It seems that nowadays everything we listen to is comprised of some type of collaboration, either vocally or by way of production. Heck we even have posthumous collabs (think Aaliyah and Drake, Amy Winehouse and Nas, Erick Sermon and Marvin Gaye, Tupac and Notorious B.I.G, and basically Tupac with virtually everybody!). 

So I started thinking, hmmmm, what do people consider the best music collaborations of all time?!

Now depending on how old you are (yes, your choices may show your age!), I’m sure our responses will vary. I’m curious though as to how many we may have in common, if any at all.

So without further ado, here are some of my favorite music collaborations. Though I have many, I’ll only hit you with a few. 😉

Best Music Collaborations

Sit back and listen to these musical cuts by collaborations between some great artists!

Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C., ‘Walk This Way’

Back in the 80s, this was one of those rare collabs which eventually helped expand both groups’ careers and introduced each to new audiences. I think everybody now knows [of] this song! If not, that’s what you have me for…click play and get acquainted with it. 🙂

Video link: http://youtu.be/4B_UYYPb-Gk

 

Queen and David Bowie, ‘Under Pressure’

What’s funny is that I never knew about this song for real until I learned that Vanilla Ice sampled it on “Ice Ice Baby,” though he denied that the songs were that similar (per Ruthless Reviews). 

Video Link: http://youtu.be/a01QQZyl-_I

 

Michael Jackson – Beat It

So, um, you know the guitar sounds and solo in this song? That’s Rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen, lead guitarist of hard rock band Van Halen. Wonders if the song would have had the same feel and been just as great without Eddie…hmmm…

What do you think?

Video link: http://youtu.be/oRdxUFDoQe0

 

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell were two of the best singers at Motown (let my momma tell it!) so it just made sense to have these two record together. They also recorded other duets which were successful as well. 

Video Link: http://youtu.be/IC5PL0XImjw

 

New! Hungry Like The Wolf (Steve Aoki Remix) #SWULive

I’ve teamed up with Trident Gum who has a new campaign called See What Unfolds (SWU), which is all about collaborations. This video features Steve Hiroyuki Aoki, an American electro house musician, record producer and the founder of Dim Mak Records, remixing Duran Duran’s Hungry Like The Wolf.

What do you think about this house style remix of Duran Duran’s classic?  

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/embed/Fci4WYQN2P8

Hungry Like a Wolf Remix content and/or other value provided by our partner, Trident.

 

The 8 Worst Music Collaborations of All Time!

Okay, you gotta check out Smosh’s list of what they consider the 8 worst collaborations of all time! Hilarious!

And I’m going to go ahead and add the 9th worst collabo…

David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street

What the heck were David and Mick thinking??? I first saw this video on an episode of Family Guy during one of their cutaways and actually thought Seth and his writers were just playing. But after watching the ENTIRE video, I realized it was real! So I looked it up on YouTube and the only thing in my head was, “WOOOOOOOOW!

*Really David and Mick? This is what you decided to create one day on a lazy Sunday afternoon?*

Video Link: http://youtu.be/9G4jnaznUoQ

 

Over to you…

What are your favorite or best music collaborations? What collaborations would you like to see happen? Share your thoughts in the comments below! I’m listening… 🙂

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Reader’s Poll: What Are The Best Music Collaborations of All Time?
  • Loved these all of these. I really liked “You’re All I Need to Get By” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. When they both hit the high notes, it’s beautiful magic. Loved their voices together.

    Of course, this means I’m dating myself! ☺

    I like Tommy Petty and Stevie Nicks “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” a well.

    I remember liking the Bowie/Jagger version when it came out, but didn’t remember the video. I still like the way they sound together but the video…. All I can say is that I’m still chuckling.

    Great post, Kesha.

    • Hey deary! It’s the video that’s not doing it for me…how cheesy does it look now?!?!?! LOL It’s like Bowie and Jagger said, “We have one camera, a back alley, nothing else to do, and some (not so great) dance moves…Let’s do it!” 😀

      Thanks for sharing your collab! I will have to look that one up. 🙂

  • Haha! I LOooooooooooooooooooooooVE this.

    It depends what you mean by best — the one’s you listed are practically L E G E N D A R Y.

    Such big names 🙂

    I feel Jay-Z + Kanye’s collab album Watch The Throne pretty much set the bar for collaborations currently. I mean… damn. It’s epic.

    Then there’s world-shaking one’s like Flo Rida + Avicii “Good Feeling”.

    Or generation-spanning stuff, like Madonna & Nicki Minaj’s, Give Me All Your Luvin’. Or

    Or more rare underground stuff from some incredible artists, like Tool + Tori Amos – Muhammed, My Friend or Eddie Vedder & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Dead Man Walking Soundtrack.

    Or 1-hit-wonder style, like: “Standing Outside a Phone Booth With Money in My Hand,” Primitive Radio Gods feat. BB King.

    Or collabs that should be bigger, but aren’t like Drake’s Over My Dead Body, with Chantal Kreviazuk.

    Or older stuff like you already listed 🙂

    But for me… I’d say the ultimate collab is when allllll these artists got together to promote love for Haiti:

    Young Artists For Haiti – Flag Wavin’.

    Spear-headed by K’Naan + Bob Ezrin, this is one of the biggest collab projects ever and it was done with absolute class, excellence, and mastery, and it moved the world.

    Who’s involved???

    Bob Ezrin, K’naan, Nelly Furtado, Avril Lavigne, Sam Roberts, Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan), Tyler Connolly (Theory Of A Deadman), Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, Josh Ramsay, (Marianas Trench), Jay Malinowski (Bedouin Soundclash), Chin Injeti, Jacob Hoggard (Hedley), Red 1 (Rascalz), LIGHTS, Deryck Whibley (Sum 41), Serena Ryder, Emily Haines (Metric), James Shaw (Metric), Hawksley Workman, Drake, Ima, Elisapie Isaac, Pierre Lapointe, Esthero, Corb Lund, Fefe Dobson, Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies), Tom Cochrane, Kevin Parent, Lamar Ashe, Colin James, Nikki Yanofsky, Suzie McNeil, Stephan Moccio, Aion Clarke, Kathleen Edwards, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Shiloh, Stacey McKitrick, Jessie Farrell, Colin MacDonald, Justin Nozuka, Hayley Sales, Matt Mays, City & Colour, Arkells, Pat Kordyback (Stereos), Dave Faber (Faber Drive), Brandon Lehti (The Latency), The Canadian Tenors, Justin Bieber, Torquil Campbell (Stars), Broken Social Scene.

    http://vimeo.com/10085362

    • OMG, I KNEEEEEW you would share some goodness Jason!!! *hugs*

      I just checked out K’Naan’s video and first I love the pink guitar 🙂 Secondly, I didn’t know anything about it but am all the wiser now and love the concept of the song!

      Yes, “best” is subjective and based on what one listens to. For instance, I’m not clued in to much underground music so I have no clue what goes on in that world…

      Speaking of generation spanning, Unforgettable is a classic between Nat and Natalie Cole!

      We can name so many, new and old. It’s going to be interesting to see what others reveal as well!

      Besides, this helps me learn of new music too. So I’ll be checking out the hits you mentioned!

      Thanks so much for your valuable contribution J-Ryze!! *smooches* 😉

      • Yeeeah, we rock 🙂 Whadda team 🙂 You know it, Kesha.

        My pleasure — LOOVE this post. So much. You rock. It kinda reminds me of my post on pop music wisdom here: http://ryzeonline.com/pop-songs-own-souls

        P.S. Some really great collabs only happen live, on stage, with a guest lead singer or something, too.

  • I like all your examples too, I am not sure if I remember right, but I believe Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder had one a long time ago called Ebony and Ivory. And that was pretty awesome as well. Even though I haven’t heard it many many years 🙂

    • Awwww Jens, you brought back memories of that one! I had never seen the video though (until now as I just youtube’d it!). They look so young and cute in their oppositely dressed black and white fits. 🙂

      Thank you for bringing that one to our attention!!

  • One of my most favs Aerosmith and RUNDMC

  • Okay Wow….where do I begin with this one?!! (lol)

    You know how I am about music (LOL) so this one’s a tough one to answer because there’s SO many that I consider great! But I’ll do my best! 😀

    Here is goes:

    *Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This — Will Downing and Rachelle Ferrell

    *Ebony Eyes — Smokey Robinson and Rick James

    *Oh Give Thanks — Israel Houghton and Byron Cage

    *Boogie Wonderland — Earth, Wind, and Fire and The Emotions

    *Easy Lover — Phil Collins and Phillip Bailey

    Okay let me stop this list now before I take up your entire screen!! Rotfl!! 😀

    Great (and fun) post Dearie!! ~Thanks for sharing!!

    • Another music connoisseur like Jason eh? I should have known!

      Yes, there are soooo many good collabs in all genres and through the generations! OMG, I forgot about Ebony Eyes (*goes to listen to it now*)

      And I just love Rachelle Ferrell and miss the CD I had that somebody stole 🙁 You bringing me all types of goodness to go listen to today!

      Thanks boo!

  • Okay sorry — 1 more!! (lolololol)

    All-time best collab:

    “I Who Have Nothing” — Luther Vandross and Martha Wash

    THE best one of all-time (in my opinion! lol)

    Okay– I’m done now ( I think! 😀 )

  • Memories is right Kesha and what great ones these are. Okay, my mind isn’t what it use to be so glad everyone piped in here and shared some more. But out of these I would definitely have to go with Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. Oh yeah, I’m SO telling my age here but you have to admit, that’s a fabulous song and no matter how old you are you love it.

    Great share girl.

    ~Adrienne

  • Hi Lakesh!
    i never heard these song in my life but i like my hindi classical song as you like your hollywood classical song.but i will try to hear these song because some english song i hear.

  • Notorious Spinks

    Y’all brought all the good ones! I love Marvin & Tammi. OMG! I also must agree that Jay and Yeezy brought it.

    But to touch on my gangster rap roots, any track with Nate Dogg crooning the hook…makes me melt. LOL!

    • LOL When I see you, I’m gonna play a song with Nate Dogg in it…just for YOU! 🙂

  • Q

    I think that “Walk This Way” is the biggest because it made rap mainstream. Rap may have never crossed over had it not been for Aerosmith and Run DMC coming together. It led to plenty of unlikely matches like Public Enemy and Anthrax.

    Another groundbreaking collab was Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger. “State of Shock” took Jacko from an R&B guy to the world of Pop Rock and introduced Jagger to the R&B crowd.

    • I agree that Walk This Way was very pivotal in rap’s history! I have to go look up the other 2 collabs you mentioned…might have heard the songs before but don’t recognize them offhand by name.

      *goes to youtube* 🙂

      Thanks Q for stopping through and sharing your thoughts!

  • Val

    Did anyone not mention Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney “Ebony And Ivory”
    Or MJ and Paul McCartney “Say, Say, Say” or “The Girl Is Mine”
    Or Lionel Richie and Diana Ross “Endless Love”

    Too many great ones to mention.. I could be at this all day. Thanks for bringing this back. How did I miss this? LOL

    • I’m sure you can, Val…You’re gonna be my go to for anything old school – movies, tv, music! 🙂

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