Year of the collaborations

With December coming up, I was reflecting the other day on some of the best music of the year — and this year has had a LOT of good music (finally!!)…. I realized that a large portion of hits this year were collaborations – I’m unofficially dubbing 2009 the Year of Collaboration. I think it’s fitting. In no particular order, here are just some of the collaborations I’ve been loving this year:

  • Rihanna featuring Justin Timberlake – Rehab
  • David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland – When Love Takes Over
  • David Guetta featuring Akon – Sexy Bitch
  • Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé – Telephone
  • New Kids On The Block & Lady Gaga – Big Girl Now
  • Kanyé West & Kid Cudi featuring Lady Gaga – I Poke Her Face
  • Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis – Just Dance
  • Lady Gaga featuring Space Cowboy – Christmas Tree (okay, a 2008 holdover, but still great!)
  • Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, & SoShy – Morning After Dark
  • Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
  • Jay-Z featuring Rihanna & Kanyé West – Run This Town
  • Eminem featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent – Crack A Bottle
  • Eminem featuring Lil’ Wayne, Drake & Kanyé West – Forever
  • Ciara & Justin Timberlake – Love Sex Magic
  • T.I. featuring Rihanna – Live Your Life
  • Rihanna featuring Kardinal Offishall – Tide Is High (Numba One)
  • T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake – Dead and Gone
  • Drake featuring Kevin Cossom – I Get Paper
  • Rihanna featuring Young Jeezy – Hard
  • Jesse McCartney featuring T-Pain – Body Language
  • Jason DeRulo (sampling Imogen Heap) – Whatcha Say
  • Cobra Starship featuring Leighton Meester – Good Girls Go Bad
  • Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat – Lucky
  • Jay Sean featuring Lil’ Wayne – Down
  • Shakira featuring Lil’ Wayne – Give It Up To Me
  • FloRida featuring Ke$ha – Right Round
  • 3OH!3 featuring Katy Perry – Starstrukk

Not to mention all the songs where otherwise-famous artists have collaborated as writers or producers (Timbaland, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry were prominent on this front)…

I could go on but I think the list speaks for itself! The future is collaborative. The future is now.


One response to this post.

  1. PS

    Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments, I’m certain I’ve missed some!!


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