Top Ten Pop Duets

#1 - Foggy Dew – Sinéad O’Connor & The Chieftains

A strange choice for the #1 song, but a great song nonetheless. The Cheiftans are a famous Dubliner band and this 1995 record is probably the highlight of their career. Originally brought to the worlds attention by Burl Ives in the 1940s, its an age-old Irish tune sang by many a young lover and old drunk.

#2 - Fairytale Of New York – Kirsty MacColl & The Pogues

One of the best songs of all time whether a duet or not. A beautiful song, again bringing Irish folk music to forefront of pop music. The song is often voted the best Christmas tune of all time in various polls. The song is about a drunken man's Christmas Eve troubles of past holidays while recovering from a heavy session in a famous New York alcoholics meeting place.

#3 - Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie

In 1981, David Bowie was one of the biggest music stars in the world and Queen were the #1 rock band, so a duet was the right thing to do from a marketing perspective. Fortunately, it was also one of the best records ever made. In September 2005, its bass line was voted the best ever in pop music and was famously used on the Vanilla Ice song, Ice, Ice Baby.

#4 - Where The Wild Roses Grow – Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue

This song, from the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album, Murder Ballards was a haunting song with great lyrics that you expect from Cave and excellent vocals from both him and Minogue. It was inspired by the song, 'The Willow Garden' which is a traditional song about a man who kills his lover.

#5 - Walk This Way – Run DMC & Aerosmith

This was the first time that Rap and Rock music had collaborated at the highest level and was a worldwide hit, helping Aerosmith to become as popular as they had ever been to the general public. It was also a great step-up for the rap genre and helped to influence Rap all around the world. The distinctive video helped to extend its life via VH1 and MTV. It was also notably the first Rap song to break the top 5 in the US charts.

#6 - Islands In The Stream – Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton

One of the greatest ever Bee Gees penned tunes, this 1983 record was originally written for Dianna Ross who passed it up! It has since been recorded numerous times, with Katie Price (Jordan) and Peter Andre getting in on the act. In 2005 the song headed a poll of the best country duets of all time.

#7 - You're All I Need To Get By - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

In 1968, this song was released to both critical and public acclaim. Although an Ashford and Simpson-written song, the wheelchair-bound Terrell and Gaye made it sound as if it had come from both of their hearts. At the time, Terrell was suffering from a brain tumour that would eventually end her life.

#8 - What Have I Done To Deserve This? – Dusty Springfield & Pet Shop Boys

One of the best records on the eighties, The Pet Shop Boys and Dusty produced a fantastic sound that was liked by everyone at the time whether they admitted or not. It had great success in the US Billboard chart, reaching #2 and helped to kick-start Springfield's career, giving her a few more hits in the late eighties and early nineties.

#9 - Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush

Recorded for the Gabriel album, 'So', it spent eleven weeks in the UK charts in the mid-eighties. Its a song about the despair of a young man who feels that life is all but lost for him, with words of comfort sang by Bush. Its another song on this list with a great video that helped So to become one of the most popular albums of all time.

#10 - Some Velvet Morning – Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra

This has topped several 'best duet' lists over the years since its 1967 release and is perhaps Nancy Sinatra's crowning moment. Not many people know the meaning of the song, a psychedelic tale of a woman called Phaedra, with Sinatra playing this part. one theory is that the song asks men to respect the women they love. Pah!

Source - BBC 6 Music

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