Music

The Best Musical Duos 

Jacob Shelton
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Updated June 11, 2020 21.7k votes 3.1k voters 101k views 103 items

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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John Lennon & Paul M... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Elton John and Bernie Ta... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Queen & David Bowie ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Outkast is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Sam & Dave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Roxette is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Captain & Tennille ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Duos
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Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Duos