14 years ago, a teenaged Justin Bieber took the world by storm. For the first few years of his career, Bieber coasted as a teen heartthrob. Though the charts always favoured Bieber, he was often derided as a product of the industry. As years went by, Bieber began developing his own sense of artistry, beginning mainly on his Believe album, which saw him begin his transition from child star into a fully formed artist.
His mentor Usher became the first major artist to hop on a track with Bieber, but that expanded as he got older. In 2010, Soulja Boy featured Bieber on “Rich Girl,” his first major appearance on another artist’s track. Then, he expanded. Suddenly, Sean Kingston, Chris Brown, and Jaden Smith enlisted him for features. By the time 2012 came around, Bieber locked Ludacris, Drake, and Nicki Minaj in on his second album. At 18 years old and with the world at Bieber’s fingertips, he could begin experimenting. His output in the early 2010s induced some form of whiplash, bouncing between Chris Brown’s “Next to You” all the way to Sage the Gemini’s “Gas Pedal Remix.”
Slowly but surely, Bieber became more than just a hit machine. He refined his vocals, sharpened his writing, and refused to pigeonhole himself. The separation between chart-topping hits like “Despacito (Remix)” and Travis Scott’s “Maria I’m Drunk” is stark. As of 2023, Bieber features have become much more common, but which are the best of them? Complex Canada carefully selected which songs rank at the top of the Justin Bieber feature list.