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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.

  • 1


    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 Entertainment. They debuted on June 13, 2013 with the song "No More Dream". They have won several "New...  more
  • 2


    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 YG Entertainment, consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. Blackpink has broken numerous...  more
  • 3

    May 6, 2019 - Performed "A Song for Everything" from her album Girl.

    Maren Larae Morris (born April 10, 1990) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. She has released four studio albums. Her 2015 extended play, Maren Morris, charted on...  more
  • 4

    Kane Brown


    January 14, 2019 - Performed"Homesick" from his album Experiment.

    Kane Allen Brown (born October 21, 1993) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He first came to the attention of the public through social media. He released his first EP, titled...  more
  • 5

    Miranda Lambert

    Western music, Country rock

    AlbumsCrazy Ex-Girlfriend, Four the Record, Kerosene, Revolution, Me and Charlie Talking

    October 30, 2019 - Performed "It All Comes Out In The Wash" from her album Wildcard

    Miranda Leigh Lambert (born November 10, 1983) is an American country music singer and songwriter. In 2003, she finished in third place of the television program Nashville Star, a singing competition...  more
  • 6

    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 record producer. Kelly first gained recognition after posting videos on YouTube as a teenager, and...  more
  • 7

    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 and record producer. Williams and Chad Hugo formed the record production duo The Neptunes in 1992,...  more
  • 8

    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. Simon's musical career has spanned seven decades with his fame and commercial success beginning as half of the...  more
  • 9

    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 music singer. He is the son of singer-songwriter Rhett Akins. Akins has charted five singles from his...  more
  • 10

    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 Northamptonshire. He is a singer, songwriter and musician for Radiohead, mainly playing guitar and keyboard. He was...  more
  • 11

    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 band quickly developed a cult following in Canada, with their self-titled 1991 cassette becoming the first...  more
  • 12

    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 record producer. Ronson is best known for his collaborations with artists such as Amy Winehouse, Lady...  more
  • 13

    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 five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of...  more
  • 14

    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, and activist. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums that incorporated...  more
  • 15

    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 of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane. Mumford & Sons have released two studio...  more
  • 16

    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 University head football coach William "Hootie" Johnson (born 1931), former chairman of Augusta National...  more
  • 17

    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 Healy, Adam Hann, George Daniel, and Ross MacDonald. They have released four EPs, while their self-titled...  more
  • 18

    Big Thief

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

  • 19

    The Claypool Lennon Delirium

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

  • 20

    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 actress from New Jersey....  more
  • 21

    Vampire Weekend

    Indie rock, Baroque pop

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

    September 11, 2019 - Performed "Sympathy"

    Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig,...  more
  • 22

    Carrie Underwood

    Country pop, Christian

    AlbumsBlown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts, Play On, Home Sweet Home

    October 3, 2019 - Performed "Low" from her album Cry Pretty.

    Carrie Marie Fisher (née Underwood; born March 10, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Her debut...  more
  • 23

    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 Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The group is composed of Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals), Charles...  more
  • 24


    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, California. She releases music under Harvest Records, Good Years Recordings and IAMSOUND Records imprints...  more
  • 25

    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 singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Brooklyn, New York. She is signed to Mark...  more