“Collaborate and listen,” Vanilla Ice sang on Ice Ice Baby in 1990. Even all those years ago, he knew that star-studded collaborations would get us listening to our favourite artists coming together to make jams and anthems we could bop to. This year saw some unreal and unexpected partnerships. Check out our favourites below.
Taylor and Kendrick, Bad Blood
The Grammy nominations were released today, and the Academy agrees as well: Kendrick’s remix of Taylor’s Bad Blood was one of the biggest collabs this year. The biggest names in rap and pop, here portrayed as alter egos Catastrophe and Welvin Da Greay, joining forces gave us squad goals that lasted all year.
MØ and Major Lazer, Lean On
Major Lazer revealed in an interview with Time that both Rihanna and Nicki Minaj turned down the track before Danish singer MØ performed the vocals for Lean On. Good thing for MØ (who co-wrote the song), because the summer anthem currently sits on the record for the most-streamed song on Spotify at 526 million plays.
Drake and Future, What A Time To Be Alive
What a time to be alive. Despite giving us non-album album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, earlier this year in February, Drake joined forces with ATL rapper Future and dropped ANOTHER mixtape in September. What A Time To Be Alive was the product of two of the best rappers in the game today. Together they might make up a small two-man team, but they still deserve some really big rings for this one.
Shawn Mednes and Camila Cabello, I Know What You Did Last Summer
Shawn and Camilla of girl band Fifth Harmony are a last-minute entry for the greatest collaboration of this year. Together the two teen sensations (and rumored couple) gave us the steamy single telling the story of unfaithful love in I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber, Where Are U Now
Where Are U Now is a contender not only for the most important collab of 2015, but of ALL TIME. It’s safe to Belieb that if Justin didn’t team up with Skrillex (who went on to produce a total of five tracks on Purpose), his latest album would not have been as successful. Where Are U Now thrust JB back onto our summer playlists and essentially, back into our good graces.