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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Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

2
354 213
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Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

3
248 124
John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Duos

4
310 228
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Gbi KalibataCity added Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

5
225 198
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Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

6
184 142
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

7
171 125
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Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

8
157 152
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

9
123 79
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

10
175 149
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Electronic music, House music, French house

11
135 103
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

12
144 142
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Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

13
89 62
Queen & David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Duos

14
119 134
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Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

15
101 120
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
81 88
Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Clark Benson added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

17
84 96
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Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

18
44 30
Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Elton John and Bernie Taupin

19
52 55
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Duos
kitsune added Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

20
95 113
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Duos
TheWelshGuy added Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

21
58 61
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Duos
KaylaBField added Country

22
68 80
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

23
63 74
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Duos
Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

24
57 83
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Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

25
45 63
Captain & Tennille is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Duos
ColinBoddy added Pop music, Soft rock