Top 10 Rock and Metal Songs Featuring Guest Musicians

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1Urgent - Foreigner

Guest: Junior Walker - sax. He cut one of the most memorable sax solos in rock history in ONE take. Unbelievable!
In 1981 "Urgent" hit #1 on the Billboard Rock Tracks chart, a position it held for four weeks. - Metal_Treasure

2Valhalla - Blind Guardian

Guest: Kai Hansen (Helloween) - additional vocals (Kai was still with Helloween in 1989).
The re-recorded version of 2011 is way better. Blind Guardian invited again Kai Hansen to sing his part. Interestingly, both Hansi and Kai sang the song better and their voices were harmonized better in 2011. Yeah, experience matters. - Metal_Treasure

PS. Oh miracle, this song sample gives exactly what is needed here: the 2011 version and mostly Kai vocals - he starts from the line "So many centuries...". - Metal_Treasure

3Chasing the High - Annihilator

Guest: Willie Adler (Lamb of God) - rhythm guitar.
This is a really fast song - Mike Mangini keeps it at 240 bpm for 4 minutes out of 6:16! - Metal_Treasure

4Vain Glory Opera - EdguyV1 Comment
5The One You Love to Hate - Halford

Guest: Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) - additional vocals. Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson singing together - this is epic!
You can also enjoy this short video:
Rob Halford & Bruce Dickinson Recording The One You Love To Hate Clip - Metal_Treasure

6Smooth - Santana

Thanks for adding this one billyv! I know the song very well and I love it but didn't know the singer was actually a guest musician. - Metal_Treasure

7While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles

Guest: Eric Clapton- lead guitar making this what is generally considered one of the Top 10 Beatle songs.

8Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
9Out of Control - Edguy

2 guests: Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) - guitars/solo, Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) - additional vocals.
Again, Hansi does the song's climax:
"Listen up my friend you just cry for a hand
but you only pretend that you're bad. Now! "

Hansi also sings this part of the chorus: "My life is a chamber of tears, fear and hate". - Metal_Treasure

10Begging for Forgiveness - HelkerV1 Comment

The Contenders

11Oh Pretty Woman - Gary Moore
12Everytime It Rains - Primal Fear

Guest: Simone Simons (Epica) - vox. It's a nice duet because it combines a very masculine and a very feminine voice. - Metal_Treasure

13Get Back - The Beatles

I've read that the single release was originally credited on the label as "The Beatles with Billy Preston". - Billyv

14The Quest for Tanelorn - Blind Guardian

Guest: Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray) - lead guitar, Kai plays a 1 min long guitar solo. - Metal_Treasure

15The Battle of Evermore - Led Zeppelin
16Paradise (What About Us?) - Within Temptation

Guest: Tarja (ex-Nightwish) - vox. - Metal_Treasure

17The Waste - Sepultura

Guest: Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) - vox. Mike Patton is the guy who has the widest vocal range in modern music - 6 octaves, 1/2 notes. - Metal_Treasure

18Gotta Serve Somebody - Bob Dylan

Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) played lead guitar on this Grammy winning recording, as well as most of the album. - Billyv

19Cloud Nine - George Harrison

With Eric Clapton, Elton John, Jeff Lynne, & Ringo Starr - Billyv

20Under Pressure - David Bowie & Queen
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