bands/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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142 76
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Hall & Oates Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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122 74
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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110 87
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The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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80 72
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Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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85 59
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The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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88 70
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Tears for Fears Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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46 28
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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88 76
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Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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51 28
John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Duos

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61 69
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Pet Shop Boys Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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53 46
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added WHAM! Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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42 39
Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added Sonny & Cher Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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52 52
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Ike & Tina Turner Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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71 78
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Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

The Best EDM Duos of All Time 16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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57 60
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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70 67
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Duos
MartinAustin added Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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22 18
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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71 81
Dollar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Duos
MartinAustin added Dollar Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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39 41
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Sam & Dave Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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37 39
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

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17 21
Queen & David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Duos

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20 27
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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20 27
Captain & Tennille is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Captain & Tennille Pop music, Soft rock

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16 22
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Duos
KaylaBField added Brooks & Dunn Country

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33 50
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Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

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10 13
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Duos
NvG Nick added Elton John and Bernie Taupin

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12 23
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

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10 16
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Elton John and Bernie Taupin

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28 47
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Erasure Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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

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19 33
The Chainsmokers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Musical Duos
The Chainsmokers Disco, Rock music, Hip Hop

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30 53
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Tegan and Sara Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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7 6
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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16 29
Everything but the Girl is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Everything but the Girl Lounge music, Dance-pop, Electronic dance music

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15 35
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Yazoo Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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16 30
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

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7 7
Peter and Gordon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added Peter and Gordon Pop music

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20 47
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The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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10 26
3OH!3 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added 3OH!3 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

41
14 40
She & Him is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inger Lund Carter added She & Him Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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5 9
Royal Blood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inês Gonçalves Bellamy added Royal Blood Noise rock, Alternative rock, Hard rock

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6 20
Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Tom Islava added Rodrigo y Gabriela Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

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13 40
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Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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10 29
Smosh is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Duos

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16 47
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Boards of Canada Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

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15 38
t.A.T.u. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added t.A.T.u. Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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9 28
Bananarama is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Bananarama (Keren & Sarah) Girl group, Synthpop, New Wave

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13 37
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Beach House Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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3 14
Boyce Avenue and Sarah Hyland is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Musical Duos
NvG Nick added Boyce Avenue and Sarah Hyland