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33 Performances That Clarify Why Music Fans Will Miss David Letterman

There are plenty of reasons that comedy fans will be entering a period of mourning after David Letterman steps down as the host of "The Late Show with David Letterman," ending a 33-year run in late-night, but it's going to be rough going for music fans, too, given how many artists were given the spotlight by Dave over the years. Appropriately, we've put together a list of 33 performances that have thrilled us over the course of that run. No, they're not necessarily all the very best that Mr. Letterman had to offer, because this thing would enter into triple digits if we went that route, but they'll give you an idea of the variety that Dave served up as well as the vacuum that'll be left by losing a host who actually cared more about spotlighting the music he loved than the number of viewers who might've tuned in to hear it.

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1. Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, “Deep Elem Blues” and “Monkey and the Engineer”

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2. Marshall Crenshaw, "Someday, Someway"

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3. Devo, "That's Good"

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4. Talking Heads, "Burning Down the House"

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5. Sonny & Cher, "I Got You Babe"

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6. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, “Landslide” and “Big Love”

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7. Alice Cooper, "No More Mr. Nice Guy"

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8. Elvis Costello, "13 Steps Lead Down"

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9. Bee Gees, "One"

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10. Black Sabbath, "Paranoid"

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11. The Cure, "Mint Car"

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12. Lou Reed, "Sweet Jane"

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13. Duran Duran, "White Lines (Don't Do It)"

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14. Rod Stewart with Ronnie Wood, "Maggie May"

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15. The Jesus and Mary Chain, "Far Gone and Out"

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16. Ben E. King, "Stand by Me"

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17. Wilson Pickett, "Land of 1,000 Dances"

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18. Ramones, "Pet Sematary"

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19. Sex Pistols, "Pretty Vacant"

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20. Eddie Van Halen, "Panama"

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21. Alanis Morissette, "You Oughta Know"

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22. 10,000 Maniacs, "Trouble Me"

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23. Bette Midler, "In These Shoes"

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24. R.E.M., "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)"

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25. The Pretenders, "Stop Your Sobbing"

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26. k.d. lang, "Turn Me Round"

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27. Sinead O'Connor, "Mandinka"

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28. They Might Be Giants, "I Palindrome I"

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29. Todd Rundgren, "The Want of a Nail"

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30. The B-52's, "Love Shack"

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31. Everything But the Girl, "Driving"

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32. Dwight Yoakam, "Gone"

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33. Warren Zevon, "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner"

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