The Best 15 Love Song Duets of All Time
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we’re catching all those feels! The power of a solo love song can make us hopeful, elated, nostalgic, devastated and sometimes exasperated. However, it still doesn’t have a strong touch like a dignified duet. They say it takes two to tango, and the same goes for making the perfect love song.
In celebration of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together a list of 15 love songs that both you and your S.O. can sing, dance and even cry to. From soulful selections by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell to modern melodies from The Weeknd and Ariana Grande, check out this all-genre list of the best romantic duets of all time.
Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland “Dilemma”
St. Louis rapper Nelly tapped into Destiny Child’s songstress, Kelly Rowland to create one of the most iconic cross-genre duets of all time. “Dilemma” is a 2000s love anthem that samples Patti LaBelle‘s classic “Love, Need and Want You”. This love ballad will remind you of your complicated situationships that you can never forget.
Method Man feat. Mary J. Blige “You’re All I Need To Get By” (Puff Daddy Mix)
As you expected, hip-hop’s top requested wedding song has made it to our list! Wu-Tang rapper Method Man and singer Mary J. Blige created their take of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell‘s 1968 hit back in 1995. With Blige’s background vocal performance and Method Man’s tongue-twisting lyrics, this collaboration transcended past various generations and perfectly expressed finding love in even the darkest places. With its many versions, the one we decided to showcase was the Puff Daddy Mix produced by Sean Combs. All participating artists certainly made New York proud!
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “You’re All I Need to Get By”
Speaking of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, the inspiration behind our second selection is a staple within the Black community. A match made in heaven, Gaye and Terrell’s soulfulness eclipses on this Motown classic. As one of the final songs that Gaye recorded with partner Terrell before her passing in 1970, “You’re All I Need to Get By” reminds us that love is imperishable and stands the test of time.
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Long before creating “You’re All I Need to Get By,” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell had another mountainous chart-topper. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was also written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson for Motown and became one of the first crossover hits for the label. Though recorded separately and remixed together vocally, both Gaye and Tarrell’s vocal chemistry on the song is magic and idolizes a partnership between two people against the world. Year after year, this song jumps through eras via films, television shows and even some karaoke nights. This song is considered one of Motown’s most popular releases of all time.
Diana Ross & Lionel Richie “Endless Love”
With a piano breakdown, beautiful lyrics and two of the greatest voices to ever echo from a microphone, “Endless Love” has everything to potentially be the best love song ever. Written by Lionel Richie for the 1981 titular film, the song’s star power outshined the critically panned release. “Endless Love” became a number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the last number-one single and the best-selling single from Diana Ross’ career. Another wedding song favorite, this duet plays out perfectly for two people prepared to walk the aisle.
Peaches & Herb “Reunited”
“Me minus you is such a lonely ride.” Reconciling from a bad break-up? Boy, do we have the song for you! Whether you’re in the making up stage of your periodical relationship or reconvening a once long-distanced kinship, “Reunited” details a couple finally reuniting after their regrettable argument and estrangement. Crossing the soul and pop genre, the ballad is a great song to tackle for your karaoke date night.
Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat “Lucky”
Sometimes the best kind of love can be both simple and sweet. Both charming and melodic, “Lucky” is a smooth swaying song that will go perfectly with a romantic beach setting under the stars. Every strum of Jason Mraz’s guitar is calming, and Colbie Caillat’s easy-toned vocals soothe us and introduce us to a peaceful relationship between two best friends.
Elton John & Kiki Dee “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
Another karaoke favorite, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” is both adorable yet a serious portrayal of a back and forth love entanglement. Created under the pseudonyms Ann Orson and Carte Blanche, Elton John and Kiki Dee’s hit was their disco twist on Motown inspired duets. A little glitzy and over-the-top, this song is often performed by the fun couple in the group. The song also reached number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976.
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John “You’re The One That I Want”
Our chills multiply every time we watch John Travolta’s Danny Zuko get smitten away by good-girl-gone bad Sandy Olsson, played by Olivia Newton-John. A song in the 1978 musical-based film Grease, “You’re The One That I Want” is dramatic, glossy and calls for a dance number. If you’re a fan of Broadway, you would love to revisit this stage-stealing hit with your stud for the romantic holiday. P.S. Make sure you’re both rocking leather!
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”
Please perform this love song with caution! Just like you, when we hear this song the first thing we think of is 1987’s film Dirty Dancing. Though initially meant for various artists, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes performed the hit that would be featured in the film. This song is for the two-stepping couple not afraid to cut a rug in front of a large crowd. However, the romantic lift is not included with the track!
Sonny & Cher “I Got You Babe”
Written by Sonny Bono for his then-wife Cher, “I Got You Babe” unknowingly became the duo’s most popular song. Fans of the couple enjoyed the witty banter between the two and were given exactly that in this rom-com track. Vintage and laid back, the song is often mentioned in pop culture conversations with the male portraying a heavy mustached Sonny and the female portraying the long-haired fabulousness of Cher.
K-Ci & JoJo “All My Life”
Play this song once, and we guarantee some tears! Jodeci members K-Ci & JoJo made a name for themselves outside of the group with their album’s third single, “All My Life.” Originally written for JoJo’s daughter, the song is often interpreted towards a significant other. Smooth and steady, this ballad is perfect for a romantic slow dance with your S.O.
Usher & Alicia Keys “My Boo”
An R&B classic sung by singers Usher and Alicia Keys, “My Boo” was the love ballad of the early 2000s. Teenagers everywhere poured out their hearts to this hit and we’re positive many of them dedicated this track to the one that got away. The artistry behind this song is brilliant with both artists taking a leading hand in writing the lyrics along with producer Jermaine Dupri. Included in Usher’s Confessions, this song is one of the many reasons why this is one of Atlanta’s singer’s best albums.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper ”Shallow”
What can we say, we’re a sucker for a good movie soundtrack song. Fans didn’t know what to think when they heard that the extravagant Lady Gaga and the transformative actor Bradley Cooper will be starring in the most recent rendition of A Star Is Born. Gaga had a hand in co-writing “Shallow” for the musical romantic drama. The love ballad is powerful and acknowledges the strange self-awareness space between love and the loss of two people.
Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd “Love Me Harder”
Perhaps the most modern track on our list, “Love Me Harder” was performed by singers Ariana Grande and The Weeknd. At the time, the two were still finding a steady place in their careers as mainstream artists. A song that touches on love in what we can say is slightly toxic, the duo found a way to blend The Weeknd’s mysterious and clouded persona along with Grande’s pop and flirty sound.
Autumn Simon is a music and cultural journalist based in Los Angeles, Ca. She graduated from the University of La Verne, where she studied journalism and social media marketing. Her work has been published on DoLA and UncoverLA. Her interest includes finding hidden gems in LA, discovering new artists, and attending live concerts and festivals. Her favorite artists include Kanye West, Ice Cube, Frank Ocean, and Smino- just to name a few!