Greatest Duets of the 80s


The Top Ten

1 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) - Aretha Franklin and George Michael

Best vocals. Queen of soul Aretha Franklin combines her vocals with the great George Michael. Legends!

If it has George Michael in it, it has to be the best!

Two soul angels with fantastic voices

Simply the best duet ever

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2 Endless Love - Lionel Richie and Diana Ross

Lionel Richie's Debut single, this number 1 single with Diana Ross is considered one of the greatest duets of all time. This single also marked the way for Richie's soon to be major success. - Draco

3 Say, Say, Say - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

McCartney and Jackson took home the trophy with this number 1 hit single. With a creative music video and major mainstream success, this song topped charts in many countries including the US. - Draco

4 Separate Lives - Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin

Following the success of "Easy Lover " with Philip Bailey, Collins made the megahit "Separate Lives" for the movie "White Nights" with Marilyn Martin. The single reached number 1 off the Billboard Hot 100. - Draco

I really love this song. - Britgirl

5 (I've Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

Even though the two singer s weren't so big in the 80's, this duet was the headline single off the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack. It toped the Billboard Hot 100 and won the film "Dirty Dancing" an Academy Award for "Best Original Song" - Draco

6 Islands In the Stream - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
7 Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

A simple but amazing duet, McCartney scores another decade - defining duet (the first being Say Say Say) with the R&B superstar Stevie Wonder, this duet topped the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weejs, the longest for both singers - Draco

8 Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush
9 I Just Can't Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett

One of the five number ones off of Michael Jackson's album Bad, this megahit used Jackson's raw vocal talent with Siedah Garrett's to make this legendary love balled. - Draco

10 Easy Lover - Philip Bailey & Phil Collins

One of my favorites & an absolutely FABULOUS duet.

I ADORE this duet!

The Contenders

11 U Got the Look - Prince and Sheena Easton
12 The Next Time I Fall - Peter Cetera and Amy Grant
13 Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
14 Yah Mo B There - James Ingram and Michael McDonald
15 On My Own - Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald
16 Can't We Try - Dan Hill & Vonda Shepard
17 It's Only Love - Bryan Adams & Tina Turner
18 Somewhere Out There - Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
19 Under Pressure - Queen

It brings 2 different people together who are exactly the same and opposite to sing about real world problems.

20 Surrender to Me - Ann Wilson and Robin Zander
21 Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
22 Don't Know Much - Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
23 Suddenly - Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richard
24 Barcelona - Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé

Originally released as a single in 1987, it was also on the second and final solo album recorded by Mercury (Barcelona,1988). - Metal_Treasure

25 Close My Eyes Forever - Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne
26 Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty
27 You're a Friend of Mine - Clarence Clemons and Jackson Browne

My favorite

28 After All - Cher & Peter Cetera
29 Put a Little Love in Your Heart - Annie Lennox & Al Green
30 All My Life - Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville
31 Almost Paradise - Ann Wilson & Mike Reno
32 Don't Fight It - Kenny Loggins & Steve Perry
33 Dancing In the Street - David Bowie & Mick Jagger
34 Baby Come to Me - Patti Austin and James Ingram

The best!

35 Friends and Lovers - Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
36 If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful - Jermaine Jackson & Whitney Houston
37 I Got You Babe - UB40 & Chrissie Hynde
38 You and I - Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle
39 Leather and Lace - Stevie Nicks & Don Henley
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Endless Love - Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
2. Say, Say, Say - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
3. Separate Lives - Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
1. Easy Lover - Philip Bailey & Phil Collins
2. Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush
3. U Got the Look - Prince and Sheena Easton

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