James Corden's Carpool Karaoke Skit Makes Him a Serious Contender for the PCAs Nighttime Talk Show Trophy

By Johnni Macke Oct 10, 2018 4:00 PMTags
NOV. 15, 2020
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It's karaoke time!

OK, when it comes to James Corden and The Late Late Show it is always Carpool Karaoke time, which is one of the many reasons why the host's late-night talk show is a finalist for Nighttime Talk Show of 2018 at this year's People's Choice Awards.

With the 2018 E! People's Choice Awards just around the corner—they air live on Sunday, Nov. 11—we thought we'd relive all of Corden's best Carpool Karaoke moments, because honestly, what's better than watching the British star sing alongside some of the greatest singers around? The answer: nothing. 

Well, re-watching all of the best clips and then voting for The Late Late Show With James Corden for Nighttime Talk Show of 2018 before PCAs voting ends, would actually be better...just saying!

Since we've already ranked all of the host's funniest and most exciting episodes of this skit, all you have to do is sit back and relax, oh and vote, you can't forget to vote.

PCAs final round of voting ends on Friday, Oct. 19, so don't miss out!

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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...

Honorable Mention: Michelle Obama

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.

44. Foo Fighters

It's always fun to see James Corden rock out, although large groups don't always make for the best Carpool Karaoke segments.

43. Iggy Azalea

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.

42. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Wrestling in random yards aside...just not one of our favorites. 

41. Rod Stewart and A$AP Rocky

Rod Stewart is a legend. A$AP Rocky is a fantastic rapper. The two do not belong together. At all.

40. Jason Derulo

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.

39. Usher

The best stuff happened outside of the car, which isn't that unusual, especially when you have Usher. Let the man dance!

38. Katy Perry

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. 

37. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jane Krakowski and Audra McDonald

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. 

36. Carrie Underwood

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.

35. Adam Levine

"Just two cool dads" singing all your favorite Maroon 5 songs.

34. One Direction

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...

33. Gwen Stefani

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.

32. Ed Sheeran

We were expecting a lot more from the guy James Corden kept calling the greatest male solo artist in the world. 

31. Pink

Of course there's acrobatics involved, it's Pink!

30. Migos

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.

29. Sam Smith

Sometimes special guests are a distraction, but Sam Smith and Fifth Harmony was just aces.

28. Miley Cyrus

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.

27. Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas

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!

26. Chris Martin

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.

25. Bruno Mars

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.

24. Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera did all of her classics AND had Melissa McCarthy show up. Iconic.

23. Selena Gomez

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.

22. Britney Spears

Yes, Britney looked nervous. Yes, she oddly mouthed the words to much of the music. But the few moments of playfulness she did give us were so good, it had us screaming "Gimme more." Should she really be this high on the ranking? Maybe not. But come on, it's Britney, bitch.

21. Michael Bublé

We can never get tired of hearing Michael Bublé belt out his hit songs but his Carpool Karaoke segment was especially meaningful because the 44-year-old performer opened up about the devastating cancer diagnosis of his young son, Noah and encouraged viewers to donate to Stand Up To Cancer.

20. Shawn Mendes

Swoon. There's talk about underwear, Harry Potter, singing and just general merriment.

19. Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers helped the talk show host get to work and sung their hit song, "Sucker," as well as a few throwbacks from the early days of the band. The brothers also took a lie detector test about their comeback and why they broke up in 2013.

18. Céline Dion

Viva Las Vegas! Céline Dion took a ride with Corden down the Las Vegas strip. She belted out many of her classics but don't miss her dramatic but hilarious rendition of "Baby Shark." The pair finished off their Carpool Karaoke segment singing her Titanic anthem, "My Heart Will Go On" at the Bellagio fountain.

17. Elton John

Elton John's saucy personality, his decades of hits, and his penchant for ridiculous costumes make the perfect recipe for a delightful Carpool Karaoke.

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