Shania Twain is known as the "Queen of Country Pop" for a reason: for nearly three decades, Twain has been dazzling audiences across the globe, selling over 100 million records in the process. In the 1990s, the Canadian native cemented herself as a lasting presence in the music industry. Her recent Netflix documentary Not Just a Girl and Let's Go! Las Vegas residency have served as reminders of why she's such an important part of the country music landscape.
Twain may be a one-woman force, but she has also graced us with memorable collaborations through the years, both on stage and in the studio. Her lengthy history of duets and creative experimentation proves (yet again) that she is a woman who transcends genres. She's equally at home on stage with pop icons Elton John or Harry Styles as she is in the studio with country newcomers Elle King or Orville Peck.
And who else but Twain could release two versions of the same single at the same time, each outfitted with a different male duet partner and accompanying music video, to ultimately find raving commercial success with both recordings? (The correct answer is no one, of course.)
It is in this spirit of wonder and awe that we look back through some of Twain's most memorable collaborations yet — and cross our fingers that there are many more to come.
"Legends Never Die"with Orville Peck
Released on Orville Peck's standout 2020 EP Show Pony, "Legends Never Die" was written by Twain and co-writers Daniel Pitout and Duncan Jay Jennings. Together, Peck and Twain sing of wild hearts, sleepless nights, and paths that one must walk alone. It's the perfect fit for the two trailblazers. When Twain sings, "I built that road and walked it every mile," the full scope of her journey can be felt.
"You Needed Me"with Anne Murray
On Anne Murray's "You Needed Me," Twain shares a tender duet with a woman who helped pave the way for her and other female artists trying to make their way into country music.
"I'm Gonna Get You Good"with Alison Krauss & Union Station
In 2004, Twain released a video collection, Up! Close and Personal to complement the release of her Greatest Hits album. On Up! Close, fans got to hear their favorite songs in an exciting new way: Twain performed her hit songs acoustically, with Alison Krauss & Union Station playing the role of her backup band. Krauss' distinct vocals and expert musicianship elevate the familiar tracks, creating something very special in the process.
"Party for Two"with Mark McGrath
2004 was a busy year for Twain — and a fruitful year for pop culture, too. On the pop version of "Party for Two," Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath plays hard to get with Shania Twain. For three minutes and thirty seconds, listeners can travel back to a very strange (but delightful) era indeed.
"Hole in the Bottle"with Kelsea Ballerini
Kelsea Ballerini is a direct descendant of Twain's pop-country legacy, so it's only fitting that the two teamed up to trade verses and laughs together on a track. "Hole in the Bottle" is a fun, wine-soaked ode to overdoing it, complete with lyrical nods to "Man, I Feel Like a Woman" that will put a smile on any fan's face.
"Endless Love"with Lionel Richie
For his 2012 album Tuskegee, soul legend Lionel Richie reimaged some of his most beloved hits as country music-inspired duets. He recruited Twain for an exceptional rendition of his enduring ballad "Endless Love," which radiates ease and grace.
"Man, I Feel Like a Woman"with Harry Styles
In a move that set all of Coachella (and the internet) into an ecstatic frenzy this year, Shania Twain joined Harry Styles on stage to perform a surprise mini-set of duets. Together, they busted out her classic tracks "Man, I Feel Like a Woman!" and "You're Still the One" while showing off their undeniable on-stage chemistry.
"From This Moment On"with Bryan White
In 1997, Twain gifted the world with "From This Moment On," arguably one of the greatest — if not somewhat over-the-top — power ballads of all time. Shortly after Twain wrote the song, she considered giving to Celine Dion, but luckily kept it for herself. She recruited 90s country artist Bryan White to accompany her on the version that was sent to country radio.
"Party for Two"with Billy Currington
Yes, the country version of "Party for Two" is indeed the superior version of the single. Billy Currington delightfully brings his rough-around-the-edges persona to Twain's pop-polish. It's flirtatious, it's fun and has stood the test of time as one of Twain's greatest collaborations ever.
"You're Still The One"with Elton John
In 1999, the stars aligned for an iconic moment in music history: Shania Twain took the stage with Elton John to sing her hit song, "You're Still the One." Sadly for us, John and Twain did not go on to recreate this moment in the studio, but the magic was luckily captured on video as a part of her 1999 CBS special Winter Break.