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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Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

2
281 148
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Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

3
176 78
John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Duos

4
188 159
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Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

5
133 121
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

6
228 174
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Gbi KalibataCity added Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

7
150 117
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

8
141 104
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Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

9
95 56
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

10
142 123
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Electronic music, House music, French house

11
116 115
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Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

12
97 108
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

13
99 79
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

14
82 98
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

15
72 75
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Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

16
64 65
Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

17
55 48
Queen & David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Duos

18
88 93
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

19
39 39
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

20
51 51
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

21
59 62
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

22
40 42
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Duos
KaylaBField added Country

23
20 15
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Elton John and Bernie Taupin

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50 66
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Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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

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

27
47 73
The Chainsmokers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Disco, Rock music, Hip Hop

28
43 67
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Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

29
32 60
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Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

30
44 73
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Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

31
23 44
They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ACupOfCoffee added Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

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42 72
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Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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

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

35
24 49
The Weather Girls is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Urban contemporary, Disco, Pop music

36
20 52
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

37
20 58
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Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

38
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

39
18 44
Bananarama is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Girl group, Synthpop, New Wave

40
19 46
Everything but the Girl is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Lounge music, Dance-pop, Electronic dance music

41
27 57
t.A.T.u. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

42
24 63
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Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

43
20 55
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Hip hop music

44
22 63
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Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

45
13 35
Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Tom Islava added Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

46
14 26
Royal Blood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inês Gonçalves Bellamy added Noise rock, Alternative rock, Hard rock

47
16 60
She & Him is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inger Lund Carter added Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

48
19 53
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Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

49
27 55
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Indie pop, Americana, Folk music

50
1 4
The Books is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Musical Duos
JamesButko added Sound collage, Folk music, Electronic music