'Carpool Karaoke': James Corden's Most Popular Ride-Alongs

6:40 PM 10/25/2016

by Jennifer Konerman

A look at all of 'The Late Late Show's' "Carpool Karaoke" segments, ranked from most- to least-viewed, from Adele to Elton John to Justin Bieber.

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James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke," a mainstay for his Late Late Show on CBS, has invited everyone from Adele and Britney Spears to Stevie Wonder and First Lady Michelle Obama for ride-alongs since Mariah Carey kicked things off in spring 2015. Since then, Justin Bieber has made the trip three times. 

The musical segment has spurred several lookalikes, including Spike's Caraoke Showdown hosted by Craig Robinson, Car Star on Verizon's Go90 and even a spinoff of the CBS segment itself on Apple Music

The latest Late Late Show segment featured Lady Gaga, who just released her album Joanne, and joined Corden for a costume-filled performance. So in honor of her recent road trip, see who else has been in her seat (and which ones viewers wanted to watch again and again). Below is every "Carpool Karaoke" video, ranked from most-viewed to least-viewed on the late-night show's YouTube page. 

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    Adele

    Views: 130.73 million

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    The host traveled back home to London in January 2016 to give Adele a lift to work in typical British weather. Corden and Adele have known each other for years and the conversation was funny and gossipy as the two swapped hair advice, Christmas gossip, drunk stories and the odd bit of in-car singing.

    Among the highlights, Adele (a Spice Girls fan) reveals that she played the drums on the hit song "Hello," confirming Corden's suspicion that the singer was the "female Phil Collins." The singer also told the story of how she gave a family from Nashville tickets to her sold-out show when she was drunk. 

    Inevitably Corden asked the crucial question of whether Adele would start her own "squad" featuring Beyonce, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Schumer and Emma Stone and take on Taylor Swift's squad. Adele diplomatically demurred, fearful of Swift's tight-knit band.  

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    Justin Bieber 1

    Views: 94.62 million

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    For Justin Bieber's first visit to "Carpool Karaoke" in May 2015, the singer performed some of his earliest hits, including "Baby," complete with dance moves, and "Boyfriend," which Corden had questions about. 

    The host had problems with the line about "eating fondue," which he said was "not a good date food." 

    "I think you put fondue in there just because it rhymes," Corden said. "Yeah, you're right," Bieber admitted, "It just sounded cool." 

    Bieber also explained what "swag" means before they swap clothes and Bieber shows off his Rubik's Cube skills. 

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    One Direction

    Views: 85.50 million

    One Direction joined Corden to sing a few of their hits as a part of his "Carpool Karaoke" segment in December 2015  little did they know, though, that the Late Late Show host had an ulterior motive.

    Things began innocently enough, with discussion of crazy fans and games of FMC (F--k-, Marry, Cruise), but then Corden started sharing new choreography and wardrobe concepts with the band for "No Control," and attempting to lead some a cappella harmonies ... and outright suggesting that he felt like their musical connection was "something special." Yes, Corden wanted to be the fifth member of One Direction. 

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    Sia

    Views: 65.73 million

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    Corden welcomed Sia for a February 2016 edition of "Carpool Karaoke," with the duo belting out a string of her hits — "Chandelier," "Diamonds," "Elastic Heart," "Alive" and "Titanium" — as they drove around Los Angeles. Corden, donned in a Sia wig, asked the artist why she always covers her face on stage. 

    "I don't wear this unless there's cameras around," she said about her signature look. "I only wear this just to try and maintain a modicum of privacy."

    When the host asked her to elaborate, Sia opened up about her past as an addict. "I sobered up and decided I didn't want to be an artist anymore because I was starting to get a little bit famous and it was destabilizing in some way," she said. "So I thought, 'What doesn't exist in pop music at the moment?' And it was mystery ... there's pictures on Instagram of everyone at the dentist." 

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    Justin Bieber 2

    Views: 54.18 million

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    For Justin Bieber's second time in the passenger seat in November 2015, the duo sang some of Bieber's newest hits including "What Do You Mean?" before the singer took Corden shopping. 

    Bieber picked out an outfit for him, while Corden picked out a mismatched metallic tour outfit for Bieber, which, to Corden, was disappointingly cool on the performer. "I've never felt more alive," Corden said in his hoodie and snakeskin snowboard. "I'm ready to drop an album." 

    "The only thing that's annoying about this is you actually look quite cool," Corden told him about Bieber's new look.

    While leaving the store, Corden had Bieber hide him from the paparazzi, yelling at the photographers, "He lives his life in a fishbowl, stop! Man, how do you handle all this?" 

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    Jennifer Lopez

    Views: 52.16 million

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    Corden celebrated one year on the air with Jennifer Lopez on his Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special in March 2016. His first order of business with passenger Jennifer Lopez was to settle on nicknames. "You're J. Lo, I could be J. Co," he suggested. 

    Sitting shotgun, Lopez taught Corden her "music video look" and showed off some impressive contacts in her phone (Leonardo DiCaprio, Demi Lovato, Bradley Cooper and Iggy Azalea, for example), or "the best phone I've ever seen in my life." Corden even texted DiCaprio as her, inconspicuously signing it "J. Lo, you know, from the block."

    They also sang "Love Don't Cost a Thing" and "Booty," and discussed the possibility of insuring parts of Lopez's body. 

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    Selena Gomez

    Views: 51.50 million

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    Selena Gomez insisted that Corden take a detour when he picked her up for her edition of "Carpool Karaoke" in June 2016. 

    After a duet of her "Same Old Love," the host reluctantly found himself on a steep roller coaster ride. The pair began to sing "Come & Get It" but as they drop, Gomez keeps her cool and continues to hit her notes, while Corden breaks into fits of laughter and screams. "I don't know if I enjoyed that as much as people usually do," he said.

    Back in the car, they sing "Hands To Myself," "Kill Em With Kindness" and "Love You Like a Love Song" before stopping at McDonald's.

    Corden asked Gomez what it's like to be a part of Taylor Swift's girl squad, bemoaning why no male members are allowed. "I think this industry could use a little bit of female sexism," she said. 

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    Michelle Obama

    Views: 45.28 million

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    First Lady Michelle Obama had a girl-power edition of "Carpool Karaoke" in July 2016, singing "This Is for My Girls," a tune intended to promote education for girls around the world. 

    During her Washington, D.C., ride-along, Obama told the host to "crank it up" to sing along to past "Carpool Karaoke" guest Stevie Wonder ("I know every Stevie song on the planet") and Beyonce's "Single Ladies."

    She shared that "rocking out" in the passenger seat was "a treat" for her since she is driven around so much, and Missy Eliott even appeared mid-ride to sing "This Is for My Girls" before moving on to another hit of hers: "Get Your Freak On." 

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    Iggy Azalea

    Views: 43.58 million

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    Iggy Azalea joined The Late Late Show host in June 2015 when, between tracks, the musician discussed the status of her wedding plans to basketball player Nick Young, including her playlist options ("Nick wants to have R. Kelly perform at our wedding so he can sing 'Marry the P—' with R. Kelly") — and her Bridezilla potential. 

    Yes, Demi Lovato will be a bridesmaid, but if Corden gets ordained, can he actually officiate the ceremony? 

    In the end, they got a jumpstart on her wedding planning by stopping the drive to try on wedding gowns.

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    Gwen Stefani

    Views: 36.25 million

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    Gwen Stefani sat shotgun with two Academy Award winners in the back seat for "Carpool Karaoke" in May 2016. Stefani sang some of her new hits, reminisced about her No Doubt days and acted out popular emojis, even taking a few moments to slowly explain the rapid lyrics of "Sweet Escape."

    But then they hit the "HOV 4" lane, where drivers need at least four drivers in the car, so Stefani and Corden had to call up some friends to join them. Julia Roberts and George Clooney hopped in to help the duo sing Queen's "We Are the Champions" and Stefani's "Hollaback Girl." Clooney especially shined during the "that shit is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S" part of Stefani's song.

    Stefani told the group that she'll never tell who the real inspiration of the song was, to which Clooney told her: "This shit is bananas."  

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    Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas

    Views: 28.36 million

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    Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato have been friends for 10 years, and they invited Corden into their circle of friends for one day this May. When Corden wasn’t grilling Lovato and Jonas about their luck in love, the trio was singing Lovato’s “Heart Attack” and “Stone Cold,” Jonas’ “Close” and “Jealous,” and DNCE’s “Cake By the Ocean.”

    Corden asked about the nature of their relationship. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I kinda go for older guys, no offense,” responded Lovato, looking in Jonas’ direction. Lovato also teased Jonas about his dating history with Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. The timeline was “Cyrus, Gomez, Cyrus, Gomez, and then I don’t know what else happened,” she said. 

    Corden also used the occasion to audition for a part in Jonas and Lovato’s joint Future Now tour, but didn't quite make the cut. 

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    Mariah Carey

    Views: 27.83 million

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    For Corden's first-ever "Carpool Karaoke" segment, Mariah Carey introduced the idea of accompanying the comedian on his way to work in an effort to beat the Los Angeles traffic.

    The two sang, after surprising Carey with her own music, most of her biggest hits, including "Always Be My Baby," "Vision of Love" and "Fantasy (Bad Boy Remix)," despite her pleas: "I'm not singing today — I was up all night!"

    The bit also includes Carey's best British accent and Corden's Southern sound. 

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    Justin Bieber 3

    Views: 27.69 million

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    The Late Late Show welcomed back two-time carpooler Justin Bieber for a special "Carpool Karaoke: Grammys Edition" in February 2016. 

    Their duo fit in some last-minute preparations, like helping the late-night host with some moisturizing while they discuss their friendship (this is their third "Carpool Karaoke," so they finish each other's sentences now).

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Views: 26.42 million

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    Corden led the Red Hot Chili Peppers on a trip through the streets of L.A. in June 2016. Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer joined in for a bit of wrestling and full-voiced singing. 

    The Chili Peppers kept the conversation flowing with rock ‘n’ roll tales and a fantastical story of a young Cher babysitting Kiedis. Kiedis even engaged in some front lawn wrestling with their host. 

    And, of course, the hits rang out as the alternative rockers sang “Can’t Stop,” “Give It Away” (with a special dissection of its lewd lyrics), “Californication,” “Under the Bridge,” “The Zephyr Song” and “By The Way.”

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    Stevie Wonder

    Views: 25.79 million

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    In fall 2015, Stevie Wonder took his trusty harmonica, grabbed a seat and strapped in for a classics-filled "Carpool Karaoke" spin

    Wonder played sight gags (“all English guys look alike”) and belted out a string of classics, including "Superstition," "Sir Duke," "Isn't She Lovely" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." 

    The veteran artist called Corden's wife (a big fan), when he tried out his best English accent, then slotted into “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” with the words adjusted for the occasion. Corden struggled to hold back the tears. It's as Stevie says: “teamwork makes the dream work." 

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    Chris Martin

    Views: 25.64 million

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    Chris Martin made extra sure he made it to San Francisco in time for this year's Super Bowl after convincing Corden to give him a lift. During the supposedly 400-plus-mile journey, Martin and Corden, both painfully English, reveal that they don't know all that much about "American football."

    Martin also revealed tat he does a surprisingly killer Mick Jagger impression. The key to doing a good Jagger? "The secret is to get your voice from high to low."

    Interspersed with the knockabout banter, Martin and Corden ran through some Coldplay hits including "Yellow," "Clocks" and "Adventure Of A Lifetime," as well as a rendition of David Bowie's "Heroes."

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    Britney Spears

    Views: 25.36 million

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    Pop superstar Britney Spears joined Corden for "Carpool Karaoke" after dropping her latest album, Glory, in August 2016.

    During the ride, she mostly laughed along while Corden sang "Toxic," before they both sang "Womanizer" and "Baby One More Time." Corden asked her what the song "Oops!... I Did It Again" is about, but she told him she didn't know ("It's just a song"). "Baby One More Time" was the big moment, of course, with the duo singing along wearing the outfits from Spears' music video, grey sweaters and scrunchies and all.

    Finally, Corden showed Spears his robot dance moves as she tried out some of her own for "Womanizer." 

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    Jason Derulo

    Views: 22.39 million

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    Jason Derulo joined Corden to tour around the city in November 2015, first in Corden's car and then by taking over one of their own tours. 

    After singing "Talk Dirty" and "Want to Want Me," Derulo shared some personal information (he owns a round bed), showed off his opera skills and then they stopped so he could give Corden a quick dance lesson, where Corden even made up a dance move named after Derulo. 

    On a Hollywood tour, the two sang some of Derulo's hits again while the two of them made up some Los Angeles trivia for the tourists. 

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    Rod Stewart & A$AP Rocky

    Views: 20.91 million

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    In July 2015, Rod Stewart regaled the Late Late Show’s host with tales of his wilder earlier days. When asked about the most rock ‘n’ roll experience of his life, he said, "There’s been so many. We were outrageous with the Faces." 

    In what way? “Drinking and a shagging. That’s what we did. And smashing up hotel rooms.” He recalled how the Faces were banned from the Holiday Inn, so they always would check in as Fleetwood Mac. 

    The pair also performed "The First Cut Is the Deepest," a 1967 song written by Cat Stevens; "Maggie May," recorded by Stewart in 1971; and "Ooh La La," a Faces classic from 1973. ASAP Rocky made a brief appearance to perform "Everyday," on which Stewart adds guest vocals. 

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    Lady Gaga

    Views: 20.60 million (as of Oct. 31)

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    During Lady Gaga's "Carpool" on Oct. 25, she and Corden launched into a rendition of Ludacris' famous lyrics – "Move bitch, Get out of the way" before dancing to "Perfect Illusion" and "Bad Romance." Gaga even had a turn in the driver's seat where things got a bit dangerous.

    "Poker Face" and "Born this Way" were also on the menu. Corden even did a fashion gallery of the singer's past looks.

    Things ended with the pair crooning to "A Million Reasons," both sporting the same pink hat from the cover of her album. 

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    Carrie Underwood

    Views: 18.39 million

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    Corden got an education in hockey, country music and Wham last December when Carrie Underwood sat in the passenger seat. The British host made small talk about hockey and asked about Underwood’s NHL-pro husband, Mike Fisher. “I don’t watch it very often,” said Corden. “But what I’ve seen is essentially skating around on very sharp blades and then having a fight.”

    The pair sang Underwood’s hits “Smoke Break," “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats.” Corden admitted to the country star he knew little about the genre she's made a successful career from. And he was clueless about the standard country attire.

    “The boots are our roots,” explained Underwood. Corden then pulled into a boutique cowboy outfitter to test that theory. The funnyman also tested Underwood’s famed skills at holding a note and Underwood professed to know every lyric to every Wham song. To prove it, the pair belted out a lively version of "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go."

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    Broadway (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski)

    Views: 14.78 million

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    Corden prepared for his Tony Awards hosting gig this June with a special Broadway edition of "Carpool Karaoke."

    Four Broadway stars joined Corden on the way, Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, Shuffle Along's Audra McDonald, Fully Committed's Jesse Tyler Ferguson and She Loves Me's Jane Krakowski, as he made his way to the Beacon Theater, which hosted the Tonys this summer. 

    Corden had all four "awwwing" when he suggested singing "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent. “Hang on. Hang on, wait. That was the most Broadway response to hearing an opening of a song,” Corden said as he put the music on. 

    There was also a rousing rendition of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" before things ended with an incredible, seemingly improvised version of "One More Day" from Les Miserables. 

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    Elton John

    Views: 14.44 million

    Elton John sat in the passenger seat for a Super Bowl episode of "Carpool Karaoke" in February 2016. The two met up in John's garage and drove through the rain in Los Angeles while singing "Your Song," "I'm Still Standing," "Crocodile Rock," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me" and more of his hits.

    John told Corden that he was told he was a terrible dancer, which is why the singer went "so flamboyant" with his clothes. "I had fun with my outfits and I just went for it," he told Corden, as they changed into feather boas and oversized sunglasses.

    He also revealed that he doesn't have a phone, which is part of the reason why he buys four copies of every album he likes, adding that there is usually a security guard around him whose phone he can use. He also called Corden his "future husband" and helped the late-night host get to work.

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