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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303 168
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Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

2
304 188
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Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

3
203 96
John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Duos

4
258 191
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Gbi KalibataCity added Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

5
203 175
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Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

6
165 126
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

7
143 135
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

8
153 112
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Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

9
104 63
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

10
153 134
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Electronic music, House music, French house

11
130 126
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Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

12
110 88
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

13
103 121
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

14
93 105
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
66 55
Queen & David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Duos

16
71 72
Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

17
78 84
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Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

18
91 101
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

19
42 48
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

20
63 71
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

21
56 61
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

22
27 24
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Elton John and Bernie Taupin

23
45 51
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Duos
KaylaBField added Country

24
52 73
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Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

25
55 82
The Chainsmokers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Disco, Rock music, Hip Hop

26
38 54
Captain & Tennille is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Pop music, Soft rock

27
73 121
Dollar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

28
36 67
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Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

29
46 75
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Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

30
44 76
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Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

31
44 79
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Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

32
24 50
They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ACupOfCoffee added Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

33
16 28
Peter and Gordon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added Pop music

34
15 26
Chad & Jeremy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added British Invasion, Folk music, Soft rock

35
22 58
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

36
25 55
The Weather Girls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Urban contemporary, Disco, Pop music

37
20 48
Bananarama is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Girl group, Synthpop, New Wave

38
30 60
t.A.T.u. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

39
22 64
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Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

40
23 33
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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41
23 59
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Hip hop music

42
20 51
Everything but the Girl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Lounge music, Dance-pop, Electronic dance music

43
24 67
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Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

44
22 67
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Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

45
1 1
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Duos
BHinz added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

46
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Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Musical Duos
jamesfox2 added Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart

47
1 2
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Musical Duos
DrewPuckett added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jam band

48
1 2
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Bourkupine added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

49
16 30
Royal Blood is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inês Gonçalves Bellamy added Noise rock, Alternative rock, Hard rock

50
13 39
Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Tom Islava added Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock