Musicians The Best Musical Duos  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Music groups / pairs of any era and genre that contain only two people.

From the dawn of pop music, duos have been an important part of music history. Famous musical duos from the '50s and '60s actually wrote a lot of songs that would go on to be covered by giant bands, and become radio standards that are still played today. Even now, tracks like “I’ve Got You Babe,” and “Proud Mary” are inescapable. Power trios like Nirvana, and giant musical collectives like Crass or Broken Social Scene may have more visibility or even street cred, but there’s something effortlessly cool about two people locking in and creating great music.

From classic folk bros like Simon & Garfunkel, to the rock explosion of The White Stripes, the two-piece has secretly reigned over popular and indie music for close to sixty years. Call your best friend, or your ex-wife (who you refer to as your sister maybe), and check out this list of the best musical duos.

Whether you prefer rock, hip hop, folk, or electronic music, there’s a duo on this list for you. When putting together a collection of the best musical duos, you have to listen to a lot of music and the musical pairs on this list of the best musical duos rose to the top. As per usual, vote up the duos in music you think are the best, and if there are some better musical duos out there then add them to the list!

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Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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Hall & Oates Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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166 72
John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Duos

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The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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222 169
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Gbi KalibataCity added Twenty One Pilots Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

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Tears for Fears Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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92 53
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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Pet Shop Boys Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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96 77
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added WHAM! Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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64 63
Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added Sonny & Cher Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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79 95
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Ike & Tina Turner Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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87 92
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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39 38
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added Jan and Dean Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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50 46
Queen & David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Duos

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58 60
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

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47 50
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Tenacious D Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

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20 15
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Elton John and Bernie Taupin

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38 42
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Duos
KaylaBField added Brooks & Dunn Country

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Sam & Dave Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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73 110
Dollar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Dollar Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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34 46
Captain & Tennille is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Captain & Tennille Pop music, Soft rock

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46 70
The Chainsmokers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Duos
The Chainsmokers Disco, Rock music, Hip Hop

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Erasure Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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23 43
They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ACupOfCoffee added They Might Be Giants Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

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Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

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Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

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39 72
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Tegan and Sara Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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15 24
Peter and Gordon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added Peter and Gordon Pop music

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13 21
Chad & Jeremy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added Chad & Jeremy British Invasion, Folk music, Soft rock

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20 51
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Yazoo Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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23 48
The Weather Girls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added The Weather Girls Urban contemporary, Disco, Pop music

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Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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21 28
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Musical Duos
NvG Nick added Elton John and Bernie Taupin

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19 46
Everything but the Girl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Everything but the Girl Lounge music, Dance-pop, Electronic dance music

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17 44
Bananarama is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Bananarama (Keren & Sarah) Girl group, Synthpop, New Wave

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26 56
t.A.T.u. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added t.A.T.u. Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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23 63
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The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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Run the Jewels Hip hop music

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22 63
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Boards of Canada Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

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12 35
Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Tom Islava added Rodrigo y Gabriela Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

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16 59
She & Him is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inger Lund Carter added She & Him Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Beach House Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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27 55
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First Aid Kit Indie pop, Americana, Folk music

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The Books is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Musical Duos
JamesButko added The Books Sound collage, Folk music, Electronic music

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12 26
Royal Blood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inês Gonçalves Bellamy added Royal Blood Noise rock, Alternative rock, Hard rock