The best way to get pumped for any event — let alone the Olympics — is to listen to music. Before hitting up tonight’s (Aug. 5) Opening Ceremony at this year’s Olympic Games in Brazil starting at 8 p.m. EST, the U.S. swim team did their own version of carpool karaoke. Sadly, there was no James Corden to be found, but their playlist had no shortage of awesome music.

As team captain, Michael Phelps led the crew of legendary swimmers including Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Elizabeth Beisel, Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian, and more on the epic sing-along. They took on all your favorites from Justin Bieber to One Direction, Miley Cyrus, and Fifth Harmony. (Pro tip: Their playlist will be one you’ll want to make note of for your next road trip.)

No road trip is complete without a fast food run and in Ryan Lochte’s car, that’s means a lot of sauce and a massive ice cream cone. Maybe that’s his secret to winning all those gold medals. It won’t be long until the swimmers start competing, and dude has to carb-load, right? Let’s hope these good vibes will bring home the gold for team USA.

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You just knew it was coming.

And even though Michael Phelps played coy when asked about it on his series of Facebook live videos, we all had a feeling something was coming.

Following up on the 2012 viral smash “Call Me Maybe” lip sync was going to be tough. The video launched swimmers like Missy Franklin into the public consciousness long before her four gold medals in London.

In a play on “The Late, Late Show with James Corden” and his wildly popular “Carpool Karaoke” series the 2016 team get together to karaoke a series of songs while they cruise around Atlanta.

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They are all there. Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps (fielding a call from his mom mid-video),Ryan Lochte, Elizabeth Biesel, Josh Prenot, Anthony Ervin, Conor Dwyer and all the rest.

Below is the video, that was produced by one of USA Swimming’s high performance consultants Russell Mark (who we also collaborated with on our flagship underwater dolphin kick guide).

The highlight?

It’s gotta be Nathan Adrian’s solo backup skills at 4:50 on The Proclaimers “500 Miles” in the Cal car. Also, Jimmy Feigen likes ketchup.


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Michael Phelps and U.S. Swim Team Film Their Own Carpool Karaoke Medley

They took on Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, One Direction, Zac Brown Band, Fifth Harmony and, of course, Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA.”

Before he has the honor of carrying the U.S. flag in the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Rio Olympics, legendary swimmer Michael Phelps crammed into a car with dozens of other members of Team U.S.A. to bust out some jams in the style of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show.

Joined by fellow badass lappers Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Elizabeth Beisel, Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian and a dozen others, Phelps and the crew took on songs by everyone from Justin Bieber to Flo Rida, the themes from Friends and That ’70s Show, One Direction, Zac Brown Band, Fifth Harmony and, of course, Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA.”

Flags, Pokémon and, for some reason, lobster costumes were involved. And, of course, they did a call back to that time they all jammed on Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” before the 2012 Olympics.

The 2016 Olympics from Rio de Janeiro kick off Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC with the opening ceremonies. Watch the video below.

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