Are These David Letterman’s 10 Best Top 10 Lists?

From Snoop Dog to Snooki

As David Letterman prepares to deliver his final Top 10 list on his final show tomorrow night, we take a look back at 10 of his best ever. Letterman's very first list—things that almost rhyme with peas—was presented on NBC's Late Night on Sept. 18, 1985. When it's all said and done, Letterman will have presented 4,605 Top 10 lists on his two late-night programs (1,099 on NBC and 3,596 on CBS). Over the years, 11 different cities have been the fictional "home office" of the list. The first was Milwaukee, Wis.; the current home office is Wahoo, Neb. Drumroll, please:

In December 2012, Mick Jagger delivered the top 10 things he's learned after 50 years in Rock 'N' Roll:

From December 2009, here's Jim Carey:

In 1994, the Beach Boys sang the numbers, while the list celebrated moments from Letterman's first year on CBS:

On May 13, 1994, two years after he retired from the Tonight Show, Johnny Carson hand-delivered the Top 10 list as Letterman hosted a week of Late Shows from Los Angeles. It would be Carson's last television appearance:

Snoop Dogg dropped by in 2010 to deliver a list of things that sound cool when he—Snoop Dogg—says them:

In 2009, U2 delivered the top 10 things the band has learned over the years:

In 1993, Casey Kasem delivered the most meta Top 10 list ever: numbers from one to 10:

From January 2011, at the height of the popularity of MTV's Jersey Shore and the release of her book, A Shore Thing, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi did the Top 10 list:

In February 2015, Will Smith dropped by for the last time and delivered his own Top 10 list about the things he'll miss about Dave:

And, finally, this is Letterman's very first Top 10 list, which he prefaced by saying, "Because these things are so popular and such solid network-television programming material, we've decided tonight to start our own Top 10 list":

@ChrisAriens Chris Ariens is the managing editor and director of video at Adweek.