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Boxx’s Top 10 Collaborations of 2013

Gillian McGhee December 23, 2013

Boxx couldn’t let the year end without taking a look back at music’s high notes. From our favorite albums and music videos to the breakthroughs and comebacks we didn’t see coming, our critics have assembled a yearbook of Top 10 lists. Today, we list our favorite 10 collaborations of 2013 (in no particular order). There are few pleasures in life greater than finding out two of your favorite artists came together and made a kick-ass song or album. This year, so many artists made sweet music together, and we wanted to highlight a few of our favorites. Stay tuned in the days ahead for more coverage, culminating in our 2014 preview.

Ellie Goulding and Active Child – “Silhouette”

After Ellie Goulding covered Active Child’s “Hanging On,” the pair decided to team up on new track “Silhouette.” Their angelic voices blend together beautifully, set to a slow, dramatic and ethereal musical backdrop.

Sia with The Weeknd and Diplo – “Elastic Heart”

Australian singer Sia has collaborated with big names like Eminem and Flo Rida, but her song “Elastic Heart” with The Weeknd and Diplo conveys a sense of sadness and struggle as she transitions from soft to powerful vocals. The track is featured on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah JonesForeverly

A very unlikely pair, Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong and soft-rock queen Norah Jones, teamed up to recreate and honor the Everly Brothers’ classic album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Armstrong and Jones provide a fresh twist with a mix of male-female vocals. Check out Boxx’s review of the album here.

Larry and His Flask and Jenny Owen Youngs – “The Battle for Clear Sight”

Punk-bluegrass-folk-traveling circus band Larry and His Flask asked Jenny Owen Youngs to lend her vocal talents for two songs on their latest release By The Lamplight. JOY adds a sense of urgency to the melodic and upbeat “The Battle for Clear Sight.”

Waxahatchee and Allison Crutchfield of Swearin’ – “Oblivion” Grimes Cover

Sisters unite! Katie Crutchfield and her sister Allison recorded a jangly, raw version of Grimes’ hit “Oblivion.” The Crutchfield’s chose to cover the song because the lyrics deal with feeling unsafe on the street, something the sisters feel passionately about.

Joanna Newsom and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “Kindness be Conceived”

The stripped down, but cheery “Kindness be Conceived” features delightful harmonies between Joanna Newsom and Thao. The track starts out dainty and clean, but builds to show off their powerful vocals.

Iron Chic and Erica Freas of RVIVR – “Don’t Drive Angry”

Iron Chic snuck in a killer record just before the year’s end with The Constant One, and it features RVIVR singer Erica Freas on two tracks. Freas proves again that her vocals are a force to be reckoned with in on “Don’t Drive Angry,” especially after the 2:30 mark.

Janelle Monáe and Eryka Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N.”

“Q.U.E.E.N.” is one of the standout tracks on Monáe’s The Electric Lady. It’s a feminist anthem, and these ladies know you can’t help but groove to this infectious tune: “Come on home and sing your song / But you gotta testify because the booty don’t lie.

Disclosure and London Grammar – “Help Me Lose My Mind”

London Grammar vocalist Hannah Reid lends her resonating vocals to Disclosure’s ethereal dance track “Help Me Lose My Mind.” Disclosure collaborated with several other female artists on Settle, including AlunaGeorge and Sasha Keable.

Joan Jett and Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!  – “Soulmates to Strangers” Live at Riot Fest

Punk legend Joan Jett and Laura Jane Grace co-wrote “Soulmates to Strangers” for Jett’s latest album Unvarnished. The pair united on stage at Riot Fest 2013 during Jett’s set in front of a very excited crowd. Jett was one of the first people, Grace said, to send her a support letter after coming out as transgender in 2012.

Also check out:

Boxx’s Top 10 Concerts of Year

Boxx’s Top 10 Breakthroughs of the Year

Boxx’s Top 10 Comebacks of the Year

Boxx’s Top 10 Album Covers of the Year

Boxx’s Top 10 Music Videos of the Year

Boxx’s Top 10 Male Boxxes of the Year

Boxx’s Top 10 Fem-Powered Moments of the Year

Boxx’s Top 10 Albums of the Year

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About The Author

Gillian is a journalism and anthropology student at Loyola University Chicago interning this semester with the lovely ladies at Boxx Magazine. She loves punk rock, biking, and her blind Boston terrier, Lizzie. She aspires to be a music journalist and/or work in radio after graduating. Follow @GillianMcGheek