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20 Unforgettable Beyoncé Collaborations

From Nicki to Missy to her hubby and her Destiny's Child sisters, here are our fave Queen Bey team-ups

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"Hip Hop Star" feat. Big Boi & Sleepy Brown

A standout track on Beyoncé's Dangerously in Love debut, "Hip Hop Star" mixed chunky rock riffs with a snappy beat that previewed the confident come-hithers that would become a signature Bey style. It's best heard ahead of the pounding chorus: "My style is so amazing / I think you like it, baby / Do you want to get nasty? / I dare you to undress me." Jeff Benjamin

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Missy Elliott's "Nothing Out There for Me"

Before she had officially gone solo, Bey left Destiny's Child for a minute to hop on this silky Missy Elliott track. The inventive cut is a phone call between a man-crazy Beyoncé and her gal pal Missy, who wants her to come out for the night. The most memorable part of the track is the spotlight on the superstar's on-point harmonies and impassioned performance on the bridge. –Jeff Benjamin

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Lady Gaga's "Telephone"

Sorry, Gaga, but you got outshined on this one. While it was unexpected for Beyoncé to hop on an electro-pop track in 2010, she embodied her Sasha Fierce side to explode on one of the shiniest features of the decade so far. While telling her man to cool it ("Boy, the way you blowin' up my phone won't make me leave no faster"), she also delivers some of the slickest and most exciting harmonies we've heard from her. –Jeff Benjamin

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"Freedom" feat. Kendrick Lamar

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Lemonade's penultimate moment ("Formation" is like a bonus track, c'mon) sees Bey going to church (becoming the church?) with Jay Z mainstay producer Just Blaze and modern American hip-hop overlord Kendrick Lamar. It's one of the most knock-you-on-your-dazzled-ass moments of both the record and the visual album. Zach Dionne

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"Crazy in Love" feat. Jay Z

No matter how many classic singles (“Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It),” “Halo,” “Drunk in Love”) Bey drops, she’ll likely never outrun the towering “Crazy in Love,” still a blast of giddy flirtation between two real-life lovers. More than a decade later, Beyoncé’s dizzy hooks and Jay’s rollicking rhymes fit together perfectly, almost impossibly so.Jason Lipshutz

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"Déjà Vu" feat. Jay Z

Coming off a massive triumph like her debut solo album Dangerously in Love, anticipation was high for Beyoncé’s sophomore LP. How could she keep the momentum going? Enter “Déjà Vu,” the lead single off 2006’s B’Day. Some people labeled the song predictable, like a sequel to Bey’s seminal debut single “Crazy in Love,” also featuring hubby Jay Z. In my opinion, however, sonically this was a somewhat risky lead single choice. Funkier and heavier, “Déjà Vu” sounded unlike anything on the first album. The song may have not performed as well as the smashes off Dangerously in Love but it perfectly set up what to expect on B’Day and has definitely stood the test of time, as it’s still one of my personal fave Bey singles. Bonus points: Not only are these some of Jay’s most memorable guest verses, we get TWO of ‘em! Mark Sundstrom

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Michelle Williams, “Say Yes” (also feat. Kelly Rowland)

Kudos to Michelle Williams for forging a successful solo career as a gospel artist, for establishing her own sound post-Destiny’s Child...and for still having the juice to reunite the trio for a solo track. Christian music fan or no, “Say Yes” remains a wholly lovable rhythmic display, with Bey delivering lines like “Where You lead me, Lord, I will go” with the aplomb of a Sunday school standout. –Jason Lipshutz

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Kelly Rowland, “You Changed” (also feat. Michelle Williams)

“Ladies, y’all wanna do it again?” The answer, of course, is hell yes. This Destiny’s Child reunion is more somber than Michelle Williams’ “Say Yes”—which is natural, considering the contemplative R&B that composes much of Kelly Rowland’s solo discography—but fans of DC’s swan song, Destiny Fulfilled, had to gobble up this ladies-first kiss-off. –Jason Lipshutz

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Usher's “Love in This Club Part II" (also feat. Lil Wayne)

It had been nearly four years since Usher’s smash Confessions album and fans were beyond curious to hear what was next from the R&B mainstay. The first taste of Ush’s 2008 follow-up Here I Stand was the midtempo Palow da Don–produced banger “Love in This Club” featuring Young Jeezy. While the original was a No. 1 hit for Usher, the remix featuring Beyoncé and Lil Wayne is the version I still listen to eight years later. It's practically a whole other track, with Bey and Usher trading lines back and forth, and one of Lil Wayne’s most spectacular feature verses. This trio was genius: It happened right around the time Weezy’s “Lollipop” was all over radio (and would soon become his first No. 1 hit) and at the same moment where fans were thirsty for any new music from Queen Bey. (Little did we know months later she’d soon drop “Single Ladies” and slay us all over again). –Mark Sundstrom

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"Flawless (Remix)" feat. Nicki Minaj

This is the best song in the universe. No further comment.

Okay—it was also the first time those two über-titans collaborated. And when they did it in Paris on the On the Run Tour stop that became the HBO concert special, the screen just said ONIKA in that giant-ass Beyoncé-Font. Chills. –Zach Dionne

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Nicki Minaj’s "Feeling Myself"

After hooking up for the remix for Bey’s “Flawless,” the power couple went on to stun with The Pinkprint’s starriest track. With Nicki’s rapid raps and Bey’s no-fucks verses (and that epic etched vocal when she squeezes out “IIIIIIIIII’m feeling myself”), both artists prove that their voices are the real instruments in this music, doling out punches with every line they spit. –Emilee Lindner

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Jay Z's "'03 Bonnie & Clyde"

Before they were the superstar couple we know them today, Beyoncé and Jay Z were two of pop's hottest stars in 2003 thanks to "Crazy in Love." The duo came together again for this blazing collab, where Jay's raps get layered with Bey's smooth harmonies. The combo packs a special punch that isn't heard often in hip-hop. –Jeff Benjamin

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"Don’t Hurt Yourself" feat. Jack White

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Jack White brings the ghostly rock ‘n' roll drama Lemonade's third track, but Bey is the one who serves up the real emotion. With a little bit of distortion, she’s gnarly and rough, busting out her revenge on whoever crosses her. –Emilee Lindner

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Boots' “Dreams”

After collaborating with Beyoncé on her 2013 self-titled opus, singer-songwriter Boots scored a much-coveted Bey feature the following year on his own self-produced jam, “Dreams.” The underrated duet finds Boots impressively holding his own with Queen Bey, who arrives halfway through the track and contours her voice to the woozy romance at the heart of “Dreams.” –Jason Lipshutz

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"Mine" feat. Drake

Remember the time Drake's primary sound-shaper Noah "40" Shebib teamed with Majid Jordan and Omen for a Beyoncé song? And Drizzy and Yoncé actually sounded perfect together, with nary a trace of disjointed-superstar-collabo–itis? Of course you do. Also: "Mine" is hands down one of the most stunning videos from the visual album. –Zach Dionne

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Kanye West & Jay Z's "Lift Off"

Watch the Throne was the Jay & 'Ye Show, but they were smart enough to bring Mrs. Carter in almost right at the beginning, following the Frank Ocean–aided opener "No Church in the World." It's not the greatest song on WTT, but it is an utterly unique Jay/Bey/Kanye collaboration. –Zach Dionne

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"Drunk in Love (Remix)" feat. Kanye West & Jay Z

One of the hardest waits in life was the nearly yearlong stretch from the moment this glorious 6.5-minute leak disappeared and the day it reappeared on the Platinum Edition of Beyoncé. After millions of hours spent with the original version, the Mike Dean–tweaked beat and the utterly filthy, stupidly clever Kanye West verse ("All them haters had us very wary / On the 35th of Nevuary”) gave us a whole new form of life. And there's just no way to keep your cool when you've got The Throne and The Queen on the same track. –Zach Dionne

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"Signs" feat. Missy Elliott

This little droplet of a gem from Bey’s solo debut Dangerously in Love has her drifting through the star signs. Missy Elliott interrupts the dream a few times to “reeeewind!!!” For the most part, though, “Signs,” is a crystal clear jam that benefits from Missy’s magic touch in both production and her sweet guest verse. –Emilee Lindner

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"Superpower" feat. Frank Ocean

Could this one use a lot more Frocean? Sure, but what couldn't? Co-produced by Pharrell and then-brand-new Boots, it's got a classic Skateboard P vibe and a purposeful restraint that makes it a beautiful black sheep on Bey's self-titled. The fiery riot video is a showstopper, too. –Zach Dionne

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"Upgrade U" feat. Jay Z

“Deja Vu” was the more buzzed-about Jay Z collaboration when B’Day dropped, but “Upgrade U” is the more effective bicep flex, introduced by Jay laughing and calling out, “Talk yo shit!” It's executed with laser focus by an in-control Bey, and the vocal delivery and beat are straight hip-hop—which is perhaps why Lil Wayne chose to body a remix on his Da Drought 3 tape.

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