Unforgettable Country Music Duets
One of the best things about the South is the region’s connection to country music. We also feel connected to our favorite country music couples like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Even better is when country music couples team up on songs together. While some of the legendary duets below are sung by couples, many of the most unforgettable country music duets — listed in no particular order — are not by couples (although we’ve had our suspicions in the past about some). These country music duets are happy, sad, haunting, beautiful, fast and slow. Some of our favorite duets are oldies from Johnny Cash and June Carter and Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, and some are newer songs from stars like Brad Paisley. A few of the best country music duets aren’t sung by just country singers, with pop artists like Kelly Clarkson and rock ’n roll fame like Kid Rock and Bon Jovi making the list. Scroll through the list and see if your favorite country music duet is here.
“It’s Your Love” Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, 1997
Can you really pick the best duet from all the incredible ones our favorite country music couple (Did you know they have a house for sale?) has produced over the years? From “I Need You,” to “Like We Never Loved At All” and “Let’s Make Love” to their newest duet “Speak to a Girl,” these two just don’t stop producing duets we love.
“Islands in the Stream” Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, 1983
Of all the songs these two friends have sung together, “Islands in the Stream” is without a doubt the most famous and was named CMT’s No. 1 greatest country duet of all time.
“You and Tequila” Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter, 2010
This two-time Grammy-nominated song is a play-on-repeat tune that we love. Whether or not it’s tequila and an old lover, this song reminds us that we all have our vices.
“Who Says You Can’t Go Home” John Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles, 2005
You didn’t even mind when this catchy, Grammy-winning song was stuck in your head all the time, and we loved to see rock ’n roll star Bon Jovi’s country side.
“Golden Ring” George Jones and Tammy Wynette, 1976
This Billboard country chart No. 1 hit song is about a wedding ring’s fictional journey through different pawnshops and owners after a divorce. The song was released a year after the country music duo was divorced in a not-so-fictional way.
“Whiskey Lullaby” Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, 2003
This haunting song about a pair of lovers who eventually drink themselves to death won the CMA Award for Song of the Year. No matter how many times you hear the song, you can’t listen to the lyrics, “While the angels sang a whiskey lullaby” without getting chills.
“Pancho and Lefty” Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, 1983
This song went all the way to No. 1 on the country charts the year it came out, and it’s easy to see why with a legendary pairing like Nelson and Haggard.
“Cowgirls Don’t Cry” Books & Dunn and Reba McEntire, 2007
While Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Reba McEntire are technically three people, we’re counting this famous song as a duet. (The three also teamed up for “If You See Him, If You See Her” in 1998.) Even though this song has an inspirational message about getting back up when you’re knocked down, it may make even the toughest cowgirls cry by the end when Reba comes in.
“When I Get Where I’m Going” Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton, 2005
“Portland, Oregon” Loretta Lynn and Jack White, 2004
While this Grammy-winning duet is sung by an unlikely pair, a country music legend and a famous rocker, their styles melded perfectly for the twangy hit.
“Beer for My Horses” Toby Keith and Willie Nelson, 2002
“It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet, 2003
“Party For Two” Shania Twain and Billy Currington, 2004
We will never be done with Shania, and when you add a cute country singer like Billy Currington to one of her songs, we call it a winner.
“Don’t You Wanna Stay” Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, 2010
If this isn’t a belt-it-on-a-road-trip song, I don’t know what is. “Don’t You Wanna Stay” was pop singer Clarkson’s first Billboard No. 1 in the country category, and it won multiple awards.
“Jackson” Johnny Cash and June Carter, 1967
“Picture” Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow, 2001
We got to see Kid Rock’s softer side with this duet that we’ll never stop singing along to.
“In Another’s Eyes” Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, 1997
“Remind Me” Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, 2011
“Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, 1973
This duet by one of our favorite country music duos — who, despite their chemistry on stage, were not a couple — hit No. 1 on the Billboard country chart, but we’re giving an honorable mention to another duet of theirs, “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly,” 1978, for being so hilarious.