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100 Greatest Duets From Various Music Genres

Updated on September 26, 2015
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In a duet singers take turns as they perform the solo section and may come together in harmony during the chorus of the song. There are no particular rules for duets, however, a significant number of vocalists bring in voice harmonies during the chorus of the song they perform. Since music’s early days duets have been popular. The 40s and 50s Jazz scene did propel duets to new heights. The vocal interchange among two vocalists was loved by audiences in Classical and Jazz realms and soon the intricacies and interplay of a compositional structure sung by two vocalists became popular in country music and other genres such as pop and rock.

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Harmonies in Duets

In a duet both singers have equal importance in various sections of the song. Over the years a number of musicians and artists from various music genres have collaborated and the result has been magical. The ethereal charm a duet brings about in a listener’s mind is like no other. When individuals with different voices come together to perform a duet, the tonalities during various sections of the song sound blissful. In a duet both singers add their colloquial vocal styles to the solo parts and during harmonies. When vocalists with distinctly different voices come together to sing a duet, each vocalist lends his/her signature vocal style to various elements in the duet.

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Duets and Vocal dynamics

Songwriters may write material for a duet song having specific singers in mind, however, the most unlikely collaborations in duets have worked exceedingly well over the years. When two singers come together to work on a duet song, each brings in ideas that help take the song forward. An element integral to duets from various music genres is subtle variations during vocal parts. Falsettos have become popular in duet songs over the years. In many duets we hear awe-inspiring shifts in vocal dynamics throughout the song. The closeness or the distance from the mike is used in accordance with the lyrical parts in a duet which is why we often her vocalists breathe during the soft lines in love songs.

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Duets in various music genres

While duets have become insanely popular in the country genre, the duet trend has also become rather popular in genres such as R&B, Pop, Soul, Rock and Emo. Duets have a delicate flavor and mood that calm thoughts and send a person in drift-away mode. When you listen to a duet, you go back in time with memories that linger in quiet corners. Duets may bring a smile on your face or tears in your eyes. The lyrical themes may differ on duets from various music genres, however, sentiments about, love, relationships, turmoil, death and breakups are popular themes in duets.

The space below encompasses a diverse list of duets from various music genres

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100 Greatest Duets from Various Music Genres

  1. I Don’t Know Much- Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville (Pop-Rock)
  2. Endless Love- Lionel Richie and Diana Ross (R&B/Pop)
  3. It Takes Two- Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston- (Soul)
  4. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) - Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer (Disco)
  5. Up Where We Belong- Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes (Pop/Rock)
  6. Whiskey Lullaby- Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss (Country)
  7. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (R&B/Soul)
  8. Time To Say Goodbye- Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman (Classical Crosover)
  9. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers- Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand (Pop)
  10. Islands in The Stream- Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (Country/Pop)
  11. Somethin’ Stupid- Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra (Pop)
  12. Ebony And Ivory- Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder (Pop/R&B)
  13. Almost Paradise- Mike Reno and Ann Wilson (Rock)
  14. I Got You Babe- Sonny and Cher (Pop)
  15. Baby, Come To Me- Patti Austin and James Ingram (R&B/Soul)
  16. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)- Aretha Franklin and George Michael (Pop)
  17. A Whole New World- Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle (Pop)
  18. Golden Ring- George Jones and Tammy Wynette (Country)
  19. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life- Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (Pop)
  20. Don’t Give Up- Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush (Pop-Rock)
  21. Remind Me- Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood (Country)
  22. I Should’ve Followed You Home- Gary Barlow and Agnetha Faltskog (Pop)
  23. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around- Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (Pop/Rock)
  24. The Closer I Get To You- Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway (R&B/Soul)
  25. Easy Lover- Philip Bailey and Phil Collins (Pop-Rock)
  26. No Air- Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown (Pop/R&B)
  27. If You see Him/If You See Her- Reba McEntire and Brooks and Dunn (Country)
  28. The Next Time I Fall- Peter Cetera and Amy Grant (Pop)
  29. The Boy Is Mine- Brandy and Monica (R&B)
  30. You and I- Eddie Rabbit and Crystal Gayle (Country-Pop)
  31. It’s Your Love- Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (Country)
  32. Friends and Lovers- Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson (Pop)
  33. Reunited- Peaches and Herbs (R&B/Soul)
  34. You Don’t Have To Be a Star (To Be in My Show)- Marlyin McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. (Pop/Soul/Disco)
  35. Separate Lives- Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin (Pop/Soft Rock)
  36. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You- Michael Jackson Featuring Siedah Garrett (Pop/R&B)
  37. Don’t Fall In Love with a Dreamer- Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes (Country/Soft Rock)
  38. The Heart Won’t Lie- Reba McEntire and Vince Gill (Country)
  39. Sisters Are Doin’ it for Themselves- Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox (Pop/R&B)
  40. On My Own- Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald (R&B/Pop)
  41. When I said I Do- Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black (Country)
  42. You’re The One That I Want- John Travolta and Olivia Newton John (Pop)
  43. As Soon As I hang Up the Phone- Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn (Country)
  44. Promiscuous- Nelly Futardo Featuring Timbaland (R&B/Hip-Hop)
  45. My Boo- Usher and Alicia Keys (R&B/Soul)
  46. Tell Him- Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion (Pop/Adult Contemporary)
  47. After the Fire is Gone- Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn (Country)
  48. We Were Us- Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert (Country)
  49. Nobody- Keith Sweat and Athena Cage (R&B)
  50. Every Time Two Fools Collide- Kenny Rogers and Dottie West (Country)
  51. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart- Elton John and Kiki Dee (Pop)
  52. In Another’s Eyes- Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks (Country)
  53. I Finally Found Someone- Bryan Adams and Barbara Streisand (Pop-Rock)
  54. It’s Only Love- Bryan Adams and Tina Turner (Rock)
  55. You and Tequila- Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter (Country)
  56. Dilemma- Nelly Featuring Kelly Rowland (Hip Hop/R&B)
  57. I Need You- Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (Country)
  58. I Know Him So Well- Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson (Pop)
  59. Who You Love- John Mayer and Kate Perry (Country/Pop/Soft Rock)
  60. Say Say Say- Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson (Pop/R&B)
  61. What Have I Done To Deserve This- Pet Shop Boys Featuring Dusty Springfield (Pop)
  62. By Design- Diane Schuur and Jose Feliciano (Pop)
  63. Highway Don’t Care- Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift (Country)
  64. Don’t You Wanna Stay- Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson (Country/Pop)
  65. Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off- Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (Pop)
  66. Saturday Love- Cherrelle and Alexander O’ Neal (R&B/Soul)
  67. Barcelona- Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe (Classical Crossover)
  68. Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough- Patty Smyth and Don Henley (Rock)
  69. How’s The World Treating You- Alison Krauss and James Taylor (Country)
  70. September When it Comes- Johnny Cash and Rosanne Cash (Country)
  71. Please Read The Letter- Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (Folk-Rock)
  72. Where the Wild Roses Grow- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds with Kylie Minogue (Alternative/Rock)
  73. I’m Your Angel- Celine Dion and R.Kelly (R&B/Soul)
  74. Leather and Lace- Stevie Nicks and Don Henley (Rock/Soft Rock)
  75. All I ask of You- Sarah Brightman and Cliff Richard (Pop)
  76. Your Love Alone Is Not Enough- Manic Street Preachers and Nina Persson (Rock)
  77. A Bad Goodbye- Clint Black and Wynonna Judd (Country)
  78. Who Says You Can’t Go Home- Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles (Country/Rock)
  79. Interlude- Morrissey and Siouxsie (Alternative Rock)
  80. Two Story House- George Jones and Tammy Wynette (Country)
  81. Mendocino County Line- Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack (Country)
  82. Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing- Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (Soul/Pop)
  83. Beautiful- Mariah Carey and Miguel (R&B/Soul)
  84. Could I Have This Kiss Forever- Whitney Houston and Enrique Iglesias (Pop)
  85. The Best Things In Life Are Free- Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson (Pop/R&B)
  86. Jackson- Johnny Cash and June Carter (Country)
  87. What Kind of Fool- Barbara Streisand and Barry Gibb (Pop/R&B)
  88. Squeeze Me In- Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood (Country)
  89. Walkaway Joe- Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley (Country)
  90. Meet Me In Montana- Dan Seals and Marie Osmond (Country)
  91. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late- Johnny Mathis and Deneice Williams (Soul)
  92. Everything Has Changed- Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran (Pop/Folk)
  93. Written In The Stars- Elton John and LeAnn Rimes (Country/Pop)
  94. Close My Eyes Forever- Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne (Rock)
  95. Mated- Jaki Graham and David Grant (R&B/Soul)
  96. This Is Us- Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris (Country)
  97. Just Give Me a Reason- Pink featuring Nate Ruess (Pop)
  98. Passing Strangers- Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan (Pop)
  99. Empire State of Mind- Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys (Hip Hop/Soul)
  100. Fire and Desire- Rick James and Teena Marie (Soul)


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    • Ansel Pereira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ansel Pereira 

      3 years ago

      Hi Peter Veugelaers, glad you enjoyed reading my hub on duets.

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      Peter Veugelaers 

      3 years ago

      Great songs on that list.


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