James Corden's 'First Line, Every Line' Game: Our Musical Wish List

James Corden, Madonna, Elvis Presley & Kesha
Quinton McMillan

James Corden, Madonna, Elvis Presley & Kesha

Mark our words: “First Line, Every Line” is about to blow up.

James Corden's newest late-night musical game has serious spin-off potential, and it isn't as easy as one might think. If you aren't familiar with the concept, watch Hailee Steinfeld take on Katy Perry's "Firework" below:

The first line -- "Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?" -- isn't nearly as meaningful as "Baby you're a firework, come on show 'em what you're worth," but your challenge is to "let it shine" as the one-and-only lyric. Other contenders worth noting: Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" ("Tommy used to work on the docks") and Adele's "Someone Like You" ("I heard that you’re settled down").

We took the liberty of choosing songs for future episodes (and there's plenty more where that came from). For those of you who want to play at home, the person (or team) that works the first line into the song best wins the round. The songs have been broken up into categories: easy, medium and hard. Have fun!


"I Love Rock N Roll" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
"I saw him dancin' there by the record machine"

"Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis
"Wise men say only fools rush in"

"Material Girl" by Madonna
"Some boys kiss me, some boys hug me, I think they're OK"

"Everything I Do I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams
"Look into my eyes, you will see, what you mean to me"

"Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5
"Just shoot for the stars if it feels right"

"I Heard It Through" by Marvin Gaye
"I bet you're wonderin' how I knew"

"We Found Love" by Rihanna
"Yellow diamonds in the light, and we're standing side by side"


"Blow" by Kesha
"Backdoor cracked, we don't need a key"

Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen
"Steve walks warily down the street"

"Quit Playing Games" by Backstreet Boys
"Even in my heart I see you're not bein' true to me"

"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton
"It's late in the evening, she's wondering what clothes to wear"

"Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
"Sometimes I feel I've got to run away"

"Love Somebody" by Maroon 5
"I know your insides are feeling so hollow"

"Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor
"Rising up, back on the street"


"Royals" by Lorde
"I've never seen a diamond in the flesh"

"I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany
"Children behave, that's what they say when we're together"

"TiK ToK" by Kesha
"Wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy"

"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
"Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick and think of you"

"Party In The U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus
"I hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan"

"Thriller" by Michael Jackson
"It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark"

"Don't You Want Me" by The Human League
"You were workin' as a waitress in a cocktail bar when I met you"