As a great philosopher put it best: “It takes two to make a thing go right. It takes two to make it outta sight.” It’s especially true in music, where an inspired pairing can make two individually great talents sound even better — or produce something so weird that you can’t resist listening to it.
You’ll find plenty of examples of each in this video collection of the most memorable duets in pop music, compiled by the editors of the pop-culture website retroCRUSH. Yes, the classics are represented here (Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks’s “Stop Dragging My Heart Around”; Ashford and Simpson’s “Solid as a Rock”), along with a few totally improbable partnerships (on what planet did Tammy Wynette collaborate with the British acid-house group the KLF?). Try to overlook the absence of Meat Loaf and Cher’s “Dead Ringer for Love,” and don’t tear up when you hear Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer’s cover of “Redemption Song.”
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