Like any year before it, 2016 bore witness to numerous collaborations in country music, linking back to a tradition that has long been a part of the genre. This year saw country performers reaching out to artists outside country's lines more than ever, as well as upping one another's game by matching two killer voices with one killer song.

Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks grabbed all the CMA Awards headlines for their funky reworking of "Daddy Lessons," but the CMA itself pulled off quite a coup with "Forever Country," its 30-artist mashup of classics by Dolly Parton, John Denver and Willie Nelson. Things got steamy with collaborations between Kacey Musgraves and Miguel, Kenny Chesney and Pink, and Brad Paisley and Demi Lovato, while Keith Urban called on a Latin hip-hop star and bona fide pop-music legend for a track on his latest album. In no particular order, here are the year's 10 best country collaborations.