Collaborations like these change the world. Teaming up on a mournful version of “9 to 5,” Kelly Clarkson and Dolly Parton infuse the usually chipper song about work into a downcast, full-chest tearjerker. Lyrics like “It’s a rich man’s game no matter what they call it” feel far heavier, as though the world has literally fallen down around you. “It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it,” weeps Clarkson. With a subdued tempo, the song is like putting your emotions through one of those old school hand washing machines. You’ll never be the same after.
Listen to “9 to 5” below.