When two or more singers collaborate on a song, the general idea is to make a hit – But that’s not always the case! Sometimes musical collaborations just don’t work out, or at the very least feature a weird combination of musical genres that just doesn’t seem to fit. No matter what the case, it’s clear that sometimes two is not better than one. Here are some of the worst music collaborations of all time…

Nelly and Tim McGraw – “Over and Over”

Hip hop start Nelly alongside country superstar Tim McGraw?…Talk about an odd couple. This unlikely duo collaborated on “Over and Over” back in 2004 in an attempt to blend hip hop with country music – two completely opposite musical genres. Nelly was quoted by Entertainment Weekly as saying this relating to hip hop and country music “(Both musical genres) come out of poverty-stricken communities, so putting those together, it’s gonna work — it just has to be done right”. Well Nelly, I don’t know that this one was done right!

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Phil Collins – “Home”

Phil Collins is a legendary singer/songwriter that has been pumping out hits for over 30 years, which is why it’s a bit puzzling that he hooked up with a group of fast-talking hip hop stars on a collaboration that sampled his 1985 hit “Take Me Home”. The song went on to be somewhat successful, but this weird collaboration makes you wonder what Phil Collins’ was thinking when he signed on to do a song with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. I guess that’s what it takes to stay current in the music biz?!?

Eminem and Elton John – “Stan”

Eminem’s gay-bashing remarks laced throughout his songs and in magazines and interviews have proven to be highly controversial, and some may say have even catapulted the Detroit rapper to the top of the hip hop charts worldwide. In an attempt to shock the world at the 2001 Grammy Awards, Eminem performed his song “Stan” alongside Elton John who sang the chorus and played piano throughout the duet. This may have been the most unlikely music duo of all time – A legendary British singer with over 50 top 40 hits throughout his long career, and a rapper from the streets of Detroit who had just recently taken the hip hop world by storm. The song was a huge hit, and it’s safe to say that the performance did shock the world (to say the least).

Wu Tang Clan and Dhani Harrison (George Harrison’s son) – “The Heart Gently Weeps”

One of hip hop’s most powerful groups, the Wu Tang Clan, teamed up with Dhani Harrison back in 2007 to cover the Beatles “The Heart Gently Weeps”. It seems odd to think about George Harrison’s son stomping around stage with the Wu Tang Clan (exaggerated!), but apparently he’s a huge Wu Tang Clan fan and jumped at the chance to collaborate on a song with the group. It should also be noted that John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is on lead guitar for this song – That makes for quite a mix of musical talent!

Tammy Wynette and KLF – “Justified and Ancient”

KLF is a British band that was one of the leaders of the acid house movement of the late ’80s and early ’90s, and Tammy Wynette was one of the most popular country singers of the ’60s and ’70s with 17 number one hits during that time. In “Justified and Ancient”, country music and acid house trance music collided to form one of the most bizarre songs ever – and the video is equally disturbing. Tammy Wynette looks totally out of her element in this video.

Wyclef Jean and Kenny Rogers – “The Gambler (Remix)”

Wyclef Jean has collaborated with so many artists over the years, it’s hard to keep track of all of them. One of his most interesting collaborations was when he remixed country star Kenny Rogers’ hit “The Gambler”. It’s hilarious to hear Kenny Rogers “rapping” over a beat laid down by Wyclef – It sounds very uncomfortable!

Ozzy Osbourne and Miss Piggy – “Born to be Wild”

Ozzy Osbourne’s collaboration with The Muppet’s Miss Piggy is a bit over the top. Other artists have made songs on various children’s shows, including The Muppets and Sesame Street, but Ozzy is the Prince of Darkness – It just doesn’t seem right! Easily one of the worst music collaborations of all time.

Happy Mondays and Karl Denver – “Lazyitis (One Armed Boxer)”

Karl Denver had a series of hits in the UK during the 1960s, and Happy Mondays is a British alternative rock band that was originally formed in 1980 and has since then disbanded and reunited several times. The two sides collaborated on a 1990’s song called “Lazyitis (One Armed Boxer)”, and the song was only able to reach number 46 on the UK Hit Singles Chart (and for good reason). The vocals are lacking (to say the least) in every way – very karaoke sounding.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis – “Cruisin”

It seems that actors and actresses are always trying to make the switch over to music, and they all have one thing in common – It never works! Case in point: Don Johnson, Eddie Murphy, and David Hasselhoff to name a few. Gwyneth Paltrow teamed up with Huey Lewis, who’s best known for his many hits throughout the 1980s, to sing the duet “Cruisin” in 2000, which was a song from the movie “Duets”, which both the singer and the actress starred in. The song reached 109 on the U.S. Hot 100 charts, but it’s most known across the Internet as one of the worst duets ever.

Tom Jones and Art of Noise – “Kiss”

Tom Jones at his finest! The Art of Noise lays down an 80s sounding electronic track as Tom dances around and belts out this remake of Prince’s “Kiss”. Oddly enough, this song was Art of Noise’s most popular mainstream track. Although the Welsh singer has sold over 100 million records during his career, Jones may have been a little off with “Kiss”.

K.O.s and Michael Buffer – “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble”

Michael Buffer is the famous boxing ring announcer who coined the phrase “let’s get ready to rumble”, and his song of the same name was a collaboration with the K.O.s that was definitely not a knockout. This song is so bad that it’s hard to describe – It’s better to listen for yourself…

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder – “Ebony and Ivory”

There’s no doubt that Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder are two of the greatest singers of all time, but together they are a bit off the mark. This song about racial harmony may have a good message, but the song comes across as sounding a little bit corny. Because of this fact, “Ebony and Ivory” has been poked fun of over the years by shows such as Saturday Night Live, despite the fact the song was both a U.S. and U.K. number one hit for several weeks back when it was released in 1982. Blender has ranked this song as their number 10 worst song of all time, and the BBC 6 listeners have ranked it as the worst duet ever.

Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder by berussagroup

Arthur Mullard and Hilda Baker – “You’re the One That I Want (Grease cover)”

Both British comedy actors, the Arthur Mullard and Hilda Baker duo did a cover of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John’s “You’re the One That I Want”from the movie Grease, and the result is definitely comical. This one must be seen and heard, because the video is as bad as the singing.

Mick Jagger and David Bowie – “Dancing in the Street”

Both exceptionally good artists; one song gone horribly wrong! When Mick Jagger and David Bowie knocked out the song and video for “Dancing in the Street” in just one day, the result is a horrible rendition of the song originally sang by Martha and the Vandellas. Although the song hit number on the U.K. charts and number seven on the U.S. charts, it has been featured in countless “worst music collaborations” lists across the web & this one is no different.

Bing Crosby and David Bowie – “Little Drummer Boy”

This very odd collaboration was actually very popular during the late 1970’s and early ’80’s – especially around Christmas time. Bing Crosby and David Bowie recorded “Little Drummer Boy” in 1977, and Bing died about a month after it was recorded (it wasn’t because of how bad the song was!). This strange rendition of the popular Christmas song has been called “(one of the) weirdest duets in history” and “epically bizarre” by the Washington Post.

Five and Queen – “We Will Rock You”

The British five-member pop group collaborated with Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor on a rendition of one of Queen’s biggest hits, “We Will Rock You”. The single hit number one in the U.K. in 2000, but many believe that the song desecrates the original version. Like most other boy bands from the 2000 era, Five disbanded in 2001 and again in 2006 seven months after announcing their comeback – maybe it’s not working out because of songs like this one!

Rishi Chowdhury

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