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It Takes Two - 22 marvellous duets

Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream) and Jehnny Beth (Savages) are about to release an album of duets examining the disintegration of a relationship. The tracks I have heard so far are beautiful and sad. But it made me think about the many marvellous duets I love so here is a little list!

1. I Knew You Were Waiting For Me – Aretha Franklin and George Michael

When it came out in the 80s, it was a little too pop for my tastes, but it is undeniably brilliant.

2. (I've Had) The Time Of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Nobody puts this duet in the corner!

3. Islands In The Stream - Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

Big hair, big duet! Though Ruth Jones and Rob Bryden's version may just top this...

4. Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie

Magnificent - the two dames of rock trying to out do each other, it's fabulous!

5. Somethin' Stupid - Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra

Slightly creepy father and daughter duet, but the song is wonderful.

6. Say Say Say - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

Surprisingly fab coupling!

7. This Mess We're In - PJ Harvey & Thom Yorke

Bleak duet about doomed love - their voices crackle along together brilliantly.

8. Where the Wild Roses Grow - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue

Completely unexpected pairing, it shows what a great talent Kylie is. Nick Cave clearly adores her.

9. Young Love – Mystery Jets with Laura Marling

Poptastic fun from indie darlings and amazing folkstress.

10. Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl

Even repeated plays every Christmas can't ruin this.

11. A Little Time – The Beautiful South

Paul Heaton is generous enough a writer to give this perfect duet to his bandmates, Dave Hemingway and Briana Corrigan.

12. Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush

His first choice for this was Dolly Parton, which would have been curious, but I just can't imagine this without Kate Bush.

13. Snake Song – Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

This unlikely pairing between the ex-Belle & Sebastian and the ex-Screaming Tree produced three great albums but this acoustic blues stomper is my fave!

14. When You’re Gone - Bryan Adams and Mel C

Pop heaven - surely responsible for the increase in double denim and tracksuit sales that year...I have the CD single and will accept absolutely no criticism for this purchase....

15. Dancing In The Streets – David Bowie and Mick Jagger

Song for a great cause, but it's the video that makes this - brilliant to see rock legends sending each other up with some truly terrible dancing!

16. Rich Woman - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Rock goes bluegrass - this is a wonderfully menacing groove (the song is written by the same woman who co-wrote Tutti Frutti!).

17. Dylan & Caitlin – Manic Street Preachers with The Anchoress

The Manics do love a duet, but this is my fav. It's the modern-day Don't Go Breaking My Heart.

18. To The End – Blur with Lætitia Sadier

French sophistication shows there is more to Blur than Britpop.

19. Kids – Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue

Perfect pop, even Robbie's rap at the end.

20. As – George Michael and Mary J Blige

Brilliant cover by Mary J Blige and the much missed Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou.

21. It’s Only Love – Bryan Adams and Tina Turner

This is definitely one of my guilty pleasures, but whilst it may not be indie cool, it f***ing rocks!

22. Some Velvet Morning - Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood

Setting aside Lee's instruction for Nancy to “sing like a 14-year-old girl who fucks truck drivers” (which is awful), the song is magnificent.

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