The ‘Stranger Things’ Kids Performed A Motown Medley With James Corden

The “Stranger Things” kids are already known for being the epitome of awesome. Somehow, though, James Corden found a way to make them even cooler, thanks to a super-funny musical sketch.

Everyone knows about Corden’s genius “Carpool Karaoke” sketches (and if you don’t, you totally should), but this latest bit might just top it. It features the “Stranger Things” kids before they were Netflix stars and instead were in a Motown cover band with Corden.

Introducing The Upside Downs

Their band, The Upside Downs (of course!), broke up after four of the members found fame with “Stranger Things,” leaving Corden to host the “Late Late Show” instead of fighting Demogorgons.


Leading up to a reunion performance, Finn Wolfhard—who plays Mike on “Stranger Things” —explained that Corden was held back a few years, which is why he looks a little older than the others. The five of them used to perform at high school proms, bar mitzvahs, birthday parties and nursing homes.

While performing at a wedding, a guest there just so happened to be a Netflix executive and asked them to audition for “Stranger Things.” Corden encouraged the audition, although the others boys were hesitant because of their commitment to the band.

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Unfortunately, all but one of them got the part. We bet you can guess which one.

“Don’t worry about me. I’m gonna be OK,” Corden, dressed as the character Eleven, says. “I’ll be fine as long as I don’t end up wearing a suit and sitting behind a desk.”



The whole thing is obviously a joke, but that didn’t stop Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and Noah Schnapp (Will) from showcasing some serious talent! Not only are they adorable, but they can seriously sing.

They all serenaded the audience with harmonies and choreographed dancing to hits like “My Girl” by the Temptations, The Four Tops’ “(Reach Out) I’ll Be There” and the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”

Check it out:

Amazing, right?!

You may have already heard that Matarazzo, who performed on Broadway in “Les Miserables,” has some serious pipes, but we had no idea about the others. Just check out Gaten and his sister Sabrina sing the National Anthem before a Mets game last year:

We seriously love some good ol’ fashion nostalgia! With Motown from the ’60s and “Stranger Things” set in the ’80s, we can’t wait to see what the kids have planned next!

Must-Watch Carpool Karaoke

Sam Smith has officially joined the pop singers who have not only helped James Corden get to work on time, but entertained us along with the way. That’s right, it’s time for the latest edition of “Carpool Karaoke”! And you better buckle up because this one is EPIC.

Aside from Sam Smith’s hit songs, the two discussed everything from his recent weight loss—and why Corden isn’t losing weight even though he’s on the same diet (LOL)— Smith’s love for Ryan Gosling and that he is a huge fan of the group “Fifth Harmony,” which lead to a surprise for the star.

After starting to sing one of their songs, Corden pulled over and the women of Fifth Harmony all jumped in the back seat. “This is my dream!” Smith exclaimed. Together, the carpoolers all sang the Fifth Harmony song “Work From Home”.

Watch Sam Smith totally kill it in his turn in the passenger seat: