Love makes sweet music! Many musicians can’t resist bringing their boos into the vocal booth for some sultry duets. Most recently we heard from John Mayer and Katy Perry on “Who You Love” (A.K.A. Russell Brand’s least favorite song). Earlier this year Ciara heralded her couple-dom with Future with “Where You Go,” and although she doesn’t actually sing a note on the track (thank god), Kanye West did tap Kim Kardashian to appear in his video for “Bound2” a few weeks back. In honor of all the coupling going on in the music biz, we’ve decided to take a look back at the most notable real-life couple collaborations in music!
“I Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher (1965)
Let’s kick this list off right with the quintessential husband and wife number. Sure, it terrorized Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, but it’s sweet! Years after they divorced, the couple reunited on David Letterman in 1987 to perform the song for what would be their final time.
“Jackson” by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash (1968)
June Carter was a famous country singer in her own right when she met Johnny Cash backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in 1955. Here they are performing on the same stage 13 years later, just after they married.
“Proud Mary” by Ike & Tina Turner (1969)
The Turners were known for their powerful review show, complete with backing band and dance troupe, The Ikettes. Despite decades touring together, Ike had a serious cocaine problem, and was notoriously abusive to his wife Tina. In 1976, she famously fled from the hotel they shared with just 36 cents and a Mobil gas card in her pocket.
All of Buckingham Nicks (1973)
Before they hooked up with Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham as a duo. In spire of their world-wide mega stardom, the album has yet to be released on CD.
“You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)” by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. (1976)
The pair were dating while members of the soul-pop group The 5th Dimension in the ’60s, singing on hits like “Age of Aquarius” and “Up, Up and Away.” Amusingly, Marilyn took the lead vocals on a song called “Wedding Bell Blues,” in which she implores a man named “Bill” to propose! It must have worked, because they married in 1969, and are still going strong today.
“Evergreen” by Barbra Streisand (ft. Kris Kristofferson) (1976)
Kristofferson was linked with Janis Joplin and Joan Baez before he got with Babs. The real-life couple starred in the film A Star Is Born, trading singing duties on the huge-selling soundtrack album.
“Something In Common” by Bobby Brown (ft. Whitney Houston) (1993)
The star-crossed lovers of soul met backstage at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards. After their marriage 1992, the pair were often in the tabloids for one controversy or another. They split for good in 2007, but they both were still plagued by their demons. Whitney tragically died a drug-related death in February 2012.
“Another” by Biggie Smalls (ft. Lil’ Kim) (1997)
The original first lady of rap (sorry Nicki) had a DL affair with the late MC before his untimely death in 1997. In fact, his wife Faith Evans claims to have caught them in bed together!
“No Me Ames” by Jennifer Lopez (ft. Marc Anthony) (1999)
We’re still stunned by the breakup of these Latin lovers back in 2011. At least will always have this track to help us relive the memories.
“Where You Are” by Jessica Simpson (ft. Nick Lachey) (2000)
We were less stunned by the dissolved union between these reality show stars. But he’s with Vanessa Minnillo and she’s with that football dude, so we guess they’re both fine.
“Crazy In Love” by Beyonce (ft. Jay-Z) (2003)
We’ve got our pick of awesome collaborations from Mr. and Mrs. Carter. “’03 Bonnie and Clyde” is definitely a favorite, but we honestly couldn’t pass up a chance to listen to this classic, voted the top song of the ’00s!
“I Need You” by Tim McGraw (ft. Faith Hill) (2007)
The country couple didn’t write this heart-string-tugging ballad, but it did earn them two Grammy nominations (Best Country Collaboration with Vocals and Best Country Song).
“Take Care” by Drake (ft. Rihanna) (2011)
We’re not too sure how serious Drake and Riri were as a couple, but rumors swirled in the midst of this melancholy duet, and the upbeat “What’s My Name” a year earlier. True or not, they made some awesome songs.
“Nobody’s Business” by Rihanna (ft. Chris Brown) (2012)
Folks were pretty peeved when Rihanna (allegedly) got back together with former boyfriend Chris Brown, who was arrested for assaulting her in 2009. This defiant track (as well as “Birthday Cake Remix“) was their response.
“Where You Go” by Ciara (ft. Future) (2013)
This new couple only announced their relationship earlier this year, but they’ve already taken to the studio to lay their love down for the ages.
“Over You” by Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton (2013)
Although they wrote it together, Blake Shelton didn’t sing on the original studio version of this song. The lyrics dealt with the loss of his brother in a car accident, and the feelings were just too raw. However, he joined in on this this gorgeous version performed on The Voice to benefit the Oklahoma tornado victims.
“Who You Love” by John Mayer (ft. Katy Perry) (2013)
The latest entry to this list has arguable the hottest cover art! The third single from Mayer’s latest album Paradise Valley was released in September, with girlfriend Katy writing her own lyrics herself.
Not a “duet”, but the Kim and Kanye vid deserved a spot of honor in this post.
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