What is it about duet songs that make them so appealing? Perhaps it is as simple as the fact that they are very often a love song, and everyone loves a love song. It’s also because the blending of two voices is a magical thing, whether singing in harmony, unison or as call and response. The best duets move us in ways that other music may not.
We have come up with what we consider to be the best duets of all time. We’ve gone back to the 30s with Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan, included some wonderful 40s and 50s jazz and R&B duets, as well as some of the most famous duets from the 60s, featuring Motown artists who raised the art of singing together to a whole new level.
While you’re reading, listen to our Greatest Duets playlist here.
We’ve country classics from the likes of Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell. At the other end of the musical spectrum, we have soul divas like Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson with their respective male, and sometimes female, partners.
The best duets aren’t always sung by a man and a woman. The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, and Paul Young and Zucchero are just some of the men-only duets on our list, while Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand fly the flag for all-female duos.
And let’s not forget that rock stars are just as happy doing a duet; just check out Queen and David Bowie, or Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty, or Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford. At the opposite end of the musical spectrum, we have Louis Armstrong and Ella, Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan, or Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.
In fact, whatever music you like, we are sure there are lots here that will appeal. Many will be familiar; some you’ll never have heard before. Open your ears and enjoy the company of two voices, very often singing as one, and always singing brilliantly.
Don’t forget to let us know your best duets of all time…