musicians The Best Musical Duos  

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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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188 99
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Hall & Oates Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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187 97
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Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

3
153 108
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Gbi KalibataCity added Twenty One Pilots Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

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132 109
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The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

5
104 82
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Tears for Fears Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

6
78 41
John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Duos

7
93 91
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Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

8
101 78
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The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

9
101 93
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Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

10
73 82
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Pet Shop Boys Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

11
55 42
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

12
80 89
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Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

13
67 72
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

14
62 55
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added WHAM! Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

The Best Britney Spears Music Videos

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56 61
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Ike & Tina Turner Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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47 49
Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added Sonny & Cher Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

17
74 75
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

18
45 48
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

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25 28
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added Jan and Dean Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

20
43 51
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Sam & Dave Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

21
71 92
Dollar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Dollar Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

The Best Cruise Lines

22
24 28
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Duos
KaylaBField added Brooks & Dunn Country

23
26 34
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Tenacious D Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

24
21 29
Queen & David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Duos

25
29 43
The Chainsmokers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Duos
The Chainsmokers Disco, Rock music, Hip Hop

26
3 3
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Elton John and Bernie Taupin

27
22 33
Captain & Tennille is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Captain & Tennille Pop music, Soft rock

28
17 30
They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ACupOfCoffee added They Might Be Giants Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

The Best Female Duos in Music

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32 53
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Erasure Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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34 57
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Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

31
33 57
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Tegan and Sara Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

32
10 14
Peter and Gordon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added Peter and Gordon Pop music

33
23 46
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Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

34
8 12
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

35
15 16
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Duos
NvG Nick added Elton John and Bernie Taupin

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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17 39
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Yazoo Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

37
16 34
Everything but the Girl is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Everything but the Girl Lounge music, Dance-pop, Electronic dance music

38
16 36
The Weather Girls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added The Weather Girls Urban contemporary, Disco, Pop music

39
20 41
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 44
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Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

41
10 24
Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Tom Islava added Rodrigo y Gabriela Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

42
0 0
Strawberry Switchblade is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TRENCHBOIKESE added Strawberry Switchblade Bubblegum pop, New Wave, Pop music

Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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14 45
She & Him is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inger Lund Carter added She & Him Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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20 52
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The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

45
10 31
3OH!3 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added 3OH!3 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

46
16 44
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Run the Jewels Hip hop music

47
7 13
Royal Blood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inês Gonçalves Bellamy added Royal Blood Noise rock, Alternative rock, Hard rock

48
4 17
Boyce Avenue and Sarah Hyland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musical Duos
NvG Nick added Boyce Avenue and Sarah Hyland

49
10 32
Bananarama is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Bananarama (Keren & Sarah) Girl group, Synthpop, New Wave

50
0 2
The Bluejays is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Musical Duos
DavidBattye added The Bluejays John Hodge and Justin Hayward AKA the moody blues