We have put together a list of the best karaoke duets to sing of all time, and these may include some of your jams.️ Now grab a mic and jump on the magic carpet of duet singing with your besties. Let’s dive in and warm up our big voices!
List of Best Duet Karaoke Songs:
15. Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper - Shallow
One of the absolute stand out tracks in 2018 from the movie “A star is born” performed by Gaga and Bradley Cooper, “Shallow” became an instant classic and offers a delightful romantic duet for a couple of stars crossed lovers. The song has earned its place as one of the greatest karaoke duet songs of the 21st century. Now get singing the hoo-oo-oows and shal-la-la-la-la's! Be warned though: about two-thirds of the song is Gaga’s verse, and she is one tough act to follow vocally!
14. Eminem ft. Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie
Nothing beats an Eminem and Rihanna duet! The clean and husky vocals with the fire rapping in “Love the way you lie” are simply perfection. This 2010 hit has easily earned its place on the list, and it’s perfect for karaoke duos. Now ring your best singing buds, get ready to show off your rapping skill and vocals with this dramatic duet hit.
13. Disney - Beauty And The Beast
Tale as old as time, true as it can be...first recorded by Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson in 1992, this all-time Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” theme song is ageless and timeless. Considered to be among Disney's best and most popular songs, "Beauty and the Beast" has been covered by numerous artists since its first release. Ariane Grande and John Legend’s masterful cover of the song sung in 2017 is also another classic that earned many legacies. These two most well-known versions of the song were equally good and super successful; it’s a sin to select a “better version” to fit this list; therefore, the choice is yours. Now select your preferred version, dive into the character and get carried away!
12. Disney - A Whole New World
We can’t get enough of nostalgic Disney classics, can we? When acute nostalgia hits hard, “A whole new world” is definitely the best choice for you and your childhood friends. It is a timeless and romantic anthem to all Disney fans, a classic of the classics! Now it's time to recall our childhood collective memory. Let’s jump on the magic carpet with your chum and loved ones and vibe with this karaoke duet song from the film “Aladdin”.
11. Queen, David Bowie - Under Pressure
“Under pressure” is definitely a masterpiece sung by legends. Originally released as a single in October 1981, the song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Queen's second number-one hit in their home country and Bowie's third. The song has been described as a "monster rock track that stood out". Now get yourself ready with a cup of hot honey ginger lemon tea and rock this incredibly powerful and poignant pop classic like the legends with your buds.
10. A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera - Say Something
You might needa give up on the wrong one, but as a karaoke lover, you know you’ll never give up any chance on singing karaoke. The calm and soothing vocals, along with the deep and emotional lyrics, make this masterpiece a guaranteed tearjerker. Sung by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera, “Say something” doesn’t have a mile-long set of lyrics nor crazy vocal moments, but pure calmness and emotion, it leaves plenty of room for singers’ interpretation. Extra points added if you have an ear for harmonies or if you've got a pal who has, try spicing it up with some harmonies!
9. Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell - Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
"Ain't no mountain high enough" is an R&B/soul classic written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 for the Tamla Motown label. The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and became a hit again when Diana Ross in the 70s recorded it. The catchy and danceable melody makes this song an excellent choice for duos!
8. Gotye ft. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
“Somebody that I used to know” is a big indie pop/rock hit from 2011 which has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time. Apart from the vocals, the song's music video is also pure art, making deep and immediate connections with many souls. It's really a special and masterful recording and video that provides you with a perfect opportunity for an intense, heart-wrecking performance. Or maybe some background “aa”s while your buddy is singing their parts?
7. Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney - "The Girl is Mine" and "Say Say Say"
Done by the legendary MJ and Sir Paul, “The girl is mine” and “Say say say” have to be a tie on this list. Released in the 80s, both songs are easily some of the best duets of all time; not only did both singers shine on their solo spots, but their voices were so well-blended together in such a unique way. Both songs are a rarity for a duet in having both parts sung by men, and They are brilliant karaoke duet choices for singers who are sick of the usual boy-and-girl love song dynamic; we just had to include them as they are some of the best duets of all time. Now get yourself ready with your buds and experiment with the chemistry of you guys’ voices!
6. Whitney Huston, Mariah Carey - When You Believe
How can we neglect some of the greatest and most successful 90s divas on this list? "When You Believe" is described as a big ballad with meaningful and inspirational lyrics. This legendary duet has a powerful production lineup, from producers to recording artists - Whitney Huston and Mariah Carey. They are both considered the greatest vocalist globally and were known for their vocal range and ability.
The song was massive, powerful and surreal as it’s all about crazy vocals, range, emotions and skills. Covered with smooth ad-libs, riffs and runs, strong low notes, explosive high belts and deep emotions, probably only singer’s singers like Whitney and Mariah could skillfully execute the song. Are you one of them? Now that things are getting more serious get yourself ready with a healthy lung or an oxygen cylinder. It’s time to challenge yourself and your singing partners and show off your vocal skills!
5. Diana Ross, Lionel Ritchie – Endless Love
Let's make no mistake, this one is really tough, as the cover done by Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross in the 90s was masterful and well-executed. But Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie’s version released in the 80s is a duet classic, so it must be embraced. By this, we have to leave the spotlight on the 80s’ version of “Endless Love”. If you don't have the talent, you'll probably need to have the determination and courage to muddle this song through to the end and make Lionel's glorious 80s curls proud. That's what karaoke is all about anyway, isn't it?
4. Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland - Dilemma
Bringing some early 2000s R&B duets to our list is a must! Back in 2002, “Dilemma” was a great success performed by Nelly and Kelly Rowland. The song's release contributed to both artists with great success, allowing Nelly to receive his first number-one single in several countries. The song is also considered Rowland's most successful solo single. The insanely catchy tune of the song earns its spot on the list. Now boys, give the rap your best go; it's not super fast, so karaoke beginners can sing it. There aren’t any crazy vocals either but just groovy and chill vibes. It’s the perfect choice for karaoke duos!
3. Brandy, Monica - The Boy Is Mine
Hey, best friend...get up here and get your sass on! Released in 1998, “The Boy Is Mine” is definitely one of the biggest 90s duet classics, which generally received positive reviews from music critics. It was the first number-one pop hit in the US and internationally for Brandy and Monica. The song is definitely an ideal choice for going head to head with your bestie in an all-out rump-shaking, slut-dropping, body-popping sing-off. Now get ready and show some sassiness to mama!
2. Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind
"In New Yooooooorrrrrrrk” has been included in multiple music critics lists for the best songs of 2009. Performed by Alicia Keys and Jay-Z, “Empire State Of Mind” would make you homesick for New York even if you weren’t from there nor haven’t been there before. Be warned: while this is undoubtedly an absolutely brilliant duet, it is pretty dang hard to nail. The soaring vocals delivered by Alicia Keys are just more than powerful than you could imagine; they soar through the city. Yet, you could probably only remember about half as many of Jay-Z's rap lyrics as you think you do! So beware and be well-prepared before you decide to perform this soulful masterpiece.
1. Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder - Ebony And Ivory
Was it ever surprising that a collaboration between two of the greatest rock stars would produce one of the best karaoke duets of all time? Nope! “Ebony & Ivory” by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder brings some serious feel-good vibes and isn't too hard to sing. Apart from the quality production, what makes this duet outshine the others is its deep lyrics. The song enlightens people about the ebony (black) and ivory (white) keys on a piano and reminds people to live in peace and harmony, just like the keys of the keyboard. We should all be able to deal with integration and racial harmony like a pro. Now let's make some noise with this beautiful piece of art with your besties and make the world a better place!
Some other honourable mentions:
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande - Rain on Me
Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello - Señorita
Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes - The Time Of My Life
Elton John, Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart
P!nk ft. Nate Ruess - Just Give Me A Reason
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, P!nk - Lady Marmalade
Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend - Like I'm Gonna Lose You
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z - Crazy In Love
Barbra Streisand, Céline Dion - Tell Him
Rihanna ft. Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You
Solo singing can be great, but two voices coming together in an inspired pairing are just truly fascinating and special. Words just can’t explain the joy and magical connection between duet song performers! So get your ISEE Karaoke, dim the lights, turn up the speaker, cosy up to that special someone and sing! Happy dueting.