We all know that feeling of when one of our favourite artists releases a collaboration; where two, three, maybe even four or more creative minds come together to make something special. But we also know that some collaborations just aren’t talked about enough.
To showcase the immense talent that comes from these incredible songs, here are 8 collaborations you need to hear!
1. Take What You Want – One Ok Rock featuring 5 Seconds of Summer
We’re starting off strong with the beautiful yet heartwrenching ‘Take What You Want’ by One Ok Rock featuring 5 Seconds of Summer. The track is taken from the band’s eighth studio album, Ambitions. Since One Ok Rock supported 5SOS on the US leg of the Sounds Live Feels Live tour in 2016, this is the collaboration we’ve always wanted. ‘Take What You Want’ has the ability to make you feel a million emotions at once, giving you a strong need to sing the lyrics as loud as you possibly can.
2. Eastside – Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid
Benny Blanco’s debut single ‘Eastside’, featuring Halsey and Khalid, tells the story of a forbidden romantic relationship. The song was a hit in the charts, peaking at number 20 on the Billboard Top 100 whilst reaching number 1 in multipe countries, including the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. The music video matches the song perfectly. It’s a pure and simple one, reminding us that we all have a lot more in common than we may think.
3. Time Machine – State Champs featuring Mark Hoppus
State Champs, a pop-punk band, collaborating with Mark Hoppus, member of blink-182 and an icon of pop-punk? ‘Time Machine’ is something we were never going to be ready for. Taken from State Champs’ most recent album, Living Proof, ‘Time Machine’ is well and truly a Champs song. Unlike their upbeat anthems, such as ‘Secrets’, ‘Dead and Gone’ and ‘Elevated’, ‘Time Machine’ has a certain State Champs aura to it that you get from ‘All or Nothing’ and fellow Living Proof track ‘Our Time To Go’.
4. Don’t Wait – Neck Deep featuring Sam Carter
If you like a bit of pop-punk and a bit of metalcore, this one is for you. ‘Don’t Wait’ by Neck Deep, featuring Sam Carter from Architects, is the collaboration we’ve been waiting for. What screams punk more than lyrics about deception, truth and authorities?
5. Ground Control – All Time Low featuring Tegan and Sara
How All Time Low make so many beautiful and comforting songs that feel like a hug from a friend is beyond us, but ‘Ground Control’ featuring Tegan and Sara does just that. Whenever we’re feeling lost, or need some reassurance, this song is there to help us out.
6. Strangers – Halsey featuring Lauren Jauregui
‘Strangers’ is one phenomenal song, featuring two phenomenal women. Halsey and Lauren Jauregui are undoubtedly two of their generation’s most influential and inspiring people, having beautiful, creative souls inside and out. Speaking about the song and Lauren Jauregui’s guest vocals in an interview, Halsey has said, “I was thinking to myself, if I want this song to be believable, it needs to be real, so I’m not going to put a girl on the song to sing who’s straight. I’m just not going to do it. So I reached out to Lauren and she came in and she cut the vocal and it sounds awesome. Our voices sound really cool together because we both have really raspy voices, mine’s a little more delicate than hers. Hers is like really powerful and big and raspy, and mine is kind of like light and raspy. But it’s really cool because I’m bisexual. I just love that Lauren and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBT community, it’s unheard of. It’s very rare to see it from a female perspective.”
7. Save Rock And Roll – Fall Out Boy featuring Elton John
If there’s any song, any collaboration, that’s going to be one in a million, this is definitely one of them. Fall Out Boy and Elton John are two legends of music, representing different generations. But coming together in this one song, they’ve managed to perfectly encapsulate a feeling that’s difficult to describe, but a feeling that anyone can experience.
8. Wonderful Life – Bring Me The Horizon featuring Dani Filth
‘Wonderful Life’, featuring Cradle of Filth vocalist Dani Filth, is the second single from Bring Me The Horizon’s upcoming sixth studio album, Amo. The track originated from sessions for Limp Bizkit which unfortunately didn’t work out. However, a positive did come out of it as the guys from Bring Me The Horizon were able to combine the riff they’d written with an idea they had for one of their own songs, thus creating ‘Wonderful Life’.