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Monday 15 September 2014

The greatest duets

Published 19/07/2014 | 12:00

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THE ten greatest duets of all time, according to a poll of readers of Rolling Stone magazine this month.

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1 Queen and David Bowie: Under Pressure (1981) Worldwide smash with an iconic bassline, never performed together live.

2 Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty: Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (1981) First single from Nicks' debut album, originally intended as a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song.

3 Stevie Nicks and Don Henley: Leather and Lace (1981) Nicks and Henley were a couple for a few years in the seventies and, as this illustrates, remained friends after the breakup.

4 Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush: Don't Give Up (1986) Gabriel originally asked Dolly Parton to sing this with him but she declined. Instead, his friend Kate Bush agreed to do it.

5 Elton John and Kiki Dee: Don't Go Breaking My Heart (1976) Elton John's first number one. He would have to wait another 14 years for a second chart-topper ('Sacrifice' in 1990).

6 Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell: Ain't No Mountain High Enough (1967) Dusty Springfield wanted to record this but the songwriters, husband and wife Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, refused as they thought it might be their entry into working for Motown. As it happens, they were right.

7 Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton: Islands in the Stream (1983) Written by the Bee Gees, a No.1 in the U.S., No. 2 in Ireland and No. 7 in the UK.

8 Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder (Temple of the Dog): Hunger Strike (1991) 'The grunge national anthem', according to Rolling Stone, from Soundgarden's Cornell and Pearl Jam's Vedder.

9 Sonny and Cher: I Got You Babe (1965) The song Phil Connors wakes up to every morning in Groundhog Day. Loved at karaokes.

10 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash: Girl From The North Country (1969) Much-covered second track on Dylan's second album in 1963, it was rerecorded for this duet with Cash for ninth album 'Nashville Skyline' six years later.

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