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

Updated January 13, 2020 1.7k votes 204 voters 2.4k views73 items

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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.

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    BTS
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    BTS

    K-pop, Hip hop

    Albums2 Cool 4 Skool, DARK&WILD, SKOOL LUV AFFAIR SPECIAL ADDITION

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

  • 2
    BLACKPINK
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    BLACKPINK

    K-pop, EDM

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

  • 3
    Tori Kelly
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    16

    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.

  • 4
    Thomas Rhett
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    18

    Thomas Rhett

    Country

    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.

  • 5
    Hootie & the Blowfish
    20
    24

    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.

  • 6
    Paul Simon
    20
    25

    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.

  • 7
    Pharrell Williams
    12
    14

    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

  • 8
    The 1975
    7
    7

    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.

  • 9
    The Claypool Lennon Delirium
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    14

    The Claypool Lennon Delirium

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

  • 10
    Thom Yorke
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    11

    Thom Yorke

    Electronic music, Experimental rock

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

    November 14, 2019 - Performed "Daily Battles"

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    Bonnie Raitt
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    20

    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.

  • 12
    James Taylor
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    17

    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.

  • 13
    Sharon Van Etten featuring Norah Jones

    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.

  • 14
    Mumford & Sons
    15
    20

    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.

  • 15
    Lady Antebellum
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    Lady Antebellum

    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.

  • 16
    Lewis Capaldi

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

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    Karen O & Danger Mouse
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    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.

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    Spiritualized
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    Spiritualized

    Shoegazing, Rock music

    AlbumsLadies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Let It Come Down, Songs in A&E, Amazing Grace, Pure Phase

    June 4, 2019 - Performed "I'm Your Man" from their album And Nothing Hurt

  • 19
    Jessie Buckley
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    6

    Jessie Buckley

    June 18, 2019 - Performed "Glasgow (No Place Like Home)"

  • 20
    Cage the Elephant
    13
    18

    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.

  • 21
    King Princess

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

  • 22
    Big Thief
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    11

    Big Thief

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

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    BANKS
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    7

    BANKS

    Alternative R&B, Trip hop

    AlbumsGoddess, Fall Over, London, Warm Water, Change

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

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    Vampire Weekend
    12
    17

    Vampire Weekend

    Indie rock, Baroque pop

    AlbumsVampire Weekend, Contra, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend, Mansard Roof

    September 11, 2019 - Performed "Sympathy"

  • 25
    Barenaked Ladies
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    13

    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."