If you’ve already seen our Worst list, then this list of the Best Music Collaborations should be a nice palate cleanser. Not only are these tracks recorded well, they definitely won’t make your ears bleed.
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Honorable Mention: John Scofield and Medeschi Martin & Wood, “A-Go-Go.” It can be said that while talented, Scofield can play it a bit safe and MMW tends to lack a coherent melody, but they got their stuff together on this song.
5. Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly.” Star duets are a stalwart of Country music, but these two shine.
4. The Beatles with Eric Clapton, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” As talented as the Beatles were, without Clapton’s playing, this song might have just ended up in the ‘Octopus’s Garden.’
3. Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler, “This Is Us.” Critic Darryl Sterdan commented that the pairing on All This Roadrunning might have sounded like Beauty and the Beast, but it turned out to be a match made in heaven. It’s hard to argue with that.
2. Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, “Killing the Blues.” Their album, Raising Sands, is an all-around aural feast, but this track really stands out.
1. Queen and David Bowie, “Under Pressure.” What started as a jam session in 1981 turned into an iconic song that worked despite the strong personalities involved.
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