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The 25 Most Iconic Musical Duos of All Time

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20. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
> Biggest hit: Your Precious Love
> Total songs on Hot 100: 10

Motown artists Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell combined forces to create numerous memorable love songs, including the hit “Your Precious Love,” which peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100. Though Gaye had previously performed duets with singers such as Mary Wells and Kim Weston, his work with Terrell proved to be the most popular. The duo recorded three LPs together — “United,” “You’re All I Need,” and “Easy” — before Terrell succumbed to a brain tumor in 1970.

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19. Dan + Shay
> Biggest hit: 10,000 Hours
> Total songs on Hot 100: 8

Dan + Shay are Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, songwriters from Pennsylvania and Arkansas, who met in Nashville in 2012 and began a songwriting collaboration. They got the ear of the group Rascal Flatts and signed a record deal with Warner Nashville. The pair have produced eight Top 10 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, with three peaking at No. 1. Their chart-topper “Tequila” went multiplatinum and earned the duo a Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance in 2018.

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18. Loggins & Messina
> Biggest hit: Your Mama Don’t Dance
> Total songs on Hot 100: 10

The soft rockers from California created catchy, danceable tunes and became one of the most famous duos in the 1970s. Kenny Loggins was a songwriter who worked with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Jim Messina was a record producer and former member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco when they teamed up in the early 1970s. Their collaboration produced the boogie-woogie “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” which rose to No. 4. Three albums cracked the Billboard 200 Top 10 in 1974 alone, with “On Stage” rising the highest, to No. 5, and five of their albums went platinum.

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17. Seals & Crofts
> Biggest hit: Get Closer
> Total songs on Hot 100: 12

Jim Seals and Dash Crofts met in the late 1950s while backing up singer Dean Beard. The soft-rock pair tapped into the mellow rock zeitgeist of the early 1970s, playing a variety of instruments, including the fiddle, mandolin, saxophone, drums, and guitar. From 1972 to 1976, Seals & Crofts rang up four gold albums and their greatest hits record went double platinum. Three of their breezy singles — “Diamond Girl,” “Summer Breeze,” and “Get Closer” all climbed to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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16. Peaches & Herb
> Biggest hit: Reunited
> Total songs on Hot 100: 16

The R&B pairing of Peaches & Herb (there were four different “Peaches” twinned with Herb Fame over the years) occupied the radio waves in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The act’s first success was in March of 1967 when the single “”Let’s Fall in Love” reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. A bigger hit for the tandem that year was “Close Your Eyes,” which climbed to No. 8. Greater success would follow in 1979, when Peaches & Herb scored a chart-topper with the platinum hit “Reunited,” and “Shake Your Groove Thing” reached No. 5

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