Not quite a duet, a featured artist on a song acts as more of a supportive friend, pitching in a helpful vocal to boost a song to perfection and even that No. 1 spot.
The MVP of featured spots this year is easily Pharrell Williams (and potentially ever see Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" and "Beautiful;" Britney Spears' "Boys;" Ludacris' "Money Maker"). Williams also claims spots on Daft Punk's newest record Random Access Memories (twice!), Robin Thicke's No. 1 hit "Blurred Lines," Jay-Z's "BBC," which also features seemingly everyone (Nas, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Swiss Beatz and Timbaland), 2 Chainz's "Feds Watching," Azealia Banks' "ATM Jam" and even SNL jokesters The Lonely Island's "Hugs." Did we get them all?
Beyoncé's solo breakout hit "Crazy In Love," featuring Jay-Z, of course earns the top spot on our playlist of songs with featured artists. It was tempting to fall in to the early 2000s Top 40 rabbit hole filled with treasures such as Usher's "Yeah" featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, Ja Rule's "Mesmerize" featuring Ashanti, and Ciara's "Goodies" featuring Missy Elliot, but office anti-booty-popping sensibilities eventually prevailed. (O.K., there's a Missy Elliot song, because who could resist?)
Readers also offered their own suggestions, including Queen's classic "Under Pressure," featuring David Bowie, and The Killers' "Tranquilize," featuring legend and moonlighting critic Lou Reed on their album Sawdust, a compilation of b-sides, rarities and covers.
There's no way we could've collected all of the greatest songs with featured artists, and that's where you come in. Send us your favorite song with a guest spot to add to our Spotify playlist. Here's how:
How to share your song with us
1. To follow Mashable on Spotify, click here. If a popup window asks if you want to launch an external application, say yes. It just means that the browser is opening up Spotify.
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3. To send music while browsing tracks in Spotify, follow the MashableHQ account. Then right click (ctrl + click) on the song you want to send and click the "Share..." option.
4. By default, Spotify pulls up the "Post to Feed" option. Instead, select the "Send to Friend" tab, type in "mashablehq," and hit the blue Send button.
If "mashablehq" doesn't show up when you're trying to send a track, make sure you're following the mashablehq account. If you're still having problems sending a song after that, let us know in the comments section below and we'll help you fix the problem. Enjoy the tunes!
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