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25 Bizarre Musical Collaborations

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Andrea Bocelli and Dua Lipa
> Song: If Only

Andrea Bocelli is an opera singer and master of multiple instruments. Dua Lipa is known for her big pop dance hits that have propelled her into stardom in recent years. The two team up for a slow and heartfelt ballad. The song is different from most of Lipa’s music and it shows that she can certainly sing and has more range than some would give her credit for.

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Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks
> Song: Daddy Lessons

Beyoncé‘s 2016 mega album “Lemonade” included a collaboration with country pop group the Dixie Chicks. Beyoncé sings over the twang of a banjo and the women share their differing experiences growing up in Texas. The collaboration shows a new side of Beyoncé and is a good demonstration of her skills as a songwriter.

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Bob Dylan and Kurtis Blow
> Song: Street Rock

Kurtis Blow was one of hip-hop’s early pioneers in the 1980s and Bob Dylan was a pioneer of a lot of things in his heyday. While Dylan is known for spanning a lot of genres — and while he and Blow are both known for strong anti-establishment lyrics despite their differing styles — have you ever heard him rap? “Street Rock” treats us to a little of just that.

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David Bowie and Bing Crosby
> Song: Little Drummer Boy (TV appearance)

Bowie and Crosby teamed up for an intergenerational performance of this Christmas classic on Crosby’s 1977 Christmas TV special on CBS. Bowie was rumored to have partly taken the gig because his mom was a big Bing Crosby fan. While the song is a bit more of Bing Crosby’s style, Bowie showed that he could perform traditional music as well as his more signature stuff. (Crosby died just a month after the show was taped, and never saw the results of the collaboration.)

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Eminem and Bon Iver
> Song: Fall

Eminem, long considered to be the preeminent white rapper, is known for some angry and often pain-filled lyrics. Justin Vernon’s indie folk band Bon Iver is also known for emotional lyrics, but with a very different tone and delivery. Here, Bon Iver provides background vocals as Eminem expresses his problems with the music industry and the pressure and criticism he has endured since the debut of his biggest albums.

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