Written by Live Nation Staff • Photography by Kevin Winter, Getty Images • December 6, 2016
2016 was a rough and divisive year for many, but for the world of music, it was one for the books. From breakthrough albums to record-breaking singles and comeback performances, we had our fair share of good times. Here are some collaborations from this year that prove working together is much, much better than standing alone:
Britney Spears feat. Tinashe - "Slumber Party"
Britney Spears and Tinashe—do we even need to explain? This pop-infused R&B tune blends Britney’s danceable pop energy with a sensual spin that only Tinashe can supply. After watching the video, you’ll wish you could light some candles and join this kind of slumber party.
DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber - "Let Me Love You”
DJ Snake & Justin Bieber—we’re surprised this hasn’t happened until this year, but we’re sure glad it did. DJ Snake supplies us with a catchy tropical beat and Justin’s angel voice pairs well with this electro-pop vibe. To whomever Justin is singing to: can you please just let him love you?!
Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj - "Side to Side"
Girl power at its fiercest, Nicki and Ariana together is almost too much for our eyes and ears to handle. The sultry single is daring, racy and has a steamy video to back it all up. The reggae-inspired beat, Ariana’s powerhouse vocals and Nicki’s “fresh type of flow” got us all walkin’ side to side.
Flume feat. Tove Lo - "Say It"
Tove Lo blesses anything she touches with her hauntingly beautiful voice; pair that with Flume’s chord work and we get the wonder that is “Say It.” The track definitely lets Tove Lo shine (as she should) as the Australian producer frames her vocals with his atmospheric tones and refreshing breaks.
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk: “Starboy” & "I Feel It Coming"
After The Weeknd pulled out of his tour with Rihanna to work on new music, he set himself up for some high expectations. Thankfully the singer did not fail us. His Starboy album features two tracks co-produced by Daft Punk—“Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming.” The electronic duo adds their classic '80s synth-coated beats to the The Weeknd’s somber R&B to pick up the pace and give us a modern blast to the past that we (along with the rest of the world) cannot stop listening to.
Rihanna feat. Drake - “Work”
Can Rihanna and Drake please just fall in love and live happily ever after? For our sake? The two were dubbed the “Music King and Queen of 2016,” as Rihanna was the top streamed female artist on Spotify and Drake was the top streamed overall artist. Pandora also just released their “Top Thumb Hundred” chart, with, you guessed it, Rihanna and Drake dominating the top three slots.
The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey - “Closer”
Ah, to be young and in love. “Closer” reminds us all of the beautifully tragic experience of lost love. Though the song itself is upbeat and full of danceable flavor, the lyrics hone in on the all-too-relatable story of a failed relationship. Either way, it seems the DJ duo have perfected their formulaic blend of EDM and pop. With Halsey’s powerful vocals as momentum, the three made the longest running No. 1 single of 2016.
Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign - "Work From Home”
If you don’t take our word for it, maybe MTV's VMA for Best Collaboration of the Year can convince you otherwise. This feel-good, windows-down song is equally fresh as it is infectious with its casually clever innuendos and recurring “work, work, work” hook that gets stuck in your head for days on end.
Beyoncé feat. The Dixie Chicks - "Daddy Lessons"
Not only does this song bring together some of the most powerful women in music, it is also the best thing to happen to country-pop fans since the reigning days of T-Swift. Let's be real, Bey can sound good singing just about anything. The country-tinged harmonies add life and depth to Beyoncé’s Southern-inspired track and are music to our ears.
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