This year has been full of fresh new music with the likes of Ariana Grande, Little Mix and Cardi B switching things up and dominating the scene, but lets not forget about those incredible collaborations we got as well.
In 2018, we have witnessed a host of music artists working together, sometimes reaching three or four features on a single track. As the year comes to an end, today we’re listing the best pop music collabs of 2018 (in no particular order).
Let us know which one was your favourite in the comments!
1. Khalid & Normani – Love Lies
Khalid teams up with former Fifth Harmony member Normani to slow the R’n’B vibe right down in this track. Both vocals are unique and husky and complement each other perfectly and “Love Lies” became a prominent single on the “Love, Simon” movie soundtrack. The pair also smashed their live performance of the song at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards where they joined forces, incorporating Normani’s sexy choreography with Khalid’s charisma and cool stage presence. Their passion and off stage friendship shines through their music. We are super glad this was Normani’s debut solo single and it could not have been better executed.
2. Lil Dicky & Chris Brown – Freaky Friday
This track did more than just make us laugh. This hip-hop and rap song is also impossible not to dance along to. The music video, now reaching over 440 million views on Youtube, features cameos from Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled and Kendall Jenner and makes fun of Chris Brown and Lil Dicky’s lives when the two artists switch bodies. The song is hilarious but I don’t think anyone expected it to be one of the biggest tracks of the year and to smash the charts in several countries.
3. Rita Ora, Charli XCX, Bebe Rexha & Cardi B – Girls
Not two, not three, but four incredibly strong female artists helped bring this single together this year, and they brought all of their fiery sass with them to create the 2018 anthem of sexual exploration. All of their voices flow alongside each other beautifully, especially Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha’s. Plus, these woman inventively led the way in 2018 for how to stylishly pull of a track with multiple artists without it sounding messy or overwhelming.
4. Dinah Jane, Ty Dolla $ign & Marc E. Bassy – Bottled Up
The Fifth Harmony gals have been jumping into the music collaborations this year, and Dinah Jane is no exception. The singer pulled it out of the bag with her catchy debut single by releasing “Bottled Up”, reuniting with Ty Dolla $ign in the process. “Bottled Up” is similar to Fifth Harmony’s last album in that it is heavily influenced by laid back R’n’B sounds and having mature and meaningful lyrics and themes. The fusion of these three artists and their individual sounds worked so well to make this a timeless hit.
5. Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – Promises
This was like the collaboration we didn’t know we needed. It was no surprise this track reached number 1 in the UK, which was just another in a long line of number 1 hits for both artists. Sam Smith has dabbled in electronic dance music before but it is definitely not what the soulful and heart-felt songwriter is known for. Combining Calvin Harris’ unique music beat with Sam’s beautiful vocals might just make this the best EDM collab for the singer so far.
6. Sigala, Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor & French Montana – Just Got Paid
Sigala and Ella Eyre always produce hits whenever they team up but this time they are bringing the talent and sass of Meghan Trainor with them, as well as the rap skills of French Montana. The result, like all of the other huge collaborations of 2018; an absolute tune. Everyone can relate to that joyous feeling of getting paid, and it felt as though the last of the summer vibes were being kept alive for that little bit longer by this track, and I’m sure we all appreciated it. Ella Eyre and Meghan Trainor’s friendship dominates the music video, and I’m sure the track will be played every payday for years to come.
7. Charli XCX & Troye Sivan – 1999
The obsession and nostalgia for the 90’s is still very much flourishing in the pop music world and 2018 brought that to another level when Charli XCX and Troye Sivan teamed up and wished to go back to the year 1999. The catchy song was a bop, but then the music video brought it to a whole other level. Featuring sketches and parodies of events from 1999, including the movies The Titanic and The Matrix as well as music videos from The Spice Girls and NSYNC, the track and music video is overflowing with the memory of the past century. Interestingly, Troye Sivan was only four years old in 1999, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from dreaming about simpler times before the social media and technology take over. The track appreciates the cheesy movies and classic music of the 90’s.
8. DJ Snake, Ozuna, Cardi B & Selena Gomez – Taki Taki
This was yet another hit in 2018 involving four different artists, except this time DJ Snake brought together three artists from completely different backgrounds and genres. This meant that “Taki Taki” quickly became a worldwide hit with the use of English and Spanish lyrics and rap verses. Despite the track bringing together a new group of artists who have never worked together before, the hot and spicy music video shows the group in matching fiery red outfits. Additionally, each artist also brings their own vibe to the track. DJ Snake provides the reggaeton beat whilst Ozuna performs the Spanish hook. With Cardi B’s violent sass and Selena Gomez’s seductive husky vocals bringing their own pop identity into the track, the girls also dip into Spanish verses at different points too. The collaboration was perfectly meshed together.
9. Little Mix & Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me
It’s about time! With Little Mix becoming more worldwide and confident, being more assertive and empowered by their new music, this was the perfect year to collaborate with the queen herself; Nicki Minaj. Both parties seemed to be overjoyed to be working together and this track became an instant hit everywhere. The distinctive beat brings together the sweet vocals of the girls with the cheeky rap talents of Nicki Minaj. This track united two powerful female forces in the music world, and it is arguably the best Little Mix collaboration yet.
10. Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
With both artists planning on breaking out of their music hiatus and releasing their next new album, Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus decided to come together for the first time and create a soft romance ballad. Switching things up, the accompanying music video delves into current issues in the world. You can really hear Miley Cyrus’ Southern accent and it blends perfectly with the acoustic guitar layer and Mark Ronson’s smooth composition. This track was the ideal introduction to the next chapter in both artists’ music career, and we can’t wait to hear more from them both.
2018 was definitely the year of stronger and larger collaborations, and here are some honorable mentions which didn’t quite make our Top 10 cut…
- Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss: A party anthem and an incredibly catchy track. Just like Sam Smith, we didn’t realise how amazing Dua Lipa would sound over the top of Calvin Harris’ unforgettable beat.
- Maroon 5 & Cardi B – Girls Like You: Not only was Maroon 5 blessed with Cardi B’s bold verse, the music video also featured dozens of other powerful women, which promoted successful female figures in 2018.
- Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande – Bed: With the amazing year Ariana Grande has had, it is easy to forget about this track but , once again, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande bring together their sexy R’n’B joint vibe which is always received well when these girls collab.
That’s it! Make sure to let us know your favourite collaboration of 2018 in the comments!