Rock history has certainly spawned a vast array of different musical collaborations, some seemingly fitting and some utterly weird, but the fact is - they're certainly out there.
As one of the ways to instantly grab the listener's attention, they require you to thread carefully and never assume they're equal to the sum of their parts. So the question we've got is - how do you feel about the collaborations on some of your favorite albums? Mind-boggling or downright atrocious? Anyhow, we'll venture on and share with you some of the all-time best and worst collaborations in rock. Full list below.
Worst Rock Collaborations
Sum 41 feat. Kerry King - "What We're All About"If we focus strictly on rock domain, Kerry King's collaborations with Sum 41 on their "What We're All About" track is probably the most misplaced guest appearance ever. Located deep in punk rock rap world, King couldn't seem more out of place during his solo part.
Bjork feat. Carcass - "Isobel"Remixing Bjork's "Isobel" tune, death metal icons Carcass delivered a strange piece of work, commonly described as either weird or bad by the metal community. Check it out below and let us know what you think.
Scooter vs. Status Quo - "Jump That Rock"You might think that a combo of classic rockers Status Quo and eurodance veterans would turn out awesome (or not), but the final outcome was in fact fairly meek to say the least with neither side quite working their magic.
Korn feat. Skrillex - "Get Up!"Korn's dubstep phase was bound to find its spot on the bad side, hence we bring you their "Get Up!" single. Scoring major controversy for the group, the entire album garnered a massive amount of hate towards Korn.
Weezer feat. Lil Wayne - "Can't Stop Partying"Rounding up the worst-of part, Lil' Wayne's delivery on Weezer's "Can't Stop Partying," a track quite commonly bashed by a great deal of rock and metal fans. Check it out and let us know if it's as bad as they say.
Best Rock Collaborations
Aerosmith feat. Run DMC - "Walk This Way"An obvious choice and truly an iconic moment in rock history, Aerosmith/Run RMC combo marked the successful merger of rock and rap sound, launching the track to the top of the charts and further influencing a vast array of artists and even new genres.
Eric Clapton feat. Duane Allman - "Layla"Quite possibly the greatest guitar duel of all time, Eric Clapton's "Layla" track saw the guitar legend collaborating with yet another guitar god - late great Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. Staple rock classic right there.
Michael Jackson feat. Eddie Van Halen - "Beat It"Another unlikely duo - axe god Eddie Van Halen took pop king's "Beat It" tune to a new level with his blazing guitar solo. There's a common misconception that the track's main riff is also Eddie's work, but it was actually the work of Toto's Steve Lukather.
Pink Floyd feat. Clare Torry - "The Great Gig in the Sky"If you were to say that Clare Torry's appearance on Pink Floyd's "The Great Gig in the Sky" is the single greatest collaboration in history of rock, you wouldn't exactly be wrong. A brilliant vocal delivery that gave the song that special mark to make it legendary.
Deftones feat. Maynard James Keenan - "Passenger"Finally, representing the metal side, Deftones delivered a memorable track with their Maynard James Keenan collaboration. Titled "Passenger," it brings the best of two worlds and still doesn't cease to amaze.
Finally, somewhere on the outskirts of plain awesome, disturbingly weird and plain bad, we bring you this Ozzy Osbourne and Miss Piggy collaboration on "Born to Be Wild."
But back to the big question - how have the collaborations worked on some of your favorite records? And if you've got some weird rock mixtures to share, by all means let us know in the comments.