The 2000s gave us a lot of iconic moments, music and moments in music.
That time period also gave us a lot of weird collaborations. It was a simpler time – pop punk actually made it to mainstream radio, and almost every teenager had a Fall Out Boy or My Chemical Romance song on their mp3 player. Check out some of the most iconic emo/pop features and collabs of the 2000s below:
10. ‘One and Only’ – Fall Out Boy & Timbaland
Not even sure how to explain this one. Timbaland and FOB. A match made in a very strange alternative universe heaven, maybe?
9. ‘Two Is Better Than One’ – Boys Like Girls feat. Taylor Swift
Never thought I’d see T-Swiz featuring on a pop-punk track, let alone one by Boys Like Girls. However this feelsy ballad is exactly where TayTay should be in the pop-punk sphere.
8. ‘Stereo Hearts’ – Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine
Stereo Hearts was Gym Class Heroes’ most successful song, being played on radio all over the world. The catchy hook sung by Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, paired with the notoriety that lead vocalist Travie McCoy had earned with his single Billionaire (ft. Bruno Mars) the year prior, meant surefire success for this boppy track.
7. ‘the few that remain’ – Set Your Goals feat. Hayley Williams
“woah woah guys, is it cool if I get in on this here?”. YES!!! GET IT SIS!!!
Hayley’s feature on this banger was likely the introduction to pop punk heavyweights Set Your Goals for many young emos (us included). This song has definitely stood the test of time.
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6. ‘Thriller’ – Fall Out Boy feat. Jay-Z
A pretty darn good opening to an album, if you ask me. Fall Out Boy have collaborated with more rappers in their career than any other emo band (probably more than all the others combined, tbh). They even went so far as to completely remix their 2015 release American Beauty/American Psycho, having different rappers feature on each track.
5. ‘King For A Day’ – Pierce The Veil feat. Kellin Quinn
ABSOLUTELY ICONIC. Even though Piece The Veil’s Collide With The Sky came out in 2012, but it would be an injustice to the masterpiece that is King For A Day if it wasn’t featured here. This was the collaboration that the entire emo tumblr community was willing to sacrifice their firstborns for – and we got it, no sacrifice needed.
4. ‘Good Girls Go Bad’ – Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester
Good Girls Go Bad was a runaway success, getting worldwide radio play in 2009, and continues to be spun at emo club nights everywhere almost 10 years later. Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester’s feature was surprising for a lot of people, as was Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta’s brief appearance on Gossip Girl as a drug dealer even more so. STILL A BANGER.
3. ‘STARSTRUKK’ – 3OH!3 feat. Katy Perry
There’s absolutely no way that 3OH!3 could get away with releasing their 2009 record WANT in 2018. Full of completely inappropriate, somewhat sexist and overtly sexual lyrics the content of this wild album has aged very poorly (like much of the pop music from that time). STARSTRUKK is pretty nasty, but considering how famous Katy Perry is now, it’s crazy to think she was ever small enough to be featuring on a song by a Warped Tour band.
2. ‘Numb’ – Linkin Park feat. Jay-Z
Jay definitely knew where the money was.
1. ‘Airplanes’ – B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams.
The lyrics of this incredibly overplayed song were every second Facebook status in 2010, every man and his dog wishing on shooting star airplanes and whatnot. This song was completely inescapable at the time, however has become a very nostalgic pop jam for a lot of people over the years. It was also Hayley Williams’ first solo collaborative venture into the pop world, and a bloody successful one at that. BANGER.