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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292 161
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Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

2
298 182
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Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

3
191 88
John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Duos

4
195 171
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Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

5
241 184
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Gbi KalibataCity added Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

6
139 131
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

7
156 124
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

8
147 110
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Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

9
101 61
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

10
148 131
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Electronic music, House music, French house

11
126 123
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Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

12
107 86
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

13
102 116
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

14
89 102
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
63 51
Queen & David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Duos

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76 81
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Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

17
67 70
Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

18
90 98
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

19
41 45
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

20
62 68
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

21
53 59
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

22
24 21
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Elton John and Bernie Taupin

23
42 49
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Duos
KaylaBField added Country

24
52 71
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Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

25
52 79
The Chainsmokers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Disco, Rock music, Hip Hop

26
36 52
Captain & Tennille is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Pop music, Soft rock

27
73 118
Dollar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

28
46 73
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Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

29
35 66
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Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

30
43 76
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Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

31
44 78
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Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

32
23 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 27
Peter and Gordon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added Pop music

34
15 25
Chad & Jeremy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added British Invasion, Folk music, Soft rock

35
25 54
The Weather Girls is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Urban contemporary, Disco, Pop music

36
21 57
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

37
20 47
Bananarama is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Girl group, Synthpop, New Wave

38
22 63
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Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

39
29 60
t.A.T.u. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

40
20 50
Everything but the Girl is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Lounge music, Dance-pop, Electronic dance music

41
21 32
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Musical Duos
NvG Nick added Elton John and Bernie Taupin

42
24 66
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Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

43
21 58
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Hip hop music

44
22 66
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Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

45
16 29
Royal Blood is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inês Gonçalves Bellamy added Noise rock, Alternative rock, Hard rock

46
13 38
Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Tom Islava added Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

47
0 0
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Bourkupine added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

48
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Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musical Duos
BHinz added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

49
17 63
She & Him is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inger Lund Carter added Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

50
29 57
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Indie pop, Americana, Folk music