When David Letterman first appeared on NBC in 1982, people were astonished. This goofy gap-toothed guy from Indiana was going things on TV no other talk show host dared to do–and that included the kinds of musical guests he had on the show.
There have been hundreds (thousands?) of musical guests on the stage between Dave and Paul Shaffer, so it’s pretty much impossible to whittle them down to the ten best.
Pigeons and Planes has tried to do just that. Because this being Letterman, you gotta do a Top Ten List, right? Let’s start with Captain Beefheart.