DJ Sammy and Yanou feat. Do – “Heaven” – (2002)

Yeah, I’m really stretching the definition of “duet” here – slaughtering it really. DJ Sammy (who is from Spain) and Yanou (who is from Germany) are two DJs and they recruited Dutch singer Do to do vocals on this dance cover of Bryan Adams’ “Heaven.” While the Bryan Adams version hit #1, this version – or, the “Candlelight Mix” (which is a less-techno-y version) – ended up at #8 on the Hot 100. I prefer the faster, non-Candlelight version.

Common feat. Lily Allen – “Drivin’ Me Wild” – (2007)

Here was a song that I once saw featured on some near-the-end-of-it-all music video program on MTV or VH1. Probably VH1. Anyway, it was a minor hit in the U.K. – due to featured artist Lily Allen’s large fame. This song by Common was produced by Kanye West. It’s average. Lily Allen is the best part. As she usually is.

Jennifer Lopez feat. LL Cool J – “All I Have” – (2002)

This was the second single from J.Lo’s “Jenny From the Block” album (that’s not actually what the album’s called, but it’s the single it is best known for and how I refer to not only the album but this phase in J.Lo’s career – as if I do this a lot). This is one of those #1 hits that I don’t ever actually remember hearing on the radio. I remember the Christmas-themed video on MTV back in the day, but the song was somewhat foreign for many years. And this is one of the last songs I can recall from LL Cool J before he went all NCIS on us.

John Mayer feat. Taylor Swift – “Half of My Heart” – (2009)

Well 2009 is officially over five years ago, so I can feature songs from that year. And this duet between John Mayer and Taylor Swift gained significant radio popularity in the first half of 2010. It peaked at #25 on the Hot 100 and its best performance was on the Adult Top 40 chart, where it reached #2. This is the kind of song the Adult Contemporary crowd loves.

John Mellencamp feat. India.Arie – “Peaceful World” – (2001)

One of the purveyors of musical Americana had this minor hit in the aftermath of 9/11. The song was actually around prior to the attacks, but it really picked up steam afterwards – although it never officially charted, bubbling under at #104. Also, Mellencamp’s face is way too airbrushed on that album cover. Right?

Chad Kroeger feat. Josey Scott – “Hero” – (2002)

“Hero” was the theme song for the constantly-being-rebooted Spiderman back in 2002. The song was the result of Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Saliva’s Josey Scott. Theory of a Deadman frontman Tyler Connolly also co-wrote the song with the other two and performed as part of the group. Mike Kroeger (also of Nickelback) is on bass and the drummer is Matt Cameron (of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden fame). The song was very popular in the aftermath of 9/11 and received a lot of airplay, peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 and in the top five of four other American Billboard charts – and it charted all over the world too. I grew tired of it quickly but I wouldn’t say I loathe it.

Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat – “Lucky” – (2008)

This song breaks my rule of not featuring any songs released in the last five years – but holy crap, 2008 was six years ago! Anyway, I figure it would never make any of my Top 100 countdowns so it would work here. It was only a top 50 hit on the Hot 100 but – guess where it excelled? That’s right, the Adult Contemporary (and they somehow different Adult Pop Songs chart) where it peaked at #10 and #9 respectively. This is far from my favorite Jason Mraz song and not even in my top five on this album. But it was popular.

Eve feat. Gwen Stefani – “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” – (2001)

The original purpose of this whole duet thing was to do duets and not songs that use the word “featuring” in the artist line. But there are just so many duets from the 1980s that I am quickly running out of those from the 1990s and, especially, 2000s to feature alongside them. I picked this song because I really liked it when it came out and, as I’m listening to it now, still enjoy it. The song is actually pretty good and it won the inaugural Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. It also reached #2 on the Hot 100.

Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink – “Lady Marmalade” – (2001)

Four big female stars (plus Missy Elliott introducing them in the music video) came together for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge to record this cover of Patti LaBelle’s 1974 hit. It was a Hot 100 #1 and #1 all over the world. It was a big song 13 years ago (wow) known as much for its then-risqué video as for anything about the song musically. Yes, this one is slightly more than a “duet.”

Kid Rock feat. Sheryl Crow – “Picture” – (2001)

Statistically, this is Sheryl Crow’s second most-successful single in the U.S. Betcha didn’t know that. It was a top five hit on the Hot 100 – Kid Rock’s highest charting single ever. It’s a country rock duet that went mainstream – even flying up the Adult Contemporary chart. It was co-written by both performers and Rock also did a more country version with Allison Moorer. Yes, this song technically has “featuring” and not “and” in the artist line but it’s about as close to a duet in the classical definition as the 2000s has given us.

Aaron Lewis & Fred Durst – “Outside” – (2000)

Fred Durst was a big deal in 1999 and 2000. Limp Bizkit was huge and they did this little (okay it was huge) tour called “The Family Values Tour” with Korn, Orgy, Primus, Ja Rule, Method Man & Redman, DMX, Filter, The Crystal Method, and a little known band called Staind. That was the 1999 lineup and it was huge. “Outside” (which would later become a hit for Staind – a band led by Aaron Lewis and promoted and produced by Durst) was first performed live and acoustically in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1999 by Aaron Lewis featuring backing vocals by Durst. Some of the lyrics were made up on the spot. Radio stations started playing the acoustic version and it ended up at #56 on the Hot 100 in 2001. Later that year, Staind released Break the Cycle – which was a monumental album (in popularity). This song, for me, marked a transition from the bubblegum pop of 1999/2000 and the more rock-oriented days of 2001 and on.

Fredro Starr & Jill Scott – “Shining Through” – (2001)

This song was done as the theme for the movie Save the Last Dance (there was also a version released on Fredro Starr’s 2001 album Firestarr). This soundtrack was a multi-platinum seller with a number of really big pop songs on it. There were others that got more airplay but this is actually a pretty good song as Jill Scott’s voice is as awesome as ever.

Robert Plant & Allison Krauss – “Rich Woman” – (2007)

I love this album. This was the third and final single from the Grammy Award-winning Album of the Year for 2009. This song was in a movie called Mad Money which I barely recall being a movie. This is a cover of an old, old song but it’s a great example of when the right people come together they really can make magic.

Rob Zombie & Ozzy Osbourne – “Iron Head” – (2001)

Well this is a non-tradition duet (both Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne would probably beat you to near death with a guitar if you called this a “duet”). Whatever – it’s two musicians and vocalists joining forces for one song and the word “featured” is not in the artist line. Originally, Zombie was going to record this solo after working with Ozzy on it but he felt it lacked that special touch so he invited Ozzy to sing on it as well. Something different and a little heavier for your Friday. (Oh crap, I forgot this would be posted on Valentine’s Day – I guess I coulda went with something a little more romantic, eh?)

Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera – “Nobody Wants To Be Lonely” – (2000)

Here’s a big dose of the year 2000. Two of the biggest names of 1999 teamed up for a top 20 hit in 2000. It was a #1 elsewhere and on three other American Billboard charts (Hot Latin Songs, Latin Pop Songs, Tropical Songs). This lost the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Grammy to “Lady Marmalade” – also featuring Aguilera. Ricky Martin also recorded a Spanish single. Remember when Christina Aguilera used to try and cash in on her Latin heritage? Anyway, this song (and video) is a good slice of nostalgia. Enjoy.

‘N Sync – “This I Promise You” – (2000)

This top five ‘N Sync hit was written by 80s pop star Richard Marx. The boy band of all boy bands released their version first, with Marx releasing twice thereafter. This was the group’s final single from No Strings Attached – and the final ‘N Sync single from the boy band era (sorry, Celebrity was a day late and dollar short – even just barely). This was a #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, which is unusual because adults didn’t necessarily care for music like this back when it was popular (they still don’t – but the people who liked this in 2000 are now adults… which is scary).

John Mayer – “3×5” – (2001)

Here’s another great song from John Mayer’s debut album. Say what you want about him or his behavior, songs, etc. now – he wrote some damn fine pop music back in 2001. This song didn’t even actually make the cut of the original release but was added when it had its major-label re-release. It’s really good. I love this album. I’ll probably end up featuring almost every track individually on this site.

Fantasia – “I Believe” – (2004)

The purpose of this site originally was to highlight songs from the 1990s that you (and time) forgot about. Over time it has evolved into a site about music in general – a song-a-day type of thing. Well here is a song I’m almost certain you don’t remember. By an artist you might not even remember. Fantasia Barrino won the third season of American Idol and then disappeared as far as I know. What sucked about American Idol then (don’t worry, it still sucks now) was that the final song by the winner would always shoot to #1 on the Hot 100 because for some dumb reason Billboard counted all of those teenagers’ text votes as song requests or something. This was a #1 hit. That should infuriate you. I have never heard it on the radio. Not even then. The only good thing here is, unlike all of these crappy shows like The Voice where some over made-up weirdo sings a cover of a song already made famous by a talented individual – this was an original song written for American Idol.

Jack Johnson – “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” – (2005)

Jack Johnson is one of the unsung musical heroes of the 2000s. His music is really good, really relaxed, and really happy. It’s chill. But he never realized the commercial, mainstream success of some of his peers (who aren’t nearly as good as he is). But talk to people and everyone loves him. Then why won’t radio stations play it as much as they play some of the garbage that they do? In Between Dreams might be his best album to date and this song only reached #66 on the Hot 100. At least it got him a Grammy nomination.

Michael Buble – “Summer Wind” – (2003)

We’ve covered a number of Buble hits that were originals to his albums. Well now we’re getting into his covers of old standards (and how about a switch-up from the two songs from earlier this week?). The song was released on his 2003 album and it was not released as a single. The song was originally written in 1965 by Johnny Mercer and Heinz Meier. It was first recorded by Wayne Newton but the best known version is by Frank Sinatra. This version ain’t bad either.

Godsmack – “Going Down” – (1997)

Why do rock bands always have stupid names? I liked Godsmack back when it was really cool to like Godsmack, but as I look back, all I think is “Man, what a stupid name for a band… way to try and be hard.” They have some pretty decent rock songs, but I don’t count this among them. So why is it here and why do I have it? Wel, 1: this week is kind of a burn until I can get to Christmas music on Friday and 2: this song was featured on the very popular Mission: Impossible II soundtrack. Originally, it was released on the band’s independent debut album All Wound Up. It would later come out on their 2000 album Awake.

Adam Sandler feat. Rob Schneider & The Drei-Dells – “The Chanukah Song Part III” – (2002)

Chanukah was early this year, so here – in our first post for December 2013 – is the final (or at least, the most recent) version of Adam Sandler’s Chanukah Songs. Adam Sandler performed it live on the opening of an SNL episode near the end of 2002 with Rob Schneider singing a verse and the children’s choir The Drei-Dells providing background vocals. It’s the normal run-down of Jewish (or part-Jewish) celebrities, the best of them being “Tom Arnold converted to Judaism, but you guys can have him back.”

John Mayer – “Neon” – (2001)

Room for Squares is a great album. Just about every song is a winner and this is one of the best. This was the early, more pop-focused John Mayer so it’s upbeat yet soft. This was never a single, but knowing how well the singles did from his first album, I have little doubt this would’ve been a solid adult contemporary hit back about 2002. This is one of my favorite songs of his.

Rob Zombie – “Feel So Numb” – (2001)

I used to be a big Rob Zombie fan. Can’t quite explain why now. I couldn’t even tell you when the last album was that he released. For all I know, this was it (just checked, it isn’t). This album only had one official single, yet I seem to have half the album. This was a “promotional single” that I definitely recall hearing on rock radio a little over 10 years ago. I think the reason I like his music is that, for being hard rock, most songs seem to usually have a cool groove to them. Yeah, his lyrical delivery is more akin to yelling than singing, but the songs all feature some cool element in them.

Michael Buble – “Lost” – (2007)

Michael Buble does a lot of vocal standards. That’s most of his repertoire, but occasionally he puts out a pop song (to try and gain airplay and sell records) that is original to the album it appears on. This song was actually co-written by Buble himself and it’s not a happy one. It was an adult contemporary hit, reaching #2 on that specific chart, though it could only manage #97 on the Hot 100.