Our most desired musical guests

Our most desired musical guests
Sorry Will, you didn't make the cut.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has boasted a wide range of world-class musical guest performing on the show, from folk legend Paul Simon (advertised under the pseudonym Troubled Waters), to renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, to hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar. Since The Late Show has such a huge sway to get both the top names and top performers, we’ve compiled a list of performers that we feel Stephen and the gang have no excuse not booking in the near future.

The Strokes

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 20:  Singer Julian Casablancas of The Strokes performs onstage during the launch party for the new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G at a Private Lot on April 20, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for T-Mobile)
Singer Julian Casablancas of The Strokes performs onstage. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for T-Mobile)

These boys (still) scream “New York City” louder than anyone else, leather jackets and all. It’s only fitting for The Late Show to get some locals on every once in a while, and while they don’t play together much anymore, surely they can regroup for a New York City institution such as The Late Show.

Miley Cyrus

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 23:  Miley Cyrus performs her Bangerz Tour live at Perth Arena on October 23, 2014 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Miley Cyrus performs her Bangerz Tour live in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Did you see her on Saturday Night Live last week? She’s a powerful performer and wouldn’t have any trouble bringing down the house.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performace at the 2014 Gibson Brands AP Music Awards at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on July 21, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Duane Prokop/Getty Images)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performace at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. (Photo by Duane Prokop/Getty Images)

Sometimes you just need some dirty, noisy punk music. When you need dirty, noisy punk music, you go and you find Joan Jett.

Stay Human

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 02:  (L-R) Joe Saylor, Eddie Barbah, abd  John Batiste of Jon Batiste and Stay Human perform at Soho House Chicago pre-opening with Grey Goose on August 2, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Soho House Chicago)
(L-R) Joe Saylor, Eddie Barbah, and Jon Batiste of Stay Human perform in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Soho House Chicago)

Whaaaaat? These guys are around every night! Unfortunately for us common home viewers, we don’t get to see them do much more than the opening theme (and sometimes the tail end of the songs they do during the commercials). Those lucky dogs in the audience at The Ed Sullivan Theater get to experience Stay Human in their fullest – when do we get the same?

David Bowie

(FILES) In this file picture taken on September 24, 2002 British singer David Bowie performs during a concert at the Zenith in Paris.  British rock icon David Bowie broke a decade-long musical silence on January 8, 2013, unveiling a new single to coincide with his 66th birthday and announcing that he will release an album in March.  The outlandish star surprised fans by posting a video for the single, entitled "Where are We Now?", on his website, and it will also be available to download on iTunes. AFP PHOTO MARTIN BUREAU        (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
David Bowie performs during a concert at the Zenith in Paris. (Photo credit MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

What a get that would be, considering David Bowie has only performed a handful of times in the past decade. The glam rock legend mostly stays out of the spotlight these days – after his 2013 release The Next Day, Bowie didn’t perform or even do interviews to support it. Ultimately not likely, but if anyone can do it, it’s Stephen Colbert, right?

“Weird Al” Yankovic

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12:  Musical satirist Weird Al Yankovic performs on stage at the Enmore Theatre on March 12, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Yankovic is promoting his latest send-up album "Straight Outta Lynwood", and it sees him return to Australia for the first time since 2005.  (Photo by Paul McConnell/Getty Images)
SWeird Al Yankovic performs on stage in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Paul McConnell/Getty Images)

Sometimes, extremely goofy needs company. “Weird Al” Yankovic is the only musical performer who can match Colbert’s goofiness. Who says everything needs balance?

The Alabama Shakes

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performs onstage during AOL's Future Front on September 28, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for AOL)
Brittany Howard and Alabama Shakes perform onstage during in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for AOL)

Fronted by the extraordinarily talented Brittany Howard, the southern roots rock band provides a very accessible sound with a feel good attitude towards life, music, and the fun you can have with both. There’s no doubt that The Alabama Shakes would fit right in on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Drake

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03:  Drake performs on day 1 of the New Look Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 3, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Drake performs at the New Look Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Our Canadian boy! Drake is a mainstay in the pop and hip-hop community, and one heck of an entertainer. He would do our country well by turning the Ed Sullivan Theater into a rambunctious, out of control dance party.

What do you think? Who would you like to see on the show? Be sure to tune in tonight for Cate Blanchett, Brian Chesky and the Dartmouth College Football Dummy, airing 11:35 et/pt on Global!

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