As I love to make lists of exactly 100 songs, adding this one with music duos by male and female is another new pleasure to publish. However, for fear of overwhelming you, as a reader, with about ten thousand words to read, I will offer the complete list, but will only comment on the last 20.
But do not be afraid, because you can listen to all of them through my Spotify playlist inserted below. Are you able to read and maintain focus while listening to music? You can find out today.
If you came looking for all kinds of music duets by man and woman, this is undoubtedly your list, as you will find current songs and old songs from all the decades. While it is true that there have always been great collaborations, I feel that it was from the 70s that they began to proliferate much more, or perhaps it is that the music then has transcended the most famous duets that still survive today as versions.
Either way, there is a detail that you may like or not, depending on your research: the 100 duet songs chosen are performed by male and female, ignoring any other type of music for duos.
Thus, in the following lines you will find my selection and the playlist, with a progressive count that reflects nothing but my need to confirm how many songs I have with the numbers beside. Well, yes, it is true that those from 81 to 100 are my favorites, but nothing else.
The best music duos performed by a male and a female
Firstly, let’s go with the first eighty musical duets without comments besides the list and their availability in the playlist. As you can see, there are Spanish and English duets, French songs, in Portuguese and Italian, and in addition to including songs from all eras, there is a fairly balanced proportion of famous duets and other more unknown duets. As you will see, among all of them, the names of Benjamin Biolay, Damien Rice, and Amaia Montero triumph, each in a different language.
- I’m Real (Remix), de Jennifer Lopez & Ja Rule
- 03′ Bonnie & Clyde, de Jay-Z & Beyoncé
- Puede Ser, de Amaia Montero & Dani Martín
- Your Precious Love, de Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrel
- Olvídame Y Pega La Vuelta, de Pimpinela
- City Of Stars, de Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone
- Kids, de Robbie Williams & Kylie Minogue
- Another Way To Die, de Jack White & Alicia Keys
- Burning Down The House, de Tom Jones & The Cardigans
- It Takes Two, de Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
- When You’re Gone, de Bryan Adams & Melanie C
- Promiscous, de Nelly Furtado & Timbal
- Somebody That I Used To Know, de Gotye & Kimbra
- La Bicicleta, Carlos Vives & Shakira
- 7 Seconds, de Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry
- Breathe, de Blu Cantrell & Sean Paul
- Lucky, de Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
- We Are Nowhere, And It’s Now, de Bright Eyes & Emmylou Harris
- Y Te Amaré, de Ana & Johnny
- Better Together, de Us The Duo
- Je Vous Trouve Un Charme Fou, de Hoshi & Gaetan Roussel
- La Puerta De Alcalá, de Ana Belén & Víctor Manuel
- Yo No Quiero Tu Querer, de José El Francés & Niña Pastori
- Vivo Por Ella, de Andrea Bocelli & Marta Sánchez
- L’Amore Altrove, de Francesco Renga & Alessandra Amoroso
- Boulevard Des Airs & L.E.J. – Emmène-Moi
- Ways To Go, de Grouplove
- Tais-Toi Mon Coeur, de Dionysos & Olivia Ruiz
- You’re All I Need To Get By, de Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrel
- Por Eso Te Canto, Melendi & La Húngara
- You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, de Barbra Striesand & Neil Diamond
- Top Of The World, de Carpenters
- Wasted Youth, de Sody & Martin Luke Brown
- Love Is Madness, de Thirty Seconds To Mars & Halsey
- If I Were A Carpenter, de Johnny Cash & June Carter
- Do That To Me One More Time, de Captain & Tennille
- El Regalo Más Grande, de Tiziano Ferro & Amaia Montero
- Shake Your Groove Thing, de Peaches & Herb
- Knock On Wood, de Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
- I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, de Richard & Linda Thompson
- Don’t Give Up, de Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
- I Knew You Were Waiting, de Aretha Franklin & George Michael
- I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By, de Method Man & Mary J. Blige
- Sin Miedo A Nada, de Álex Ubago & Amaia Montero
- Tu Recuerdo, de Ricky Martin & LaMari
- Endless Love, de Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
- Dilemma, de Nelly & Kelly Rowland
- Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, de Elton John & Kiki Dee
- Te Busqué, de Nelly Furtado & Juanes
- All I Have, de Jennifer Lopez & LL Cool J
- Chicago, de Christina Rosenvinge & Vetusta Morla
- Ghost, de Waxx & Pomme
- Profite, de Benjamin Biolay & Vanessa Paradis
- Home, de Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros &
- Poison & Wine, de The Civil Wars &
- La Décadance, de Jane Birkin &
- La Seine, de Vanessa Paradis & -M-
- Come On Over (Turn Me On), de Isobel Campbell &
- Everything You’re Not Supposed to Be, de Mélanie Laurent & Damien Rice
- Somethin’ Stupid, de Frank Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra
- Je Recherche, de MAUSS &
- La ballade du mois de juin, de Benjamin Biolay & Chiara Mastroianni
- Bonnie And Clyde, de Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg
- 15 Août, de Benjamin Biolay &
- Lay Lady Lay, de Magnet & Gemma Hayes
- Your Ex-Lover Is Dead, de Stars
- Je Ne Vois Que Vous, de Benjamin Schoos &
- Toutes Les Filles Pleurent, de Judith Godreche & Benjamin Biolay
- If You Want Me, de Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
- Hold You Now, de Vampire Weekend & Danielle Haim
- Where The Wild Roses Grow, de Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & Kylie Minogue
- Verano Fatal, de Nacho Vegas & Christina Rosenvinge
- Empire State of Mind, de Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
- 9 Crimes, de Damien Rice & Lisa Hannigan
- You’re The One That I Want, de John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
- (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, de Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
- Stan, de Eminem & Dido
- Barcelona, de Freddie Mercury & Monserrat Caballé
- Falling Slowly, de Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
- Relator, de Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
81. Uncomfortable, by Mélanie Laurent & Damien Rice
I begin the final countdown with a musical duo not very well known, except among fans of actress Mélanie Laurent and singer-songwriter Damien Rice. Uncomfortable is part of the album En T’Attendant, released in 2011. Mixing lyrics in French with others in English, along with some collaborations with Rice. Rice’s influence is noticeable, and his participation, like in all his songs for some fame, is enhanced by the voice of a woman.
If you like this duo, I recommend the other also available on this list: Everything You’re Not Supposed To Be. It may be my preference, or perhaps something more widespread, but whatever it is, all of this man’s appearances among the 100 songs are very worthwhile, and to a great extent also for the other voices, capable of moving and surprising against the style of the first.
82. Stumblin’ In, by Suzie Quatro & Chris Norman
But now it’s time to cheer up a bit. The 1975 classic performed by Suzie Quatro and Chris Norman is one of the great landmarks of the decade and deserves to be part of all wake-up in a good mood music lists that exist.
83. Summer Wine, by Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
Although Summer Wine is always valid, now in the voices of Alex Kapranos and Clara Luciani, previously in those of Ville Vallo (from the band HIM) and Natalia Avelon, few surpass the original with Sinatra and Hazlewood. The grace of both, the talent, and the fact that, in one way or another, these types of musical duets between a man and a woman seem expressly made for her, everything works like a charm.
After all, Nancy Sinatra, if she wants, sings that she loves her father in an unexpected way, and everyone agrees. Why not? If her father was Frank. Somethin’ Stupid, by the way, is also on the list, although not in the one discussed, in case you want to hear it on the playlist accompanying this text.
84. Les Roses Roses, by Vanessa Paradis & Benjamin Biolay
Although Vanessa Paradis began to triumph in music 30 decades ago, which is soon said, she is still important in French music today, at least whenever she wants to return to the scene.
In this case, Benjamin Biolay collaborates with her, making together one of the musical duets that I like the most in the world, Les Roses Roses.
85. The Blower’s Daughter, by Damien Rice & Lisa Hannigan
As I said at the beginning of this countdown, Damien Rice always knew how to take advantage of female voices to increase the charisma and virtues of his songs. In fact, the music duos with Lisa Hannigan are famous, like this song or 9 Crimes, whose appearance here was about to be written, in favor of Laurent.
For those who do not know The Blower’s Daughter, I can define it as the epitome of what quiet songs are, if not suicidal, depending on your mood.
Featured on the soundtrack of Closer, the film starring Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, and Clive Owen, it immediately caught the attention of music lovers beyond the Irish borders.
86. Yo También Necesito Amar (I Also Need to Love), by Ana & Johnny
It’s time to return to Spanish musical duets with a timeless classic, although unrepeatable in its context.
The 70s in Spain were greatly influenced by Italian music, whose rough voices often took over our markets. Ana & Johnny mixed that very peculiar tone with another often very sensual, expressing all kinds of passions in this couple who were fans of climax as a musical orgasm.
87. Proud Mary, by Ike & Tina Turner
Despite being a very bad couple, given the physical abuse to which Ike subjected Tina Turner, their joint work is highly valued and remembered in the music industry.
Proud Mary is one of the most famous songs with a woman’s name in music, as well as being also known in the Creedence Clearwater Revival cover version.
88. Rainy Dayz, by Mary J. Blige & Ja Rule
I have recommended Rainy Dayz for some time as an unparalleled rap love song during the decade it was released. It was the peak of Ja Rule, who was having solo success and with various collaborations, including the most famous one with Jennifer Lopez. However, my favorite is this one with the ever-immense Mary J. Blige, the all-time R&B diva.
89. Broken, by Seether & Amy Lee
I change gears once again with a Nu Metal power ballad, to define it in some way, although it could also be post-grunge, given Seether’s style, though not so much Amy Lee’s (from Evanescence).
In any case, Broken was a hit that allowed her to start an intimate solo career while her band’s success was as big as the limited time. It was as if rock (in any of its forms) ceased to interest the mainstream, or that all the groups of the time ran out of ideas simultaneously.
90. Déjame Vivir, by Jarabe De Palo & LaMari
It is time to return to Spanish musical duets with the sadly deceased Pau Donés along with LaMari from Chambao. Déjame Vivir is, as it could be otherwise, a new freedom anthem from Jarabe De Palo, who almost always prioritized this feeling in his music, up to his last breath.
91. The Look, by Roxette
Damn time and disease, now that I am making this list of musical duets. The musical duo Marie Fredriksson (who died of a tumor in 2019) and Per Gessle have many hits, but this one, whatever it is, conveys high levels of coolness.
Although generally, Marie’s voice was the one that appeared in most of the band’s repertoire, in this case, the use of both voices was a success.
92. Dream A Little Dream Of Me, by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
No matter which one you choose, all versions of Dream A Little Dream Of Me are honey. This one, however, seems to me the most special, although tastes colors.
The voices of Ella and Louis, the use of the trumpet, the buzzing. There’s nothing wrong with this, so the following only had to contribute their voices and, if anything, adjust the lead to their particular styles.
Their virtues are so many, and I am such fan of this particular version, that my list of 1950s songs begins precisely with it. 99 other songs accompany it, but this is the one that paves the way for the others.
93. Islands In The Stream, by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
This is one of the most famous musical duets among Americans. You can see who sings and in which genre their careers focused to understand that it doesn’t go very far here. In any case, having heard it several times, it seems to me worth figuring among the last on the list.
94. Guilty, by Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
Which is followed by another American diva. Actress, singer, and myth in several senses, Barbra Streisand teamed up with Barry Gibb (from the Bee Gees) to make one of the most well-known songs in her repertoire, though not the only one. Certainly, in a few seconds, its melody will ring for you, even if you think you don’t recognize where or why.
95. En Un Siglo Verás, by Raphaël & Luz Casal
Spanish version of Et Dans 50 Ans, sung alone by Raphaël, the translation for this market, though anecdotal, has a beautiful performance by Luz Casal, greatly enhancing the French part, limited by his unfamiliarity with the language.
This is a very sad song on the level of Damien Rice, although with different nuances. Here it doesn’t matter so much what the latter cares about, although it also matters.
96. Starstrukk, by 3OH!3 & Katy Perry
It’s obvious that I don’t want to depress you, at least not completely, so once again I switch with a song that was a great success in its year of release and is possible (I am not sure) that almost no one remembers it today.
Surely it is not one of my favorites within the chosen musical duets, but I needed to change the tone as brutally as possible so that you don’t fall asleep or cry.
97. I Got You Babe, by Sonny & Cher
Now, I still cheer up with the song that revived Bill Murray’s film Groundhog Day in the 80s, although it was already a great success at the time. Not in vain, it is one of the great songs of the 60s, so it’s even more striking to have witnessed Cher’s enormous power by returning in the 2000s when she again published songs like Believe and more.
98. The False Husband, by Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
Now that I am getting especially canonical for the last chosen duets, although this one is not very old, It is time to change again with something unexpected.
The mixture of such opposite voices, and even sensitivities, makes The False Husband and the rest of the collaborations between Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan highly recommended for any music lover. And if, in addition, you are a fan of musical duets, all the more reason.
This song exudes class, sensuality, love of detail, beauty without boasting, boasting without exaggeration, and two real titans with unquestionable chemistry.
99. Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus, by Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg
How could it be otherwise, and despite repeating presence in my songs to make love (also 100), the collaboration between Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg could not be ignored. If only for the dynamics of the song itself, but also for the two contrasting vocal registers, it already deserves to be here, but it is also all magnificent.
The only drawback I put on it is how banal it is, but it’s not the fault of the sex anthem, although a little yes, given the eroticism created, although now it can be comedic for some, especially considering the level of prevailing sensuality, where the explicitness of Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus becomes childish.
100. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrel
I suppose this last song is predictable, but it is very deserved. This artistic couple gave soul life beyond its borders, its time and its own language. You can feel what they convey with great eloquence.
Recovered for the soundtrack of the movie Stepmom, and overexploited in advertisements of all kinds, this does not take away one bit of its virtues.
(Madrid, 1987) Novelist by vocation, SEO specialist by profession. Music lover, cinephile and reading lover, but in “amateur” mode.