10 best Carpool Karaoke episodes ranked, from Adele to Stevie Wonder
21 May 2019, 17:08
Since James Corden launched his Carpool Karaoke series, it has become a fantastic way of seeing our favourite stars belting out their biggest hits.
James has managed to secure some huge names for the show - in which a famous singer joins him for a mini road trip and a sing-song - and we've hand selected our very favourites. Is yours in there?
Songs: 'Vogue', 'B**ch I'm Madonna', 'Papa Don't Preach', 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina', 'Express Yourself', 'Ray Of Light'
The Queen of Pop chose some of her most famous hits (though, no 'Like a Virgin' or 'Like a Prayer'!), while also discussing her kiss with Michael Jackson and showing off her impressive stretches'.
9. Rod Stewart
Songs: 'The First Cut Is The Deepest', 'Everyday', 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy', 'Maggie May', 'Ooh La La'
Rod is as cool as ever in this car journey, especially when he's discussing his rock and roll lifestyle and smashing up hotel rooms (and being banned from Holiday Inns).
8. Sam Smith
Songs: 'Too Good at Goodbyes', 'Lay Me Down', 'I'm Not the Only One', 'Money on My Mind', 'Stay With Me', 'Pray' and 'Work'
Sam and James get all soulful in this episode, and they were later joined by girlgroup Fifth Harmony, whom Sam is a big fan of. Apparently, he had no idea they were coming and his face was priceless.
7. Ed Sheeran
Songs: 'Shape of You', 'Sing', 'Thinking Out Loud', 'Love Yourself', 'What Makes You Beautiful', 'Castle on the Hill'
Ed shows us just how he's easily one of the most humble blokes around, and also impresses us by fitting 55 Maltesers in his mouth at once. Oh, and he sang a bit too.
6. Elton John
Songs: 'Your Song', 'I'm Still Standing', 'Crocodile Rock', 'Tiny Dancer', 'Looking Up', 'Circle Of Life', 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me'
So many classic hits in this one, and as ever, Elton's up for a right laugh. Especially when he dons his iconic oversized glasses for 'Crocodile Rock'. We wish all journeys to work were like this.
Songs: 'Hello', 'Someone Like You', 'Wannabe', 'All I Ask', 'Monster', 'Rolling In The Deep'
Adele and James get on like old friends from school in this journey around wet London, and we especially loved it when Adele downed a cup of tea like the proper Brit she is.
4. Stevie Wonder
Songs: 'Superstitious', 'Sir Duke', 'I Just Called To Say I Love You', 'Isn't She Lovely', 'Signed Sealed Delivered', 'For Once In My Life'
Just look at how many songs there are! Not only does Stevie poke fun at himself, but he then goes and calls James's wife in a rather emotional moment. What a legend.
3. Sir Paul McCartney
Songs: 'Drive My Car', 'Penny Lane', 'Let It Be', 'When I'm 64', 'Blackbird', 'Come on to Me', 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da', 'Love Me Do', 'Back in the USSR', 'Hey Jude'.
For James's visit back home in June 2018, he went for a drive around Sir Paul's hometown of Liverpool. What followed was an emotional and joyous trip around memory lane, full of Beatles classics. It culminated in a surprise sing-song at a local pub.
2. Take That
Songs: 'Shine', 'Greatest Day', 'Babe', 'Giants', 'Never Forget', 'Back for Good', 'It Only Takes a Minute', 'Do What U Like', 'A Million Love Songs', 'Pray'
Filmed for Comic Relief (no-one in America seems to have the foggiest who they are), this ended up being the most enjoyable Carpool Karaoke of the lot, with hits and jokes galore. The best bit was when Howard confessed that he "couldn't be arsed" to crack America.
1. Celine Dion
Songs: 'It's All Coming Back to Me Now', 'Because You Loved Me', 'I Drove All Night', 'My Heart Will Go On'
Celine brings the best out of James as they perform banger after banger, she gets fully into the spirit of the show, gives random fans her own shoes and even recreates Titanic. What more could you ask for?
Bonus: George Michael
The video that started it all. Filmed for Comic Relief, this sketch saw James Corden as his Gavin and Stacey character Smithy teaming up with George for a cheeky drive around town, with hilarious results: