Duet it right

When we heard that Linkin park, Stormzy and Pusha T had collaborated on a track called Good Goodbye there were a lot of puzzled faces in the office. It then prompted a small argument over whether or not we should listen to it... We did and we must admit we weren't fans, the mega mix of genres and artists just didn't sit well (sorry guys). However, we love a duet in the office, whether it's during our Christmas Karaoke session or someone's birthday. That being said we got to talking about some of our own personal duet favourites past and present.

Trish's Choice : Alicia Keys and Jay Z, Empire State of Mind (2009)

This one absolutely smashed it. Everyone was singing it constantly for months. The cultural significance lead to it becoming the anthem for the City.  The song was written as a tribute to where both artists grew up, and became Jay-Z's first number-one single on the charts as a lead artist.

Hannah's choice: Tom Jones and Stereophonics, Mama told me not to come (1999)

'It's a tune.' This song is a timeless singalong classic, played at any karaoke party, marrying Tom's smooth vocals with the rocky Stereophonics sound. They surprisingly complement each other and it reached number four on the U.K. Singles Chart in 2000.

David Bartley's choice: Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty, Stop dragging my heart Around  (1981)

Petty wrote this song for his band, dubbed 'heartland rock,' and once Nicks jumped on it and it was released in 1981, it peaked at No. 3 on the American Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks. The melody is described as 'dark and sinister,' but we think it's beautiful and reminiscent of simpler times.

Nat's Pick:  Snoop Dog and Pharrell, Beautiful (2002)

 

If you were born in the 80's or 90's, this song should take you back to being in love with Pharrell as a 12 year old girl.  Anything Pharrell touches seems to become a summer hit (even if released during winter) and this song belongs on any old school Hip Hop playlist. Snoop adds his signature smooth and soft vocal delivery, and their work means that 15 years on it's still a tune.

Dan's choice: Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra, Well, Did You Evah (1939)

They are two of the most well known musical figures of the 20th century, and when starring together they can't be beaten. Sinatra took inspiration to start out on his singing career from Crosby’s success, which we think is pretty amazing, and this song solidifies their spot as legendary musicians. 

Cicely's choice: Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, Say Say Say (1983) 

 

Two of the world's biggest pop stars came together in 1983 to write 'Say Say Say,' and the song consequently became Jackson's seventh top-ten hit inside a year. It was number one in America, Canada, Norway, Sweden among others and the video shows the two icons in California acting as con artists. It was credited for 'the introduction of dialogue and storyline to music videos.'

Daisy's pick: Drake ft. Rihanna, Too Good (2016)

'Too Good' is one of many of Rihanna and Drake's collabs, and features a sample from Popcaan's dancehall 'Love Yuh Bad.' It has a similar Caribbean-inspired polyrhythm that Rihanna's 'Work' held, and they smashed it as usual. 

If you enjoyed a sample of this then check out our Spotify playlist especially for more of our favourite duets past and presents,

This list could go on and on. I wonder what will be the biggest collaboration of 2017? Any thoughts?