Our favorite duets; What are yours?

  Just for the fun of it, we have put together our list of favorite duets. Like music in general, this is a subjective list. Just a few note...

Just for the fun of it, we have put together our list of favorite duets. Like music in general, this is a subjective list.

Just a few notes about the list. We excluded groups that by their nature are/were primarily duets. This includes act ranging from the Everly Brothers to Simon and Garfunkel.  

There are other famous couples that performed many duets - notably Johnny Cash and June Carter-Cash and Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell, but they also performed as solo acts.  And, yes, all of our duets performed by women and men. 

Our list includes duets from Rock, Hip Hop, Country, and Pop. 

Here is our list in no particular order. We have created a YouTube play list that you can play here.

What are some of your favorite duets? If you have favorites, let us know and we can definitely build on the list. 

Islands in the Stream - Dolly Parton & Kenny Rodgers

How can you not help but like any song that features Dolly? This song was written The Bee Gees. 

Crazy in Love - Beyonce & Jay Z 

This is the first of two power couples on the list. 

Jackson & If I Were a Carpenter - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash

What more can you say about this couple? They had several duets, but these two are our favorites. 

Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville - Don't Know Much

Throughout her illustrious career, Linda Ronstadt explored many genres. On her 1989 Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind album she had duets with Aaron Neville.

Huey Lewis & Gweneth Paltrow - Cruisin'

Arguably the weakest song on our list, we included this Smokey Robinson cover because we really enjoyed the movie this duet was featured in, which was naturally called Duets. The movie was critically panned, but we thought it was entertaining enough, especially Paul Giamatti's performance. And oh, in the movie's final scene you can hear Michael Bublé sing before he hit the big time.   

Tanya Tucker & T. Graham Brown - Don't Go Out With Him

Probably the least recognized duet on this list, it has many elements needed in any classic country song, mainly people cheating or contemplating the act.

Eminem & Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie

Who knew, but one of Detroit's most famous acts could be in a duet. Not exactly a love song, this is more of a love gone bad but definitely not in the Country Western style.

Marvin Gaye & Tammie Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough

What more can you say other than they both left us way to soon. 

Aretha Franklin & George Michael - I Knew You Were Waiting 

Any duet that features Aretha is automatically going to be great. 

Nelly Furtado & Timbaland - Promiscuous

Besides Jay Z, who else mentions an NBA MVP in a duet?

Frank & Nancy Sinatra - Something Stupid

Long before it became the fashionable thing for duets with Ole Blue Eyes or more recently Tony Bennet, Father and Daughter recorded this classic.  

Roberta Flack & Donnie Hathaway

These two teamed for this and other classic duets in the early 70s. 

George Jones & Tammy Wynette - Cryin' Time

True to country music, this duet was recorded after this power couple got divorced!

Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - (I've Had) The Time Of My Life

With lines like "nobody puts Baby in a corner," the late 80s movie Dirty Dancing has gained a cult-like following. Plus who can resist the movie's theme song's? Hell, it even won an Oscar!

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind

Jay's second entry on our list, it is almost as if this is two songs in one. 

Who are your favorites? Let us know.

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Renegade said...

Interesting topic. The author makes some great choices. First duet that comes to mind for me is Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell or for that matter Marvin and Dianna Ross or Marvin and Kim Weston. In my mind Marvin and Tammy seem to have the most hits as a duet. I'll start with:
1) "It Takes Two."
I'll show my allegiance and love for the best female vocalist ever, Linda Ronstadt and her duets. Already mentioned is her duet with Aaron Neville so I'll pick out a personal favorite she made with Ann Savoy, the old 1960's
cover of:
2) "Walk Away Renee."
Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway's standard of:
3) "Where Is the Love" is a worthy choice.
Who can forget Stevie Wonder's and Paul McCartney's duet of:
4) "Ebony and Ivory." (also the Joe Piscopo and Eddie Murphy's hilarious rendition on SNL for that matter).
and in closing, I'll offer up the pop AM radio classic
5) "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" by Elton John and Kiki Dee.
So many more to choose from. Who's next?

D.J. Blutarsky said...

Simon & Garfunkel, Scarborough Fair

Eye on Elk Grove said...

Best surprise duet was at the Grammys Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore"


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