What’s better than a country song sung by your favorite performer? How about one sung by two of them, in perfect harmony? Country music has produced a number of memorable duets involving husbands and wives, fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, and combinations of artists from other genres. (Sometimes couples push boundaries. Here are 25 bizarre musical collaborations.)
To compile a list of the best duos in country music history, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the lists of Grammys and Country Music Awards and nominations in relevant categories, plus lists of top country duos on sites including wide open country, Country Thang Daily, All Nash, Rotating ditty, Flayer and private soldierthen curated the list to represent key figures and hit songs in the traditional, modern, and alt.country categories of the past 71 years.
The duets that have brought together some of country music’s finest performers – from Patsy Cline to Dolly Parton to Kenny Chesney – have been a staple of the genre. Keeping it in the family, husband and wife team Chris and Morgane Stapleton have turned “You Are My Sunshine” – Louisiana’s state song – into an affirmation of family and partnership. Through the use of technology, the late Hank Williams and his son, Hank Jr., were reunited in a music video, singing “There’s a Tear in My Beer.” (These are the biggest country music stars of all time.)
While many country songs are about poverty, lost love, personal demons, and redemption, others have tackled larger issues. Alan Jackson and George Strait used the song “Murder on Music Row” to speak out against the commercialization of country music and how it disconnected it from its roots. Eric Church and country and blues singer Rhiannon Giddens have teamed up to perform “Kill a Word” following messages of hate and intolerance during the 2016 presidential election.
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No list of duets would be complete without a mention of notable artists singing about alcohol. Among them, “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” by Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart. Jackson and Jimmy Buffett’s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” is as much working-class lament as it is happy hour nirvana.