In the year twenty-double-two, there were a lot of artists who doubled up in the studio. Collaborations on songs — and in one case an entire album — offered twice the star power on radio, the charts and streaming services this year, especially in hip-hop, pop and Latin music.
In some cases, collabs in 2022 saw two titans of the same genre join forces. There was Bad rabbit with Rau Alejandro, Drake with Jack Harlow. There was Rauw Alejandro, again Shakiraand Drake, again, featuring 21 Savage. And then there were pop royalty from different decades uniting for one epic remix. (Props to Elton John and Britney Spears.)
In other cases, some of the year’s notable collaborations featured two artists from different styles coming together for a great track. Dua Lipa brought her dance-pop flair to Megan Thee stallion‘s rapping skills on the latter’s “Sweetest Pie” from the August album Traumazineand Charlie Puth had one of K-pop’s biggest stars, BTSJung Kook, join him on his single “Left and Right.”
“With all that goes into making hits, it’s just beautiful to be able to share those moments with other artists.” Futureone of this year’s biggest serial collaborators, previously told Billboard about his projects with artists like Drake, Gunna and Young Thug. “Just being able to get in there in the studio, getting along with other artists and being able to come up with songs is special.”
Keep reading to see Billboards roundup of some of 2022’s biggest collaborations below — and hey, maybe even grab a friend to read it with you.