There have been 25 “Carpool Karaoke” sketches since The Late Late Show with James Corden started airing, or 26 if you include the original in 2011 where it all started with George Michael on behalf of Comic Relief.
Below is a list of all 25 in order of how good they are, from “amazing” to “holy macaroni that’s unbelievable”, all the way up to “oh my god, I think I’ve got something in my eye.” So sit back, forget all your worries, and enjoy.
25. Christmas Carpool
Okay, so this is the Christmas special, meaning we feel distinctly Scrooge-like ranking it so low, but really this is a compilation of previous “Carpool” sketches. James and house band frontman Reggie Watts start a rendition of “Joy to the World,” and are joined by One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Iggy Azalea, Rod Stewart, Carrie Underwood, Jason Derulo, and Justin Bieber along the way.
24. Britney Spears
Getting Britters on the show was a big deal, and with hits like “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” “Oops! I Did It Again,” and “Toxic,” it’s easy to see why. But she never seems comfortable with the old hits, and doesn’t fully get into it, leaving James to play dress up for laughs.
23. Rod Stewart and A$AP Rocky
Rod and James sing along to “Maggie May,” “The First Cut is the Deepest,” “If You Think I’m Sexy,” and “Ooh La La” by The Faces, before rapper A$AP joins them for a surprise rendition of “Everyday” in May 2015.
22. Iggy Azalea
If it’s gossip you’re after from “Carpool Karaoke,” then this installment from June 2015 is the one for you. When hits like “Fancy” and “Black Widow” come on the radio, Iggy proves to the haters that she can rap, but also dishes the dirt on her impending nuptials to basketball star Nick Young, going so far as to go shopping for wedding dresses with James. A year is a long time in showbiz, however, and Iggy and Nick, unsurprisingly given his wedding song choice, are no more.
21. Carrie Underwood
This “Carpool” from December 2015 takes a little while to get going, but when it does, it features hits like “Smoke Break,” “Jesus Take The Wheel,” “Before He Cheats,” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Carrie’s favorite Wham!. Watch to see her and James battle to see who can hold a note the longest.
James dons a wig in this weird and wonderful “Carpool” from February 2016, before launching in to renditions of sing along to “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart,” while Sia holds 12 eggs on the backs of her hands. As you do.
19. Gwen Stefani
Gwen and her hits would normally be plenty for a good “Carpool,” but she’s joined by Hollywood big-hitters like George Clooney and Julia Roberts in this “Carpool” from May 2016.
18. Justin Bieber (Volume I)
There’s some hilarious editing in this first installment of Justin’s tunes from May 2015, with shots of him and James dancing to the “Where Are Ü Know” cut with Justin’s speedy ability to finish a Rubik’s Cube. For all the bad press, he comes across as likeable, considerate, and, most important of all, able to take a joke, singing early hits like “Baby” with as much gusto as the new ones.
17. Selena Gomez
Why carpool when you can do the whole segment on a rollercoaster? This installment from June 2016 sees Selena and James sing along to “Same Old Love,” “Come And Get It,” “Love You Like A Love Song,” and “Shake It Off” by Selena’s BFF Taylor Swift, but it’s worth it for the look on James’ face alone.
16. Red Hot Chili Peppers
This “Carpool” from June 2016 features classics like “Can’t Stop,” “Give it Away,” and “Under The Bridge,” and a wrestling match between James and frontman Anthony Kiedis, before three of the five people in the car take their shirts off. Why? Surely the question should be, why on earth not?
15. Jennifer Lopez
James takes a break from singing “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” and “Jenny From The Block” to borrow JLo’s smartphone in this “Carpool” from March 2016, go through all the famous contacts on it, and even text one of them, much to Jennifer’s embarrassment. That would be funny enough, but when a puzzled reply comes back from Leonardo DiCaprio? Cringe.
14. Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas
Besties Demi and Nick help out this time in May 2016, with James and Demi discussing crazy fans and Nick’s love life (whether he wants them to or not). Cue a loud, full-lunged rendition of “Heart Attack.” Quick.
13. Chris Martin
Chris cadged a lift off James to the Super Bowl, which is just as well, as his band Coldplay was due on stage there that night in February 2016. The whole thing is a crooner’s idea of heaven, with tracks like “Fix You,” “Yellow,” “Viva La Vida,” and “Paradise,” plus a tribute to the recently departed David Bowie with “Heroes.”
12. Justin Bieber (Volume II)
Justin does James another “Carpool” favor six months after his first, and if anything it’s even funnier second time around, with Justin taking the late night talk show host clothes shopping, and James sheltering the young star from paparazzi. There are more shenanigans than singing, but the sight of Justin and James getting on like a house of fire means we’re fine with that.
11. Jennifer Hudson
This display of gale force vocals from both Jennifer and James bowled us over in April 2015. We’ve been making our drive-thru orders with JHud-like gale force vocals ever since.
10. Jason Derulo
This installment from November 2015 is a surprise from start to finish, with Jason taking James’ jokes on the chin and being refreshingly honest and charming with it. Yes, they sing hits “Talk Dirty” and “Want to Want Me,” and yes, they join tourists on a passing Star Tour, but the dance lesson Jason gives James in the middle of the car park is everything.
9. One Direction
There’s a formula to “Carpool,” which is something like, the more people in the car, the funnier it gets, and that’s certainly true of this one from December 2015, when all four remaining members of One Direction squeezed in to sing along to their hits “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Best Song Ever,” and “No Control.” And if anyone was in any doubt who should replace fifth member Zane, James does a flawless rap in the middle of “Drag Me Down.”
8. Elton John
Helping James to work this day in February 2016 is the Rocket Man himself, who croons along to some of his biggest hits, including “Your Song,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Crocodile Rock,” and even “The Circle of Life,” all with the help of some feather boas and typically flamboyant specs.
7. Justin Bieber (Volume III)
By February 2016 and the THIRD installment featuring The Bieber, the double act is firmly established. Justin helps James get back to the studio after the Grammys, and in the course of the journey they compare goody bags, break out their best dance moves to songs like “Uptown Funk,” and even finish each other’s sentences.
6. Lady Gaga
This “Carpool” from October 2016 lacks some of the laughs of others, but you can’t fault Gaga for the utter tunes she’s got in her back catalog, including “Bad Romance,” “Born This Way,” and “Poker Face.”
5. Mariah Carey
Where it all began, way back in March 2015. Mimi starts the segment saying she is not going to sing today, before launching into the “do-do-doo, aow” of “Always Be My Baby,” because, well, if you don’t join in on the “do-do-doo, aows” of “Always Be My Baby,” then you are officially dead.
4. Michelle Obama
The First Lady sings “Single Ladies” and “Get Your Freak On,” breaks out her Beyoncé moves, and is joined by Missy Elliott in this barnstormer of an episode from July 2016.
Adele can always be relied upon to bring the laughs, and though we were expecting a good singalong to hits like “Someone Like You” and “Hello” in this “Carpool” from January 2016, no one could have foretold she’d whip out Spice Girls‘s “Wannabe” and “Monster” by Nicki Minaj.
2. Broadway Stars
If you’re not already singing along to these videos, then there’s no way you can keep quiet during this infectious installment from June 2016. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Jane Krakowski, a.k.a. some of Broadway’s biggest stars, help James on his way to the Tony Awards while belting out classics like “Seasons of Love,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and, the pièce de résistance, “One Day More.”
- Stevie Wonder
Number one is this “Carpool” from September 2015, which is not only jam-packed with hits like “Superstitious,” “Sir Duke,” and “Isn’t She Lovely,” not only features Stevie Wonder‘s surprisingly good British accent, but also brings James, and a good many of us who watched it, to tears.
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