Skip To Content

    Some Famous Musicians Just Have Undeniable Chemistry Together, And Here Are 21 Examples To Prove It

    I will never get sick of a Billie Eilish and Khalid collaboration — like, EVER.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which famous musicians had the best musical chemistry of all time. Here are the brilliant results.

    1. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

    Gaga and Bennett performing live in 2013; Gaga and Bennett in the studio recording "I Get A Kick Out Of You;" Gaga and Bennett in their music video for "Anything Goes"
    Larry Busacca / Getty Images / Streamline / Columbia / Interscope

    "Obviously Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett! It was such a surprise back in 2011 to hear them record 'The Lady is a Tramp' together, but it worked so perfectly! I have loved every song they have performed together since — their chemistry is incredible!"

    marchsunshine100

    "I loved, loved, LOVED the album they made together in 2014."

    foldinthecheese123

    Listen to their song "The Lady is a Tramp" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Columbia / Via youtube.com

    2. Cardi B and Bruno Mars

    Cardi B and Bruno Mars in their "Finesse (Remix)" music video, rapping: "Cardi B straight stunin', can't tell me nothin', bossed up and I changed the game"
    Atlantic

    "Bruno Mars and Cardi B! The 'Finesse' remix was so good — and 'Please Me?!' Not only was it a great song, but their chemistry in the video was 🔥🔥🔥."

    erikah405df5e24

    "Bruno Mars and Cardi B should definitely make more songs together!"

    s4bb472acb

    Listen to their song "Please Me" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Atlantic / Via youtube.com

    3. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

    Minaj and Grande at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards; Minaj and Grande in their "Bang Bang" music video; Minaj and Grande in their "Side to Side" music video; Minaj and Grande in their "Bed" music video
    John Shearer / Getty Images / Lava / Republic / Young Money / Cash Money

    "Nickiana (aka Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande) will always have so much chemistry, which explains their seven musical collaborations — they’re also great friends in real life. I just love their friendship so much 🥰."

    folkloreandevermorearemylife

    Listen to their song "Side to Side" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Republic / Via youtube.com

    4. Lana Del Rey and the Weeknd

    Lana Del Rey and the Weeknd in their "Lust for Life" music video, singing: "A lust for life keeps us alive"
    Polydor / Interscope

    "Lana Del Rey and the Weeknd have top-tier chemistry! All of their collaborations are incredible, and they complement each other musically in such a beautiful way."

    melodramatic

    Listen to their song "Lust for Life" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Polydor / Interscope / Via youtube.com

    5. Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston

    Carey and Houston behind the scenes in the studio recording "When You Believe," Houston saying: "Mariah is a hell of a vocalist — I'ma tell you, she can go"
    Entertainment Tonight

    "I saw their performance of 'When You Believe' as two people who mutually respected each other, and had a good time singing together."

    heygirllove

    Listen to their song "When You Believe" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    DreamWorks / Arista / Columbia / Via youtube.com

    6. Aretha Franklin and George Michael

    Franklin and Michael in their "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)" music video, singing: "I knew you were waiting, I knew you were waiting for me"
    Arista

    "Aretha Franklin and George Michael had such amazing chemistry in 'I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me),' especially considering she was the queen of soul and he was the biggest name in pop at the time."

    teverdean

    Listen to their song "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Arista / Via youtube.com

    7. Ed Sheeran and...well, anyone he's ever collaborated with

    Sheeran and Taylor Swift at the 2016 Grammy awards; Sheeran and Beyoncé performing at "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life" in 2015; Sheeran and Rita Ora performing "Your Song;" Sheern and Khalid at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2017
    Kevin Mazur / Getty Images / Atlantic UK

    "Literally just think about his collaborations with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Khalid, Cardi B, and Camila Cabello — not to mention his songwriting for artists like Rita Ora and Liam Payne. He’s great 😌."

    harrylouisliamzaynniall

    Listen to Taylor Swift's song "Everything Has Changed" with Sheeran here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Big Machine / Via youtube.com

    8. Christina Aguilera and Ricky Martin

    Aguilera and Martin at the Monaco World Music Awards in 2001; Aguilera and Martin in their "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" music video, singing: "Nobody wants to be lonely, nobody wants to cry"
    Pool Benainous / Scorcelletti / Getty Images / Columbia

    "Christina Aguilera and Ricky Martin when they duetted on 'Nobody Wants to Be Lonely' — it's such a forgotten classic. The music video was super sexy, and their voices complemented each other really well."

    xoblondeisbestxo

    "I just listened to 'Nobody Wants to Be Lonely' after reading this — I love it!!!"

    recreatingsmilestravel

    Listen to their song "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Columbia / Via youtube.com

    9. The Civil Wars

    The Civil Wars in their "Poison & Wine" music video, singing: "I don't love you, but I always will"
    sensibility

    "Their voices complemented each other so well, and you could just feel the chemistry with their songs. 'Poison & Wine' is one of my all-time favorite songs, and it showed just how well the two worked together to create a masterpiece."

    monikap6

    "The Civil Wars — their chemistry in the 'Poison & Wine' and 'Falling' videos was UNREAL, and they were both married to other people!!!" 

    erinv4d8090080

    Listen to their song "Poison & Wine" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    sensibility / Via youtube.com

    10. Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty

    Nicks and Petty in their "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" music video, singing: "Baby, you could never look me in the eye; yeah, you buckle with the weight of the words"
    Modern

    "Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty had amazing chemistry with 'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around' — their voices and musical styles just meshed really well together."

    oh_bother

    "This was the first thing that came to my mind!"

    tooold2bhere

    Listen to their song "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Modern / Via youtube.com

    11. Billie Eilish and Khalid

    Eilish and Khalid performing live together at Governor's Ball in 2018; Eilish and Khalid in their "lovely" music video, singing: "Need a place to hide, but I can't find one near — wanna feel alive, outside I can't fight my fear"
    Taylor Hill / Getty Images / Darkroom / Interscope

    "Definitely Khalid and Billie Eilish! Their voices together in 'Lovely' cannot be topped!"

    greenirishdancer1

    Listen to their song "Lovely" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Darkroom / Interscope / Via youtube.com

    12. Nelly and Kelly Rowland

    Rowland and Nelly in their "Dilemma" music video, singing: "East coast, I know you shakin' right, down south, I know you bouncin' right"
    Universal / Columbia

    "This goes back a ways, but Kelly Rowland and Nelly in 'Dilemma' had amazing chemistry — that little shoulder bounce they did together in the music video was IT."

    lucy49b3e9eb2

    Listen to their song "Dilemma" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Universal / Columbia / Via youtube.com

    13. Ashanti and Ja Rule

    Ashanti and Ja Rule in their "Mesmerize" music video; the duo in their "Always On Time" music video, singing: "I'm not always there when you call, but I'm always on time — I gave you my all, now baby, be mine;" the duo in their "Down 4 U" video
    Murder Inc. / Def Jam

    "Ashanti and Ja Rule gave us bop after bop in the 2000s — they sounded really good together."

    joietotheworld

    Listen to their song "Mesmerize" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Murder Inc. / Def Jam / Via youtube.com

    14. Little Mix

    Little Mix in their "Confetti" music video, singing: "All of my dreams from the sky drop like confetti;" Little Mix at the 2021 BRIT Awards; Little Mix in their "Love (Sweet Love)" music video, singing: "I been spendin' time on everybody else"
    RCA / JMEnternational / Getty Images

    "All three of the women have so much chemistry, and it really helps that they’re the best of friends behind the cameras — I love their friendship so much. Their blend while singing and synchronization when dancing is breathtaking."

    folkloreandevermorearemylife

    Listen to their song "Confetti" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    RCA / Via youtube.com

    15. Christina Aguilera, Mýa, Pink, and Lil' Kim

    Aguilera, Mýa, Pink, and Lil' Kim dancing in their "Lady Marmalade" music video
    Interscope

    "Christina Aguilera, Mýa, Pink, and Lil' Kim's collaboration on 'Lady Marmalade' in 2001 was incredible! Too bad Christina and Pink didn't get along at the time because their voices sounded so good together."

    kpride895

    Listen to their song "Lady Marmalade" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Interscope / Via youtube.com

    16. Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst

    Bridgers and Oberst performing on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, singing; "Little spells of forgetfulness, little sounds that are shrill and urgent"
    NPR Music

    "Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst!!! I was just thinking today about how good their voices sounded together as Better Oblivion Community Center, even though they’re complete opposites in terms of sound."

    squidriver

    Listen to their song "Dylan Thomas" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Dead Oceans / Via youtube.com

    17. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris

    Parton, Harris, and Ronstadt performing on "Dolly," singing: "Bury me beneath the willow, beneath the weeping willow tree;" the trio in their "After the Gold Rush" music video; the trio at Parton's MusiCares Person Of The Year ceremony in 2019
    Show Biz Inc. / Asylum / Kevin Mazur / Getty Images

    "Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris!!! The way their voices just found each other and sounded together was incredible — their friendship and chemistry was amazing. We love women supporting women."

    annadigue

    Listen to their song "The Sweetest Gift" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Show Biz Inc. / Via youtube.com

    18. Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak

    Mars and .Paak performing at the Grammys in 2021, singing: "♫ I'ma leave the door open hoping that you feel the way I feel and you want me like I want you tonight;" Mars and .Paak at the BET Awards in 2021
    CBS / Johnny Nunez / Getty Images

    "Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak are outrageously talented separately, and together as Silk Sonic, they're unstoppable. Their new single 'Skate' is on all of my playlists."

    rebekahmarieb2

    Listen to their song "Leave the Door Open" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Aftermath / Atlantic / Via youtube.com

    19. Carole King and James Taylor

    King and Taylor in a recording studio in 1971; King and Taylor performing "So Far Away" and "You've Got a Friend" on BBC in Concert in 1971; King and Taylor performing at Taylor's MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony in 2006
    Jim McCrary / KMazur / Getty Images / BBC

    "When I started collecting vinyl back in high school, a fun hobby of mine was reading through the liner notes to see if my favorite musicians were featured on my favorite albums. And oh boy, did I geek out when I saw Carole King's name all over James Taylor's Sweet Baby James and Mud Slide Slim albums, and vice versa for James on Carole's Tapestry and Music. They created such a warm and dynamic sound together in the '70s, one that felt so unique yet really familiar — I'll never get sick of their collaborations."

    Kayla Yandoli

    Listen to their song "So Far Away" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    BBC / Via youtube.com

    20. Twenty One Pilots

    Twenty One Pilots in their "Saturday" music video, being flooded in a studio surrounded by their instruments
    Fueled by Ramen / Elektra

    "Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun from Twenty One Pilots — I've seen them live several times, and their friendship is what makes the shows incredible. The way they perform with each other and feed off each other’s energy is amazing — it’s something that can't be fabricated, and something that’s not found very often."

    ashtonh46c53b674

    Listen to their song "Stressed Out" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Fueled by Ramen / Via youtube.com

    21. And Beyoncé, Britney Spears, and Pink

    Beyoncé, Spears, and Pink in their "We Will Rock You" Pepsi commercial, singing: "We will, we will, rock you"
    Sony Music Entertainment

    "Beyoncé, Britney, and Pink singing 'We Will Rock You' — they were three absolute forces together, even if it was just for a Pepsi commercial. It's a classic collaboration!"

    nattyboo912

    Listen to their song "We Will Rock You" here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Sony Music Entertainment / Via youtube.com

    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Let's flip the switch, folks: Which famous musicians do you believe had the *worst* musical chemistry? Tell us who (and why you think so) in the comments below!

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form