[photogallerylink id=46444]Just this morning, Taste of Country told readers that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Band Perry[/lastfm] has announced that they want to work with pop icon [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm]! After hearing the exciting news, we decided we would make a list of the best Country crossover performances. See videos and photos of your favorite artists stepping outside the confines of country with artists from pop, rock, and even rap!
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kelly Clarkson[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Reba McEntire[/lastfm] – “Because Of You”
Kelly has always boasted a love for country music and they premiered this hit on CMT Duets.
Taylor Swift & John Mayer – “Half Of My Heart”
Once lovers, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Taylor Swift[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Mayer[/lastfm] put an interesting twist on this song by singing it together. It was a way for audiences to feel in touch with their relationship…Obviously a hit!
Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles – “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”
This song was featured on [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bon Jovi[/lastfm]’s ninth studio album and hit number 1 on the country billboard charts!
Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett – “Knee Deep”
When these two artists got together on CMT Crossroads, it was immediate success. Their beachy, yet still countrified duet soared on charts and sent fans running to buy it!
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant – “Raising Sand”
Producing an entire album together, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alison Krauss[/lastfm] and Robert Plant released “Raising Sand” and pocketed an Album of the Year GRAMMY in 2009.
Sugarland & Sara Bareilles – “Come On Eileen”
Sugarland needed a little help from their friends, or opener Sara Bareilles, on their cover of Dexys Midnight Runners‘ “Come On Eileen” for their show at the Greek Theatre. It was a fantastic performance!
Keith Urban & John Mayer
These powerhouse guitarists have joined for several live performances along with an appearance on CMT Crossroads. Combining their mellow voices and unbelievable musical talents, they have wowed many!
Tim McGraw & Nelly – “Over And Over”
One of the more surprising duets, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tim McGraw[/lastfm] lent his vocals to Nelly and put together this Billboard number 3 hit.
Luke Bryan & The Doobie Brothers On Crossroads
This old jam band played rocked out with Luke. For those who love to rock, this is an awesome jam session!
To see it on CMT, click here!
Reba McEntire & Justin Timberlake – “The Only Promise That Remains”
Though Reba released an entire CD of country duets, this one made people talk!
Bret Michaels & Miley Cyrus – “No Good For Me”
When people said [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Miley Cyrus[/lastfm] had a song with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bret Michaels[/lastfm] the entire pop world exploded. We’re still a little on the fence, but since Bret is kind of a country artist (maybe?), we figured it should make an appearance!
Listen to their cover of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”
Maroon 5 & Lady Antebellum – “Out Of Goodbyes”
This song was part of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Maroon 5[/lastfm]’s album “Hands All Over”.
Jennifer Nettles & Rihanna – “California King Bed”
Although their styles are dramatically different, both women are know for their impassioned performances and this song brought their talents together. This was one of the first times the public heard [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rihanna[/lastfm]’s new song, so it was a great way to get it out there!
Boys Like Girls & Taylor Swift – “Two Is Better Than One”
Blowing up the pop charts, “Two Is Better Than One” hit number 1 across radio top tens with the push of both teen powerhouses.
Jason Aldean & Ludacris – “Dirt Road Anthem”
Country Rocker [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jason Aldean[/lastfm] and rapper [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ludacris[/lastfm] came together at the CMT Awards this year to add an interesting twist to Aldean’s hit song. It was probably one of the most surprising crossover performances since Nelly and Tim McGraw.
To see the video on CMT, click here!
Keith Urban & Nelly Furtado – “In God’s Hands”
The general consensus for this song is that it features a perfect pop/country blend. Obviously Nelly is doing something right!
Carrie Underwood & Steven Tyler – “Undo It” and “Walk This Way”
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Carrie Underwood[/lastfm] got in touch with her inner rock star in this surprising ACM performance. Fans were digging her fun, edgy duet with Tyler!
Martina McBride & Train – “Marry Me”
In this Crossroads performance, these two powerful singers slow it down for a captivating performance. Their voices compliment each other perfectly!
To see their performance on CMT Crossroads, click here!
Rascal Flatts & Justin Bieber – “That Should Be Me”
Recently released, this single went sky high thanks to the Bieber following and introduced [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rascal Flatts[/lastfm] to the young pop generation.
Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson: “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
This impassioned duet soared sky high on charts. On Jason’s Album “My Kinda Party,” the song charted on country charts and on Billboard’s Hot 100.