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

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217 113
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Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

3
117 57
John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Duos

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157 133
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The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

5
184 138
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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127 98
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Tears for Fears Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

7
111 102
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Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

8
119 94
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The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

9
73 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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118 107
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Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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86 91
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Pet Shop Boys Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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94 99
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Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

13
80 66
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added WHAM! Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

14
74 84
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

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55 57
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
61 68
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Ike & Tina Turner Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

17
81 81
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

18
53 53
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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33 34
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
36 39
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Tenacious D Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

21
33 35
Queen & David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Duos

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22
31 32
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Duos
KaylaBField added Brooks & Dunn Country

23
46 58
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Sam & Dave Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

24
11 8
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Elton John and Bernie Taupin

25
73 101
Dollar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Dollar Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

26
37 51
The Chainsmokers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Duos
The Chainsmokers Disco, Rock music, Hip Hop

27
28 39
Captain & Tennille is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Captain & Tennille Pop music, Soft rock

28
37 57
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Erasure Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

The Best EDM Duos of All Time

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39 62
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Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

30
36 64
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Tegan and Sara Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

31
17 36
They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ACupOfCoffee added They Might Be Giants Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

32
11 17
Peter and Gordon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added Peter and Gordon Pop music

33
24 52
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Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

34
19 38
Everything but the Girl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Everything but the Girl Lounge music, Dance-pop, Electronic dance music

35
20 40
The Weather Girls is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added The Weather Girls Urban contemporary, Disco, Pop music

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9 16
Chad & Jeremy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added Chad & Jeremy British Invasion, Folk music, Soft rock

37
17 43
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Yazoo Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

38
17 20
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
15 36
Bananarama is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Bananarama (Keren & Sarah) Girl group, Synthpop, New Wave

40
12 28
Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Tom Islava added Rodrigo y Gabriela Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

41
22 47
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

42
15 49
She & Him is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inger Lund Carter added She & Him Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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15 49
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Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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17 48
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Run the Jewels Hip hop music

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20 56
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The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

46
19 55
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Boards of Canada Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

47
26 48
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First Aid Kit Indie pop, Americana, Folk music

48
1 4
Strawberry Switchblade is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TRENCHBOIKESE added Strawberry Switchblade Bubblegum pop, New Wave, Pop music

49
9 19
Royal Blood is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inês Gonçalves Bellamy added Royal Blood Noise rock, Alternative rock, Hard rock

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15 45
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Beach House Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music