Carpool Karaoke

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Carpool Karaoke is a recurring segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden, in which host James Corden invites famous musical guests to sing along to their songs with him whilst travelling in a car driven by Corden[1] on a planned route usually in Los Angeles, usually under the pretense of needing to get to work and preferring to use the high-occupancy carpool vehicle lane,[2] or the pretext of needing directions from a local when in a new town, such as London (with Adele), Liverpool (with Paul McCartney), New York City (with Madonna) or Las Vegas (with Céline Dion).

In 2016, Apple Music and CBS Television Studios announced that they had reached a deal for an exclusive first-window licensing agreement under which Apple Music will be the global home of a television series adaptation of the segment. It was also initially announced that the series would have a host that would appear in every episode.[3][4] On January 9, 2017, it was reported that the series would not feature a single host and instead would have a different host in every episode.[5][6][7][8]


Corden explained that the segment was inspired by a Gavin & Stacey-themed sketch he had participated in for the British charity television special Red Nose Day 2011, in which he sang along with George Michael in a car.[9]

For the 2014 documentary When Corden Met Barlow which aired on BBC One, Corden included a 6-minute 45 second Carpool Karaoke segment in the documentary with singer-songwriter Gary Barlow of Take That. The documentary was directed by Ben Winston.[10] Corden explained that "Ben Winston and I always thought there was something very joyful about someone very, very famous singing their songs in an ordinary situation. We just had this idea: Los Angeles, traffic, the carpool lane—maybe this is something we could pull off." No musicians were interested initially, but when Corden showed the George Michael-clip to Mariah Carey, she agreed to pioneer the show.[11]

In 2020, it was revealed that Corden does not always actually drive the vehicle during filming; instead it is towed.[12] Corden explained that due to safety issues—like for a dance routine, or costume change—they have to tow, and cited five instances, roughly five percent of the series to date, where this method was employed: with Meghan Trainor, Migos, Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and Justin Bieber (3rd time).[13] He also noted the entire endeavor is for entertainment, he is already at work so never needs a carpool, and those streets do not have carpool lanes.[13]

Similar named show[edit]

An earlier 2009-2016 iTunes and YouTube web series, Carpool [14] was produced and presented by English actor and comedian Robert Llewellyn and had a format with Llewellyn interviewing celebrity guests over 106 episodes while giving them a lift in an eco-friendly car (normally a Toyota Prius hybrid electric vehicle). In 2010, a ten episode series of Carpool was also broadcast on the free-to-air British tv channel Dave from 4 November 2010.[15]


The segments, which have featured artists such as Paul McCartney, Migos, Cardi B, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Madonna, Bruno Mars, Billie Eilish, The Foo Fighters, The Jonas Brothers, Nick Jonas, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Britney Spears, Stevie Wonder, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, BTS, One Direction, Adele, Shawn Mendes, Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Elton John, Carrie Underwood and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, became popular videos on the Late Late Show's YouTube channel.[16][17][18] A January 2016 Carpool Karaoke segment featuring Adele reached 42 million YouTube views within 5 days, making it the most popular video originating from a late night program since 2013,[19] continuing on to gather 206.5 million by 15 November 2019.[20] As of 15 November 2019, five other segments have received 100+ million YouTube views: One Direction at 148.7 million,[21] Justin Bieber's first visit at 148.2 million views,[22] Sia at 120.5 million,[23] Bruno Mars at 110.6 million[24] and Selena Gomez at 100.4 million.[25] As of 15 November 2019, the most viewed segment featuring a non-musician, then-current First Lady Michelle Obama (eventually joined by Missy Elliott for one song) has reached over 72 million views.[26]

On March 29, 2016, CBS aired a primetime special featuring highlights of the segment, and a new edition with Jennifer Lopez.[27] The special won a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special.[28] The Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared on the June 13, 2016 segment. During the filming, singer Anthony Kiedis saved the life of a baby. Kiedis later said, "A woman came out of her house, holding a child, saying, 'My baby, my baby, my baby can't breathe!' We all ran across the street, the woman thrust the baby into my arms, the baby was not breathing and I thought, 'I'm gonna try and do a little baby CPR real quick, see if I can get some air in this kid.' Tried to open the mouth, [it was] like locked shut. So I started rubbing the belly, bubbles came out of the mouth, the eyes rolled back into place, the ambulance showed up and I handed the baby over, who was now breathing and fine, and we went back to Carpool Karaoke."[29][30]

In May 2017, an Israeli version was launched on the Israeli TV channel KAN 11.[citation needed]


The guests in chronological order appearing on the Carpool Karaoke segment of the show.[citation needed]


# Episode Guest(s) Date of first broadcast Songs
1 3 Mariah Carey March 26, 2015 "Always Be My Baby"
"Vision of Love"
2 11 Jennifer Hudson April 13, 2015 "Trouble"
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"
3 34 Justin Bieber (1) May 20, 2015 "Baby"
"Where Are Ü Now"
"End of the Road"
4 46 Iggy Azalea June 18, 2015 "Fancy"
"Black Widow"
"Pretty Girls"
5 48 Rod Stewart

(featuring ASAP Rocky)

July 14, 2015 "The First Cut Is the Deepest"
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
"Maggie May"
"Ooh La La"
6 75 Stevie Wonder September 14, 2015 "Superstition"
"Sir Duke"
"I Just Called to Say I Love You"
"Isn't She Lovely"
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"
"For Once in My Life"
7 101 Jason Derulo November 4, 2015 "Talk Dirty"
"Want To Want Me"
"Talk Dirty" (Again)
8 109 Justin Bieber (2) November 18, 2015 "Never Say Never"
"What Do You Mean?"
9 116 Carrie Underwood December 2, 2015 "Smoke Break"
"Jesus, Take the Wheel"
"Before He Cheats"
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
10 123 One Direction December 15, 2015 "What Makes You Beautiful"
"Story of My Life"
"Best Song Ever"
"No Control"
"Drag Me Down"
11 125 Christmas Carpool Karaoke December 17, 2015 "Joy to the World"


# Episode Guest(s) Date of first broadcast Songs
13 132 Adele January 13, 2016 "Hello"
"Someone like You"
"All I Ask"
"Rolling in the Deep"
14 138 Chris Martin February 2, 2016 "Adventure of a Lifetime"
"Hymn for the Weekend"
"Viva la Vida"
"Us Against the World"
15 143 Elton John February 7, 2016 "Your Song"
"I'm Still Standing"
"Crocodile Rock"
"Tiny Dancer"
"Looking Up"
"Circle of Life"
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
16 147 Sia February 16, 2016 "Chandelier"
"Elastic Heart"
17 166 Jennifer Lopez (replay) March 29, 2016 "Love Don't Cost a Thing"
"Jenny from the Block"
"Locked Out of Heaven"
"Qué Hiciste"
"On the Floor"
18 182 Gwen Stefani
(eventually joined by
George Clooney and Julia Roberts)
May 4, 2016 "Don't Speak"
"The Sweet Escape"
"Used to Love You"
"Rich Girl"
"Hollaback Girl"
"We Are the Champions"
19 188 Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas[31] May 16, 2016 "Heart Attack"
"Stone Cold"
"Cake by the Ocean"
20 196 Carpool Karaoke featuring musical Hamilton
with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald,
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski
June 6, 2016 "On Broadway"
"Alexander Hamilton/Guns and Ships"
"Seasons of Love"
"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
"One Day More"
21 199 Red Hot Chili Peppers June 13, 2016 "Can't Stop"
"Give It Away"
"Dark Necessities"
"Under the Bridge"
"The Zephyr Song"
"By the Way"
22 203 Selena Gomez June 20, 2016 "Same Old Love"
"Come and Get It"
"Hands to Myself"
"Kill Em with Kindness"
"Love You like a Love Song"
"Shake It Off"
23 209 Michelle Obama
(eventually joined by Missy Elliott)
July 20, 2016 "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
"This Is For My Girls"
"Get Ur Freak On"
24 221 Britney Spears August 25, 2016 "Oops!... I Did It Again"
"Make Me..."
"Baby One More Time"
25 250 Lady Gaga October 25, 2016 "Perfect Illusion"
"Bad Romance"
"The Edge of Glory"
"Born This Way"
"Poker Face"
"Million Reasons"
26 271 Madonna December 7, 2016 "Vogue"
"Bitch I'm Madonna"
"Papa Don't Preach"
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
"Express Yourself"
"Ray of Light"
27 274 Bruno Mars December 13, 2016 "24K Magic"
"Locked Out of Heaven"
"Versace on the Floor"
"If I Knew"
"Uptown Funk"
28 276 'All I Want for Christmas'
Carpool Karaoke
December 15, 2016 "All I Want for Christmas Is You"


# Episode Guest(s) Date of first broadcast Songs
29 277 George Michael
from an earlier recording during Red Nose Day 2011
Rebroadcast as part of a tribute segment
to George Michael by James Corden
January 3, 2017 "I'm Your Man"
30 N/A Take That
Recorded especially for Red Nose Day 2017
January 30, 2017 "Shine"
"Greatest Day"
"Never Forget"
"Back for Good"
"It Only Takes a Minute"
"Do What U Like"
"A Million Love Songs"
31 318 Stephen Curry
Part of a Late Late Show NCAA Championship Special
April 3, 2017 "How Far I'll Go"
"Love Is an Open Door"
32 340 Harry Styles May 18, 2017 "Sign of the Times"
"Sweet Creature"
"Hey Ya!"
"Endless Love"
33 341 Katy Perry (replay) May 22, 2017 "Firework"
"I Kissed a Girl"
"Dark Horse"
"Bon Appétit"
"Swish Swish"
34 346 Ed Sheeran June 6, 2017 "Shape of You"
"Thinking Out Loud"
"Love Yourself"
"What Makes You Beautiful"
"Castle on the Hill"
35 357 Usher July 25, 2017 "Yeah!"
"So Fresh, So Clean"
"Caught Up"
"I Don't Mind"
36 382 Foo Fighters September 20, 2017 "All My Life"
"Best of You"
"Learn to Fly"
"The Sky Is a Neighborhood"
"Never Gonna Give You Up"
37 393 Miley Cyrus October 10, 2017 "We Can't Stop"
"The Climb"
"Party in the U.S.A."
"Younger Now"
"Wrecking Ball"
38 402 Sam Smith
(eventually joined by Fifth Harmony)
November 1, 2017 "Too Good at Goodbyes"
"Lay Me Down"
"I'm Not the Only One"
"Money on My Mind"
"Stay with Me"
"Work from Home"
39 409 Pink November 14, 2017 "What About Us"
"Get the Party Started"
"Beautiful Trauma"
"Raise Your Glass"
"Just like a Pill"
40 415 Kelly Clarkson November 29, 2017 "Since U Been Gone"
"Love So Soft"
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
"Because of You"
"Whole Lotta Woman"
41 421 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town' Carpool Karaoke December 11, 2017 "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"


# Episode Guest(s) Date of first broadcast Songs
42 471 Christina Aguilera
(eventually joined by Melissa McCarthy)
April 23, 2018 "Fighter"
"Genie in a Bottle"
May 16, 2018 "Fall in Line"
43 490 Adam Levine May 24, 2018 "Moves Like Jagger"
"This Love"
"She Will Be Loved"
44 491 Shawn Mendes June 4, 2018 "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"
"In My Blood"
"Treat You Better"
"Lost in Japan"
45 502 Paul McCartney June 21, 2018 "Drive My Car"
"Penny Lane"
"Let It Be"
"When I'm Sixty-Four"
"Come On to Me"
"A Hard Day's Night"
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
"Love Me Do"
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Hey Jude"
46 516 Ariana Grande August 16, 2018 "Dangerous Woman"
"Side to Side"
"God Is a Woman"
"No Tears Left to Cry"
"Suddenly Seymour"
47 N/A Michael Bublé
Recorded especially for Stand Up to Cancer UK
October 26, 2018 "Haven't Met You Yet"
"It's a Beautiful Day"
"Love You Anymore"
48 548 Barbra Streisand November 1, 2018 "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
"The Way We Were"
"Imagine / What a Wonderful World"
"Don't Lie to Me"
"Don't Rain on My Parade"
49 553 Migos November 13, 2018 "Walk It Talk It"
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
"Bad and Boujee"
"Sweet Caroline"
50 569 Cardi B December 17, 2018 "Bodak Yellow"
"Bartier Cardi"
"I Like It"
51 572 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Carpool Karaoke December 20, 2018 "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"


# Episode Guest(s) Date of first broadcast Songs
52 603 Jonas Brothers March 7, 2019 "Burnin' Up"
"Year 3000"
"When You Look Me in the Eyes"
53 Special Celine Dion May 20, 2019 "I'm So Excited"
"On the Radio"
"It's All Coming Back to Me Now"
"Because You Loved Me"
"Baby Shark"
"I Drove All Night"
"Lying Down"
"My Heart Will Go On"
"All by Myself" (bonus)
54 685 Chance the Rapper October 9, 2019 "All Day Long"
"No Problem"
"Cross Me"
"Hot Shower"
"All Night"
55 691 Kanye West
(Episode retitled
Airpool Karaoke)
October 28, 2019 "Souls Anchored"
"Every Hour"
"Jesus Walks"
56 713 Harry Styles December 10, 2019 "Watermelon Sugar"
57 719 Billie Eilish December 19, 2019 "Bad Guy"
"Ocean Eyes"
"All the Good Girls Go to Hell"
"When the Party's Over"


# Episode Guest(s) Date of first broadcast Songs
58 730 Meghan Trainor
(eventually joined by Dr. Phil)
January 30, 2020 "All About That Bass"
"Like I'm Gonna Lose You"
"Nice To Meet Ya"
59 735 Justin Bieber (2020) February 18, 2020 "I Don't Care"
"Love Yourself"
"One Less Lonely Girl"
60 739 BTS February 25, 2020 "Mic Drop"

"I'll Be There for You"
"Black Swan"

61 749 Niall Horan March 12, 2020 "Slow Hands"
"Nice to Meet Ya"
"Steal My Girl"
"Put a Little Love on Me"
"No Judgement"

The Late Late Show Primetime Special[edit]

Special broadcasts on prime time (10 pm) highlighting the Carpool Karaoke segment of The Late Late Show. The first show broadcast on March 29, 2016 on CBS won the Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 for "Outstanding Variety Special" category.[27][28]

Episode Guest(s) Date of first broadcast
1 Highlights from past segments,
James Corden's favorite moments from his first year as host of the show
Jennifer Lopez (new)
March 29, 2016
2 Bruno Mars, Crosswalk Musical,
Highlights from past segments,
Dance skit with Jennifer Lopez,
Katy Perry (new)
May 22, 2017
3 "Carpool Karaoke" with musician Christina Aguilera (new)
"Crosswalk the Musical: The Sound of Music" with actors Kunal Nayyar, Iain Armitage and actresses Allison Janney and Anna Faris.
April 23, 2018
4 Crosswalk The Musical - The Work of Andrew Lloyd Webber,
Paul McCartney,
James Skydives with Tom Cruise
Celine Dion (new)
May 20, 2019

Apple Music series[edit]

In 2016, Apple Music announced that it would distribute a TV series, based on Corden's segment, called Carpool Karaoke: The Series.[32] The series premiered on August 8, 2017, with new episodes each Wednesday, available to Apple Music subscribers.[33] The Linkin Park - Ken Jeong episode was recorded less than a week before Chester Bennington's death, and is dedicated in his memory. On February 15, 2018, it was renewed for a second season.[34]

International versions[edit]

In Italy, a version of "Carpool Karaoke" aired on Italia 1 in 2017 hosted by Jake La Furia (Jake the Fury). Dubai TV bought the Arabic version of "Carpool Karaoke” in 2017 hosted by Hisham Al Howaish and its first episode aired in February 2018 featuring Lebanese pop star Elissa.[35] In Israel, a local version of Carpool Karaoke was produced for channel 11 (Kan).


Spike announced plans in 2016 to air a series inspired by the segment titled "Caraoke Showdown", to be hosted by Craig Robinson.[36][37]

Nanne Grönvall performed in Melodifestivalen 2020 with the song "Carpool Karaoke". The lyrics is about how she wants to sing in the TV show with James Corden.[38]

See also[edit]


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