Used to be there a extra seminal Year of the Diva than 1998? That’s when VH1 launched its standard “Divas Are dwelling” franchise, uber-divas Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston recorded collectively for the first time, and a snappy-rising actress named Jennifer Lopez graced the hide of this very journal’s enjoy Diva Assert of affairs on the eve of her rapidly-to-be big music profession.
However nothing that 12 months changed into extra inescapable than Brandy & Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine,” a mega-duet that paired 90s R&B’s two ultimate breakout teen sensations for a four-minute riff-off that situation a peculiar precedent for pop vocals – no longer to display camouflage female collabs. Right two weeks after its start on May perchance perchance well 19, the music rocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard Scorching one hundred, where it stayed for a entire of thirteen weeks, dominating the summer season of ’Ninety eight. Previous to its chart success, the final female duet to top the charts changed into Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer’s “No Extra Tears (Adequate Is Adequate)” in 1979, ending a two-decade drought that produced only a handful of diva-on-diva anthems like Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox’s “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” or Lil Kim’s traditional “Now no longer Tonight Remix (Females Evening).”
To celebrate the twenty years of divadom since “The Boy Is Mine,” we’ve attach collectively a ranking of the 20 only diva collabs of the previous twenty years — as effectively as wag a effectively-manicured finger at the 5 worst (sorry, Shakira!). Earlier than we dig in, a few floor principles: no boys allowed, no girl teams, every diva have to teach or rap a verse of their very enjoy, and the collab have to stack up in opposition to every participant’s enjoy solo work.
So name your stylist, make certain you didn’t accidentally wear the identical dress, and dive into our divine diva rankings.
20. Charli XCX feat. Tove Lo & ALMA – “Out Of My Head” (2017)
Charli XCX can also merely obtain assembled an impressive male lineup in her video for “Boys.” However she’s even stronger at playing A&R for the girls on pop’s fringes, reasonably lots of whom (Carly Rae Jepsen, Cupcakke, Brooke Sweet) she’s hosted on her newest initiatives. This spotlight from her December mixtape Pop2 is an because it must always be named showcase for Charli’s mind-invading hooks, and brings out the one of her Scandinavian cohorts along the contrivance
19. Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N.” (2013)
Earlier than Monáe’s honest-released pansexual opus Dirty Computer, there changed into this crew-up with Erykah Badu that boldly tackled bisexual enchantment (“Am I freak because I like watching Mary?”). In actuality, as Monáe no longer too long previously revealed to Rolling Stone, the music changed into in the start titled “Q.U.E.E.R.” An immediate traditional from two soul queens.
18. Christina Aguilera feat. Lil Kim – “Can’t Support Us Down” (2002)
Aguilera’s 2002 album Stripped eminent the complexities of young womanhood – the “Beautiful,” the “Dirrty,” and the entirety in between. This “Woman Marmalade” mini-reunion changed into a musical center finger to gender double standards that asked the glaring: why can’t ladies be avid gamers, too?
17. Mariah Carey feat. Da Brat & Missy Elliott – “Heartbreaker Remix” (1999)
The final ‘90s diva helped pioneer the pop/hip-hop crossover by way of her collabs and remixes with rappers like Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Jay-Z. This all-girl remix ranks up among Carey’s very only, from the funky Snoop Dogg sample (and music video cameo) to the delightfully keen guest verses from Da Brat and Missy.
Sixteen. Reba McEntire & Kelly Clarkson – “As a result of Of You” (2007)
Clarkson’s customary changed into a vulnerable showstopper, tackling divorce in a contrivance few other pop songs had accomplished prior to. The nation setting suits this ballad even higher, with Clarkson’s mama in-legislation Reba McEntire deftly tackling the lead verse and the octave-leaping bridge, knocking the “identical rattling thing” high display camouflage out of the park.
15. Britney Spears feat. Madonna – “Me Against The Song” (2003)
Even though it pales in contrast to their incorrect 2003 kiss in overall shock payment, Britney and Madonna’s duet holds up for pulling off the sophisticated feat of shooting a dance battle on chronicle. Plus, you would possibly well be in a situation to virtually hear the drool spilling from Madonna’s mouth as she enjoys the glare of Spears’ spotlight.
14. Rihanna feat. SZA – “Consideration” (2016)
Firstly supposed for SZA’s enjoy album Ctrl, “Consideration” ended up serving because the counseled mission relate for Rihanna’s enjoy ANTI (“I got to attain issues my enjoy contrivance darlin’ / It’s most sensible to mute honest let me / Why you acquired’t ever let me grow?”) The real fact that RiRi opted to piece the spotlight with SZA only highlights the greatness of both.
thirteen. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, & Emmylou Harris – “After The Gold Run” (1999)
This reunion of three nation-rock legends nearly didn’t happen — in the start recorded in 1994, the album changed into shelved for 5 years due to the trio’s respsective promotional commitments. Fortunately, the artists’ fans welcomed their return, the album went gold, and the angelic harmonies of this Neil Younger duvet acquired the trio a Grammy.
12. Keyshia Cole feat. Missy Elliott & Lil’ Kim – “Let It Trot” (2007)
This “Juicy” summer season jam marked Cole’s industrial height honest because the reign of R&B (no longer to display camouflage Missy) in pop radio changed into coming to an cease. By combining three of the genre’s ultimate abilities, “Let It Trot” showcases the height of mid-‘00s city music and its many powers.
eleven. Nicki Minaj feat. Beyonce – “Feelin’ Myself” (2014)
Months after unleashing the “Flawless Remix,” Beyonce and Nicki re-teamed for this ice-cool stunner, which gave Queen B a possibility to flex on her surprise album abilities (“Changed the game with that digital fall / know where you changed into when that digital pop”). Also, has any person ever been extra jealous of a cheeseburger?
10. Cardi B feat. SZA – “I Enact” (2018)
Cardi B’s smartly-known individual-studded debut Invasion of Privacy is a humiliation of riches in terms of doable Song of the Summer contenders and diva duets (including the Kehlani-assisted “Ring”). On the other hand it’s exhausting to top “P—y so upright I convey my enjoy name all over sex” followed by a hot SZA hook.
9. Alicia Keys feat. Beyoncé – “Set apart It In A Adore Song” (2009)
No one slept on this beautiful R&B diva duet extra than Keys herself, who shelved a accomplished music video for the observe. The real fact that Bey changed into concurrently featured on a pair of singles with Woman Gaga per chance didn’t abet this banger’s potentialities of reaching the hit build of dwelling it mute deserves.
Eight. Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side” (2016)
The most sensible thing extra enjoyable than taking observe of this reggae-lite bop is the giggles that contrivance after you know what the music and its SoulCycle-themed video are truly about. This duet changed into the climax of a hat trick for Grande and Minaj, following 2014’s triple-possibility “Bang Bang” and the cunnilingus crooner “Salvage On Your Knees.”
7. Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston – “When You Imagine” (1998)
On the floor, “When You Imagine” would possibly well per chance had been honest a goopy pseudo-gospel promotional automobile for a Disney knock-off. However then Carey and Houston utilize in an cease-of-music riff-off and you comprise mind why it’s so thrilling to hear two divas be half of forces in the first situation.
6. Ciara feat. Missy Elliott – “One, Two Step” (2004)
Crunk&B reached its apex when R&B princess Ciara at final teamed up with Missy Elliott for this ’80s electro-inspired banger. Sophisticated enjoyable, certainly. It even inspired an equally euphoric sequel, 2005’s “Lose Support a watch on.”
5. Eve feat. Gwen Stefani – “Let Me Blow Ya Tips” (2001)
Right how groundbreaking changed into this early millennium duet, which marked Stefani’s first crossover into hip-hop? It acquired the inaugural Grammy for Easiest Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002, the one all-female observe to bag home the trophy in the class’s Sixteen-12 months history.
four. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – “Arena” (2014)
Even though she’d already scored a top 10 hit with her debut single “The Approach,” Grande’s honest industrial breakthrough came by way of this undeniable sax machine that also featured Azalea at her most tolerable. That it changed into saved from charting at No. 1 by Azalea’s enjoy “Fancy” changed into the one field plaguing “Arena.”
3. Woman Gaga feat. Beyoncé, “Phone” (2009)
Beyoncé and Woman Gaga coming collectively changed into a pivotal merging of two pop eras, early ‘00s R&B and 2010s dance-pop, featuring its two queens at their artistic height. Rodney “Darkchild” Jenkins cranked up his “Boy Is Mine” digital harp again for one other account diva showdown, and producers unfolded their checkbooks for a music video that changed into a landmark for product placement and artistic costuming. So upright, Beyoncé and Gaga did it twice.
2. Brandy & Monica – “The Boy Is Mine” (1998)
Quiet the gold popular of ’90s R&B and diva A&R, “The Boy Is Mine” changed into so a hit it even sparked a pseudo-rivalry between its two singers that their fanbases mute like to ignite once in a while. Brandy and Monica’s vocals paired so effectively collectively they even tried a custom-up, the honest-okay “It All Belongs To Me.”
1. Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil’ Kim, & P!nk – “Woman Marmalade” (2002)
The final embarrassment of diva riches — four no longer going bedfellows from pop, hip-hop, and R&B, co-produced by Missy Elliott, who did a few of her only work supporting other female artists. The most sensible motive this edges out “The Boy Is Mine” for the pause slot is its mountainous-sized ambition — and showmanship. Every singer gets their very enjoy vocal showcase, all leading up to a thunderous verse from Aguilera that nearly sweeps the rug out from all of the participants. And with Xtina no longer too long previously confirming that her first post-“Marmalade” duet with one other pop smartly-known individual will seemingly be a music with Demi Lovato, the bar is mute situation impossibly high for other duets to jam the melismatic heights accomplished by this Moulin Rouge masterpiece.
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5. Nicki Minaj feat. Rihanna – “Soar” (2009)
Rihanna and Nicki tried so exhausting to place music magic as a unit they made two duets, including Rihanna’s “Raining Males.” Sadly, they had been higher apart than collectively on this generic would-be motivational anthem that finds both ladies at their sleepiest. Even the wig finances for the video looks exhausted.
four. Stargate feat. P!nk & Sia – “Waterfall” (2017)
P!nk and Sia had been such no-brainer collaborators for goodbye, it changed into a bummer to stumble on their first time on chronicle collectively flip out to be this overstuffed, oversung mess that looks to obtain minute lyrical mutter previous its noteworthy-repeated title. Enact we obtain a re-attain?
3. TIE: Shakira & Beyoncé – “Beautiful Liar” // Shakira & Rihanna – “Can’t Reflect To Put out of your mind You”
Shakira has one of essentially the most peculiar, idiosyncratic voices to unfriendly over into pop music in the final 1/2-century. So on every occasion it gets paired with one other female singer, the outcomes can usually be disastrous – or worse, forgettable. That’s the fate that has befallen both of her celeb duets, which would be saddled by cheap manufacturing and male stumble on-y videos.
2. Rita Ora feat. Charli XCX, Bebe Rexha, & Cardi B – “Ladies” (2018)
How does a music like this even obtain released in the golden age of overtly outlandish female artists in pop music? Ora says the music changed into inspired by “I Kissed A Woman,” a music so problematic in its stereotypes of bisexuality that Katy Perry herself admitted she’d like a attain-over. Whereas her coming-out apology is commendable, Ora would possibly well per chance mute stand to ditch the “Crimson wine I honest wanna kiss girls” line and recast this with Janelle Monáe, Kehlani, or St. Vincent.
1. Britney Spears feat. Iggy Azalea – “Reasonably Ladies” (2015)
Can a music that changed into rejected by Minute Mix by hook or by crook attain wonders for 2 fading pop stars? The reply changed into a resounding no, even supposing it’s adorable to see Brit Brit don ‘80s duds attempting to re-make the magic of “Fancy” in the Earth Ladies Are Straightforward-inspired video. How else to shield a music whose refrain is punctuated by the line, “We’re honest so somewhat!”