Justin Bieber is seemingly the hottest commodity in the music business right now, at least in terms of being a featured artist on tracks. Just look at the Billboard Hot 100, and you’ll see the 23-year-old’s name twice in the top three — and while he’s no stranger to the top of the charts, this time his double entry is because of other artists.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito” is celebrating its fourth week at the top spot thanks to Bieber’s remix of the hot Latin tune. And “Despacito” actually replaced another Bieber-featured track, DJ Khaled‘s “I’m the One,” which is still sitting pretty at No. 3.
But before the most recent Bieber features took over the Hot 100, there were plenty of other artists who tapped the Purpose singer for their songs, including Chance the Rapper, Carly Rae Jepsen and will.i.am. Now joining the list of Bieber collaborators is David Guetta, with their new song “2U” debuting early Friday (June 9).
In light of Bieber’s most recent feature successes, we’ve rounded up all his guest spots and ranked them from least exciting to total jam. Now, Bieber has a handful of guest spots credited to his name, but we’re only considering those that were commercially released — which still totals 15. Take a look at our ranking of Bieber features below:
“Maria I’m Drunk,” Travis Scott feat. Young Thug and Justin Bieber
While Bieber hasn’t exactly proven to be an angel child when it comes to drinking alcohol, that doesn’t mean we need an entire track of him telling us how much he enjoys partying. Sure, his vocals are great, but we could do without those liquor metaphors about drinking all of a girl.
“Lolly,” Maejor Ali feat. Juicy J and Justin Bieber
Whether he’s dancing, singing, acting or playing guitar, there’s not really a whole lot Bieber can’t do. He added rapping to his list of talents with this Maejor Ali feature, and he’s not half-bad. Take a listen to his “Gas Pedal” remix, though, and you’ll see that this was certainly not the best display of Bieber’s rap skills.
“Foreign (Remix),” Trey Songz feat. Justin Bieber
Along with rapping, Bieber has also proven to be a decent remixer. His revamping of Songz‘s “Foreign” gave the song just the right spice it needed to make it a dance-floor-worthy track. But when it comes ?down to it, there are five words to describe why it isn’t higher in the ranking: This ain’t no “Despacito” remix.
?”Wavin’ Flag,” Young Artists for Haiti
It’s hard to hate on a song that brings together so many different artists — from Drake and Michael Buble to Avril Lavigne — but in terms of Bieber’s involvement, this one isn’t the most thrilling of the bunch. He’s only featured in the last 20 seconds of the song, and while his (very young) voice sounds nice, there’s nothing really striking about it.
?”Deja Vu,” Post Malone feat. Justin Bieber
Although Post Malone is currently gaining speed on the Hot 100 with Quavo and their top 10 “Congratulations” collaboration, the rapper’s team-up with Bieber is a solid tune too. It’s perhaps Bieber’s best showcase of just how sensual he can get with his vocals, sounding smoother than ever as he sings the fluctuating line “tell me is that deja vu” — yet, the suave track doesn’t quite measure up to other Biebs features.
?”We Are the World 25 for Haiti,” Artists for Haiti
This is essentially an upgrade from the Young Artists for Haiti, with a star-studded roster including Madonna, Celine Dion, Usher, Miley Cyrus, Enrique Iglesias, Barbra Streisand — the list goes on. Plus, Bieber starts off the track on this one, which is a much more impressive vocal from the then-15-year-old.
“#thatPOWER,” will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber
One of the first introductions of Bieber on a dance track, “#thatPOWER” is certainly a bust-a-move-worthy song, with bumping bass and a memorable chorus. But sorry, will.i.am., Major Lazer and DJ Snake were the ones to really find Bieber’s EDM sweet spot.
“Juke Jam,” Chance the Rapper feat. Justin Bieber and Towkio
OK, in reality, Bieber doesn’t have too much of a part in this song other than the chorus. But can you really contest a Chance/Bieber collab?
“Gas Pedal (Remix),” Sage the Gemini feat. Justin Bieber and Iamsu
?While the remix of this song wasn’t the one to make it blow up, it’s certainly one heck of a version — especially thanks to Bieber, who brings a whispery rap similar to that of Sage the Gemini‘s. He doesn’t have too many rapping features on his résumé, but between the lines he drops and the way he sounds, this one is definitely the standout.
“Beautiful,” Carly Rae Jepsen feat. Justin Bieber
?On a much different level than “Gas Pedal,” Bieber’s Carly Rae collab is reminiscent of his “One Less Lonely Girl” days, but with a little more maturity. His vocals are as sweet as the words he sings (“You’re not trying to be perfect/ Nobody’s perfect, but you are to me), which complements Jepsen’s voice, well, beautifully.
?”Next to You,” Chris Brown feat. Justin Bieber
Although Bieber had yet to fully hit puberty when this song was created, it works incredibly well with Brown‘s tone. And while Bieber had a handful of cute love songs in his discography at that point, the R&B influence on the track allowed for Bieber’s parts to be taken a little more seriously — even with a higher-pitched voice.
“2U,” David Guetta feat. Justin Bieber
?The latest addition to Bieber’s impressive list of guest spots, Guetta made solid use of his collaborator. The Biebs utilizes his falsetto in sensual fashion, which makes his lovey-dovey lyrics come off as more alluring than gushy. Perhaps the only true downfall with this one is that it doesn’t quite have the danceability that Bieber’s other dance features do.
“Cold Water,” Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber and MØ
?Ed Sheeran may have been the one to come up with the main part of this song, but Bieber did a fantastic job at selling it as his creation. Major Lazer has a way of highlighting their featured artists’ best abilities, which is exactly what happened with Bieber, all topped off with a beat drop that makes any dance floor hard to resist.
?”Let Me Love You,” DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber
While DJ Snake pulled the weight in creating one hell of a catchy beat, Bieber held his own in giving the song exactly what it needed for vocals. The lower verses and passionate chorus allow for his range to shine, even giving his falsetto the spotlight in the bridge. Needless to say, DJ Snake is going to have a tough time topping this feature.
“Where Are Ü Now,” Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber
Yes, this song was included on Bieber’s album Purpose, but EDM fans know it was initially a Jack Ü feature, and it was also the first major introduction to Bieber’s dance track chops. While the new sound may have struck some as odd, what it likely did for most was prove Bieber’s vocal versatility. Oh, and that weird dolphin-like noise on the beat drop? Bieber’s voice too, just morphed with some nifty sound mixers — see what we mean by versatility?
“I’m the One,” DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne
?When you have enough superstars on a track, there’s a pretty good chance it’s going to be enjoyable. But when it’s DJ Khaled bringing those superstars together, there’s a great chance it’s an absolute jam. Case in point: “I’m the One.” And in terms of Bieber features, this is key — instead of getting lost amid the star-studded lineup of rappers (Chance the Rapper, Quavo and Lil Wayne), Bieber holds his own. In fact, he’s the glue that holds the featured rappers together, with smooth, undulating vocals on the chorus and that oh-so-memorable “Oh ay oh ay oh ay oh.”
“Despacito” remix, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
If you weren’t convinced that Bieber has the Midas touch, just talk to Luis Fonsi. The Latin singer’s suave song with Daddy Yankee was a hit before Bieber got on board, but once they teamed up, the track became an unstoppable force. Even though Bieber seemingly didn’t memorize his Spanish lines after recording them, there’s no denying that his silky voice is the perfect fit for some seriously sexy Spanish verses. And while the original track was great, the picked-up pace (along with Bieber’s addition) makes it one of the hottest song to hit radio airwaves in years — whether you know what they’re saying or not.