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10 Best Country Collaborations of 2015

From Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton to Don Henley and Dolly Parton

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton share the stage during the 49th CMA Awards.

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Porter and Dolly. Conway and Loretta. Johnny and June. Country artists have been working on perfecting the duet since time immemorial, and 2015 brought its own share of tag-teamed performances, from Brad Paisley's onstage jam with the Rolling Stones — on a country-tinged number with references to shooting heroin, no less — to Little Big Town's gospel choir harmonies for pop newcomer Tori Kelly.

Then there was Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake's collaboration at the CMA Awards, an unlikely duet that single-handedly vaulted Stapleton from underground cult status to the top of the mainstream charts. Over an explosive eight minutes, the singers swapped harmonies and guitar riffs on a pair of songs that helped set a new high mark for collaborative excellence. Understandably, they've topped the following list of 2015's 10 best country collaborations, which also makes room for roots-rock veteran Don Henley, big-voiced Dixie Chick Natalie Maines and Americana kingpins Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson.


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