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12 Best Female Collaborations of 2014

From Shakira and Rihanna to Paramore and The Civil Wars, here are our picks for the year's fiercest female team ups

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Shakira & Rihanna, "Can't Remember To Forget You"

Shakira and Rihanna have never had trouble crafting dance floor-ready beats on a global scale (and dominating said dance floor with their respective moves), so it's surprising that the two pop anti-divas waited this long to combine their fiery forces. "Can't Remember To Forget You" rides a reggae beat right into your Can't Remember To Stop Listening To This list. So good luck getting either of their verses out of your head. —Hilary Hughes

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Demi Lovato & Cher Lloyd, "Really Don't Care"

Demi and Cher's hit was already a sassy kiss-off anthem, but the collabo took on a whole new life with this pro-LGBTQ video filmed at the L.A. Pride Parade. "Really Don't Care" was applied to the haters, non-believers and, even more specifically, those picketing the celebration. The former Disney star opens her video declaring, "You don't have to hate because my Jesus loves all!" Judging by how fun the stars, their crew of dancers and drag queens are having in the visual, they truly, really don't care. —Jeff Benjamin

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Hayley Williams ft. Joy Williams, "Hate To See Your Heart Break"

We first heard the somber sleeper hit "Hate to See Your Heart Break" on Paramore's massive self-titled record from last year. Fast forward a few months, and the band announced they would re-release the album with a few demos, live tracks and a new version of the non-single, this time featuring Joy Williams of The Civil Wars. The result is an even more gorgeous take on the tender track. —Maria Sherman

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Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX, "Fancy"

What happens when an Australian rapper and British singer dress up like the girls from “Clueless”? “Record of the Year” Grammy nominations. Billboard-topping singles. YouTube ubiquity. Plaid mini-skirts! It’s a big reason why Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic will go down as an honest classic. —Jonathan Stern

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Lindsey Stirling and Lzzy Hale, "Shatter Me"

Lindsey Stirling has millions of YouTube fans, but she reached a new level of crossover success on this collaboration with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale. The violin virtuoso bowed at number 39 on Billboard’s Adult Pop chart, making it her first airplay charting (but definitely not her last). —Jonathan Stern

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Faith Evans ft. Missy Elliott & Sharaya J, "I Deserve It"

Faith Evans' voice is a welcome, velvety presence on any track, but throw that in the mix with the unstoppable might of Missy Elliott and the sharp spunk of Sharaya J, and you've got an empowering R&B anthem that puts all three music mavens back on top. Faith's "I Deserve It" oozes with confidence and sex appeal; the combined girl power of these major players makes for an insatiable beat. —Hilary Hughes

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Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang"

The note from the record label probably went something like this: “Phase 1: Put three of the most badass female artists on the same track. Phase 2: ? Phase 3: Profit!” Max Martin provides the hand-clapping beat, Jessie J and Ariana Grande provide the sweet vocals and Nicki Minaj shows up with a hot, high-energy bridge. I believe we used the term “divalicious” to describe this banger. And we stand by that. —Jonathan Stern

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Anna Kendrick, Icona Pop & 'SNL' Cast, "Dongs All Over the World"

Created by a supergroup consisting of the "Cups" singer, the Swedish duo Icona Pop and four Saturday Night Live comedians, "Dongs All Over the World" is the girl-power anthem for gettin' it all over the globe. How could we not include this in the best female collabos? We also love the underlying message that, yeah, girls can pimp just as well as the boys. —Jeff Benjamin

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Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood, "Something Bad"

The two blondest, brashest and badass-est women in popular country teamed up for a smash that drew listeners far beyond the boot-stompin' set, and their killer voices are to credit for that. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood's "Somethin' Bad" cracked the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot Country charts after receiving the live premiere treatment at the Billboard Music Awards back in May. Goes to show that you never can tell if it really is good to get a little bad every once in awhile. —Hilary Hughes

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Ailee & Hyolyn, "Let It Go"

Frozen was massive in 2014 and the reign of its thematic tune "Let It Go" knew no limits. For the South Korean release of the Disney flick, Hyolyn recorded a domestic version of the song, keeping all the signature lines intact. For a special live performance, the SISTAR member recruited fellow diva Ailee for K-pop's most epic live duet of the year. —Jeff Benjamin

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Ellie Goulding & Iggy Azalea, "Heavy Crown"

Iggy Azalea was queen of the collabs this year, huh? "Heavy Crown" is the Aussie rap queen's (tragically) under-appreciated jam with British babe Ellie Goulding for the Colin Firth action flick Kingsman: The Secret Service. In the track, Iggy laughs at the non-believers with an unforgettable verse: "For everyone who said I'd never make it / Oh Lord, weren't you mistaken? / I got a dinner date with greatness / Iggy, Iggy, I ain't never been nothin' to play with." Grrrl power! —Maria Sherman

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Beyonce ft Nicki Minaj "Flawless (Remix)"

As if anybody could find fault with Beyonce. Yes, there’s a touch of irony that a song titled “Flawless” would need a remix, but Nicki Minaj manages to elevate this track with a bit of friendly rap rivalry between two “paid sisters.” Speaking of elevate, Queen B contributed a few new verses about the legendary Solange/Jay Z elevator brawl. While her Minajesty uses her section to tell us what we already know: She rules. —Jon Stern

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