What are the top ten best duet songs of all time you may ask? In this article, we will outline some of the most famous duets, some of which are also found to be some of the best karaoke duets!
These days, the best way for artists to get their music heard by a larger audience is by collaborating with other artists, and we are all about collaboration here at Music Gateway!
So, stay tuned to discover some of the greatest duets ever made!
After meeting at the Newport Folk Festival the pair soon recorded one of the best male duets of all time. The song was recorded at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City in April 1963. I wonder if we’ll ever find out who this song was about?
There was always a debate about who this song was actually written about. Some people claim it was about former girlfriend Echo Helstrom. Some claim it was Bonnie Beecher. Both girls Dylan knew before leaving for New York. We wonder…
A true example of one of the best duet love songs written of all time! Sonny wrote this song in his basement for him and Cher. She didn’t actually think the song would be a hit at first but soon enough the song quickly became the duo’s biggest single! In early 2017 the song had been placed into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
In the US the song had sold more than 1 million copies in 1965 being certified gold by the RIAA. Soon enough 2011 came around and this song had been reported by Billboard to have sold 372,000 copies of I Got You Babe in the US alone.
A song written about two partners who want a relationship together despite them both already being in a relationship. We can’t say it sounds like a love duet but it is a great example of one of the best male female duets, as well as one of the best R&B duets!
This song replaced Nelly’s previous single ‘Hot In Here’ on the chart, peaking at number one on the US Billboard Charts Hot 100 for 10 consecutive weeks. The track also hit number 1 in countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia.
Another one of the best R&B duets, the best female duets of all time AND one of the best karaoke duets. A song written about two women fighting over a man.
This song was actually inspired by the duet ‘The Girl Is Mine’ by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. The song was awarded a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a duo or group.
The song was written by a number of people including LaShawn Daniels, Rodney Jerkins and Brandy Norwood. The single was released from both the singers’ second albums from 1998. These albums were ‘Never Say Never’ by Brandy and ‘The Boy is Mine’ by Monica. The song was recorded in October-December 1997 in California and Atlanta and was then released in May 1998.
Here we have one of the best male female duets released in June 1976. This song has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America! In the UK, the duet became Elton’s first #1 single in Britain on July 2nd.
The writers of this song Elton John and Carte Blanche (Bernie Taupin) received the 1976 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. After this duet with Dee, John failed to have another US solo number one single until ‘Candle In The Wind ‘ in 1997.
Agh! What an amazing duet this is. This is one of our favourite soft rock duets of all time. It was recorded and released in 1983. It was originally written in an R&B style for Marvin Gaye but was later changed for the Kenny Rogers album. In 2005, the song topped CMT’s poll of the best country duet of all time!
This song was written and later recorded by the Bee Gees but was sung by the pair Rogers and Parton. It was released in August 1983 as the first single from Rogers’ album ‘Eyes That See In The Dark’. It was recorded in 1983 in LA with record label RCA.
Moreover, Rogers and Parton went on to record a Christmas album together. They would continue to perform together on stage and record together up until Rogers’ retirement in 2017. The final song they released together was ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’ in 2013.
Released in March 1982 as one of the best R&B and soft rock duets of all time. This single marked the first ever time that Paul McCartney had released a duet with another major artist. It led onto his 1980’s collabs with Michael Jackson. The single spent 7 weeks at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and was the 4th biggest hit there of 1982.
McCartney wrote this song at his farm in Scotland. The song is about the black and white keys on a piano (black being ebony and white being ivory) but is also about integration and racial harmony. He had always envisioned singing this song with a black male singer and so he and Stevie recorded the track at George Martin’s AIR studios in Montserrat.
From the album Bella Donna this is one of the best rock duets of all time. This song is a reflection of the striking feminine energy underpinning the music on the 1981 disc, which topped the US and Australian album charts and launched the Fleetwood Mac Member’s solo career.
Furthermore, this song was originally written by Nicks for Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter’s album Leather and Lace but the song was never included on the album. Nicks’ version with Henley peaked at number 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks in Jan 1982.
The song has been used and covered many times. It’s been covered by Sara Evans and Maroon 5 in 2008 as well as being used in the CBS drama Cold Case in the last episode of season 1.
This song was released in 1983 as the lead single to McCartney’s 1983 album Pipes of Peace. This post-disco track is one of the best male duets of all time. Once this song was released it quickly became Michael’s 7th top-ten hit inside a year!
In 2013, the song was even listed by Billboard magazine as the 41st biggest hit of all time in the Billboard Hot 100 charts! The single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Moreover, it’s said that the majority of this song was actually written by Michael Jackson and was then handed over to McCartney. Jackson became very good friends with McCartney and his wife as he was staying at their home during recording of the song.
Lastly, the number one best rock duet ever made. Released in October 1981 and shortly after being described as a “monster rock track that stood out”. This song was played at every single one of Queen’s concerts from 1981 until the end of their touring career in 1986!
The song reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Queen’s second number 1 hit in their home country and Bowie’s 3rd.
The final version of Under Pressure came from a chance encounter jam session that Bowie had with the band at Queen’s studio in Montreux. The music video for this song actually features neither Queen or Bowie due to touring commitments!
So, there you have it! These are just 10 of the greatest duet songs of all time so we can’t even begin to imagine how many more amazing tracks there are to add to the list.
A lot of these artists are and were some of the musical legends of our time and some are sadly not with us anymore. But luckily for us, they’ve left behind absolutely unreal music that will live on with us forever.
Finally, what are your thoughts? Do you agree that these songs are in the top 10 best duets of all time? Are there any you would add or remove from the list? Let us know! We hope you’ve enjoyed the article and hopefully may have learnt something new about some of the artists and songs that we’ve spoken about!
You never know, next time you find yourself at a karaoke bar, you might think back to this article and use one of the best karaoke duets!