The melody of two voices creates an otherworldly quality to a song, giving it a deeper and richer meaning. For those of you looking for a great duet that will really make you feel the powerful emotions of a song, here are our recommendations:
Eminem and Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie
This might not be your conventional love song, but there is love hidden beneath all the toxicity going on in this relationship. In Love the Way You Lie, Eminem and Rihanna perfectly illustrate what it’s like to be in an extremely toxic relationship with someone you love so intensely.
The best lines: Where you going? I’m leaving you. No you ain’t, come back. We’re running right back, here we go again. It’s so insane ’cause when it’s going good, it’s going great. I’m Superman, with the wind at his back, she’s Lois Lane. But when it’s bad, it’s awful. I feel so ashamed, I snapped, who’s that dude? I don’t even know his name, I laid hands on her. I’ll never stoop so low again, I guess I don’t know my own strength.
The Corrs and Alejandro Sanz – The Hardest Day
This song is often interpreted as a song between two people having an affair. They have no means of being together for the long run, so they make the best of what little time they have knowing that they will have to say goodbye again soon. Some may also interpret this song about people having a long-distance relationship, as each departure becomes more difficult than the last.
The best lines: Never wanna wake up from this night. Never wanna leave this moment, waiting for you only, only you. Never gonna forget every single thing you do. When loving you is my finest hour, leaving you, the hardest day of my life.
Elton John and LeAnn Rimes – Written in the Stars
This song was originally written for the musical, Aida. However, its lyrics are incredibly relatable to people who feel as if, no matter how much they love each other, fate seems to want them to stay apart.
The best lines: Sometimes in my darkest thoughts I wish I never learned what it is to be in love and have that love returned. Is it written in the stars? Are we paying for some crime? Is that all that we are good for, just a stretch of mortal time? Is this God’s experiment in which we have no say? In which we’re given paradise but only for a day.
Kelly and Celine Dion – I’m Your Angel
On to more love songs with happy endings, I’m Your Angel is a duet about being your lovers’ inspiration. This song’s simple message of being there for the one you love has made it a staple in weddings.
The best lines: I’ll be your cloud up in the sky. I’ll be your shoulder when you cry. I hear your voices when you call me. I am your Angel. And when all hope is gone, I’m here. No matter how far you are, I’m near. It makes no difference who you are. I am your Angel, I’m your Angel.
Diana Ross and Lionel Richie – Endless Love
Here’s another wedding day favorite. Endless Love was actually written for a movie of the same name starring Brooke Shields. However, while the film was nowhere near successful, the song received both Oscar and Golden Globe Nominations. But little do many people know that despite its success, it was recorded in a rush with Lionel Ritchie not knowing that Diana Ross would be there to perform a duet with him!
The best lines: My love, there’s only you in my life, the only thing that’s bright. My first love, you’re every breath that I take. You’re every step I make. And I want to share all my love with you, no one else will do. And your eyes, your eyes, your eyes, they tell me how much you care. Oh yes, you will always be my endless love.
Frank and Nancy Sinatra – Somethin’ Stupid
Did you know that Somethin’ Stupid is the only father-daughter duet to ever reach the top in the American Hot 100 Billboard Chart? This charming duet is about a coquettish couple who have a clear attraction for each other, but are too hesitant to express how they really feel.
The best lines: I practice every day to find some clever lines to say to make the meaning come through. But then I think I’ll wait until the evening gets late and I’m alone with you. The time is right your perfume fills my head, the stars get red, and oh the nights so blue. And then I go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like “I love you.”
Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
While not as successful as commercially successful as the father-daughter duet above, this song is more critically acclaimed. Originally sung only by Nat King Cole, Natalie’s vocals were then dubbed in as attribute to her father. Her version went on to win the Grammy for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Traditional Pop Performance, and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals.
The best lines: Unforgettable in every way. And forever more, that’s how you’ll stay. That’s why darling it’s incredible that someone so unforgettable thinks that I am unforgettable too.
Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin – Separate Lives
This complicated post-breakup song is something those who haven’t completely moved on can relate to. Separate Lives is about a singer who is not completely over his ex. While his ex is open to being friends by treating him kindly, he bear the thought of being friends because it still hurts him.
The best lines: You have no right to ask me how I feel. You have no right to speak to me so kind. We can’t go on just holding on to time now that we’re living separate lives.
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton – Islands in the Stream
This might just be one of the catchiest duets ever made. It was written by The Bee Gees as an R&B song to be recorded by Marvin Gaye. However, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton ultimately ended up recording it with the Gibbs bothers contributing the vocals. The result was chart-topping country song in both the Hot 100, Country charts, and Adult Contemporary charts.
The best lines: Islands in the stream, that is what we are. No one in-between, how can we be wrong? Sail away with me to another world, and we rely on each other, ah-ah. From one lover to another, ah-ah.
Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville – Don’t Know Much
Don’t Know Much is one of those songs that are best appreciated when you watch the video. In the video, Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville play a middle-aged couple who remain in love through all the years. Their chemistry was so palpable that rumors started surfacing that Ronstadt and Neville were more than friends. Neville, however, quashed those rumors by saying that they’re just friends who happened to act really well in the videos.
The best lines: Look at this face I know the years are showing. Look at this life I still don’t know where it’s going. I don’t know much but I know I love you. That may be all I need to know.
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