A look at some of the best collaboration songs in rock. Whether it’s a duet, a band featuring a guest musician, or two bands working together, this list covers ten of the best over different generations.
“Close My Eyes Forever” is a duet by Lita Ford with Ozzy Osbourne from Ford’s 1988 album Lita and later remixed and released as a single titled “Close My Eyes Forever (remix)” in 1989, with the single only differing from the album version in sound quality editing. The song was written by Ford and Osbourne as the result of an accident in the studio during which they both drank heavily and inadvertently wrote the lyrics to the song together.
“Gimme Shelter” is the opening track to the 1969 album Let It Bleed by the Rolling Stones. Greil Marcus, writing in Rolling Stonemagazine at the time of its release, praised the song, stating that the band has “never done anything better”. Stone Sour covered the song on their EP Straight Outta Burbank… with female vocals performed by Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as “the White Album”). It was written by George Harrison, the band’s lead guitarist. The song serves as a comment on the disharmony within the Beatles following their return from studying Transcendental Meditation in India in early 1968.
“Bring the Noise” is a song by the American hip hop group Public Enemy. It was included on the soundtrack of the 1987 film Less Than Zero and was also released as a single that year. In 1991, Public Enemy recorded a new version of “Bring the Noise” in a collaboration with the thrash metal band Anthrax.
“Feel Good Inc.” is a song by British virtual band Gorillaz, featuring American hip-hop group De La Soul. The song was released as the lead single from the band’s second studio album Demon Days on 9 May 2005.
“Walk This Way” is a song by the American hard rock band Aerosmith. Written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the song was originally released as the second single from the album Toys in the Attic (1975).