All good things must etc. Including 2020’s slate of Late-Night TV Music, of course. Most of the big chat shows are pretty much done for the year — and naturally, they wrapped up with some holiday fare. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.
Best of the bunch: The Bird And The Bee — aka singer Inara George and studio-rat polymath Greg Kurstin — updating Little Drummer Boy withnone other than Dave Grohl for Jimmy Kimmel Live. That was different. Also out of the ordinary: British duo Smith and Burrows, introducing Americans to their U.K. standard When The Thames Froze on The Late Late Show With James Corden (perhaps to help the host feel a little less homesick). Things got fairly repetitive after that, thanks to duelling versions of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas — crooned by Carrie Underwood on Late Night With Seth Meyers and Jon Batiste on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. But as always, there was one fly in the holiday platter: Julian Casablancas and The Voidz, going way off the festive grid with their video-game single Alien Crime Lord on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It might not be a Christmas carol, but it’s definitely a good thing. See for yourself.