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Old 02-02-2012, 08:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Through the years, many of our favorite artists have teamed up for duets with other stars of the classic rock world, or even more interestingly, with singers or bands from different genres. When it goes wrong, you get Kenny Rogers and his epic Bee Gees-penned love fest 'Islands In The Stream,' but when it goes right, you get a great song that gives you a new perspective on both artists' work. As part of our Twice as Nice Week, here are the Top 10 Duets as presented by Ultimate Classic Rock:


10. 'Easy Lover'
Philip Bailey & Phil Collins


This is a great track that almost wasn't. Collins was producing and drumming on what would become the 'Chinese Wall' album from Earth, Wind & Fire vocalist Philip Bailey. Realizing that there wasn't a clear cut hit single present, Collins co-wrote 'Easy Lover' with album bassist Nathan Easthe, and got Genesis sideman Daryl Stuermer to add a fiery guitar solo, too.


9. 'Walk This Way'
Run DMC & Aerosmith


You can probably call this the song that saved Aerosmith's career, putting them back in the spotlight at a time when they needed it the most. They were still one album away from a proper career resurrection, but the revolutionary idea to cut a new version of 'Walk' with hip-hop stars Run-DMC gave the band some much needed mojo.


8. 'Leather And Lace'
Stevie Nicks & Don Henley


This song was first written by Nicks for Waylon Jennings and his wife Jessi Colter, but the couple didn't use the track on their duets album. Henley urged Nicks to finish the song, so Nicks got the go-ahead from Jennings, recruited Henley to be her partner, and history was made. We love this version by Will Ferrell and Dave Grohl as well.


7. 'Don't Give Up'
Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush


This wise and steady vocal performance from Gabriel, melded with the ethereal voice of Kate Bush, was merely one of many highlights to be found on Gabriel's career-defining album 'So.' You couldn't miss hearing Gabriel on the radio in 1986, and 'Don't Give Up' provided a nice slow burning coda for his huge comeback year.


6. 'State Of Shock'
The Jacksons (Feat. Michael Jackson & Mick Jagger)


One of the best duets of the '80s, the song combines the over-the-top personality of legendary rock frontman Jagger with the charisma of Jackson, pop's biggest star of the time. This extremely macho track effortlessly tops Jagger and David Bowie's version of 'Dancing in the Street' from the same time period. Jackson himself knocked out two duets with the great Paul McCartney in the '80s, but somehow 'The Girl Is Mine' just doesn't pack the same punch that 'Shock' did.


5. 'Hunger Strike'
Temple Of The Dog (Feat. Chris Cornell & Eddie Vedder)


It was a happy accident for radio that at the time Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and grunge in general were starting to blow up, there was an additional ace waiting in the hole. Temple of the Dog weren't formally a band, they were more of a musical collective assembled by Soundgarden's Chris Cornell as a tribute to his departed friend Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone. The shared vocals by Cornell and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam made 'Hunger' an instant classic.


4. 'Under Pressure'
Queen & David Bowie


By the time Bowie laid this one down with the members of Queen, he already had one legendary team-up in the bag, the holiday classic 'Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy' with crooner Bing Crosby. No “pressure” though, as Bowie and Queen proved there was still lightning in the bottle with this track, easily one of the best duets from the '80s rock world. Sadly, though, it also later gave Vanilla Ice a career when he sampled its riff for 'Ice Ice Baby.'


3. 'Close My Eyes Forever'
Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne


This '80s power ballad duet was a helpful shot in the arm for both Ozzy and Lita at a time when their careers needed it most. C'mon, admit it — how many of you teenage rockers put a Lita Ford poster on their wall after seeing the video for this one?


2. 'When Love Comes to Town'
U2 & B.B. King


The combination of Bono trading lyrics with B.B. King was such a natural thought, you had to wonder why they hadn't collaborated before this. This gets our vote as one of the best duets of the '80s and overall, ranks highly on our list of favorite songs from the time period. Most importantly, 'When Love Comes To Town' introduced a new generation to the genius of B.B. King.


1.'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around'
Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty


Without a doubt, 'Draggin'' is the best song that Tom Petty ever gave away. It's a nice consolation prize for both the musicians and the listener that his group, the Heartbreakers, ended up as the backing band for this emotional vocal tug-of-war between Nicks and Petty. More so than any other pairing, the combination of Petty and Nicks is a winner for fans of rock music.
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Not a bad collection...of course I dispute #9, I will always prefer Aerosmith's own version of Walk This Way, I can't argue it gave them a boost, but ask any fan of the band which version they prefer and I would be shocked if it's more than 10% in favor of the duet with Run DMC.
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Nice list. Another great rock duet Bryan Adams & Tina Turner:
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Not a bad collection...of course I dispute #9, I will always prefer Aerosmith's own version of Walk This Way, I can't argue it gave them a boost, but ask any fan of the band which version they prefer and I would be shocked if it's more than 10% in favor of the duet with Run DMC.
Well....I have to say that I prefer Run-DMC's version myself. Neither is bad though.


I'm a tad shocked that Elton and Kiki aren't anywhere to be seen or that any of Meat Loaf's many duets didn't make the cut.
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I love 8, 5 and 1. Especially 8 & 5. Duets seem to be more a marketing gimmick than anything genuinely artistic but hell, there are always exceptions.
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Here's a good one- Jimmy Barnes and INXS
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Bob Seger and Martina McBride-I am not a huge country fan but Martina is a great singer.
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Well....I have to say that I prefer Run-DMC's version myself. Neither is bad though.

Me too, but then I've never been a fan of Aerosmith
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Solid list there Jackie.

Here's 3 I really love, I'm never quite sure whether the ubiquitous 'ft.' that you see on half the records on the charts counts as a duet. Anyway I'm ready to get roasted for at least a couple of them, but whatever, I stand by them!!....





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Here are Bob Seger and Kid Rock singing Real Mean Bottle(written by Vince Gill)




Jackyl and Brian Johnson of AC/DC

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