James Corden And One Direction's Liam Payne Try To Settle Whether Boy Bands Are Better Than Solo Artists

They sing everything from Backstreet Boys to Ed Sheeran.

If there are two things James Corden does with his celebrity guests on The Late Late Show that we absolutely love, they're a rap battle and a riff-off. During Wednesday night's show, he was joined by One Direction's Liam Payne for the latter, and we're pretty sure we'll be singing the hits all day now.

It all starts when Corden shares how he's been listening to Backstreet Boys, and declares that "boy bands are better than solo artists." But Payne, who just started releasing solo music himself, has different ideas. The only way to settle their differences is with a boy band vs. solo artist riff-off.



The pair is joined by acapella group The Filharmonic to battle it out singing some of the biggest hits from boy bands like the Backstreet Boys and Hanson, as well as successful solo acts such as George Michael and Ed Sheeran. 

At one point, Corden wonders if Payne can only sing songs by other solo artists, to which he responds by performing his single "Strip That Down." Unfortunately, Corden has never been in a boy band.

"That was incredible. You win," the host says about Payne's performance. He doesn't take his loss very well, leading Payne to try and comfort him.

"I love boy bands, too. I'm in one," he says, leading to cheers from the audience and easing our fears that One Direction is over forever. "And solo artists are great, too."

In the end, the two put their differences aside and collaborate on a performance of One Direction's hit "Best Song Ever."

Watch the full riff-off in the video below:

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