Duets. Really?

I’ve never been a HUGE fan of duets. Duets to me are just a quick scheme for singers and bands to cash in..I also feel the same way about Christmas albums. And greatest hits sets released. They’re just there for your money. They are fly by night songs with for the most part random people who wouldn’t under any other circumstance EVER hang out together. Let’s be realistic here. Yes Tony Bennett, I have a very hard time seeing you shoot the shit with Lady Gaga. I mean come on. Ga and Tony? C’mon. But the song serves it’s purpose, made both of them and the label money, and is well with the world.

That being said, there are always those few gems that get through to my way of thinking and allow me to change my viewpoint and go. “oh man. Ok. Yeah. That was pretty stellar.” It’s rare, but it happens. On occasion. And people rarely include rap music as a genre for duets but it’s true for that style as well.  So you know what is coming up next right? I mean I gave this intro for a reason so you know what I must do next right? YES. I am about to provide a list of my favorite duets. This is just MY favorite list. I’m sure there are songs you all have that on not on this list. And that’s what comments are for;-) And here we gooooooo.

Mariah Carey/Boyz II Men – One Sweet Day. Back in the 90s.. you know, the 90s.. when people could actually sing. Without auto tune. Without whining singing. When expressing how you feel was a GOOD thing.. there was this. Take note you lousy R&B and pop singers, this is true singing at it’s finest. By two standout artists. This song always gives me goose bumps. Always. A+

Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers – Islands in the Stream. YES. I said it. I love this song. I’m not ashamed to say it. It’s a wonderful song. It gets my toes tapping. And everyone KNOWS the chorus. I bet many a karyoke performance has been sung to this. It’s just such a classic country song. Before country was completely pop like it is now. “This could be the year for the real thing.” Such a good line. When I was a kid, I thought they were married. Part of me, even years later, wishes they were.  And the flub in the song makes it THAT more kick ass.

Prince/Sheena Easton – You Got the Look. Prince on top of his game. Sheena looking to top him. It doesn’t get much better than that. So good. So pop. Soooo.. freakishly Prince. Rock on. Now for this clip, the song doesn’t come in until 6 minutes. But it’s still a good one..

Otis Redding/Carla Thomas – Tramp. If this sounds familiar it is because Salt N’ Pepa sampled it and used the title. But this original is ridiculously entertaining and funny at the same time. I just love it to pieces. And the horns really make the song no question about it. Kudos to them.

Aretha Franklin/Annie Lennox – Sisters are Doin’ it for Themselves. I mean, this is just.. it’s just sickulous. The Queen of Soul with Annie’s fantastic voice. This is just fierce. It was and still is an anthem for every woman. Be strong, independent, and bad ass.

..and the rest:

Faithless/Boy George – Why Go?

Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney – The Girl is Mine

Monica/Brandy – The Boy is Mine

Queen/David Bowie – Under Pressure

PJ Harvey/Thom Yorke – The Mess We’re In

Peaches and Herb – Reunited

Pink/Peaches – Oh My God

Jermaine Dupri/Jay-Z – Money Ain’t a Thang

Now while there are plenty more I can add, these are my all time favorites.

Oh and if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment.. on this page.. not so much my facebook page. Just this page. Thanks!!

4 thoughts on “Duets. Really?

  1. How about Ann Wilson of Heart doing a couple of duets for motion picture soundtracks?

    Annie did “Almost Paradise” alongside Loverboy’s Mike Reno for the original 1984 version of “Footloose”. As much as I’m a Heart fan, I didn’t think this was one of her best moments, but when Annie hooked up with Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander for “Surrender to Me”, the closing theme song from the 1988 movie “Tequila Sunrise”, that one rocked in a power ballad way.

    1. I forgot ALLLLLLLL about Footloose. Yes I remember that song. And I agree, not one of her best moments. But I’ve never heard of the Tequila Sunrise song. Truth be told I haven’t even seen that movie. I know I should have. But I will definitely check out the song. See that partnership already I can understand. But there are some that just leave me scratching my head. Like Janet Jackson and Luther Vandross doing “Best Things in Life are Free” for the Mo’ Money soundtrack. No WAY could her voice match his. Ann Wilson has a killer voice. It’s going to take a big presence to match her.

  2. great list! i stumbled upon this blog from twitter (thank you, interwebs!). you also listed some of my favorite duets. one duet that i LOVE is patti labelle and michael mcdonald, what an odd pairing?! “on my own”. i remember liking the song as a kid and it just stuck with me. at this point it’s a humorous guilty pleasure because of the lyrics (“now we’re up to talkin divorce and we weren’t even married….”). 😛 it gets me every time, and it’s great for karaoke too! cool blog, i love music and reading about music. i will keep this bookmarked! (i’m @5fathoms on twitter).

    1. Thanks for checking my blog out. I’m glad I could be of service. I LOOOOVE “On My Own.” Definitely a favorite on my ipod. I used to want Patti and Michael to actually be a couple when I was a kid lol. Sorry I’m just getting to this. I’ve been dealing with a lot this past month. But I hope to be back up and running. I’m really glad you likey. Sure thing I’ll follow a fellow music fanatic. Glad I’m not alone:-)

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