The most fire features.
ARCADE FIRE feat. DAVID BOWIE – “Reflektor” – as described by nick burns
At the 4:45 mark, that unmistakeable Bowie saxophone hits, and a second later comes an anxious, threnodic, spine-tingling twist on his classic Fame-era vocals. Of course David Bowie and Arcade Fire are friends.
THE ROLLING STONES feat. MERRY CLAYTON – “Gimme Shelter” – as described by madelyne xiao
Soul singer Merry Clayton makes even Mick (!) sound mild. Originally labeled a background vocal track, Clayton’s singing brings a raw eloquence to the Stones’ anti-war anthem. Near the three-minute mark, you’ll hear Clayton’s voice crack as she springs for a high note–buried beneath the guitars, you’ll also hear a few approving whoops from the band in the studio. Clayton was pregnant during the recording and suffered a miscarriage soon afterwards–it’s been said that the emotional intensity of the session contributed to–or caused–the miscarriage.
T.I. feat ANDRÉ 3000 – “Sorry” – as described by ned hardy
If someone could compile every casually-immaculate guest verse 3 Stacks has tossed our way in the past decade, that’d be great, thx, xo. Obv this is at the top of the list. Pro tip: Listen to T.I.’s comparably earthbound intro verses once or twice then just slice the mp3 so it starts with 3K. I mean, he’s the best to ever do it. No question.
MAJOR LAZER & DJ SNAKE feat. MØ – “Lean On” – as described by auden ehringer
“Blow a kiss, fire a gun, all we need is someone to lean on”. What does it all mean? The beat and vocals are interesting and oddly satisfying, but the lyrics leave me feeling confused — My turmoil over this song is like a metaphor for the state of my midterm-studying. I guess I’ll just do as my professors suggest and “use my intuition” to figure this one out.
DAVID GUETTA feat. SIA – “Titanium” – as described by loralee sepsey
She sings the entire song. It’s beautiful. I don’t understand DJs.
RIHANNA feat. NICKI MINAJ – “Raining Men” – as described by elisabeth dee
Let’s be real- in any song feat. Nicki, she will automatically outshine the main artist. In all 157 songs featuring her, she fucking slays. Rihanna is amazing in her own right, I absolutely love Riri, but yes Nicki yes.
FLYING LOTUS feat. KENDRICK LAMAR – “Never Catch Me” – as described by katie nesser
Flying Lotus has a knack for collaboration, having also worked with Thom Yorke, Erykah Badu, and Snoop Dogg, but this is my favorite of the bunch. Crazy maximalist jazz-rap that’s always a half-step ahead of you.
BEYONCE feat NICKI MINAJ – “Flawless (remix)j” – as described by analyssa lopez
You thought Flawless*** couldn’t have a better feature than Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and then, in the middle of the night, Beyonce dropped this remix. Not only that, but she brought Nicki out on stage with her (in matching jumpsuits no less!!!!!) when On The Run was in Paris. If this song doesn’t make you feel like you can do anything in the world, I don’t even know. I’m still holding out hope for a collab album a la Kanye & Jay-Z…The Queen of Rap, slaying with Queen B, indeed.
KANYE WEST feat. NICKI MINAJ – “Monster” – as described by taylor litchfield
When Kanye says “I thought about taking Nicki’s verse off of ‘Monster’ because I knew people would say that was the best verse” you gotta stop and let that sink in. Nicki slayed harder than anyone else on that track, that album, maybe the modern world – either way, she’s a queen that took the crown.
NELLY feat. TIM MCGRAW – “Over and Over” – as described by miriam pollock
I hear this song and i am immediately brought back to a specific night, sixth grade. Fall, soccer practice, me dribbling a ball and this song dribbling around in my head and the transparent intermittent shimmer of the lights filtering through the wet seattle night air and this song just in my head, over and over and over and over.
KANYE WEST feat. BON IVER – “Lost in the World” – as described by lila thulin
Kanye’s definitely in his zone with this (unexpected but excellent) Bon Iver collaboration. As per usual, the rhythm is insistent and intoxicating; the rhymes (when you forget they’re apparently about Kim K.) precise. When Justin Vernon and Alicia Keys’ gossamer vocals layer on top of all of this, it’s enough to give me chills.
ACTION BRONSON feat. CHANCE THE RAPPER – “Baby Blue” – as described by alex cheng
Chance’s verse off “Baby Blue” is a staple of his live show and, frankly, the best cut he does all night. (I like Arthur as much as the next guy, but when Chance does his viral cover live, it feels like an opportunity for fratboys to believe they’re helping Southside Chicago just by singing along.) The production on “Baby Blue” is just right for Chance’s excitable and sometimes muddy live band, and his verse is killer. Yeah, Bronson sings the hook nice, but when Chances waltzes in, it’s game over. Lines so sharp, heartbreak so lovable, and he really is handsome af. “I hope you happy. Igh.”
KANYE WEST feat. RICK ROSS – “Devil in a New Dress” – as described by anthony milki
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the most beautifully layered piece of music I know of. The album is filled with massive posse cuts and multi-sample instrumentals, but “Devil in a New Dress” is a structural outlier; all we got here is one feature and a simple, but beautiful, Smokey Robinson sample, but don’t you think for a second that the track doesn’t fully embody the album’s maximalism. Kanye is the greatest collaborator ever, and he gets an overwhelmingly decadent verse out of Rick Ross to give us the best moment on the best album of all time.
DANNY BROWN feat. CHARLI XCX – “Float On” – as described by alejandra salazar
Charli’s vocals? Ethereal. Teasing. Chilling. Hypnotic. I live for her chorus.
RUFUS feat. CHAKA KHAN – “You Got the Love” – as described by bojan srb
As if anyone could ever put Chaka in a supporting role.