12 Best Feats of All Time

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12 Best Feats of All Time, popular feat songs of the times

The music industry is thriving through changing times as influenced by the ever changing society giving rise to new genres of music that become the trend until another one will take over and replace what exists. As observed, it remains a similar fad with only the names changing. One evident example is how “duets” declined from the music world to be replaced by “feats”.

What it seemed was there was no actual difference between a duet and a feat only that the latter was meant to shorten the word “featuring” which happens when a band, invites an outsider from the group to participate in the delivery of the music (like Black Eyed Peas feat Justin Timberlake in Where is the Love) or a solo artist employs the participation of another singer to perform a duet (like Lady Gaga feat Beyonce in Telephone) the latter of course is no different from a duet considering two performers/singers were involved.

Whatever it should be called to suit the changing times, it’s the same act of singing so just pick up which one you like as I give you a dozen “feat” selections to choose from.

The Sweet Escape- Gwen Stefani feat Akon (2006)

Released in December 2006, this song by American pop and rock singer Gwen Stefani peaked to # 5 in Canada, US and Australia and reached inside top 20 in the UK.

Run This Town – Jay Z feat Rihanna and Kanye West (2009)

Included as part of the “The Blueprint 3” album by American rapper Jay-Z, it peaked to #2 in the Billboard Hot 100 making it one of his top performing songs as a lead artist until “Empire State of Mind” which made it to #1.

Empire State of Mind (New York) – Jay-Z feat Alicia Keys (2009)

Another song from “The Blueprint 3” album by Jay-Z which features Alicia Keys and which became a commercial success worldwide. This song peaked to #1 in the Billboard Hot 100 for 5 consecutive weeks.

Number 1- Tinchy Stryder feat N-Dubz (2009)

This song was part of the track listing on Tinchy Stryder’s “Catch 22” album released in April 2009 at the UK. This song jointly written by Stryder, N-Dubz and Fraser T. Smith actually features only Dappy of N-Dubz taking part in the vocals. This song following its title did made it to #1 in the UK beating La Roux’s “In for the Kill” which only made it to #2.

When Love Takes Over – David Guetta feat Kelly Rowland (2009)

This song was recorded and composed by French DJ David Guetta with the main vocals of American R&B singer Kelly Rowland. Also part of David Guetta’s 4th studio album “One Love”released in May 2009, it peaked to the charts in UK, Ireland, Italy and most of Europe making it on European Hot 100 Singles.

Sexy Bitch- David Guetta feat Akon (2009)

Another song from “One Love” album by French DJ/producer David Guetta featuring Senegalese –American R&B singer Akon, this song has an alternate “clean” title “Sexy Chick”. Sexy Bitch also became a worldwide hit peaking up to the music charts.

Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz feat Ludacris (2009)

Taken from British singer Taio Cruz’ “Rokstarr” album, released in UK and Ireland in September 2009, another version for release to North American countries features a remix with American rapper Ludacris. This song peaked to #1 in the UK, Canada and the US.

3 Words- Cheryl Cole feat will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas (2009)

Released in October 2009, this was former Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole’s debut studio album featuring Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am. This song became a hit attaining a certified silver in the UK and a platinum in Australia.

Baby - Justin Bieber feat Ludacris (2010)

Released in January 2010 as the young Canadian singer Justin Bieber’s greatest hit to date, it was included in his debut album “My World 2.0”.

Telephone – Lady Gaga feat Beyonce (2010)

This song was included in American singer Lady Gaga’s 2nd studio album titled “Fame Monster” and features R&B singer Beyonce Knowles. Released in February 2010, the song was a commercial success making it to #1 on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

You Got the Love – Florence and the Machine feat Dizzie Rascal (2010)

This song was actually a revival of the 1986 song by the band The Source and Candi Staton and released in November 2009 as a single by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine and also included in their debut album “Lungs”. The live performance version featuring British rapper Dizzee Rascal was made on a concert in May 2010 in London.

If We Ever Meet Again - Timbaland feat Kate Perry (2010)

Taken from the 3rd studio album “Shock Value II” of American singer, songwriter, producer Timbaland (Timothy Zachery Mosley) it features American singer-songwriter Katy Perry (Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson). The song was released in January 2010 and peaked to #98 in Billboard Hot 100 before rising to to #37 in the US.

References:

All videos courtesy of YouTube

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b5/Gwen_TheSweetEscape.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run_This_Town

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_State_of_Mind

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_1_(Tinchy_Stryder_song)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_(Justin_Bieber_song)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone_(song)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Love_Takes_Over

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexy_Bitch

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Break_Your_Heart

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_We_Ever_Meet_Again

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3_Words

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Got_the_Love

Cover photo / 12019/Pixabay

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