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From viral video to late-night institution, James Corden's Carpool Karaoke segments on The Late, Late Show have a knack for breaking the internet every time a new one debuts during an episode of the CBS talk show. But not all CK segments are created equal.
While some reach meteoric heights of greatness, others are merely good (because, let's be honest, there is no bad Carpool Karaoke segment). Here's our ranking, from worst to best...
While the First Lady was incredibly game, per usual, and the surprise cameo from Missy Elliott was a blast, this one—ostensibly filmed to promote Obama's Let Girls Learn initiative—feels like an outlier. Is it really fair to compare her to pop stars at the top of their game? We think not.
It's always fun to see James Corden rock out, although large groups don't always make for the best Carpool Karaoke segments.
There's a couple of things going on here. She seems hesitant to really give in the the wackiness of the segment, she doesn't have a massive library of hits to play on our nostalgia like most others on the list, and the time devoted to her now-canceled wedding is a bit sad to watch, knowing what we know now.
Wrestling in random yards aside...just not one of our favorites.
Rod Stewart is a legend. A$AP Rocky is a fantastic rapper. The two do not belong together. At all.
Like Iggy Azalea before him, Jason suffers from a lack of chart-toppers to rely on. The dance lesson towards the end is cute, though.
The best stuff happened outside of the car, which isn't that unusual, especially when you have Usher. Let the man dance!
Going on Carpool Karaoke and only singing your own songs is just kinda lame, and while Katy's not the only one who's done it, her Taylor Swift tea-spilling just wasn't enough to save it. It actually made it feel like Katy was using CK specifically for her own agenda, and that does not fly with us.
Maybe we'll bump her up a few spots, however, if this is what gets T Swift into that passenger seat.
Bravo to using James' stint hosting the Tonys to branch out and film a Broadway musical-centric segment with these four powerhouses, but there's a reason pop music is the mainstay of Carpool Karaoke. Showtunes just don't really fit the laid-back vibe needed for a cruise around town.
For evidence of how much Carpool Karaoke has evolved from its early days, one needn't look further than Carrie Underwood's ride around town. Carrie's got some serious pipes, but the banter feels shaky and the two go boot shopping for almost three full minutes. Any time James and his guest need to get out of the car, we know that something isn't vibing like it should.
"Just two cool dads" singing all your favorite Maroon 5 songs.
One Direction isn't One Direction without Zayn Malik, you hear? Though, we're not exactly sure where he'd have fit into the car if he was still in the band...
We love Gwen, and she's got more than enough hits between her years with No Doubt and her solo work, so why did she have to share the spotlight with George Clooney and Julia Roberts? The whole thing just felt weird.
We were expecting a lot more from the guy James Corden kept calling the greatest male solo artist in the world.
Of course there's acrobatics involved, it's Pink!
It was a full car when Migos joined Corden for a Carpool Karaoke. In addition to singing their own hits, the group dabbed along to Whitney Houston's song, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and took the talk show host shopping.
Sometimes special guests are a distraction, but Sam Smith and Fifth Harmony was just aces.
Miley Cyrus knows how to have fun, which is always entertaining, plus when she gets the chance to put her vocals on display it's even better.
Demi and Nick were totally charming, and we love seeing the best buds and one-time tourmates together, but is it too much to ask for solo outings from both in the future? They've got enough hits and personality to go around!
Chris Martin is surprisingly funny (who knew!?) and has a wicked Mick Jagger impression that you need to see, but, much like their Super Bowl halftime performance, Coldplay's library of sleepy, dreamy rock is a bit too low energy for Carpool Karaoke.
Between Bruno's silky vocals, his Elvis impersonation, all the hats, and his improvised duet with James hilariously entitled "Wine and Wet Wipes," this was a solid Carpool Karaoke. A little bit more mid-tempo music than we'd usually prefer, but solid nonetheless.
Christina Aguilera did all of her classics AND had Melissa McCarthy show up. Iconic.
What young Selena may lack in an a deep bench of hits (she's got plenty, but not as many of a lot of others on this list), she completely makes up for in charm and the fact that she hopped on a freaking roller coaster with James and belted her face off while still looking fierce AF.