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Various Artists, often abbreviated as VA or V/A, is a term used by the music industry for releases (singles or albums) that contain collaborations. Rather than listing the many individual singers or artists being credited individually, the name Various Artists is used instead.

Aggregated compilation albums containing tracks from a number of artists can also be credited to Various Artists. Various Artists compilation albums are often compiled from a particular musical style or period to another.

There are also charity records released that may use the term rather than mentioning specific artists, e.g. USA for Africa or Band Aid.

Another use for Various Artists is a specific artist "and Various Artists" or "featuring Various Artists". This is most common in remixes where there are many releases using the formula, such as "Rihanna featuring Various Artists" for remixes of "What's My Name?".

Sometimes the term "and Friends" is used instead, as for example the song "That's What Friends Are For" credited to "Dionne Warwick & Friends" (rather than Various Artists).

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Year Title Rating Releases
1996 The Complete Songs of Robert Burns, Volume 2 2
1996 The Devil's Staircase: Composers and Chaos 1
1996 The Distinctive Sound Of House Vol. 1 1
1996 The Immortal Works of Albert Ketèlbey 1
1996 The Legend Lives On: A Tribute to Bill Monroe 1
1996 The Masterpiece Collection: Classics 1
1996 The Planets II: Other Worlds 1
1996 The Science Behind the Circle 1
1996 The Tsar - Greatest Hits 1
1996 The Ultimate Celtic Journey 1
1996 The World Still Won't Listen: A Tribute to the Smiths 3 2
1996 this is... SWING 1
1996 Three Hanks: Men With Broken Hearts 1
1996 Three Headed Gidget 1
1996 Through the Portals of Time: Incan Journeys, Volume 1 1
1996 Trahlor 1
1996 Triple J: Unearthed, Volume 2 1
1996 Trumpet Solo Pieces (feat. trumpet: Håkan Hardenberger) 1
1996 Unmatched: Tributo a Zappa, Vol. 1 1
1996 Up jumped the blues: an up-tempo blues collection 1
1996 Vibrant Voices 1
1996 Vienna collection (Strauss - Suppé - Schubert) 1
1996 Visions from the Book (Sequentia - Ensemble for Medieval Music) 1
1996 Voices of Forgotten Worlds: Traditional Music of Indigenous People 1
1996 Way Out West 1
1996 We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Volume III 1
1996 While Heaven Wept / Cold Mourning 1
1996 Wirtuozi Skrzypiec (violin: David Oistrakh, Igor Oistrakh) 1
1996 Τα παραμύθια της γαλάζιας γραμμής 1
1996 Государственные гимны Советского Союза и союзных республик 1
1997 Det strålar en stjärna: Göteborgs Gosskör sjunger jul- och adventssånger 1
1997 Less Rock, More Talk 1
1997 Quatuor pour la fin du temps / Ein Stelldichein / Oboe Quartet (Helen Jahren, Håkan Rosengren, Per Enoksson, Mats Rondin, Stefan Bojsten) 1
1997 Missa De plus en plus & Missa Au travail suis (The Tallis Scholars) 2
1997 幽★遊★白書 ミュージックバトル編 2 1
1997 幽★遊★白書 ミュージックバトル編 3 〜魔界伝説〜 1
1997 Ballads by Four 2
1997 Violent World: A Tribute to The Misfits 2
1997 More Than Miles 3: Dreamhouse 97 1
1997 Reconstruction Time: A Tribute Compilation 1
1997 Mondo Drive-In 1
1997 Privileged Frames for Reference 1
1997 Vierne, Widor & Dupré: Masses and Motets (Westminster Cathedral Choir feat. conductor James O'Donnell) 1
1997 A Tribute To: 1
1997 Organ Music from France: The Art of Virgil Fox, Vol. III 1
1997 Rudy Cipolla: Portrait of an American Original 1
1997 Antiphony 1
1997 Kris Needs Must 1
1997 The House of Handbag: Nuovo Disco Collection 1
1997 Closer Than a Kiss: Crooner Classics 1

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