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

2
235 136
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Hall & Oates Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

3
126 61
John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Duos

4
161 139
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The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

5
190 144
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Gbi KalibataCity added Twenty One Pilots Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

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131 101
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Tears for Fears Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

7
114 106
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Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

8
123 94
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The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

9
79 49
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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122 110
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Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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87 94
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Pet Shop Boys Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

12
99 103
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Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

13
82 69
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added WHAM! Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

14
74 87
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

The Best Female Duos In Music

15
58 58
Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added Sonny & Cher Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

16
62 70
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Ike & Tina Turner Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

17
82 84
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

18
35 35
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

19
54 55
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

20
38 37
Queen & David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Duos

21
34 33
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Duos
KaylaBField added Brooks & Dunn Country

The Best Female Authors of All Time

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14 9
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Elton John and Bernie Taupin

23
37 42
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Tenacious D Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

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47 59
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Sam & Dave Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

25
73 104
Dollar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Dollar Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

26
40 56
The Chainsmokers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Duos
The Chainsmokers Disco, Rock music, Hip Hop

27
30 40
Captain & Tennille is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Captain & Tennille Pop music, Soft rock

28
39 60
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Erasure Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

The Best EDM Duos of All Time

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39 65
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Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

30
37 66
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Tegan and Sara Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

31
26 55
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Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

32
18 39
They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ACupOfCoffee added They Might Be Giants Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

33
12 17
Chad & Jeremy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added Chad & Jeremy British Invasion, Folk music, Soft rock

34
12 19
Peter and Gordon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added Peter and Gordon Pop music

35
18 46
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Yazoo Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

Great One Hit Wonder Artists of the '90s

36
18 22
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Duos
NvG Nick added Elton John and Bernie Taupin

37
20 43
The Weather Girls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added The Weather Girls Urban contemporary, Disco, Pop music

38
19 41
Everything but the Girl is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Everything but the Girl Lounge music, Dance-pop, Electronic dance music

39
24 50
t.A.T.u. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added t.A.T.u. Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

40
15 39
Bananarama is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Bananarama (Keren & Sarah) Girl group, Synthpop, New Wave

41
16 52
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Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

42
12 31
Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Tom Islava added Rodrigo y Gabriela Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

The Best SNL Musical Performances

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17 50
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Run the Jewels Hip hop music

44
20 59
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The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

45
15 53
She & Him is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inger Lund Carter added She & Him Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

46
19 58
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Boards of Canada Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

47
26 51
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First Aid Kit Indie pop, Americana, Folk music

48
10 22
Royal Blood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inês Gonçalves Bellamy added Royal Blood Noise rock, Alternative rock, Hard rock

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15 48
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Beach House Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

50
10 41
3OH!3 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added 3OH!3 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop