Let’s be honest, duets can be hit or miss. Sometimes when two great musical minds get together to collaborate on a song, the result is a synergistic masterpiece that transcends the talent of either individual musician. But other times, the result is a clunky, forced piece of music that speaks more to clashing egos than cooperative songwriting. That’s because true collaboration requires both parties to play to their strengths, allowing each other to shine when it best serves the song. So, while it may seem like throwing your favorite artists into a recording studio will guarantee a hit song, it doesn’t. But when two artists can meet eye-to-eye—or perhaps ear-to-ear—the result is truly magnificent. Here are 6 dynamic duets that perfectly exemplify the magic of collaboration.
1. P!nk and Nate Ruess | Just Give Me a Reason
Besides both including punctuation in the name of their musical act—P!nk and fun.—these two musicians share something else in common: powerful voices. In this song, they put them to good use.
2. Rihanna and Mikky Ekko | Stay
Let’s stay—get it?—with the emotionally bittersweet duets for just one more song with Rihanna and Mikky Ekko singing together.
3. Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat | Lucky
And now for a more upbeat duet we have Mr. Mraz and Ms. Caillat harmonizing on “Lucky.” Their voices mix so well they become one!
4. Queen and David Bowie | Under Pressure
This is a classic duet with Freddie Mercury and David Bowie singing their brilliant song of struggle, “Under Pressure.”
5. Kelly Clarkson and John Legend | You Don’t Know Me
There’s nothing like a live duet when both singers put on a near flawless performance. When Kelly and John sing, it’s legendary.
6. Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong | Long Time Gone
What do the lead singer of a punk band, the daughter of a sitar virtuoso and the Everly Brothers have in common? A great duet. Listen as Billie Joe and Norah pay tribute to the Everly Brothers with “Long Time Gone.”