United We Stand: Best US – UK Collaborations in Music

Great things happen when these super powers unite.

United We Stand: Best US-UK Collaborations in Music - Musically, no two nations boost better relations than the United States and the United Kingdom. Since the days of the British Invasion the two nations have shared a storied music history that has been influential on both sides of the pond. Click on to see what happens when the brightest stars from these two super powers join forces to create dope music.(Photos from left: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS, Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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United We Stand: Best US-UK Collaborations in Music - Musically, no two nations boost better relations than the United States and the United Kingdom. Since the days of the British Invasion the two nations have shared a storied music history that has been influential on both sides of the pond. Click on to see what happens when the brightest stars from these two super powers join forces to create dope music.(Photos from left: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS, Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

'New York Raining' ? Charles Hamilton, Featuring Rita Ora - Charles Hamilton continues his comeback and just performed his duet "New York Raining" with Rita Ora on The Voice: UK finale last night. Featured on the Empire soundtrack, Charles even shows off his piano skills while spitting about relationships while Rita's pulsating vocals carry the bridge and the hook.   (Photo: Lloyd Bishop/NBC)

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'New York Raining' – Charles Hamilton, Featuring Rita Ora - Charles Hamilton continues his comeback and just performed his duet "New York Raining" with Rita Ora on The Voice: UK finale last night. Featured on the Empire soundtrack, Charles even shows off his piano skills while spitting about relationships while Rita's pulsating vocals carry the bridge and the hook.   (Photo: Lloyd Bishop/NBC)

'Stay With Me' ? Sam Smith, Featuring Mary J. Blige - Mary J. Blige went across the pond to record her latest album with a gang of British songwriters and producers called The London Sessions. One of those talented singers was Sam Smith, whom Mary previously joined on his platinum single "Stay With Me."(Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

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'Stay With Me' – Sam Smith, Featuring Mary J. Blige - Mary J. Blige went across the pond to record her latest album with a gang of British songwriters and producers called The London Sessions. One of those talented singers was Sam Smith, whom Mary previously joined on his platinum single "Stay With Me."(Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

'Four Five Seconds' ? Rihanna, Featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney - Paul McCartney joined Roc Nations' wonder twins on "FourFiveSeconds" as he played the acoustic backdrop while Rihanna and Kanye West went on a lovers' quarrel and landed all three superstars another top-10 hit.   (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

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'Four Five Seconds' – Rihanna, Featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney - Paul McCartney joined Roc Nations' wonder twins on "FourFiveSeconds" as he played the acoustic backdrop while Rihanna and Kanye West went on a lovers' quarrel and landed all three superstars another top-10 hit.   (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

'Only One' ? Kanye West, Featuring Paul McCartney - Mr. West called up the Knighted Beatle to strum his guitar chords on Ye's tribute to his baby girl, North West, at the close of 2014. The two stars are rumored to have spawned several more future hits from that session, but we'll have to wait to see if this holds true.(Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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'Only One' – Kanye West, Featuring Paul McCartney - Mr. West called up the Knighted Beatle to strum his guitar chords on Ye's tribute to his baby girl, North West, at the close of 2014. The two stars are rumored to have spawned several more future hits from that session, but we'll have to wait to see if this holds true.(Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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'Old School Love' ? Lupe Fiasco, Featuring Ed Sheeran - Ed Sheeran brought his English vocals to Lupe's game-filled track to up-and-coming MCs off his fifth release, Tetsuo & Youth. Ed's smooth melodies gave the track that back-in-the day feel, while Lupe reminisced on the golden age of hip hop.(Photos from left: Marc Grimwade/WireImage, Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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'Old School Love' – Lupe Fiasco, Featuring Ed Sheeran - Ed Sheeran brought his English vocals to Lupe's game-filled track to up-and-coming MCs off his fifth release, Tetsuo & Youth. Ed's smooth melodies gave the track that back-in-the day feel, while Lupe reminisced on the golden age of hip hop.(Photos from left: Marc Grimwade/WireImage, Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

'Wildest Moments (Remix)' ? Jessie Ware, Featuring A$AP Rocky - British songbird Jessie Ware had Harlem's A$AP Rocky drop a few bars as she embarked on her British invasion of the U.S. charts in 2012 with their love-addiction track.(Photos from left: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Samsung, David M. Benett/Getty Images for Harvey Nichols)

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'Wildest Moments (Remix)' – Jessie Ware, Featuring A$AP Rocky - British songbird Jessie Ware had Harlem's A$AP Rocky drop a few bars as she embarked on her British invasion of the U.S. charts in 2012 with their love-addiction track.(Photos from left: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Samsung, David M. Benett/Getty Images for Harvey Nichols)

'Next to Me (Remix)' ? Emeli Sand?, Featuring Kendrick Lamar - On this track, Emeli Sand? found Kendrick Lamar laying next to her as their love reached new heights and proved not even an ocean could keep them apart. Let's not forget these two also came together for K. Dot's international remix of "B***h Don't Kill My Vibe."(Photos from left: David M. Benett/Getty Images for Jaguar, Chris Weeks/Getty Images for Reebok)

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'Next to Me (Remix)' – Emeli Sandé, Featuring Kendrick Lamar - On this track, Emeli Sandé found Kendrick Lamar laying next to her as their love reached new heights and proved not even an ocean could keep them apart. Let's not forget these two also came together for K. Dot's international remix of "B***h Don't Kill My Vibe."(Photos from left: David M. Benett/Getty Images for Jaguar, Chris Weeks/Getty Images for Reebok)

'This Could Be Us' ? Prince, Featuring Rita Ora - The Purple One may not have joined Twitter until 2013, but he?s surely keeping up with the latest trends and hash-tags with the assistance of British pop icon Rita Ora. Inspired by the #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin meme of him and Apollonia riding on a motorcycle in the 1984 movie Purple Rain, Prince enlisted Ora for the duet ?This Could Be Us.? The song has yet to be released and is reportedly slated to appear on Prince?s forthcoming album.(Photos from Left: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images, Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

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'This Could Be Us' – Prince, Featuring Rita Ora - The Purple One may not have joined Twitter until 2013, but he’s surely keeping up with the latest trends and hash-tags with the assistance of British pop icon Rita Ora. Inspired by the #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin meme of him and Apollonia riding on a motorcycle in the 1984 movie Purple Rain, Prince enlisted Ora for the duet “This Could Be Us.” The song has yet to be released and is reportedly slated to appear on Prince’s forthcoming album.(Photos from Left: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images, Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

'Stan' ? Eminem, Featuring Dido - Eminem pulled a sample from British singer/songwriter Dido's "Thank You," off her debut, No Angel, which sold over 21 million copies worldwide. It was a smart move both musically and in regards to marketing. The resulting track took the No. 1 spot in the U.K. and Australia; and when he performed it at the 2001 Grammys with Elton John, he made headlines in the U.S.(Photos from left: Jason Merritt/ Film Magic, Jo Hale/Getty Images) 

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'Stan' – Eminem, Featuring Dido - Eminem pulled a sample from British singer/songwriter Dido's "Thank You," off her debut, No Angel, which sold over 21 million copies worldwide. It was a smart move both musically and in regards to marketing. The resulting track took the No. 1 spot in the U.K. and Australia; and when he performed it at the 2001 Grammys with Elton John, he made headlines in the U.S.(Photos from left: Jason Merritt/ Film Magic, Jo Hale/Getty Images) 

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Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson were close friends and collaborators in the early '80s, duetting on super hits like "Say, Say, Say" and "The Girl Is Mine." (Photo: Courtesy Columbia Records)

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'The Girl Is Mine,' – Michael Jackson, Featuring Paul McCartney - After collaborating twice for U.K. legend Paul McCartney's fifth studio album, the two recorded "The Girl Is Mine" for Michael Jackson's Thriller, which topped the charts in at least five countries including the U.K. and the U.S. The Quincy Jones produced song itself did well as well, going platinum as a single, even though Jackson never performed it live.(Photo: Columbia Records) 

Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder popularized the "keys of piano" racial metaphor with their chart-topping 1982 ballad, "Ebony and Ivory." (Photo: Courtesy Columbia Records)

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'Ebony and Ivory' – Paul McCartney, Featuring Stevie Wonder - This endearing song about piano keys and racial harmony went No. 1 in the U.K. and in the U.S., where it stayed at the top spot for seven weeks and was the fourth biggest hit of 1982. It also marked the first time that one of the famed Beatles landed on the Billboard R&B chart.(Photo: Columbia Records)

'You Know I'm No Good' ? Amy Winehouse, Featuring Ghostface Killah - Pretty Toney's flip of this acclaimed Amy Winehouse song was so nice, he did it twice. The original song appeared on her Back to Black, and Ghostface remixed it for a reissue of the album, adding more verses for a placement on his own More Fish. (Photos from left: Jo Hale/ Getty Images, Fergus McDonald/Getty Images)

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'You Know I'm No Good' – Amy Winehouse, Featuring Ghostface Killah - Pretty Toney's flip of this acclaimed Amy Winehouse song was so nice, he did it twice. The original song appeared on her Back to Black, and Ghostface remixed it for a reissue of the album, adding more verses for a placement on his own More Fish. (Photos from left: Jo Hale/ Getty Images, Fergus McDonald/Getty Images)

'Down' ? Jay Sean, Featuring Lil Wayne - Emerging from the U.K. Asian Underground scene, Cash Money's British singer/rapper/producer Jay Sean became the first artist of South Asian origin to top the U.S. charts with his debut American single, "Down," featuring Lil Wayne. It's sold more than six million copies worldwide. (Photos from left: PNP/ WENN.com, John Ricard/BET)

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'Down' – Jay Sean, Featuring Lil Wayne - Emerging from the U.K. Asian Underground scene, Cash Money's British singer/rapper/producer Jay Sean became the first artist of South Asian origin to top the U.S. charts with his debut American single, "Down," featuring Lil Wayne. It's sold more than six million copies worldwide. (Photos from left: PNP/ WENN.com, John Ricard/BET)

Elton John and Mary J. Blige - After Mary tapped Elton to play keys on her classic "Deep Inside," which sampled his "Bennie and the Jets," she paid him back by duetting with him on "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues," from his live album One Night Only, recorded at Madison Square Garden in 2000.  (Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

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'I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues' – Elton John, Featuring Mary J. Blige - We guess this is why we call her "queen of hip hop soul." Mary J. made this 1983 hit relevant again when she added her signature funk. The highly praised live version also landed on her 2006 Mary J. Blige & Friends EP. (Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

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Aretha Franklin and George Michael          - Aretha Franklin and George Michael topped the charts in 1987 with their trans-Atlantic duet "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)."  (Photo: Courtesy Arista Records)

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'I Knew You Were Waiting for Me' – George Micheal, Featuring Aretha Franklin - When this British sex symbol teamed up with one of his favorite artists, an American R&B diva, it heated up the 1987 charts in both the U.K. and the U.S. In fact, it took the top spot on both sides of the pond.(Photo: Arista Records)

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'Missing You' – Puff Daddy, Featuring Sting - Released hastily just weeks after B.I.G.'s violent death, Diddy — then known as Puff — didn't even bother to get clearance for a major sample, one from the Police's "Every Breath You Take." Sting, the lead vocalist of the English rock band, graciously responded with several live performances of the song with Puff, B.I.G.'s ex-wife, Faith Evans, and 112.   (Photo: Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)

Kanye West  - Like a lot of rap trends over the past several years, Kanye was one of the first rappers out the gate with his Coldplay-philia. Kanye recruited Chris Martin to play piano and sing on "Homecoming" from his 2007 album Graduation, and once said that Coldplay is better than the Beatles. Chill, Yeezy. (Photos: TIAGO CANHOTO/Landov; John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy) 

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'Homecoming' – Kanye West, Featuring Chris Martin - Yeezy got with Coldplay's frontman Chris Martin for this tribute to Chicago off his third album, Graduation. It was to be released as a single in the U.S., but never did. Instead, Ye's flow and Martin's key strokes peaked at No. 9 on the U.K. charts.(Photos from left: EPA/TIAGO CANHOTO /LANDOV, John Shearer/Getty Images)

'Forever Young' ? Jay Z, Featuring Mr. Hudson - With the release of The Blueprint 3 in 2009, Jay Z scored a top-10 hit with his "Forever Young," featuring U.K. sensation and G.O.O.D. Music artist Mr. Hudson. (Photos from left: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images, Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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'Forever Young' – Jay Z, Featuring Mr. Hudson - With the release of The Blueprint 3 in 2009, Jay Z scored a top-10 hit with his "Forever Young," featuring U.K. sensation and G.O.O.D. Music artist Mr. Hudson. (Photos from left: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images, Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Just One of the Guys - "Paper Planes" became even more ubiquitous when Kanye West sampled one of her lines for the smash posse cut "Swagga Like Us" in 2008, which featured Jay-Z, West, T.I. and Lil Wayne. The four rappers and a very pregnant M.I.A. performed the song ? as well as "Paper Planes," of course ? at the 2009 Grammys. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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'Swagga Like Us' – T.I., Featuring M.I.A., Jay Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne - King of the South T.I. landed a major hit in 2008 with the song "Swagga Like Us," featuring rap heavyweights Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Kanye West and English rapper/singer M.I.A. The chart-topping tune also earned the Hustle Gang boss a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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'Easy Lover' ? Philip Bailey, Featuring Phil Collins - In 1984, Earth Wind & Fire's founding member, Philip Bailey, teamed up with U.K. music legend Phil Collins for his sophomore solo album, Chinese Wall, spawning the classic duet "Easy Lover." (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) 

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'Easy Lover' – Philip Bailey, Featuring Phil Collins - In 1984, Earth Wind & Fire's founding member, Philip Bailey, teamed up with U.K. music legend Phil Collins for his sophomore solo album, Chinese Wall, spawning the classic duet "Easy Lover." (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) 

'Butterflies' ? Written by Marsha Ambrosius for Michael Jackson - King of pop Michael Jackson tapped U.K. singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius for the ballad "Butterflies" off his last LP, Invincible. The sultry British vocalist also sung background vocals on the song, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard charts.(Photos from left: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images, Barry King/WireImage)

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'Butterflies' – Written by Marsha Ambrosius for Michael Jackson - King of pop Michael Jackson tapped U.K. singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius for the ballad "Butterflies" off his last LP, Invincible. The sultry British vocalist also sung background vocals on the song, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard charts.(Photos from left: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images, Barry King/WireImage)

'Cherry Wine' ? Nas, Featuring Amy Winehouse - Before her untimely death in 2011, Queenbridge MC Nas landed a feature from U.K. star Amy Winehouse for his 2012 album, Life's Good. The song "Cherry Wine" was one of the late singer's final collaborations.(Photos from left: John Ricard / BET, REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

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'Cherry Wine' – Nas, Featuring Amy Winehouse - Before her untimely death in 2011, Queenbridge MC Nas landed a feature from U.K. star Amy Winehouse for his 2012 album, Life's Good. The song "Cherry Wine" was one of the late singer's final collaborations.(Photos from left: John Ricard / BET, REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

'Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now' ? Joss Stone, Featuring Common - Joss Stone's soulful pipes can easily stand alone, but she's not against sharing the spotlight. In 2007, Common added a rap element to the British singer/songwriter's "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now" single. (Photos from left: Paul Abell/PictureGroup, Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup/FOX)

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'Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now' – Joss Stone, Featuring Common - Joss Stone's soulful pipes can easily stand alone, but she's not against sharing the spotlight. In 2007, Common added a rap element to the British singer/songwriter's "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now" single. (Photos from left: Paul Abell/PictureGroup, Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup/FOX)

'Supastar' ? Floetry, Featuring Common - The ladies of Floetry sure know how to lift a man's ego. On "Supastar," the now defunct duo ? comprised of "The Songstress" (Marsha Ambrosius) and "The Flocaist" (Natalie Stewart) ? embrace love and relationships, while Common holds down the male perspective.(Photos from left: Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

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'Supastar' – Floetry, Featuring Common - The ladies of Floetry sure know how to lift a man's ego. On "Supastar," the now defunct duo — comprised of "The Songstress" (Marsha Ambrosius) and "The Flocaist" (Natalie Stewart) — embrace love and relationships, while Common holds down the male perspective.(Photos from left: Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

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'Break Your Heart' ? Taio Cruz, Featuring Ludacris - Taio Cruz struck platinum with "Break My Heart," featuring Ludacris. The lead single off the British performer's Rokstarr effort became a global No. 1 hit topping the charts for three weeks in the U.K. and selling more than three million copies stateside. (Photos from left: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images, MarmolejosWENN.com)

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'Break Your Heart' – Taio Cruz, Featuring Ludacris - Taio Cruz struck platinum with "Break My Heart," featuring Ludacris. The lead single off the British performer's Rokstarr effort became a global No. 1 hit topping the charts for three weeks in the U.K. and selling more than three million copies stateside. (Photos from left: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images, MarmolejosWENN.com)

'Til I'm Gone' ? Tinie Tempah, Featuring Wiz Khalifa - "Till I'm Gone" was exactly what Tinie Tempah needed to cross over into the U.S. music market. With Wiz Khalifa manning the chorus, the British rapper's StarGate-produced release (the seventh single off his Disc-Overy debut) even worked its way onto television via two episodes of AMC's Breaking Bad series. (Photo: Parlophone Records)

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'Til I'm Gone' – Tinie Tempah, Featuring Wiz Khalifa - "Till I'm Gone" was exactly what Tinie Tempah needed to cross over into the U.S. music market. With Wiz Khalifa manning the chorus, the British rapper's StarGate-produced release (the seventh single off his Disc-Overy debut) even worked its way onto television via two episodes of AMC's Breaking Bad series. (Photo: Parlophone Records)

'If I Told You That' ? Whitney Houston, Featuring George Michael - Whitney Houston wasn't all about power ballads, she was just as captivating on a dance beat. Houston and George Michael came together for "If I Told You That," a single courtesy of super-producer Rodney Jerkins. Although the original recording featured Houston alone, Michael's addition became the second U.K. single from her Whitney: The Greatest Hits album.(Photo: Arista Records)

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'If I Told You That' – Whitney Houston, Featuring George Michael - Whitney Houston wasn't all about power ballads, she was just as captivating on a dance beat. Houston and George Michael came together for "If I Told You That," a single courtesy of super-producer Rodney Jerkins. Although the original recording featured Houston alone, Michael's addition became the second U.K. single from her Whitney: The Greatest Hits album.(Photo: Arista Records)