I was scrolling through my iTunes library earlier today, and realized that a lot of my most-played songs are male/female duets. I'm not sure what specifically draws me to them. In some songs, the drama created by the interplay between the two parts is almost cinematic in a way that pop songs rarely are. It lets the song tell a story without becoming a "story song," a genre of music I typically hate.
Some of my favorites (then everybody post your own!):
This is the single most-played song on my iPod, and that's probably because it's one of the best songs every written and recorded. Evocative as a motherfucker.
Forget how many times you've heard it and how much you got sick of it, this is a fucking fantastic song and Gotye and Kimbra's voices are magic together.
Probably the best pop song of 2013. Two great voices, a great melody, and better than average lyrics for a top-40 hit (though a bit literal for my usual taste).
Just a beautiful, haunting song. Lisa Hannigan's voice is so soft and melancholy, it makes the song feel like a man chasing after the fading memory of a lost love.
No real defense of this song, it just makes me happy. Most of these songs are breakup/lost love songs, this one almost oozes optimism by comparison.
A two-part epic by Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, which I believe are the only two songs in their catalogue where Emily Watkins got to do anything other than quietly sing backup, which is a shame, because the dynamic between them makes for an amazing pair of songs.
The power of Pete Yorn is that he can almost make Scarlett Johansson's illusions of being a serious music artist seem plausible.
The best breakup song of all time.