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Best Duet Songs of the 20th Century - Top 10 Best Duets of All Time

Updated on September 20, 2014

Top 10 Duet Songs - Greatest Duets of All Time

Top 10 Best Duets of the 20th Century. This selection covers some of the most popular duet songs and finest musical collaborations from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.

Watch those Video Duets Now! I hope these timeless classics will bring back good memories for you.

Find albums & singles available on Audio CD and MP3 Download that include these famous male/female duets, successful hits and memorable songs in pop music history.

Please take the "Best Musical Decade" poll and feel free to leave your feedback.

10. Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond - Great Musical Collaboration and One of the Best 70's Duets

You Don't Bring Me Flowers - 1978

Did You Know...?

Barbra Streisand is the only performer ever to have won

Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Awards

Duets - Barbra Streisand - Audio CD & MP3 Album

Duets
Duets

Audio CD - Original recording remastered

Album includes the love song duet:

"You Don't Bring Me Flowers" featuring Neil Diamond

This is a collection of 19 Streisand duet collaborations with Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ray Charles and Barry Gibb at one end of the scale and Don Johnson at the other. You might want to add some of those to your karaoke duets list.

 
Duets
Duets

Download MP3 Album

The DUETS album has 2 new tracks: a duet with Barry Manilow ("I Won't Be The One To Let Go") and another with producer David Foster protege Josh Groban ("All I Know of Love"). The new tracks show that, at 60, Barbra is still in excellent voice and singing like a dream.

 

9. Mariah Carey & Luther Vandross - Mariah Carey's first "high-profile" duet

Endless Love - 1995

Mariah Carey - Audio CD and MP3 Albums

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits

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Includes the ballad "Endless Love" in duet with Luther Vandross, also "Vison of Love" and "Emotions".

 
Mariah Carey - Greatest Hits
Mariah Carey - Greatest Hits

Audio CDAlbum includes the track:

"Endless Love" featuring Luther Vandross

Collection of 28 songs. This two-disc collection offers up evidence why, for better or worse, Mariah's five-octave, pop/R&B stylings set the diva standard.

 

Did You Know...?

Mariah Carey was awarded

"Best-Selling Female Pop Artist of the Millennium"

at the 2000 World Music Awards

8. Sony & Cher - One of the Best Oldies Duets of All Time

I Got You Babe - 1965

Sonny & Cher - Audio CD

Beat Goes On, The - Best Of
Beat Goes On, The - Best Of

Album includes the track: "I Got You Babe"

The album features 21 tracks. Sonny Bono was a record-biz vet by the time he hooked up with a teenaged female singer named Cher. After a 1963 flop under the name Caesar and Cleo, the pair clicked with "I Got You Babe" that made them America's favorite pseudohippies for a brief moment.

 

Pure 60's - The #1 Hits

Pure 60's: The #1 Hits
Pure 60's: The #1 Hits

1. Runaround Sue - Dion

2. Runaway - Del Shannon

3. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) - The Tokens

4. Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes

5. It's My Party - Lesley Gore.

See all 26 tracks on this disc

 

7. Billy Preston & Syreeta - A must-have on any all time duet list

With You I'm Born Again - 1979

Billy Preston - Audio CD - Original recording remastered

Ultimate Collection
Ultimate Collection

Album includes the hit:

"With You I'm Born Again" feat. Syreeta

With a career that has spanned from Ray Charles to the Beatles and from gospel to funk to rock, Preston was quoted in Rolling Stone circa `71 as saying "Young whites, young blacks, old people, jazz people - I want `em all".

 

Best Of Billy Preston - Download MP3 Album: The Millennium Collection

20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Billy Preston
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Billy Preston

Includes the amazing

music collaboration with Syreeta - "With You I'm Born Again"

Billy Preston didn't release a big mountain of music, but he hung out with the big boys of Rock during the late '60's and '70's, became the only man credited with playing on a Beatle's LP and released a series of jumping singles that sound as fresh today as they did 30 years ago.

 

6. Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - Brilliant Vocal Duo

I've Had The Time Of My Life (Dirty Dancing) - 1987

Dirty Dancing - Original Soundtrack - Get Audio CD and MP3 Album

Dirty Dancing: Original Soundtrack From The Vestron Motion Picture
Dirty Dancing: Original Soundtrack From The Vestron Motion Picture

Original SoundtrackAlbum featuring 12 songs includes: "I've Had The Time Of My Life"

featuring Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Soundtracks are often little more than pastiches of past pop hits and chart flavors of the moment; this is largely due to the blockbuster success of releases like this collection from 1987's surprise Patrick Swayze/Jennifer Grey romantic hit.

 
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing

Download MP3 Album

If you enjoyed the movie Dirty Dancing, you will love the soundtrack. This CD is one that can change your mood with just a minute of listening.

 

Did You Know...?

Dirty Dancing Soundtrack Album

Spent 18 weeks at #1

On the Billboard 200

In November 1987

Dirty Dancing - DVD (1987) - Starring: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

Dirty Dancing (20th Anniversary Edition)
Dirty Dancing (20th Anniversary Edition)

Includes a classic 80's duet: (I've Had) The Time of My Life Music Video

Plus: Hungry Eyes Music Video, She's Like The Wind Music Video.

Also featuring: "Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze" interview featurette, Tribute to Jerry Orbach, "The Classic Story on Stage" featurette, Deleted scenes, Alternate Scenes, Extended Scenes, Original Screen Tests, Multi-Angle Dance Sequences, Interactive Photo Gallery, etc.

 

'70s: Gold - Original recording remastered

'70s Gold
'70s Gold

2 Audio CDs

Here comes another collection from the seventies-this time from Universal's "Gold" series. It does a good job combining rock, R & B, funk and disco. Even though it's well put together, it's somewhat expendable. What keeps this collection from being essential is that with a few exceptions, practically all of the tracks are in their edited versions.

 

5. Peaches & Herb - 4 weeks at #1 on both the R&B singles chart & the Billboard Hot 100

Reunited - 1979

One of the greatest Love Duet Songs of the 70's

Peaches & Herb - At Their Best - Download MP3 Album and Order Audio CD

Amazing Two-Gendre Singing Partnership

At Their Best
At Their Best

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Includes the song "Reunited" plus 10 other wonderful tunes

 
The Best of Peaches & Herb: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection
The Best of Peaches & Herb: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection

Album includes the track: "Reunited"20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection

The album features a selection of the best songs of this duo; some of those tunes could be part of your favorite duets songs list.

 

4. Kate Bush & Peter Gabriel Duo - 11 weeks in the UK Top 75 chart in 1986

Don't Give Up - 1986

So - Peter Gabriel - Download MP3 Album, Get Audio CD

So
So

Includes the track: "Don't give up" feat. Kate Bush

Originally released in 1986 and remastered in 2002, the album features 9 tracks. May 1986 saw the release of So, and within three months the album and its singles had topped the charts in both the UK and USA. "Sledgehammer" was both a huge hit musically and as a video.

 

'80s Pop Music Hits - 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

'80s Pop Hits
'80s Pop Hits

3 CDs

40 songs

Format - Music: MP3

Includes the love song duet Can't We Try, Dan Hill feat. Vonda Sheppard and a great Rock and Roll Duette - Take Me Home Tonight/Be My Baby with Eddie Money and Ronnie Spector.

 

3. Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole - One of the best duets ever recorded

Unforgettable - 1991

Natalie Cole - Unforgettable with Love

Unforgettable... With Love
Unforgettable... With Love

Album includes the lovely duet:

"Unforgettable" featuring Nat King Cole

Unforgettable with Love was the soulful singer's way of paying tribute to her late, legendary father, Nat "King" Cole, and marked her label debut for Elektra Records.

 

Did You Know ...?

Unforgettable with Love won

The Grammy Award

for Best Album of The Year in 1992

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2. John Travolta & Olivia Newton John - One of the most popular musical collaborations of all time

Summer Nights - 1978

Grease - Original Soundtrack Album: MP3 Download & Audio CD

Grease
Grease

Download MP3 - Original Soundtrack Album

The soundtrack of the 1978 American musical film: 22 songs including one of the best movie duets of all time:"Summer Nights" - Olivia Newton John featuring John Travolta

 
Grease, 25th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition)
Grease, 25th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition)

Audio CD: Extra tracks, Original recording remasteredAlbum includes the track:

"Summer Nights " featuring John Travolta & Olivia Newton John

2 discs, 36 original soundtrack versions and remixes.

 

1. Aretha Franklin & George Michael - One of the Best Duets in Music History

I Knew You Were Waiting For Me - 1987

The song reached Number One in both the UK Singles Chart and Billboard's Hot 100

Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael - Audio CD: Original recording remastered

Includes one of the Most Famous Duets of the 80's

Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael

Album includes the hit duet:

"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" featuring Aretha Franklin

Split into two CDs, "For The Heart" and "For The Feet," Ladies And Gentlemen highlights the division between raunchy playboy and bland soulboy, both compelled to end every line with "baby" but very different sides of the same beard

 

Did You Know...?

"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"

was Aretha Franklin's Only #1 Hit

in UK Singles Chart

Top 10 Best Duets of All Time - BEST MALE / FEMALE DUET SONGS BEST OFF LIST

Top 10 MP3 Downloads

So, did you get a blast from the past?

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      stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I love the 60's music, all of it Barbra, and Mariah are great. Nice lens.

      I knew You Were Waiting, Aretha the best.

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      londonremovals24 3 years ago

      Only 3 out of 10 I remember on that duets.

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      spanishsandie 3 years ago

      I am going crazy trying to remember a man /woman duet because i can't remember their names .He was black with a very distinct singing voice .She was small and very pretty and white with long straight hair.His voice was very catchy with a kind of low key yodelling style Anyone know ?

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      Lorymer 3 years ago

      @oakstreet: Thank you for stopping by! :)

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      oakstreet 3 years ago

      Oh, I just love this len because it lead me back to lots of beautiful memory in my life. Oops, looks like i enclosing my age ! Well, as long as all these duet singers have given me a good time in the past, who cares about the age. Thank you for such a great len. I just want to give you a like for all your hard work.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Yes, and I love Reunited by Peaches & Herb.

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      Danny Gibson 3 years ago from Northampton

      Elvis Presley and Lisa Marie - 'In The Ghetto' ?

      Very good lens, by the way.

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      FG_Social_Networker 3 years ago

      Great list!! Being from the 60s I also loved Billy & Lillie, they made La Dee Dah and Luck Lady Bug. Lillie Bryant continues to perform at 72 years old.

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      Yes I know every song here. And now have a little plan in the works for the wife. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      KFRaizor 3 years ago

      A little trivia for you: the "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" duet came about after a DJ in Louisville, Kentucky took the individual recordings of Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand and spliced them together. He played it on his radio show, and it soon became so popular that it prompted Neil & Barbra to do a "real" duet of the song. He actually sued Columbia Records for stealing his idea and received a settlement.

      Thanks for sharing your list. As for my favorite duet, George Jones & Melba Montgomery's "We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds" blows everything on this list away.

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      Lorymer 3 years ago

      @ThePerfectMixtape: Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!

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      ThePerfectMixtape 3 years ago

      Great list...I especially love the Billy Preston and Syreeta tune.

      Elton John's album "Duets" album is a pretty fun ride - as you may have guessed, it's full of duets.

      Bonnie Raitt, George Michael, Leonard Cohen, Gladys Knight, Don Henley, etc.

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      Max Globe 4 years ago

      Travolta & Olivia Newton John is my favourite duet

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      jiancara 4 years ago

      Mariah Carey's songs are really great! her duet was also amazing!

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      Lorymer 4 years ago

      @SBPI Inc: You're welcome! :) Thanks for visiting!

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      My very most favorite is Neil and Barbara - I was and still am there in many ways.

      You just brought tear to the eyes of an old soul. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.

      Jonathan

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      CharMarie 4 years ago

      Love your lens!

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      komukai 4 years ago

      I know some of the songs and I agree

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      There's several here that I love and a few I had forgotten. One that would be on my list: Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams singing Blue

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      JaspinderKaur 4 years ago

      good collection.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      this one is pretty good as well ;)

      Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds & Kylie Minogue - Where the Wild Roses Grow

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      Lorymer 4 years ago

      @trinimatt: Thanks for stopping by!

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Superb lens. Excellently put I must say. Islands in the stream - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton my favourite is missing ..... so sad :( ......

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      trinimatt 4 years ago

      Love the list! Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The best all time duet song was Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

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      nicolekato 4 years ago

      Excellent! Great lens.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      Queen and David Bowie, but glad to see Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush here!

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      FG_Social_Networker 4 years ago

      My favorite duet was Billie and Lillie. in 1958 the duo sang "La Dee Dah" and "Lucky Ladybug", It topped the Billboard charts for over 10 weeks. They appeared on American Bandstand with Dick Clark. Both Billie Ford and Dick Clark have passed, but at age 73 Lillie Bryant continues to perform. She voice is better and stronger than ever.. you can find her at her management site, www.FerryGodmother.com

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      exotickitten731 4 years ago

      splendid list!

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      Lorymer 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping by! Those are both nice songs but this lens is only featuring famous male/female duets.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Where is under pressure queen and David Bowie that was number one for at least 20 weeks and say say say by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney?????!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Peaches & Herb brings back great memories. My dad is a fan of Nat King Cole. All of the songs are great. Love the lens!

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      Nice lens! Thanks for the list!

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      Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

      All of them.

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      I love The Prayer, it such a nice duet song

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      RetireAt57 4 years ago

      Great lens.

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      EricKnight 4 years ago

      Awesome list!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great top 10 list. Thanks for sharing this

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      Athenasia 4 years ago

      Unforgettable Nat King Cole/ Natalie, my pick for the best mood-changing songs of all time. Great Lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My favorite is Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

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      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      "I've Got You Babe" - Classic!

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      rudhushudu 4 years ago

      Very excellent lens

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      Excellent choices here. Wonderful lens, great for all of us music lovers.

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      AskLou1 4 years ago

      And, just for this season, Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing the Little Drummer Boy!

      Great lense!!!

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      Lorymer 4 years ago

      @BarbaraCasey: Indeed. Thanks for stopping by!

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville's "Don't Know Much" is a good one, too.

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      xtianfriborg13 4 years ago

      Angel by R Kelly and Celine Dion wasn't included. So was I Finally Found Someone. 3

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      achivevery 4 years ago

      i want to sing now

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @PamperedPen: I agree beatifull song. i recommended: Michael Mc Donald & Nicolette Larson. Let me go love

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      PamperedPen 4 years ago

      On My Own with Patti LaBell & Gordon MacDonald

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      TopShelly 5 years ago

      Love your lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice duets thanks for sharing

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Too many good ones to pick a favorite.

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      Tobint44 LM 5 years ago

      Where are all the country duet's? Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I Fall to Pieces by Trisha Yearwood and Aaron Neville

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fire & Desire - Rick James & Teena Marie

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      aaxiaa lm 5 years ago

      A cover of the Beatles's song let it be by Carol Woods & Timothy T. Mitchum from the movie Across the universe. I just love that song.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Reunited by Peaches and Herb love it

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      robmccarthyjr 5 years ago

      Nicely done.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I've Got you Babe, by Sonny and Cher, gets my vote.

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Anything involving Tina Turner.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Cinatra "Summer Wine"

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      Lorymer 5 years ago

      @asnvirtualservi: Thanks for stopping by.

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      asnvirtualservi 5 years ago

      Such a great lens. Thanks for including the videos. What a kick!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Lorymer: you rock

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      There are several I enjoy. I had forgotten about so many of these songs. It was good to hear them again.

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      Marilyn Thompson 5 years ago from Washington State

      Barbra / Neil duet - to think it came about by a DJ's creative recording. Barbra Streisand music - simple priceless!

      Great lens.

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      CraftaholicVete 5 years ago

      Great lens and great songs. I am glad you took the time to create this lens. Thanks.

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      Lorymer 5 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      I love the duet of father and daughter, Nat King Cole and Natalie!

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      Lorymer 5 years ago

      @vdanker: Thanks for visiting!

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      vdanker 5 years ago

      I remember Streisand and Diamond performing at the Academy Awards; awesome

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      Cool lens. I always will have a spot in my heart for summer nights

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      theeoriginal1 5 years ago

      Great lens and list....my wife absolutely

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      MarkHansen 5 years ago

      It's Endless Love which brings back sweet memories!

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      glodny 5 years ago

      Aretha and Michale are the best!

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      Adrijan 5 years ago

      great lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Good list, but I was hoping to see Aaron Neville And Linda Rondstadt on it.

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      Lorymer 5 years ago

      @MelonyVaughan: You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Thank you for a trip down memory lane! :)

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      Lorymer 5 years ago

      @razeitup: Thanks for visiting! As it is mentioning in the introduction, this lens is exclusively featuring male/female duets.

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      razeitup 5 years ago

      you missed david bowie and freddie mercury! lol all in all great lens

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      TenPoundTenor 5 years ago

      Great list. A lot of good singers.

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      SallyForth 5 years ago

      For me, nothing beats "Endless Love". Definitely my favorite karaoke song.

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      Trihan 5 years ago

      Great Lens. But I think Glen Hansard and Markta Irglov duet on ONCE movie is one of the best too. See my review :)

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      ekogde 5 years ago

      Nice lens,so many info about duet song and i love it!

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      lovetolink 5 years ago

      Peaches and Herb are great. I also like Captain and Tenille, which is probably so uncool these days! Nice lens :)

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      Lorymer 5 years ago

      @JohnSmith86: Thanks for visiting!

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      JohnSmith86 5 years ago

      you make good len, a nice collection album, thanks!

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      mycalculadora 5 years ago

      A great lens!!! Don't get so many good duets these days...i wonder if anyone will release one better than Grease :D

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      Lorymer 5 years ago

      @Edutopia: Thanks for dropping by!

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      I don't really know many of these songs by name but I can tell by the ones I recognize that you have a solid list going here, good job.

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      Lorymer 5 years ago

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      opheliakeith lm 5 years ago

      I'm a sucker for dueys, especially Kim Carnes and Kenny Rogers. Great lens.

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      ronberry lm 5 years ago

      Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes by far. Not a huge fan of either of them but together, they're golden! Nice lens Lorymer

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      nelsonkana 5 years ago

      Nice lens here. Am taking a tour of top lenses. This is one of them. I like it.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      Sonny and Cher always seem to stick out to me.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      Sonny and Cher are the ones that stick out the most in my mind.

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      steveko 5 years ago

      I knew Sonny and Cher would be in here, great lens.