Country music has a long-standing tradition of teaming up with pop and rock musicians, but lately there seems to be a new trend of today’s country titans seeking Top 40 talent for help on new singles.
Already this year, we have Elle King joining forces with Dierks Bentley on “Different for Girls,” pop-rocker P!nk lending her vocals to Kenny Chesney‘s “Setting the World on Fire,” Demi Lovato singing on Brad Paisley‘s “Without a Fight,” Mr. Worldwide, aka Pitbull, appearing on Keith Urban‘s Ripcord, Pharrell Williams producing an album for Little Big Town and Gwen Stefani singing on Blake Shelton‘s “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.”
So, considering the new pop-country collaboration trend, we thought it would be the perfect time to share the collaborations we are absolutely dying to see.
10 Pop, Country Collaborations We’d Love To See:
Suggestion: Maybe a remixed version of “Daddy Lessons” or “Vice.”
They both hail from Texas, and both of their recent tunes have much more in common than you may think. Stripped back and emotive suites them extremely well.
Suggestion: A soul-blues record akin to Chris Stapleton’s “Fire Away,” Carrie’s own “Choctaw County Affair” or perhaps Justin’s “Drink You Away.”
Two of the biggest superstars on the planet teaming up for the collaboration of the century — what could be better?
4. Eric Church and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm
Suggestion: A track as intense and fierce as “That’s Damn Rock ‘N Roll” would do.
Sure, they collaborated onstage at the 2014 CMT Music Awards, but they really need to hit the studio and create some magic together — please and thank you.
Suggestion: How about a R&B-titled groove in the vein of “Worth It” or “That’s My Girl?”
Both acts draw from the same musical well — pop hooks and R&B syrup. What better way to utilize their combined talents than a crashing Top 40 smash?
Suggestion: A “Fire Away” and “Someone Like You” hybrid would be electric.
One is the soul of country, and the other is the soul of pop. Bring them both together, and what do you have? Otherworldly soul. Adele previously covered the Steeldrivers’s “If It Hadn’t Been for Love” on her massive sophomore album, 21, so it only makes sense to have a proper collaboration right about now.
Suggestion: A country-soul number as grand as “You & I.”
Yes, they too, have collaborated on one stage, but it is high time two of the best voices in the business link up properly.
8. Maren Morris and Troye Sivan
Suggestion: A mash-up of “80s Mercedes” and “Wild” would be aces.
An unlikely pairing, but their dynamic would be compelling to see unravel in the studio. And, more likely than not, they could certainly come up with something incredibly cool.
Suggestion: A overhaul of “Diamonds,” “Love on the Brain” or Kacey’s own “Pageant Material.”
I mean, Kacey’s voice is built for any genre, really — she’s collaborated with Miguel already — so Riri isn’t much of a leap. Hearing her undeniable twang on a track like “Diamonds” or “We Found Live” would be mind-blowing.
10. Dierks Bentley and Halsey
Suggestion: A stripped down “Roman Holiday” or “Drive” would be mesmerizing. Or, even Halsey teaming up on a rendering of “Riser.”
Probably the most unlikely, never-gonna-happen collaboration of the bunch, but we can dream, right?
11. Frankie Ballard and Foo Fighters
Suggestion: A collaboration harkening back to “Everlong or “The Pretender,” or a revamped rendition of Frankie’s own “Cigarette.”
Frankie’s new album El Rio is decidedly heavy-rock influenced, and Dave Grohl’s powerful lead vocal would be a nice balance to the country star’s whiskey-smooth delivery.