What happens when to great artists collaborate? A BIG HIT! Music collaboration is a common practice in the industry, especially in the pop era in which two or more artists join forces into creating music.
Now, let us take a look at the greatest duets of all time:
Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Endless Love was released in 1981. It peaked at number 2 in US Billboard Hot 100. It also topped charts in Australia, Canada, Norway, and Sweden, among others. Billboard named this song the greatest duet of all time.
One Sweet Day
Boyz II Men & Mariah Carey
This song was released in 1995 for Maria Carey’s fifth studio album Daydream. It peaked at number 2 in US Billboard Hot 100. It also won the Reader’s Poll of Rolling Stone for the best collaborations of all time.
Say Say Say
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Say Say Say was produced for Paul McCartney’s album Pipes of Peace. During its release in 1983, it became Jackson seventh hit within a year. It became #1 in US, Canada, Norway, and Sweden and peaked at number 2 in the UK.
Queen & David Bowie
This single was released in 1982 from Queen’s album Hot Space. Despite ranking at the 29th of Billboard Hot 100, Under Pressure topped the UK singles chart.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Beatles & Eric Clapton
The Beatles released this single from their double album The Beatles which featured the instrumentation and vocals of Eric Clapton. It ranked 7th on Rolling Stone’s Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.
Ebony And Ivory
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
Ebony and Ivory was released in 1982 and became an instant hit. It topped the UK and US charts and other countries. In 2013, Billboard hailed it as the 69th biggest hit of all time.
Nelly & Kelly Rowland
Dilemma was the lead single from Rowland’s debut studio album Simply Deep and Nelly’s second studio album Nellyville. It topped charts in over 10 countries, including UK and US. It also became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with over 7.6 million copies sold.
Beyonce & Sean Paul
This is Beyonce’s second single from her first solo debut album Dangerously in Love. Baby Boy dominated the Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks. It also topped more than country charts.
Can you name other great duets?