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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310 179
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Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

2
314 193
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Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

3
214 100
John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Duos

4
266 196
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Gbi KalibataCity added Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

5
207 178
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Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

6
169 130
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

7
145 138
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

8
157 114
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Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

9
106 68
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

10
159 136
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Electronic music, House music, French house

11
133 127
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Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

12
119 89
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

13
106 122
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

14
72 55
Queen & David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Duos

15
94 107
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

16
71 75
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 85
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Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

18
91 102
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

19
58 62
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

20
64 71
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

21
42 49
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

22
29 24
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Elton John and Bernie Taupin

23
46 53
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Duos
KaylaBField added Country

24
54 74
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Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

25
58 84
The Chainsmokers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Disco, Rock music, Hip Hop

26
39 55
Captain & Tennille is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Pop music, Soft rock

27
73 122
Dollar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

28
47 77
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Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

29
36 68
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Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

30
45 77
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Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

31
45 80
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Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

32
24 51
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 29
Peter and Gordon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added Pop music

34
23 59
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

35
15 27
Chad & Jeremy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Vicki Shaw added British Invasion, Folk music, Soft rock

36
25 56
The Weather Girls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Urban contemporary, Disco, Pop music

37
24 33
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Musical Duos
NvG Nick added Elton John and Bernie Taupin

38
23 65
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Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

39
20 49
Bananarama is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Girl group, Synthpop, New Wave

40
30 61
t.A.T.u. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

41
23 60
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Hip hop music

42
20 52
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 68
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Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

44
2 1
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Musical Duos
BHinz added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

45
3 3
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Bourkupine added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

46
22 68
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Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

47
14 47
3OH!3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

48
18 52
Smosh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musical Duos

49
13 40
Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Tom Islava added Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

50
16 31
Royal Blood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Inês Gonçalves Bellamy added Noise rock, Alternative rock, Hard rock