It's like the song says: it takes two to make a thing go right. So here's a run-down of some of our favourite live hook-ups ever. Words: Rebecca Schiller

0Nine Inch Nails feat. David Bowie – 'Hurt'

David Bowie made an appearance during NIN's 1995 Dissonance tour, teaming up with Trent Reznor for this gorgeous rendition of 'Hurt', which was captured on the band's 1997 live DVD 'Closure'. The performance is drenched with so much raw emotion that we can only imagine what would come out of a full split-bill show.

0Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band feat. Tom Morello – ‘The Ghost Of Tom Joad’

It’s a collab that no one could have anticipated – and what a pleasant surprise it was. If for nothing else, watch the 2008 video to hear Bruce call the Rage Against The Machine man “Tommy”.

0Florence And The Machine Feat. Dizzee Rascal – ‘You Got The Dirtee Love’

Recorded at the 2010 Brit Awards, this performance proves that rap and a dozen or so harps can make a beautiful pairing - which can only perfected by the confetti that falls from the sky near the end of the song.

0Muse feat. U2’s The Edge – 'Where The Streets Have No Name'

One of the most memorable moments of last year’s Glastonbury Festival was Muse’s pairing with The Edge. What better way for one of the biggest festivals in the UK to celebrate its 40th birthday than with a supermassive night-time rendition of U2’s classic song from a tight red trouser-donning Matt Bellamy?

0Arcade Fire feat. David Bowie – ‘Wake Up’

There’s only so much talent you can pack onto one tiny stage – and this one was nearly overflowing with it. It’s just flat-out amazing. Plus, it must be weird for Bowie to have the most normal haircut on stage for once. This was performed during the Fashion Rocks event at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall in 2005.

0Michael Jackson feat. Slash – ‘Billie Jean’

What do you get when you cross the King Of Pop with GnR’s curly-haired, top hat-wearing man? Brilliance. That moment when MJ is standing in a cloud of smoke, dressed in all white, as Slash is slamming away on his guitar – it will literally give you chills. First aired at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards.

0Rage Against The Machine feat. Cypress Hill – ‘How Could I Just Kill A Man’

In September 2000, RATM invited the song’s original creators on stage, in a perfect blend of old and new. Check out what went down at LA’s Grand Olympic Auditorium. So much rebellion – that musta been one rowdy mosh to have been caught in.

0Mark Ronson & The Business INTL feat. Boy George – ‘Somebody To Love'

So this one wasn’t a brand new, unexpected collab, as the two recorded the original song together. But how could you deny such suave dancing a spot on this list? This one was performed at Belfast Waterfront in September 2010.

0Coldplay feat. Alicia Keys – ‘Clocks’

This Summer Sonic performance is simply adorable. Chris Martin calls Ms. Keys “the most beautiful woman on the planet” (except for his wife) and the two of them proceed to share a bench and play the piano together.

0Nirvana feat. The Meat Puppets – ‘Plateau’

Part of Nirvana’s 1993 ‘MTV Unplugged In New York’ session, we saw Kurt Cobain joke around with and perform with The Meat Puppets – who he was a personal fan of. Take a look at the two bands playing the Puppets’ 1984 song ‘Plateau’.

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