14 Songs Featuring The Great Big Mouth Corey Taylor As a Guest
If you’re reading this website, you probably know that Corey Taylor is a man of many talents. As the mouth behind both Slipknot and Stone Sour, his musical presence has reached such heights that his name has become near synonymous with rock. But his abilities don’t end there. As a featured musician, he’s appeared on a wealth of songs from a wide array of artists, giving listeners a tapestry of disparate jams that bear his mark in some manner.
Just take a look below at 14 tracks that feature Taylor. Among them, you’ll find everything from surprise hip-hop verses to tuneful crooning. Of course, this list would also make one hell of a hard rock album, considering the collaborations with Korn, Soulfly, Steel Panther and other heavy hitters. Even a string quartet got a chance to highlight the singer when Finnish symphonic metal act Apocalyptica featured Taylor in 2007.
Ready to dive in? Prepare yourself for a fist-pumping, hair-raising journey through the alternate music universe of one of rock’s most adaptable vocalists. After all, variety is the spice of life, or so the saying goes. Read our list of 14 songs that feature Corey Taylor below.
The band that claimed their early fame with cello covers of Metallica songs couldn’t make a better match for Taylor’s dive into the orchestral domain. But if you’re unfamiliar with Apocalyptica, don’t expect some maudlin chamber music approximating heavy metal. In fact, the fairly straight-ahead “I’m Not Jesus” from cellist Eicca Toppinen and his group gives Taylor a messianic rock spotlight befitting the soaring vocal delivery. True to form, Apocalyptica have since collaborated with bands such as Swedish power metal outfit Sabaton.
Who could have known that Travis Barker’s solo effort Give the Drummer Some would give life to such a fun rocker? If you close your eyes when you listen to “On My Own,” it almost sounds like Taylor is fronting the pop-rock version of Bon Jovi. Initially issued as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of the album, the collab with the Blink-182 drummer is a hyperspeed banger that blends parts of each musician’s oeuvre.
2018’s ‘The Hunt Will Go On’ EP made it clear that Pittsburgh’s Code Orange meant business. Not that the previous year’s breakout album ‘Forever’ left any doubt in listeners’ minds, but the icing on the glitchy metalcore cake presented itself in Taylor’s guest spot on “The Hunt,” an indignant sonic assault from the short but sweet release. It’s a good yelling song, the perfect type of tune to throw on when you’re angry. One can only imagine what Code Orange have up their sleeves for their next studio album.
Taylor unsurprisingly gives it his all on the aptly-titled “Fuck You,” a standout from Damageplan’s sole studio release ‘New Found Power.’ The supergroup headed by Pantera brothers “Dimebag” Darrell and Vinnie Paul Abbott featured former Halford guitarist Patrick Lachman on vocals and Bob Zilla (subsequently of Hellyeah) on bass. But the 2004 murder of Dimebag found the band ending their plans, a probable follow-up lost in the tragic nightclub shooting that also claimed band security guard Jeffrey “Mayhem” Thompson. In 2018, Vinnie Paul died of a heart attack.
Talk about a death sequence. When Taylor appears in the music video for Falling In Reverse’s “Drugs,” it’s to snarl his startling contribution while singer Ronnie Radke mercilessly slaughters his doppleganger. (It’s, um, not for the faint of heart.) It also lends heft to the brutal bars from the Slipknot frontman, which give the otherwise hyper-pop track of guilt-ridden hedonism a solid core of metal.
It’s not like Taylor hasn’t rapped before. Way back in 1999, the singer let his rapping chops flow on “Only One,” a deep cut from Slipknot’s first album, and before that from their early demo release ‘Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.’ On Kid Bookie’s ferocious 2019 song “Stuck in My Ways,” the London-based rapper makes a case for stubbornness before Taylor drops in for his own smooth delivery, reviving his neglected rap career in the process.
2016’s ‘The Serenity of Suffering’ saw Korn recapture some of their past glory on record, and Taylor bolstered that creative victory with his appearance on “A Different World,” the album cut that gives the Slipknot figurehead his own multi-tiered section of lyric-spitting. Employing many of Korn’s sonic hallmarks, the song stands as a high point of the nu-metal godfathers’ victory lap that started with 2013’s ‘The Paradigm Shift.’
There may never again be another heavy metal album that features members of Machine Head, Soulfly, Killswitch Engage, Cradle of Filth, Glassjaw, King Diamond, Deicide, DevilDriver, Life of Agony and the Misfits all collaborating across a single slab of wax. But it somehow occurred in 2005 when Roadrunner Records organized the 'Roadrunner United' project, which gave birth to the nine-song collection 'The All-Star Sessions'. On it, Taylor performs "The Rich Man" with music from Machine Head's Robb Flynn.
Even among the massive ragers on this list, “Jumpdafuckup” has to be one of the most invigorating. You wouldn’t want to wake a sleeping child with this song, but any metal fan can appreciate it’s jolting efficacy. It’s from 2000’s ‘Primitive,’ the sophomore album that found the Arizona-based headbangers of Soulfly at their arguable peak. And this syncopated groove monster makes a strong case for such an honor. Frontman Max Cavalera — two albums post-Sepultura — made the most of his new band’s prime moment, inviting Corey Taylor to contribute to one of the effort’s most memorable tracks. Jumpdafuckup!
It sure was 2009 when this blazing diss track hit metal fans’ ears. A song that mentions everyone from Blink-182 to Motley Crue, it also offers death threats to Britney Spears and Madonna alongside some lyrics that could be viewed as problematic. Of course, it is Steel Panther, the Spandex-clad rockers familiar with pushing the satirical envelope in contemporary cock rock. That aside, the song features vocal additions from Taylor, who assists singer Michael Star in giving the flippant barn-burner an unmistakable edge.
Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City: Real to Reel’ album boasted an all-star lineup of rock stars (so called the “Sound City Players”) collaborating on the official soundtrack to ‘Sound City,’ Grohl’s documentary about the storied Los Angeles recording studio. None is more penetrating than “From Can to Can’t,” Taylor’s starring cut backed by Grohl alongside Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen and former Kyuss bassist Scott Reeder. If there’s any single song on this list that deserves a full collaborative album as a result, one between Taylor and Grohl surely lands that distinction.
Further evidence of Taylor’s hip-hop cache underlies the twists and turns of “Wither,” the Tech N9ne tune that’s given a full once-over by the Slipknot and Stone Sour singer. Both vocalists go the distance among the chopped rhymes and menacing beats that Taylor clearly treated as a labor of love, given his various guises throughout the song. Reportedly, Tech N9ne is a huge Slipknot fan. Just goes to show you the powerful reach of the masked Iowa metalheads.
Here’s the understated unicorn of the group, a sweeping duet with Tonight’s Alive’s Jenna McDougall that lets Taylor really show his reach. The emotional climax to the Australian pop-rockers’ 2018 effort ‘Underworld,’ its effectiveness perhaps deserved better than the closing position on that album. Alas, it remains a life-affirming ballad that’s equally split among the singers, each performer’s perspective one half of a dire romantic puzzle. It may be the underworld, but it certainly sounds inviting.
Zakk Wylde goes uncharacteristically acoustic on most of ‘Book of Shadows II,’ the sequel album to 1996’s ‘Book of Shadows’ that’s only the guitarist’s second purely solo release. But near the end of the 2016 effort, Taylor suddenly appears alongside the shredder for the lilting “Sleeping Dogs,” an earthy rumination punctuated with scorched-earth guitar licks and armed with an Allman Brothers-style refrain. Wylde’s own ruddy vocal dovetails with the Slipknot singer’s second verse for a slice of bluesy bliss. Roll the windows down and jam it.