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Best Karaoke Duets Of All Time

The best karaoke duets of all time are right up there with some of the greatest songs in history! However, choosing a karaoke song to sing is no easy task, especially if it’s a duet, as there are literally thousands to choose from.

Thankfully, we’ve done the hard work for you, so get ready to steal the show alongside your friend or significant other and perform some of the best karaoke duets known to man.

 

The Best Karaoke Duets of All Time

We’ve compiled a list of the best duets for karaoke from various genres, ready for your next toe-tapping karaoke session.

Here’s our list of the 25 best karaoke duets of all time:

 

1. Summer Nights – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

“Summer Nights” is a catchy song most of us know and love from the musical, Grease, featuring the iconic couple, Danny and Sandy.

It’s one of the classic love songs from 1978 that talks about the couple’s summer romance; however, each person has a vastly different perspective. “Summer Nights” is a perfect karaoke duet to sing with your significant other.

The song achieved massive success, reaching #5 on Billboard Hot 100 and #1 in the UK Billboard also ranked it at #9 on their list of “Best Summer Songs of All Time.”

 

2. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John And Kiki Dee

Elton John and Kiki Dee’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” is a popular song from the 70s that’s pretty easy to sing, making it an excellent beginner duet karaoke song.

In this romantic song, the male vocalist begs the female vocalist not to break his heart, while the female reassures him that she won’t despite his fears.

This Motown-inspired hit went to #1 on both the UK and Icelandic Charts and earned the top spot on Billboard Hot 100 for four straight weeks.

 

3. Endless Love – Diana Ross And Lionel Richie

If you’re looking for a smooth R&B love song that will show off your pipes, then “Endless Love” is the song for you. It appeared on the soundtrack of the 1981 film, Endless Love, inspired by Scott Spencer’s novel.

The sappy tune will tug on your heartstrings as it features a couple professing their undying love for one another.

This ballad was the biggest-selling single for Diana Ross and named the greatest duets of all time by Billboard. It also won an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single in 1982.

 

4. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell is a pop soul karaoke duet from 1967 that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

The song starts out with a speaking part to ease you in and gradually builds to a passionate chorus. Although many have thought it was about love, it was originally written about not allowing obstacles to stop you from achieving success.

The song peaked at the #19 spot on the Billboard Pop Charts and #3 on the R&B Charts. It also played on films including Remember the Titans and Guardians of the Galaxy.

 

5. Under Pressure – Queen And David Bowie

If you want more of a rock band experience, you can choose the 1981 hit “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. This karaoke duet features two male vocals, giving you the opportunity to jam with your bro!

This karaoke duet discusses the pressures of life in a broken world and how they are inescapable while also focusing on loving our fellow man.

Since its release, this song has been widely considered one of the best duets of all time. It hit #1 on the UK Singles Chart and in 2021 and made the Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

6. Shallow – Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper

“Shallow” is a powerful Lady Gaga Bradley Cooper duet as seen in the 2018 film, A Star is Born. The female lead singer has a lot of belting to do on this one, so be sure you or your partner are up for taking on the role of Lady Gaga.

This intriguing ballad features a conversation between a man and a woman as they ask each other deep questions about life, searching for depth in a shallow world.

This modern-day karaoke duet is the 22nd most streamed song on Spotify and best selling single of all time. It’s received the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

 

7. The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley And Jennifer Warnes

Chances are, you’ve heard this passionate pop ballad before. It was the theme song of the 1987 classic movie, Dirty Dancing and is one of the best duet karaoke songs to sing with your sweetheart.

The song explains how each person has had “the time of their life” with the other as they’ve spent time with each other and fell in love.

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’, “The Time Of My Life” earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. It also topped the Billboard Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary Charts.

 

8. You’re The One That I Want – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

Travolta and Newton-John are back with another song from the Grease soundtrack, “You’re the One That I Want.” This karaoke duet is a fun upbeat song to perform, especially the “ooh ooh honey” parts!

In this upbeat tune, Danny and Sandy’s characters finally reconcile after Danny’s poor behavior and openly declare their intense feelings for each other.

The 70s hit is among the highest-selling singles of all time, selling over 15 million copies worldwide. In 2018, it became the 5th highest-selling single in history within the UK.

 

9. Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

This 80s feminist anthem is for all the single ladies, and has become one of the best party songs of all time. Cyndi Lauper’s dance pop song, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” came out in 1983 after Robert Hazard released the original in 1979.

This pop jam focuses on the feminine attitude and how girls just want to enjoy their lives instead of being bound by rules.

The song was Lauper’s first major single released as a solo artist and took the #22 spot on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Pop Songs list. The music video also has over 1 billion YouTube views today.

 

10. Despacito – Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee

If you want to work on your Spanish-speaking skills, try out this reggaeton, latin pop duet! “Despacito” gained even more popularity after Luis Fonsi teamed up with Justin Bieber in 2017.

This sensual song’s title translates as “slowly,” and talks about the man’s desire to dance close and please his special lady.

It became the first Spanish song to make it on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 since 1996 and topped charts in over 47 countries. In addition, the hit was the longest-running #1 song on the Hot Latin Songs Charts.

 

11. A Whole New World – Lea Salonga & Brad Kane

“A Whole New World” is a perfect song for Disney fans who want to belt out a love song about freedom and independence. The tune gained popularity through the 1992 animated film, Aladdin.

This Disney classic’s lyrics describe how Aladdin shows Jasmine (a restrained princess) that she can have a life of freedom and independence. They confess their love for one another throughout the song on a magic carpet.

The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, making it the first-ever Disney song to win in that division.

 

12. Ebony And Ivory – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder combined musical forces in this 1982 single about racial equality. It remains a timeless (and relatively easy to sing) karaoke duet to this day.

This duet discusses racial justice and harmony while using black and white piano keys as a clever metaphor.

The soft rock/pop song earned major commercial success and ranked among the highest-selling singles in 1982. It also secured the #69 position on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the U.S. and UK charts.

 

13. Come What May – Ewan McGregor And Nicole Kidman

You’ll love belting out the passionate lyrics of “Come What May” with your bae on the karaoke stage. The romantic love song became popular after appearing in the 2001 film directed by Baz Luhrmann, Moulin Rouge.

During the song, Christian (played by Ewan) tells Satine (played by Nicole) that he loves her no matter what may happen in their lives.

After release, the song became the top-selling single by an Australian artist. It also made it onto the American Film Institute’s (AFI) 100 Years…100 Songs list of the 20th century, taking the #85 spot.

 

14. Empire State Of Mind – Jay Z ft. Alicia Keys

Do you have a friend who can rap? If so, this hip hop song is a good choice. American rapper, Jay Z and singer, Alicia Keys released “Empire State of Mind” in 2009 to celebrate New York City.

This song focuses on how ambitious people with humble beginnings can eventually become successful, playing on the idea that when you go to New York, you’ve “made it.”

The collab won a Grammy for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and sold over 5.5 million copies in the U.S. The song also remained at the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for five straight weeks.

 

15. Dancing Queen – ABBA

“Dancing Queen” by ABBA is one of the best sweet 16 songs of all time and karaoke duets of all time. This upbeat disco track was released in 1975 and quickly became a worldwide hit.

This classic disco jam is solely focused on the exhilarating feeling of dancing. It talks about a girl who goes out dancing but shockingly isn’t looking for a partner; she just wants to dance!

In 2015, the song earned a spot in the Grammy Hall of Fame, becoming ABBA’s most popular song by far. It soared to the #1 spot in over 12 countries and was the fourth highest-selling single in the UK during 1976.

 

16. Perfect Duet – Ed Sheeran ft. Beyoncé

This romantic duet is “perfect” for lovebirds during a karaoke night out and is also considered one of the best prom songs of all time. The duet version of this pop ballad was released in 2017, making waves worldwide.

Ed Sheeran wrote “Perfect” for his girlfriend was an old friend from school. The song goes on to tell the story of falling in love while announcing hopes of marriage and raising a family.

The beautiful single rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was the seventh best-selling song in 2017 and 2018. The duet also peaked at #1 on multiple international charts.

 

17. Beauty And The Beast – Céline Dion And Peabo Bryson

Among the world’s best karaoke duets is “Beauty And The Beast,” as sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson. This song will surely impress the karaoke bar crowd, especially if they love show tunes!

This crowd favorite tune shares the story of how a beast discovers a beautiful girl, focusing on their unlikely romance. Although he is outwardly ugly, his heart is kind and they are in love.

This 1991 duet won a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Original Song. It also received a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

 

18. Señorita – Shawn Mendes And Camila Cabello

Are you feeling spicy? Grab your señorita or senor and harmonize on this romantic Latin pop song from 2019!

The sensual song features Mendes and Cabello talking about their passionate feelings for each other. Although she “should be running,” Cabello can’t handle the heat and ends up giving in to the temptation.

“Señorita” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and rose to the top of the charts in over 40 countries. Its awards include an American Music Award, two MTV Video Music Awards, and a People’s Choice Award.

 

19. Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker And Jennifer Warnes

Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes released the pop-rock hit “Up Where We Belong” in 1982 for the film, An Officer and a Gentleman. This one’s pretty easy to sing, so just have fun with it!

This tune talks about the struggles we all face in life and love, but how love is the force that uplifts us in the midst of it all.

The Recording Industry Association of America listed this duet as one of the Songs of the Century. The song also won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

 

20. Islands In The Stream – Kenny Rogers And Dolly Parton

One of the world’s best country karaoke duets of all time is “Islands In The Stream.” The song features a blend of the most popular music genres, including rock, pop, and country.

This classic love song is all about the joy of being with your soul mate through all life’s battles and challenges, showcasing that this special person is your “island in the stream.”

It was originally by the Bee Gees, but Kenny and Dolly paired up and released their version in 1983. “Islands In The Stream” also went straight to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also soared to the top of the Country and Adult Contemporary charts.

 

21. Easy Lover – Phil Collins And Phil Bailey

“Easy Lover” is a total karaoke vibe, performed by Earth, Wind, and Fire singer, Phil Collins and Phil Bailey from the rock band, Genesis. Just know you’re in for some serious falsetto if you take Phil’s part!

Throughout this song, the two male characters are discussing a female player who has used her beauty and charm to seduce one of them. After she dumps the first man, she goes for the other, but the first man warns his friend of her wicked schemes.

The pop rock song quickly reached the #1 spots on international charts and sold over a million copies in the United States. The music video also received the 1985 MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance in a Video.

 

22. Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland

“Promiscuous” by Canadian singer, Nelly Furtado and American rapper/singer, Timbaland, is a flirtatious pop/hip-hop song. It makes for a steamy romantic duet with a boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse.

This duet focuses on a flirtatious, back-and-forth conversation between a guy and a girl, where the girl wants the guy sexually but also wants his respect.

After its release, the 2006 hit was the first #1 single by a Canadian artist since 1998. It received Billboard’s Best Pop Single of the Year award in 2006 and also made it to the top 10 on various European charts.

 

23. Just Give Me A Reason – P!nk ft. Nate Ruess

Grab your buddy or significant other and jam out to “Just Give Me a Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess, the lead singer from fun. Make sure to warm up though, because both vocals in this pop ballad are pretty intense.

This song tells the story of how a couple fell out of love but how they can still regain all that they’ve lost.

The duet has sold over 4 million digital copies in the U.S. and received the Billboard Mid-Year Award for Favorite Hot 100 Single. The music video also won big with the 2013 MTV Video Music Award for Best Collaboration.

 

24. Rich Girl – Gwen Stefani ft. Eve

“Rich Girl” is one of the best duets for the ladies in the house. The reggae-pop tune is a remake of Louchie Lou and Michie One’s 1993 song with the same name.

This catchy song is all about having a lot of cash and focuses on childhood dreams of fame and fortune.

The song peaked at #2 on the European Hot 100 Singles and hit #3 on the U.S. Pop 100 charts. Overall, the song made it into the top 10 of most charts worldwide.

 

25. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

The audience is bound to join in with you and your karaoke partner on this 80s rock classic. Known for its legendary piano riff intro, “Don’t Stop Believin'” has become a worldwide anthem, and a recent boost in popularity thanks to the TV series, Glee.

This optimistic song shares stories about different people facing challenges and then encourages them (and us) to never stop believing in their dreams.

The Rolling Stone ranked it in their list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and it took the #8 spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock charts. This rock jam is also the #1 paid digital download song of the 20th century.

 

Summary

The songs you pick make a world of difference when you’re singing karaoke. We hope our list of the best karaoke duets of all time helps you choose some fun songs to sing at your next karaoke night. And when you’ve finally got your favorite songs, sing them loud and proud!

What’s the best Karaoke duet of all time, in your opinion? Leave a comment below.

Emily is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and ukulelist who has graced the stage at countless venues across the Midwest and Southern U.S. Throughout her career, she’s opened for artists including Eric Paslay, Stars Go Dim, Love & The Outcome, and Sierra Hull. She writes relatable, original music in various genres, from country and folk to cinematic pop, hoping to inspire and uplift her listeners. Outside of music, Emily enjoys hiking with her husband and playing with her comical cat, Olive.

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