All-Time Top Ten Greatest Love Song Duets

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m excited to share my list of

Valentine DuetsThe All-Time TOP TEN GREATEST Love Song Duets

What’s better than a love song for Valentine’s Day? A love song that two people share, that’s what.


My definition of a Duet is a single song recorded by two artists, successful in their own right, who don’t normally perform together.

So, while there may be other great love songs, or other more influential duets, this list combines the two in a best-of-the-best scenario.

You may be wondering why there aren’t many current songs on this list. The answer is simple: artists don’t tend to do duets anymore. There are many songs performed by artists today that have another artist “featured” on the song (e.g. We Found Love by Rhianna, featuring Calvin Harris or Crazy In Love Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z) but for the purpose of this list I chose to include songs billed as duets.

  1. Endless Love, Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross (1981) Not only the greatest duet love song, one of the all-time greatest love songs, period. The 1981 movie stunk so bad that they decided to remake it last year to only slightly better reviews. I never saw either movie, but I love this song. But really, what’s not to love about a song titled Endless Love?

  2. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond (1978) From the 1980 Grammy’s, to this day, this video documents one of the greatest moments in the award show’s History. Legend has it that a Radio Personality in Kentucky spliced together the two artists’ solo recordings of the song as a “Going Away Present” for his wife whom he’d just divorced. The spliced record got so much national attention that the artists had to record the song as a duet.

  3. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (1967) Written by the songwriting power house of Ashford and Simpson, this song is an upbeat Motown love song that hit the Billboard charts as a duet with Gaye and Terrell and then again two years later by Diana Ross.

  4. Almost Paradise, Ann Wilson and Mike Reno (1984) Originally released on Mike Reno’s solo album Strike Zone, the song is also listed as the Love Theme for the 1984 movie Footloose.

  5. Baby Come To Me, James Ingram and Patti Austin (1981) Originally released 1991, the song never broke the Top 100, until in 1983 Executives for the wildly popular daytime drama General Hospital used it as the infamous Luke and Laura theme song. Warner Bros. rereleased the song and it hit #1 on the Hot 100 Adult Contemporary charts.

  6. It’s Your Love, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw (1997) The first song Billboard Top 10 song recorded by the husband and wife duo. And the heat and emotion just rolls off the music in waves.

  7. Unforgettable…With Love, Natalie Coe and Nat King Coe (1991) Originally released By Nat King Cole in 1951, the song’s vocal track was digitally remastered and released as a duet with Nat King Cole’s Daughter, Natalie in 1991—26 years after his death. It won 3 Grammys in 1992, including Song of the Year

  8. Tonight I Celebrate My Love, Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson (1983) The song peaked in the US at #16 and revived the flagging careers of both artists. One of the most romantic songs ever recorded.

  9. Up Where We Belong, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warrens (1982) Recorded as the Love Theme for the 1982 film, An Officer and a Gentlemen, this Grammy award-winning, platinum selling song also won the 1983 Golden Globe and Oscar for best song. It is by far the most decorated song on our illustrious list.

  10. Say Something, A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera (2013) The Grammy award-winning song was originally recorded as a solo. But used during a performance on So You Think You Can Dance, it gained the attention of Pop Star Christina Aguilera who recorded a duet with the two-man indie band, A Great Big World in 2013.


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“I’ve done years of private studies on female sexual function…”

Hux was completely absorbed in the science perspective of this conversation because his eyes darkened with a passion that I now knew was only stirred by his work. Well, I was not to be deterred. I pushed my front against his back. “Really, and how many women have you ‘studied,’ Doctor?” I let my whisper touch his ear.

Hux’s voice wavered a little, but he continued, albeit with a more breathy tone. “W-well, most of my studies have been purely on paper.”

“Maybe you’d like to test your theories on a warm body.” I moved around his chair and hopped up on the long lab desk, allowing my white coat to fall open and reveal my low-cut blouse and short skirt. What had I been reduced to? I’d become what I hated, but I couldn’t help myself. I crossed my legs and smiled seductively.

Hux stared. For an instant his eyes bulged then darkened. He sat there frozen for a long second.

I just licked my lips, waiting.


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About Kary Rader

Kary Rader is a stay-at-home mother of three, avid reader and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she's drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn't anything that can't be accomplished. And it's the power of words that creates and destroys. Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day's work. And with the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life. Come join her for an adventure and maybe you too will be claimed by passion and changed by love. Because there is no greater power than the human spirit and anything is possible if you believe. Let the fantasy begin…


All-Time Top Ten Greatest Love Song Duets — 15 Comments

  1. Great list! I’m ashamed to admit I don’t know some of the songs by name. I’m sure if I heard them, I’d recognize them, though.

    What a great excerpt! A hero who is clueless and naive when it comes to matters of the heart–and body–when it’s directed toward him;)

  2. Well, #9 was my first thought, but then…”I Got You Babe” still ranks up there for me. Love me some Sonny & Cher!

    • Courtney, I actually had Sonny and Cher on my list but then decided to remove them because they didn’t meet my imposed criteria–they were not at the time separate artists. And if I included them I would’ve also included the Righteous Brothers, and the Carpenters. But all worthy songs for sure and they were on my radar. Thanks for coming by.

  3. There are countless duets meeting your criteria in the country-western genre! Conway and Loretta, the above-mentioned Tim and Faith, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Willy Nelson and Just About Anybody-the list goes on. My personal favorite is Brad Paisley and Allison Krause singing the haunting ‘Whiskey Lullaby’. Bluegrass singers tend to pair up for duets, also.

    • Yes – there were quite a few there. I actually had Kenny and Dolly on the List but then replaced them with another duo. But you are right, there are some relevant songs in the C&W Genre. I actually love Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert When We Were Us.

  4. When my Gram used to cook, that song “Unforgettable” always used to be on in the background. It was funny because her food was often unforgettable (in the best way possible). Sweet memories. 🙂

    • What an awesome memory! Thanks for sharing that. It touched my heart. My own grandmother (Granny) was special to me. And I have some sweet memories in song. When she passed I got her old forty five record of the Judy Collins song, Both Sides Now and every time I hear it I think of her.

  5. Okay, I seem to remember a time (ahem) when you loved “Take My Breath Away” from Top Gun. (Probably not fair, since I knew you then. :D)

    This is awful, but around the same time, I loved The Next Time I Fall with Peter Cetera and Amy Grant.

    • I did love that song, but since it was performed by a group (Berlin) who always performed together, I didn’t include them. And what was not to love about anything related to Top Gun! LOL

      I actually had Amy and Peter on my short list too, but they didn’t make my cut. They were close though. No shame here. I’m the gal who had Olivia Newton John and John Travolta on the too. And what’s better than Grease–well, Grease 2 of course. LOL

  6. Congrats on your new release with BPG, Kary!

    Wow – I love the compilation of love songs you posted here! Classics, and I personally adore duets.

    I have one I’d like to add: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri & Steve Kazee.

    Here’s to Romance! Good luck with your story, and Happy Valentine’s Day!