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Shawn Mendes and James Corden compete in generational riff-off

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James Corden’s love of ’90s pop is well established, between all his Carpool Karaokes and abiding affection for “This Is How We Do It.” According to him, this is because music was simply better in the ’90s than it is now. Shawn Mendes, however, begs to differ.

The pop star appeared on The Late Late Show Wednesday night to challenge Corden to a riff-off. The two exchanged riffs from their favorite songs (backed by The Filharmonic) to prove once and for all which era of music was better.

Mendes started things off by singing Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s recent hit “This Is What You Came For.” Corden responded with a fiery version of Spice Girls’ “Wannabe.” After a few testy exchanges, the two began the next round of their riff-off with Corden’s version of Kris Kross’ “Jump.” Mendes fired back with Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” and Corden had to admit, “OK, that was good.”

“Maybe there is a world in which music then and music today can exist together, and we can make that happen right now in one incredible moment,” Corden said.

Mendes and Corden then joined forces for TLC’s “Scrubs” and Mendes’ own “Stitches.”

Watch the clip below.