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The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time  

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Here are the greatest duos in pop music history. When pop music first came onto the scene, it immediately became an important component in the music industry. Some of the most famous songs of all time came from pop groups, and in some cases, it took just two people to crank out a hit. 

From the 1970s with bands like Simon and Garfunkel to more modern pop acts like La Roux, there have been plenty of great duos in pop music. You can still hear their songs on the radio all the time, and chances are good you have sung along to some of these bands in the shower at one point or another.

If you like your pop to have a bit of a new wave feel to it, then you have definitely cranked "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)" by the Eurythmics before. One pop act that has caught on in a big way in recent memory is The Chainsmokers. Their debut studio album topped the charts, in part from many of their hit singles. Other popular pop music duos include Loote and Tegan and Sara. Oh Pep! are a great indie pop duo, who recently released the LP, I wasn’t Only Thinking About You… 

On this list of pop duos you’ll find great male pop duos like Hall & Oates as well as great female pop duos like Aly & AJ. Some prefer the new pop duos like Icona Pop while others prefer pop duos of the 80s such as WHAM! You also can’t forget great pop duos of the 90’s like OutKast and Savage Garden. 

The best pop duos of all time are found right on this list. Who do you think deserves to be at the top?

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Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009 and consists of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. They put out two self-released albums, Twenty One Pilots ...more
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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They are best known for achieving commercial and critical success in the ...more
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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
The Carpenters were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen (1950–1983) and Richard Carpenter (b. 1946). They produced a distinct soft musical style, combining ...more
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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Eurythmics were a British pop duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Stewart and Lennox were both previously in the band the Tourists (originally known as the Catch), who ...more
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Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
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Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
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WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Wham! were an English pop duo consisting of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, formed in London in 1980. They became one of the most commercially successful pop acts of the 1980s, selling more ...more
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The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
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The Everly Brothers were an American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for steel-string acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing. Consisting of Isaac Donald "Don" ...more
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Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Pet Shop Boys are an English synth-pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and are ...more
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The Righteous Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley. They recorded from 1963 through 1975 and continued to perform until Hatfield's death in 2003. Their emotive vocal ...more
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Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Yazoo were a British synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex, England, consisting of former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet. Formed in late 1981 after Clarke responded to an ...more
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Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Savage Garden were an Australian pop duo consisting of Darren Hayes on vocals and Daniel Jones on instruments. Formed in Logan City, Queensland, in 1994, the duo achieved international success ...more
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The Chainsmokers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
The Chainsmokers are an American DJ and production duo consisting of Alexander "Alex" Pall and Andrew "Drew" Taggart. They started out by releasing remixes of songs by indie ...more
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Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Tegan and Sara are a Canadian indie pop band formed in 1998 in Calgary, Alberta, composed of identical twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin (born September 19, 1980). Both ...more
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Modern Talking is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Modern Talking was a German duo consisting of singer Thomas Anders and arranger, songwriter and producer Dieter Bohlen, with the participation of Luis Rodríguez in the production. They ...more
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Outkast is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Outkast (stylized as OutKast) is an American hip hop duo formed in 1992 in East Point, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly ...more
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Roxette is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Roxette are a Swedish soft rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson (vocals and keyboards) and Per Gessle (vocals and guitar). Formed in 1986, the duo became an international act in the late ...more
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Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s, consisting of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The duo are principally known for their 1981 ...more
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The Buggles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
The Buggles are an English new wave band formed in London, England, in 1977 by singer and bassist Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoffrey Downes. They are best known for 1979 debut single ...more
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The Proclaimers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
The Proclaimers are a Scottish music duo composed of twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid (born 5 March 1962). They are best known for their songs "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", ...more
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A Great Big World is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
A Great Big World is an American two-member musical group from New York made up of singers and songwriters Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino and signed to Epic Records. The group is best known for ...more
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Aly & AJ is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
78violet, formerly known as Aly & AJ, is an American pop duo that consists of sisters Alyson "Aly" and Amanda Joy "A.J." Michalka. They signed a recording contract with ...more
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Hurts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Hurts are an English synth-pop duo formed in Manchester in 2009, consisting of synthesist Adam Anderson and singer Theo Hutchcraft. Their first two albums, Happiness and Exile, both reached the ...more
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t.A.T.u. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
t.A.T.u. (Russian: Тату, pronounced [tɐˈtu] (listen)) was a Russian music duo that consisted of Lena Katina and Julia Volkova. The singers were part of children's music group Neposedy before ...more