“I always thought there was something very joyful about someone very, very famous singing their songs in an ordinary situation,” Corden told the New York Post in 2015. “We just had this idea: Los Angeles, traffic, the carpool lane – maybe this is something we could pull off.” And it was. In 2015 Carpool Karaoke became a recurring segment on Corden’s new TV program, The Late Late Show with James Corden.
And before long, Carpool Karaoke had attracted a great deal of talent. Big names and big bands were practically queuing up to appear on the show, in fact. Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga and One Direction were just some of the famous faces who featured. And a January 2016 segment featuring the singer Adele reached 42 million views on YouTube in less than a week.
As a result, even celebrities from the world of politics wanted to get involved. So in July 2016 the then-FLOTUS Michelle Obama appeared on the show, which only served to further increase its popularity. She, Corden and hip-hop star Missy Elliot performed the track “This Song Is For My Girls” – and then, almost immediately, the song’s digital sales jumped by a spectacular 1,562 percent.