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Since going solo, Harry Styles has had to go through a lot of firsts: the first time he performed without his former One Direction bandmates; the first time he released a single on his own and, of course, his first solo album.

The most nerve-wracking by far, however, must be his first solo “Carpool Karaoke.” But we never doubted that he’d nail it, giving us one more reason to love Harry Styles.

It’s not the first time Harry’s been in James Corden‘s car, of course. He was sat in the middle back seat when One Direction helped James get to work, which anyone will tell you is the worst seat of any car journey. As we remember, he didn’t say very much — instead moodily flicking and tucking his long tresses behind his ear, in the style of pop heartthrobs from time immemorial.

Well, now the locks have gone, and Harry’s in the front seat. After a week-long residency on The Late Late Show, his long-awaited carpool dropped last night (May 18), and it was worth the wait.

He and James swapped outfits, compared nipples, and sang several of Harry’s new songs, including “Sign of the Times,””Sweet Creature,” and “Kiwi.” They also launched into a spirited rendition of “Hey Ya” by OutKast, and Harry’s go-to karaoke song “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. The latter prompted some bickering over who would be who, though Harry was adamant (let’s just say it gave James another opportunity to try out his falsetto).

The pair also discussed Harry’s acting debut in Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming war drama Dunkirk, with Tony award-winner James giving the newbie a few acting tips as they enact famous scenes from Notting Hill and Titanic.

The whole thing is a joy from start to finish, and proves that, in 2017, it’s no longer enough simply to merely release an album or perform live. Nope. A solo career isn’t launched until you’ve carpooled in L.A. with James Corden.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.