If you don’t know about one of the year’s best collaborations yet, allow us to make your day: Flavorpill favorites Rye Rye and Robyn have released a duet. “Never Will Be Mine” is actually a remix of Robyn’s 2005 single “Be Mine!,” injected with a shot of Rye Rye’s adrenaline. What’s that old saying? Two scorned women are better than one? Something like that.
The track got us thinking of how few great musical collaborations we’ve seen between two women. While the male-female love duet is a classic, and the menfolk are always hopping onstage together, the all-girl tag team is something of a rarity — perhaps because female musicians are often set up as rivals. After the jump, with the help of Flavorpill’s knowledgeable staff, we’ve collected some of pop’s most memorable lady-on-lady musical collaborations, from Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox to Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, in hopes of inspiring many, many more.
Lady Gaga and Beyoncé — “Telephone”
If “Telephone” isn’t quite the single “Bad Romance” was, at least Jonas Åkerlund’s crazy jailbreak video made up for it. There’s no denying the thrill of seeing two of our most fascinating pop stars as a pulpy tag team — and we love Beyoncé’s interlude, which splits the difference between rapping and belting. She should also consider rocking the Faster, Pussycat look more often.