Top 15 Favourite Collaborations

15. Crystal Kay x Amuro Namie “Revolution”

This song was released not too long ago. I have admired Namie, the Queen of J-POP, for a number of years now, but I recently started gaining interest in Crystal Kay and her music. These two Japanese superstars joined forces to create an inspirational dance track. The song also incorporates a lot of English, which is a big plus in my book as well.

14. Davichi x T-ara “We Were In Love”

I am not a big fan of ballads, but this song sends chills down my spine each time I hear it. Davichi is a ballad group that I will always have love for, and it was really nice hearing T-ara step out of the dance music genre and show their true vocal talent with this powerful, but sad song. The incorporation of the rap near the end made me love this song even more.

13. Jolin Tsai x Amuro Namie “I’m Not Yours”

Collaborations within genres always excite me, but collaborations across different genres fascinate me. Taiwanese artist, Jolin Tsai came together with the Queen of J-POP, Amuro Namie, to create this awesome dance track. When the news of this collaboration broke, I was hoping that I would have gotten to hear a song with a mixture of Japanese and Mandarin. Unfortunately, Namie sings in English, but I still really love the song!

12. Taeyeon x Verbal Jint “I”

This is another recent release. I will be honest with you. When I heard that Taeyeon was making her solo debut, I wasn’t really interested. I assumed that she was going to release a ballad, and I am not a fan of slow songs. However, when I heard this song, I could have melted in place. Taeyeon’s voice was absolutely beautiful, and Verbal Jint’s rapping complemented it. I became a bigger fan of Taeyeon after hearing this song.

11. Junsu (JYJ) x Tablo “Flower”

Should this song even be considered music or should it be called art? Junsu belongs on Broadway. His singing capabilities are way beyond average. In this song, he has a very high range, going from low notes to insanely high octaves. I am always captivated by his voice. This song is melodic and almost theatrical with its somber and meaningful lyrics and differing tones. Tablo’s versed rapping and intelligent lyrics positively contributed to the high quality of this song.

10. Big Bang x 2NE1 “Lollipop”

Excluding “Fire”, this is one of the first songs that introduced me to 2NE1. I really liked the song, despite the high use of autotune that made both the girls and the guys sound weird.

9. Skrillex x Diplo x CL x G-Dragon “Dirty Vibe”

When Skrillex and Diplo come together, good music is made. When CL and G-Dragon come together, the power of YG is manifested and mind-blowing raps are made. This dance track was complemented by G-Dragon’s and CL’s talent. They can rap in Korean and in English. I like to listen to this song when I am washing the dishes, so I can feel like a dancing badass while completing a rather tedious chore.

8. Taeyeon x The One “Like A Star”

I am surprised that this song did not rank higher up. This has been one of my favourite songs for a while. The One was (I don’t know if he still is) Taeyeon’s mentor, which is why I was not surprised when their voices blended well together. This is a ballad, and I know I keep saying that I don’t like ballads, but I always get captivated at the fluidity of their voices in this song.

7. Mamamoo x Esna “Aah Oop”

I am really beginning to love Esna. I follow her a lot on SNS, and not only is she a talented singer-songwriter, she also seems to be like a fun and down-to-earth person. Mamamoo is a monster rookie group. They have showcased their vocal talent every time they perform and just like Esna, all the members seem to be cool people. When this song was released, I almost thought that Esna was a member of Mamamoo. Her singing was on par with their talents. This song is retro, sassy and loads of fun to listen to.

6. Leessang x Kwon Jungyeol (10cm) x Yoon Mi Rae “Turned Off the TV”

If it was not obvious by now, I am a HUGE fan of Yoon Mi Rae. I believe that she is a Queen and a legend when it comes to Korean Hip-Hop/R&B. Not only is she respected by me, but also by many of her junior and peers in the industry. Combining her talents with well-known hip-hop group, Leessang and Jungyeol’s soothing vocals, this remarkable song was created.

5. Epik High x Verbal Jint x Beenzino x B.I x Mino x Bobby “Born Hater”

This is one of the newer collaborations on this list. I love listening to Korean rap, so this collaboration between talented rappers has a special place in my heart. Somehow, these rappers with their varying distinctive styles were all able to come together and tell their personal stories of their experience with haters. The heavy bass and continuous percussion in the instrumental made me love the song even more. The instrumental is now well-known and frequently used within the Korean hip-hop industry.

4. SNSD x Super Junior “Seoul Song”

This is probably one of my first big collaborations since getting into K-POP. This song was released when I was still relatively new to the genre and featured two of my favourite groups at the time. This is a lighthearted and romantic song that tugs at your heart while promoting the beauty of Seoul, South Korea. I believe that it was this song that finally made me give in to my love for Ryeowook!

3. H!P All Star “All For One and One For All”

Hello Project groups collaborated in the past, but this has to be the biggest official collaboration within the company. This song featured all the active groups at the time including Morning Musume, Berryz Kobo, H!P Kids, Melon Kinenbi, W, Vu-u-den and much more. Those are more than thirty people in one song! This is my favourite Hello Project song and it is frequently performed during joint concerts.

2. SBS Friendship Project “You Are A Miracle”

This song was prepared and performed at the 2013 SBS Gayo Daejun. I believe this song was created for a charitable cause and involved over twenty popular K-POP artists including Ailee, Taeyang, G-Dragon, IU, MFBTY, B1A4, SNSD, Kara, K.Will, 2NE1, Girls Day and more. This can be categorized as a ballad, but I really love this song because so many artists that I never expected to collaborate came together to make this song for a good cause.

1. Group of 20 “Let’s Go”

Twenty K-POP artists came together to create this song for the 2010 G20 Summit in Seoul. I actually like the English version of this song more than the Korean version. Again, I really like large-scale collaborations like this because you get to see all your favourite artists work together to create one song. That’s why large-scale collaboration songs made the top spots on my list.

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