The 10 Best Guest Appearances On Other People's Songs

Heart at House of Blues, 2012
Heart at House of Blues, 2012
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Have you ever had one of those moments when, you're listening to a song and hear something familiar, like maybe a familiar voice or wonder, "Okay, who is really playing this particular instrument?"

Many times a band or an artist will guest star on a recording. Sometimes it's a well-known fact, such as the time John Mayer played the guitar solo on Fall Out Boy's remake of "Beat It" by Michael Jackson.

10. "Say Say Say" by Paul McCartney feat. Michael Jackson

This is perhaps one of the greatest collaborations featuring two legends: a former Beatle and the King of Pop. However, the song is perhaps more memorable for its video where the pair play a pair of traveling salesmen/vaudeville act called "Mac and Jack."

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9. "Magnet and Steel," Walter Egan feat. Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks

Back in the '70s, songwriter Walter Egan had a massive crush on Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks. So he wrote a song about her and even got her and her ex-boyfriend, Lindsey Buckingham, to sing backup on the track. The song is rumored to be about Nicks.

Though they reportedly never dated -- Stevie would go on to date her longtime solo producer, Jimmy Iovine -- the song remains a classic and has been used in many films such as 1997's Boogie Nights.

8. "Beat It" by Michael Jackson feat. Eddie Van Halen

When Michael Jackson wrote "Beat It" for his bestselling Thriller album, he was purposely aiming to write a rock song, albeit in his own way. When Eddie accepted the offer, he wanted nothing in return as far as monetary compensation goes.

According to a Q magazine interview with producer Quincy Jones, Jones said, "I'm not going to tell you what to play, the reason you're here is because of what you do play...' So that's what he did. He played his ass off."

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