In the year of 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 up twice the star power on the radio, charts and streaming services this year, especially where hip-hop, pop and Latin music were concerned.
In some cases, collabs in 2022 saw two titans of the same genre teaming up together. There was Bad Bunny with Rauw Alejandro, Drake with Jack Harlow. There was Rauw Alejandro, again, with Shakira, and Drake, again, with 21 Savage. And then there was pop royalty of different decades unifying for one epic remix. (Props to Elton John and Britney Spears.)
In other cases, some of the year’s notable collabs featured two artists from different styles coming together for one amazing track. Dua Lipa brought her dance-pop flair to Megan Thee Stallion‘s rap prowess on the latter’s “Sweetest Pie” from August album Traumazine, and Charlie Puth had one of K-pop’s biggest stars, BTS‘ Jung Kook, join him on his single “Left and Right.”
“With everything that it takes to make hits, to be able to share those moments with other artists is just beautiful,” Future, one of this year’s biggest serial collaborators, previously told Billboard about his projects with artists such as Drake, Gunna and Young Thug. “Just being able to get there in the studio, gel with other artists well and be able to come up with songs is special.”
Keep reading to see Billboard‘s roundup of some 2022’s biggest collaborations below — and hey, maybe even grab a friend to read it with you.