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10 of the All-Time Greatest Pop/Rock Collaborations

As we reported last week, apparently Ke$ha is collaborating with her “idol” Iggy Pop for a song on her upcoming album. Our initial response to this was pretty much like everyone else’s, involving a combination of the letters “W,” “T,” and “F,” but the more we think about it, the more we’re coming around to the idea that the track could actually be pretty great. After all, it’s hardly the first pop/rock collaboration, and some of the results of pairing up pop singers and rock stars over the years have been thoroughly excellent. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite such collaborations after the jump — as ever, let us know (nicely) what we’ve missed.

Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson — “Candy”

Iggy has previous experience in this area, of course. He did a killer collaboration with Peaches a few years back — although, in fairness, it’s probably a stretch to call someone who released a record called Fatherfucker a pop star — and also did a pretty great duet with Debbie Harry on “Well Did You Evah!,” but our all-time favorite is this collaboration with Kate Pierson of the B-52s. We’ve always been particularly impressed with Iggy’s vocals on this — you really could believe that he’s been inside for 20 years — and the contrast between his reflective rumble and Pierson’s sad but impassioned responses makes this a surprisingly moving piece of work.