Late-Night TV Music (Endless Possibilities Edition) | Jan. 20, 2021

It was a big day — and a big night of televised music. Let's rewind all the tapes.


Unity. Progress. Possibility. If you were watching TV yesterday — and really, who wasn’t? — you probably heard a lot of inspired words about those topics. If you were paying attention, you heard a lot of songs about them too. And I’m not just talking about the performers on the Presidential Inauguration gala. The togetherness and diversity spilled over into the Late-Night TV Music menu too.

Nowhere was this more apparent than on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where the assembled talents of Peter CottonTale, Chance the Rapper, Cynthia Erivo, the Chicago Children’s Choir, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and Kofi Lost shared the uplifting, gospel-soaked message of Together. Fittingly, the rest of the evening’s roster proceeded to cover a range of musical options for all tastes: Rapper Playboi Carti barked out the smoking Slay3r on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, country rebel Ashley McBryde offered the twangy Never Will on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and sibling popsters AJR fired off Bang! on The Late Late Show With James Corden. If that doesn’t spell diversity, nothing does. For more variety, I also added all the clips from Wednesday’s Inauguration special. Enjoy.