Singing their way to the Super Bowl: Chris Martin shows off Coldplay's best tracks in carpool karaoke session with James Corden

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Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2014 in Chiba, near Tokyo June 14, 2014. Reuters/Yuya Shino

David Bowie might not have been the biggest Coldplay fan, but the band's lead singer Chris Martin isn't afraid to pull out his tiny keyboard and cover Bowie's "Heroes" and "Us against the world". 

Singer-songwriter Chris Martin is the latest guest to join The Late Late Show host James Corden for a round of carpool karaoke, and although he didn't slay Nicki Minaj's "Monsters" like Adele did, the 15 minute video does show off Martin's dreamy vocals and some of the band's most popular songs - "Paradise", "Viva La Vida" and "Fix You". 

There's even a moment when Corden messes up the lyrics of "Viva La Vida," but of course, that's something we've all done - to Martin's apparent approval.

"It doesn't matter. That's music," Chris says matter-of-factly. 

The part that may get to Coldplay haters is Martin's impersonation of Mick Jagger and cover of two Bowie songs. Of course, who can forget the recent revelation that Bowie had turned down a collaboration with Coldplay. 

"One time I sent him [Bowie] a song to ask him to sing on it,” Martin revealed in December during the BBC Music Awards. “He called me and said, 'It's not one of your best.' He's got very high standards and I appreciate that."

Coldplay will perform at the Super Bowl 2016 Halftime show in San Francisco. The band was invited by the NFL to honour the "past, present and future" with their performance, and have roped in Beyonce to help them do that.

"The way we're sort of honoring the past is by asking some of the people whose halftime shows we've really loved, and Beyonce's of course is right up there, I think most people would agree. And so we just felt like asking her would be appropriate," Martin said during the Super Bowl 50 Pepsi Halftime Show press conference on Thursday.

Watch the full Chris Martin-James Corden carpool karaoke session below: 

Corden’s next guest on Carpool Karaoke will be Sir Elton John.

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