It's every musician's dream to make a song that stands the test of time. No matter how much money it tends to rake in from being played everywhere, the main goal is to create a song that will last long after your star has faded from memory. Then again, sometimes it's better if you have some help from a friend.
For as many artists have amazing cuts on their own, there have been plenty of songs that have become classic when someone else stepped in. Whether it be helping out with a vocal line here and there or just delivering the perfect background instrument, these songs didn't really come alive until we got these additional personnel.
Whereas most artists make a big deal about their guest stars, these little features were often left as surprises that only the diehard fans knew about. Sometimes the experiment ends up going so well that the artists become frequent collaborators, often appearing on each others songs on more than one occasion.
Plenty of artists have tried to sell their songs based on their guests' name recognition, but these are the surprises that wowed fans back in the day and continue to hold up now. These songs may have had a solid foundation, but once these sonic duets were created, they became monumental.
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