Liam Payne Schools James Corden in Boy Band Vs. Solo Singer Riff-Off, Explains Son Bear's Name: Watch

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Liam Payne, The Filharmonic, and James Corden perform a Riff-Off during The Late Late Show with James Corden on Sept. 6, 2017.

Liam also sang "Strip That Down" on Wednesday night's (Sept. 6) show.

When will James Corden ever learn? You just can't bait the musical guest with silly debates about whether boy bands or solo stars are the best when you know they might take umbrage and call you out. As so, it happened again on Wednesday night (Sept. 6) when The Late Late Show host began innocently singing some of Backstreet Boys' "I Want it That Way" and "Quit Playing Games With My Heart" before deciding that boy bands -- with their harmonies and synchronized dance routines -- are simply better than solo singers. 

"Whoa, whoa, whoa, what's going on?," said One Direction member turned solo star Liam Payne as he walked out on stage before his appointed segment looking a bit miffed. "I just hear that you've been saying boy bands are better than solo artists?" he said, warning Corden not to so casually slam solo artists. Cue The Filharmonic, who busted out to help Corden perform his take on NSYNC's "Tearin' Up My Heart," which inspired Payne to drop a funky version of George Michael's "Faith," complete with an a cappella hip thrust at the end.

That one hurt. Corden schooled his young protege with a slice of Hanson's classic "MMMBop," even as Payne parryied back with a breezy take on Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You." It went on like that for a bit until the two called a truce and found a song they could both agree on. Guess what it was?

Check out the riff-off below, plus Liam's performance of "Strip That Down" and his hilarious explanation of his son Bear's name: