To all the duets I've loved before...
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. Ann Wilson and Mike Reno. Phil Collins and ... just about everyone. Like it or not, the '80s might be the ultimate decade of the duet.
But what were the best -- and worst -- duets of the 80s? That's right, time to build another list in anticipation of a future podcast.
As always, here are some guidelines. The artists don't need to be '80s artists per se, though that would help in their "greatness" -- but the song itself needs have been released in the decade. Feel free to add bonus points if it plays a significant role in another '80s phenomenon (a movie soundtrack, landmark concert, TV show, etc.) For the "worst-of" list, consider the cheese factor. And I personally will take points off for remakes of songs from earlier decades.
Here are some to consider...
FIVE GREAT DUETS OF THE 80s:
Almost Paradise (Ann Wilson and Mike Reno): The prom theme for everyone who graduated high school in the mid-80s and love theme for "Footloose." [video]
Separate Lives (Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin): Haunting, poignant and it never gets old -- unlike the movie -- "White Nights" -- in which it appears. [video]
Don't Give Up (Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush): A contender for the top spot thanks the pedigree of the two singers and the fantastically simple video by Godley & Creme.
Under Pressure (Freddie Mercury and David Bowie): Tainted for a decade when Vanilla Ice sampled it for "Ice Ice Baby," this song has the No. 31 spot on VH-1's list of 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s. [video]
Close My Eyes Forever (Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne): Ah-ha. Tripped you up with a hard-rock entry. See if you can tell Lita apart from Ozzy in the video.
FIVE DREADFUL DUETS OF THE 80s:
Ebony and Ivory (Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney): "Side by side on my pee-yano!" [video]
The Girl Is Mine (Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson): "I'm a lover, not a fighter." Yeah, we know, Michael. That's what freaks us out. [video]
State of Shock (Mick Jagger and Tina Turner): "State of Denial" is more like it. Easily one of the most painful songs of the 80s. [video]
Dancing in the Streets (David Bowie and Mick Jagger): Recorded for Live Aid, so I feel a little bad putting it on this list. Allegedly, their first choice was to cover "One Love." Bob Marley just got lucky, I guess. [video]
To All The Girls I've Loved Before (Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson): Words simply fail me at this point. [video]
OK, gang, time to fill in the blanks. Help us compile the best and worst.