock band from London, England, formed in 2007. The band consists...  more
  • Bonnie Raitt13

    Bonnie Raitt

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

    AlbumsNick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental, Silver Lining, Longing in Their Hearts

    May 8, 2019 - Performed "Angel from Montgomery" from her album Streetlights.

    Bonnie Lynn Raitt (born November 8, 1949) is an American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter,...  more
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium14

    The Claypool Lennon Delirium

    February 18, 2019 - Performed "Blood and Rockets" from their album South of Reality.

  • Barenaked Ladies15

    Barenaked Ladies

    Rock music, Folk rock

    AlbumsGordon, Barenaked for the Holidays, Maybe You Should Drive, Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001), Everything to Everyone

    May 16, 2019 - Performed "Big Bang Theory Theme."

    The Barenaked Ladies are a Canadian rock band, formed in 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario. The...  more
  • Thom Yorke16

    Thom Yorke

    Electronic music, Experimental rock

    AlbumsThe Eraser, Harrowdown Hill, Spitting Feathers, The Eraser Rmxs, This

    November 14, 2019 - Performed "Daily Battles"

    Thomas Edward Yorke (born 7 October 1968) is an English musician and was born in...  more
  • James Taylor17

    James Taylor

    Blues-rock, Disco

    AlbumsSweet Baby James, A Christmas Album, James Taylor at Christmas, Never Die Young, Hourglass

    May 2, 2019 - Performed "Carolina in My Mind" from his self-titled debut album.

    James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A...  more
  • King Princess18

    November 7, 2019 - Performed "Hit the Back" from her album Cheap Queen.

    Mikaela Straus (born December 19, 1998), known by her stage name King Princess, is an American...  more
  • Lewis Capaldi19

    June 5, 2019 - Performed "Someone You Loved" from his album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent.

    Lewis Capaldi (born October 7, 1996) is a Scottish singer and songwriter originating from...  more
  • Lady A20

    Lady A

    Country, Pop

    AlbumsNeed You Now, Lady Antebellum, A Merry Little Christmas, Need You Now, Own the Night

    November 21, 2019 - Performed "Ocean" from their album of the same name.

    Lady A (formerly known as Lady Antebellum) is an American country music group formed in...  more
  • BANKS21


    Alternative R&B, Trip hop

    AlbumsGoddess, Fall Over, London, Warm Water, Change

    September 9, 2019 - Preformed "Contaminated" from her album III.

    Jillian Rose Banks, known simply as Banks, is an American singer-songwriter from Los Angeles,...  more
  • Karen O & Danger Mouse22

    Karen O & Danger Mouse

    Alternative rock, Art rock

    AlbumsWhere the Wild Things Are, Pinky's Dream, I Shot the Sheriff, The Moon Song, Immigrant Song

    March 18, 2019 - Performed "Woman" from their collaborative album Lux Prima.

    Karen Lee Orzolek (born November 22, 1978), is a South Korean-born American singer,...  more
  • Sasha Sloan23

    Sasha Sloan

    February 6, 2019 - Performed "Older" from her album Loser.

  • Big Thief24

    Big Thief

    October 10, 2019 - Performed "Not" from their album Two Hands.

  • Cage the Elephant25

    Cage the Elephant

    Punk blues, Garage rock

    AlbumsThank You, Happy Birthday, Cage the Elephant, Melophobia, Ain't No Rest for the Wicked

    April 18, 2019 - Performed "Ready to Let Go" from their album Social Cues.

    Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in 2006....  more