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10 Best Country Collaborations of 2020

From Shania Twain and Orville Peck to Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey, the must-hear pairings of the past year

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Americana royalty, of-the-moment pop stars, and a songwriting legend all joined up with Nashville artists this year to create some captivating collaborations. But they weren’t all crossover unions, as country singers paired up with one another too. Together, they sang about trucks, cheating exes, and even political discourse. From the all-star trio of Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, and Jimmie Allen, to the glamorous and glorious meeting of Shania Twain and Orville Peck, these are the best musical partnerships of 2020.

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Kelsea Ballerini With Halsey, ‘The Other Girl’

Kelsea Ballerini took a major step into pop-star territory with this mesmerizing collab with Halsey. They performed it on CMT a few times, but it’s the original version, off the country singer’s Kelsea album, that ironically displayed the most chemistry between the two vocalists. Projecting all of the things the “other girl” probably does — from drinking her martinis dry to being promiscuous — it’s ethereal, haunting, and moody.

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Gabby Barrett, feat. Charlie Puth, ‘I Hope’

On paper, rising country star Gabby Barrett’s breakout hit doesn’t really lend itself to a duet: it’s a woman’s diatribe about her cheating ex, after all. But the pop singer Charlie Puth ably offers the guy’s point of view in this remix, essentially saying, hey, forgive and try to forget. No hard feelings?