With the release of Shakira and Rihanna’s new duet, “Can’t Remember To Forget You,” we are reminded of all the female pairings to come before them. In fact, this is Shakira’s second time collaboration with a fierce R&B lady. Meanwhile, a number of pop’s biggest stars made duets a regular thing in the ’90s. Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand led the charge and recently Beyonce and Lady Gaga have picked up the slack. But what’s the best duet of them all? Check it out and sound off in our poll.
10) Eve & Gwen Stefani, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”
Not a duet in the truest form, this rap/sung collaboration was a massive hit and featured two strong women coming together. Gwen provided the hooks and Eve offered up the bite.
9) Barbra Streisand & Celine Dion, “Tell Him”
What happens when you get Babs and Celine on one record? If you’re Sony, you don’t release it in the U.S. citing lack of radio support. Then the song becomes a huge hit anyway and earns a Grammy nomination. Don’t doubt the power of these two women, even if the song is 5-minute sap fest.
8) Beyonce & Shakira, “Beautiful Liar”
Even though Shakira has a new duet with Rihanna, the song doesn’t come close to her other collabo featuring Beyonce. The two singers get their hip shaking on in this slinky Latin-infused R&B jam.
7) Deborah Cox & Whitney Houston, “Same Script, Different Cast”
Instead of fighting over the same man, Whitney plays the seer to Deborah’s new relationship. It’s a warning cry. But like all young women in love, Deborah doesn’t want to hear it. We’ve all been there, that’s why this song works so well.
6) Beyonce & Lady Gaga, “Telephone”
The second Bey track and first of Gaga’s two duets on this list ups the fierce factor. These women are at their best in the video but have clearly have fun with hanging on the line. If only it had more Bey on the track!