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What are your favorite duets?

A duet is a musical composition for two performers in which the performers have equal importance to the piece, often a composition involving two singers or two pianists.

To clarify, the two main voices can be singers or instruments. Any and all genres welcome, share your favorite duets!

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  1. Bauke
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    Anathema - Untouchable, Part 2 From their Weather Systems album, which is great all the way through. The Dear Hunter - The Haves Have Naught This must be the millionth time I've mentioned The Dear...

    From their Weather Systems album, which is great all the way through.

    This must be the millionth time I've mentioned The Dear Hunter on Tildes. This is part of The Dear Hunter's 5 act storyline so the two voices in this song are specific people from that story, however you don't need to know any of it to understand the meaning of the lyrics as they apply to the real world just as well.

    Not much to say except that it's an amazingly beautiful and serene song.

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  2. moocow1452
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    Smooth Criminal as covered by 2Cellos is a pretty impressive cover if you've ever wanted to see two cellos go at it in a musical battle.

    Smooth Criminal as covered by 2Cellos is a pretty impressive cover if you've ever wanted to see two cellos go at it in a musical battle.

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  3. culturedleftfoot
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    Man, I never have my music at hand when I see these questions... I'm trying to exclude songs from actual duos/groups in this list. I figure including something from Outkast or Rodrigo y Gabriela...
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  4. wirelyre
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    In instrumental classical music, one very common genre is the duo sonata, which is often for piano plus another instrument. Some of my favourite pretty ones: Ludwig van Beethoven — Violin Sonata...
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  5. kfwyre
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    Get ready for some Broadway, everyone! "What Is This Feeling?" from Wicked "Defying Gravity" generally gets the most attention, and for good reason (what an act break it is!), but this is the song...

    Get ready for some Broadway, everyone!

    "Defying Gravity" generally gets the most attention, and for good reason (what an act break it is!), but this is the song that made me fall in love with Wicked. It's light, fun, campy, and the fact that they sing most the same melody much of the time makes it so that when they do break into harmony, it soars. (Note: the ensemble does enter at in the second half of the song which kind of makes it a non-duet, but I'm including it anyway).

    The queer love song of a generation. I'm probably not alone in saying this song was the first time I saw a queer couple portrayed on their own terms and in such a positive light.

    This is technically Broadway in that it was eventually made into a Broadway musical, but I prefer the original version from the movie linked here (though I wish the video were the scene from the film instead of an edited montage). Simple and powerful.

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  6. Autoxidation
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    On a comedy note, I've always liked Let's Duet from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. It's a tad NSFW.

    On a comedy note, I've always liked Let's Duet from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. It's a tad NSFW.

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