Sunday, October 2, 2011

Are two really better than one?

A duet can sometimes be a fabulous collaboration between talented musicians. Other times it can be an absolute tragedy. A while back my local radio station was talking about the most popular duets. I can't recall over what time frame, nor whether it was all Australian artists. But when they announced their number one as Kylie & Jason "Especially for You" I lost all faith in humanity. 

The other interesting thing I discovered when researching this topic, is that Americans have (generally speaking) rather insipid music tastes compared to Australians, when you look at their corresponding lists. I am more than happy to be proven wrong here.

Anyway, in an effort to make things right, I've decided to share some of my all-time favourite duets. Some are classics, some are a little more obscure, all are awesome. At least in my opinion!

Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush (1986)
Perfection in a duet.

Under Pressure - Queen and David Bowie (1981)
Queen. Bowie. That is all.

Walk This Way - Aerosmith and Run DMC (1986)
Rap meets rock 'n' roll. Great clip too.

Where the Wild Roses Grow - Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue (1995)
Kylie scored some credibility for her collaboration with Cave.

What Have I Done to Deserve This? - Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield (1987)
No one did disco in the 80s like Pet Shop Boys. Bringing in Dusty was genius!

Kids - Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue (2000)
Kylie gets raunchy with Robbie. 
No More Tears (Enough is Enough) - Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer (1979)
So Babs isn't for everyone, but this is a classic disco tune. And find me anyone else who can hold a note like she can!
When You're Gone - Bryan Adams and Melanie C (1998)
Not sure who's helped out who here, but a fun song with a clever video.

Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart - Gene Pitney and Marc Almond (1988)
This one is a bit obscure, but one of my faves. Hands up if you've heard it before!
These last 2 are current favourites.
Jet Lag - Simple Plan feat. Natasha Bedingfield (2011)
Nothing complicated here, but the best pop song I've heard for ages.

Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye feat. Kimbra (2011)
Another amazing video, teamed with a great tune. Sounds of classic Gabriel.

Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? What have I missed? Would love you to share your favourites here!


  1. I love KD Lang and Tony Bennett together

  2. Ooh good calls - some awesome collaborations in there, and it's actually kinda interesting that Kylie features in a few. She really does have some great duets in there! Love love LOVE the one with Run DMC and Aerosmith too