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Songs That Use a Famous Artist’s Vocals Without Crediting Them

Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti

This playlist blew my mind.

We know that pop songs are commonly passed around from artist to artist and end up with a long list of collaborators. However, I hadn’t realized how many popular songs actually include hidden vocals from another major artist.

If you look up the song’s full credits, the artist will be credited with vocals there, but you won’t find their name as a featured artist on the song itself.

Some major examples of this include:

  • The Black Eyed Peas song Where Is The Love which has Justin Timberlake’s voice on the chorus. Apparently, Timberlake’s record company didn’t want him to suffer from over-exposure since he was already appearing heavily in the charts at that time.
  • You’ll also hear J.T. in the Britney Spears song What It’s Like to Be Me from Brit’s third album.
  • The song Play by Jennifer Lopez has its chorus sung by a completely different artist – that’s Christina Milian!
  • Two more J Lo songs, I’m Real and Ain’t It Funny, heavily feature vocals by Ashanti.
  • Listen closely and you’ll hear Ed Sheeran’s background vocals on songs like Love Yourself by Justin Bieber and Your Song by Rita Ora.
  • This is What You Came For by Calvin Harris and Rihanna includes vocals by Taylor Swift (specifically the ooh ooh ooh part.)
  • Speaking of Taylor Swift, listen closely and you’ll hear Imogen Heap on the 1989 favorite Clean.
  • Britney’s Blackout album includes famous vocals by Robyn on Piece of Me and Keri Hilson on Break the Ice.
  • Yes, that’s Michael Jackson on the Rockwell song Somebody’s Watching Me.
  • You’ll hear Beyoncé crooning on Frank Ocean’s Pink + White.
  • …and that’s the rest of Destiny’s Child on Beyoncé’s song Check On It.
  • Though technically a sample, Avril Lavigne’s voice is used on Rihanna’s Cheers (Drink to That).

Anyone else find this fascinating?! It exposed a whole new side to pop music that I hadn’t been fully aware of. Take a listen to the full playlist below:

Spotify Playlist:

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