James Corden has been doing Carpool Karaoke with famous musicians for awhile now, but Adele recently set a new bar with her riffs on Nicki Minaj and the Spice Girls. Even Chris Martin would agree: The Coldplay singer was the latest all-star to appear on Corden’s popular Late Late Show segment, and took time out to acknowledged Adele’s iconic status.
“Adele is a cool name, just the one word,” Martin said. “I think if you say ‘the cold,’ no one’s thinking Coldplay yet. So we’ve got to work harder.”
Coldplay may not have a cultural hold over the word “cold” yet, but the group has amassed a solid discography of pop hits over the years (and will headline the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Sunday). So Martin and Corden went through most of those standout tracks, starting with the very new “Adventure of a Lifetime” and the very old “Yellow.” At one point, Corden mixed up the lyrics to “Viva La Vida,” singing “a few cherished bells are ringing” instead of “I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing.”
“That’s what I sing, but you can sing whatever you like,” Martin said.
Martin didn’t limit himself to singing just Coldplay songs. At one point, he pulled out a portable keyboard for a rendition of the late David Bowie’s “Heroes.” He busted out an impeccable Mick Jagger impression (“There’s only one secret, which is you have to go from high to low”), recited his idea of the rules of American football (“If you have nine teams, and two balls, and the pitcher has to tee off…”), and showcased a special song for his upcoming Super Bowl performance (“It’s halftime, the halftime show, there’s still half of the game to go”).
“I’m such a fan of his. I’m a fan of that band — they mean the world to me,” Corden previously told EW about Martin’s appearance. “It was fun.”
Watch the full clip below.