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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 big of a new wave feel to it, then you have definitely cranked "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)" by 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 Wham!, Loote, Icona Pop, and Tegan and Sara.

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
Daryl Hall and John Oates, known more commonly as Hall & Oates, are an American musical duo from Philadelphia. Daryl Hall is generally the lead vocalist of the pairing, and also plays a wide ...more
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Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Savage Garden was an Australian pop duo consisting of Darren Hayes as vocalist and Daniel Jones as instrumentalist. Formed in Logan City, Queensland in 1994, the duo achieved international ...more
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WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Wham! was an English musical duo formed by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley in the early 1980s. They were briefly known in the United States as Wham! UK due to a naming conflict with an ...more
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Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Tears for Fears are an English new wave band formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially ...more
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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Eurythmics are a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Stewart and Lennox were both previously in the band The Tourists, who split up in 1980; Eurythmics ...more
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Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Pet Shop Boys are an English electronic pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, and are ...more
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Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Tegan and Sara is a Canadian indie rock/indie pop duo formed in 1995 in Calgary, Alberta, composed of identical twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin. Both musicians are ...more
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Roxette is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Roxette is a Swedish pop rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. Formed in 1986, the duo became an international act in the late 1980s, when they released their breakthrough ...more
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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
The Carpenters were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter. Together, they produced a distinctively soft musical style, later becoming one of ...more
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Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Aly & AJ is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Icona Pop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Icona Pop is a Swedish DJ duo that formed in 2009, with electro house, punk and indie pop music influences. The two members Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, who grew up in Stockholm, create music ...more
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Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Sonny & Cher were an American pop music duo, actors, singers and entertainers made up of husband-and-wife team Sonny and Cher Bono in the 1960s and 1970s. The couple started their career in ...more
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A Great Big World is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 17 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 Righteous Brothers is listed (or ranked) 18 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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La Roux is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
La Roux is an English synthpop act formed in 2006 by singer Elly Jackson and record producer Ben Langmaid. Their debut album La Roux was a critical and commercial success, winning a Grammy Award ...more
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Sleigh Bells is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Sleigh Bells is an American noise pop musical duo based in Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2008. The duo consists of vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Edward Miller. After signing to ...more
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Loote is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Loote is an American pop duo based in New York City consisting of Jackson Foote and Emma Lov Block. They released their debut single "High Without Your Love" in May 2017 through Island ...more
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The Buggles is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Crush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Crush is the seventh studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi, released on June 13, 2000 through Island Records the album was produced by Luke Ebbin, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. ...more
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The Communards is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
The Communards were a British pop duo active from 1985 to 1988. They are most famous for their cover versions of "Don't Leave Me This Way" and "Never Can Say Goodbye".
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Modern Talking is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Duos Of All-Time
Modern Talking was a German duo consisting of Thomas Anders and Dieter Bohlen. They have been referred to as Germany's most successful pop duo, and have had a number of hit singles, reaching the ...more