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.

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One response to this post.

  1. PS

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

    Reply

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