50 Best Karaoke Duets

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Written By Will Fenton

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If you’ve never sung in front of people before, karaoke might be a little intimidating.

But everything is easier and a lot more fun if you have a partner in crime.

Fortunately, there are numerous great duet karaoke songs ideal for karaoke nights.

So, are you ready to get out of your comfort zone and have a night to remember?

We’ve rounded up the 50 best karaoke duets to give you some inspiration.

We’ll show you popular duets as well as some new ideas for a memorable performance!

50 Karaoke Duets

1. Elton John and Kiki Dee – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

One of the most popular duet karaoke songs is “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

It’s uplifting, sweet, and theatrical. It’s a classic.

So, if you’re searching for male-female karaoke duets, you certainly won’t have any problems entertaining the crowd with this one.

And remember: dance routine comes with the package.

2. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”

And if you have an emotional performance in mind, look no further than “Shallow.”

It’s definitely one of the most popular duets in the last couple of years.

And if you add Bradley’s and Lady Gaga’s kind of chemistry to your performance, you’ll have a winning combination.

“Tell me somethin’, girl
Are you happy in this modern world?
Or do you need more?
Is there somethin’ else you’re searchin’ for?”

3. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone – “City of Stars”

“City of Stars” is also one of the great karaoke songs for couples.

It’s also one of the easy duet songs since it’s rather calm and slow. You won’t have to do any vocal gymnastics.

And you will most likely impress all the “La La Land” fans in the audience.

“Who knows?
Is this the start of something wonderful and new?
Or one more dream that I cannot make true?”

4. Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor – “Marvin Gaye”

When it comes to sweet and cheerful karaoke duets, “Marvin Gaye” by Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor is a great choice.

And as it’s a popular radio hit, the audience can help you out if you get nervous.

But how could you get nervous while singing such a positive tune?

5. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

The real Marvin Gaye might be an even better choice. If you’re a fan of classic hits that is.

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is hands down one of the most popular couple karaoke songs.

And you can’t go wrong with a song of such a reputation.

“Remember the day I set you free
I told you, you could always count on me, darling
And from that day on I made a vow
I’ll be there when you want me some way, some how.”

6. Pink and Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me the Reason”

Singing “Just Give Me the Reason” might be challenging for inexperienced singers, but what is a fun karaoke night without a good challenge?

And if you manage to perform it effortlessly, you’ll definitely be a star of the day.

“It’s in the stars, it’s been written in the scars on our hearts
We’re not broken just bent, and we can learn to love again.”

7. Gotye and Kimbra – “Somebody You Used To Know”

Do you remember “Somebody You Used To Know”?

It became a huge hit after being released in 2011. And it’s still one of the favorite alternative duet songs for karaoke.

“But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough.”

8. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – “Señorita”

Maybe “Señorita” is your jam?

It’s a suitable song for karaoke newcomers as it’s quite repetitive and not too fast.

However, you’ll have to reach some high pitches for Camila’s part.  

9. Kelly Rowland and Nelly – “Dilemma”

If you’re still in a karaoke song dilemma, here comes another great suggestion.

This is a perfect choice for people who like early 2000s music.

“No matter what I do
All I think about is you
Even when I’m with my boo
Boy, you know I’m crazy over you.”

10. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”

If you pick “Empire State of Mind” for your karaoke duet, you’ll have a chance to put on a show.

It’s familiar, uplifting, powerful; everything you need from a good karaoke song.

Make sure you or your friend have good rapping skills though. 

11. Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow – “Shame”

“Shame” by Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow is a great male karaoke duet song.

It’s positive and catchy, and you haven’t heard a million times in karaoke.

Therefore, you might get a big thumbs up from the audience.

12. Philip Bailey and Phil Collins – “Easy Lover”

Another great karaoke song for you and your pal is “Easy Lover.”

When it comes to rock karaoke duets, it’s a classic.

“She’s the kind of girl you dream of
Dream of keeping hold of
You’d better forget it
You’ll never get it.”

13. Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers – “Islands In the Stream”

Speaking of classic duets, it doesn’t get more iconic than “Islands In the Stream.”

It’s a safe choice that will be familiar to everyone in the room.

“Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong? “

14. The Human League – “Don’t You Want Me”

Another popular karaoke hit is “Don’t You Want Me.”

It’s not a duet, but it can very easily become so.

“You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar
When I met you
I picked you out, I shook you up
And turned you around
Turned you into someone new.”

15. Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

Without a doubt, performing “Shake It Off” will make you feel amazing. 

You and your friend will surely have a lot of fun. And that’s the most important thing.

And if there are any haters in the audience, just shake them off.

16. Spice Girls – “Wannabe”

When it comes to upbeat duets, “Wannabe” is a hit in karaoke bars.

And it’s a good opportunity to show off your dance skills as well.

“If you want my future, forget my past
If you wanna get with me, better make it fast
Now don’t go wasting my precious time
Get your act together we could be just fine.”

17. HAIM – “Want You Back”

This is another upbeat track ideal for two girls to show off their talent on stage.

A lot of HAIM songs could pass as a karaoke duet, but “Want You Back” is our favorite.

“Some things are long forgotten
Some things were never said
We were on one endless road
But I had a wandering heart.”

18. Eminem and Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie”

How about something a little more intense (and familiar)?

“Love The Way You Lie” is a dramatic song about a troubling relationship full of Eminem-style lyrics. So, what could go wrong?

“Now I know we said things, did things that we didn’t mean
Then we fall back into the same patterns
Same routine, but your temper’s just as bad as mine is
You’re the same as me, when it comes to love, you’re just as blinded.”

19. Coldplay and Rihanna – “Princess of China”

“Princess of China” is truly a beautiful duet.

And it could be a great song for an original karaoke performance.

It’s tender and sentimental but powerful.

“Once upon a time we burned bright
Now all we ever seem to do is fight
On and on
And on, and on, and on.”

20. John Travolta and Olivia Newton John – “You’re The One That I Want”

“I got chills, they’re multiplying
And I’m losing control
‘Cause the power you’re supplying
It’s electrifying.”

The very first lines of this karaoke classic will get you on your feet.

And it doesn’t matter if your singing skills aren’t spectacular. The audience won’t mind, as long as you’re having fun.

21. David Bowie & Mick Jagger – “Dancing In The Street”

The combination of David Bowie and Mick Jagger had to turn out wild.

And “Dancing In The Street” is always a hit on karaoke nights.

“Calling out around the world
Are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer’s here and the time is right
For dancing in the street.”

22. Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder – “Ebony and Ivory”

“Ebony and Ivory” is one of the famous duet karaoke songs.

If you have a good singing partner and a supportive audience, everything will be in perfect harmony.

“Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don’t we?”

23. Aladdin and Jasmine – “Whole New World”

If you like Disney movies, then “Whole New World” is your karaoke jam.

It will be like flying on a magic carpet. Possibly bumpy but definitely worthwhile.

“I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?”

24. Sweeney Todd – “Not While I’m Around”

We didn’t see “Not While I’m Around” as a karaoke duet song before Jennifer Aniston and Billy Crudup sang it in “The Morning Show.”

And now it seems like a great choice for a memorable male-female duet.

25. Amy Winehouse – “Valerie”

“Valerie” is not a duet song, but why not share the stage with a friend and try it out?

One thing is for sure: you will both be overwhelmed by the atmosphere of the song and feel completely relaxed and “into it.”

And if you don’t hit every note, at least you had some fun.

“Well sometimes I go out by myself
And I look across the water
And I think of all the things, what you’re doing
And in my head I paint a picture.”

26. The Backstreet Boys – “I Want It That Way”

“I Want It That Way” is an iconic karaoke song.

It can work as a solo performance, a duet, a singing group…

Either way, fun is guaranteed. And not a single moment of embarrassment.

27. Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know”

Now, if you want to sound confident, “Do I Wanna Know” is your karaoke song.

You can also work amazing as a male-female karaoke duet.

“‘Cause there’s this tune I found
That makes me think of you somehow and I play it on repeat”

28. Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”

Are you ready for some jumping and singing?

“Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand is a perfect energy booster. 

And it could be categorized as one of the easy duets.

29. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under The Bridge”

“Under The Bridge” is another song that is not a duet but it can easily become so.

It’s familiar, catchy, and uplifting.

After all, it’s one of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ signature songs.

And we just can’t forget about Rajesh Koothrapali’s attempt at this song…

30. Dua Lipa and Miley Cyrus – “Prisoner”

To female singers who prefer pop hits, how about Dua Lipa and Miley Cyrus?

It would certainly be an interesting karaoke performance.

31. Shakira and Rihanna – “Can’t Remember to Forget You”

Another famous pop/rock hit you should consider is “Can’t Remember to Forget You.”

It would give you a chance to show everyone your singing skills.

“What I’m trying to say
Is not to forget
You see only the good, selective memory.”

32. Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé – “Perfect Duet”

How about a perfect duet?

If you like Ed Sheeran’s hit “Perfect”, this version is a great inspiration for a female-male karaoke duet.

It’s slow, sentimental, and romantic.

33. Estelle and Kanye West – “American Boy”

And if you’re looking for an upbeat male-female karaoke duet, how does “American Boy” sound?

It’s a popular feel-good song that will help you relax and really enjoy your karaoke moment.

34. 4 Non Blondes – “What’s Up”

“What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes is timeless.

No matter how many times you hear it on karaoke, it will always be fun and powerful.

And everyone else will probably help you out on the “hey-ey-ey-ey-ey” part.

35. The Beatles – “Let It Be”

Speaking of timeless…

“Let It Be” always lifts the spirits.

And it can sound good in all kinds of karaoke duets.

36. Elvis Presley – “Suspicious Minds”

When it comes to karaoke songs, whether you’re going solo or in a duet, Elvis Presley is always a good idea.

And “Suspicious Minds” is arguably one of his best songs.

“We can’t go on together
With suspicious minds (suspicious minds)
And we can’t build our dreams
On suspicious minds.”

37. Joan Jett – “I Love Rock ‘N Roll”

“I Love Rock ‘N Roll” is simply iconic.

And you and your girlfriend can make it sound amazing.

You’ll just have to channel your inner Joan Jett.

“I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me.”

38. Radiohead – “Creep”

If there’s a Radiohead karaoke song, it’s “Creep.”

And if you want to, you can easily turn it into a duet.

You’ll just have to decide who’s singing the “ruuuuun” part. We suggest it’s a person with better singing skills.

39. Temple of the Dog – “Hunger Strike”

If you’re searching for a rock male duet song, “Hunger Strike” is a great option.

It might be challenging to sing a song by Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell, but the next karaoke night is a great opportunity to give it a try.

“I don’t mind stealin’ bread from the mouths of decadents
But I can’t feed on the powerless when my cup’s already overfilled.”

40. Train – “Hey, Soul Sister”

Everybody knows how to sing “Hey, Soul Sister”, and that’s what makes it a great karaoke song.

It’s a type of song that will immediately cheer you up.

You just have to be sure if you can sing Pat Monahan’s high pitches.

41. Billy Joel – “Uptown Girl”

Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” has been entertaining the karaoke audience for ages.

And it’s still a beloved hit.

Uptown girl
She’s been living in her uptown world
I bet she’s never had a backstreet guy
I bet her momma never told her why.

42. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

From “Uptown Girl” to “Uptown Funk.”

If you and your friend sing “Uptown Funk” and do a Bruno Mars Superbowl dance routine, you’ll be a highlight of the evening.

43. Adele – “Oh My God”

Of course, Adele is a popular name in every karaoke music library.

But her new song “Oh My God” would be an unexpected choice.

So, why not try something new and turn this great track into a wonderful duet?

“I know that it’s wrong
But I want to have fun.”

44. Taylor Swift and Bon Iver – “Exile”

Taylor Swift and Bon Iver sound surprisingly great together.

With “Exile”, you and your singing partner will surely sound great too.

It’s a beautiful track with genuine lyrics.

“I think I’ve seen this film before
And I didn’t like the ending
You’re not my homeland anymore
So what am I defending now?”

45. Kendrick Lamar and SZA – “All The Stars”

If you or your partner have rapping skills, you’ll undoubtedly mesmerize your listeners with  “All The Stars.”

It’s a very captivating song.

“This maybe the night that my dreams might let me know
All the stars are closer, all the stars are closer, all the stars are closer.”

46. James Morrison and Nelly Furtado – “Broken Strings”

In 2009, James Morrison and Nelly Furtado released a sentimental duet.

It’s always nice to hear “Broken Strings”, especially in an unexpected karaoke duo performance.

“Let me hold you for the last time
It’s the last chance to feel again
But you broke me
Now I can’t feel anything.”

47. Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers – “Just The Two of Us”

“Just The Two of Us” is a timeless feel-good song.

And it could be a fantastic karaoke duet.

Because just the two of you can make it if you try.

48. Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman – “Somethin’ Stupid”

When it comes to best karaoke duets, we can’t skip “Somethin’ Stupid.”

Whether you choose to sing like Robbie and Nicole or Frank and Nancy, this song will make you shine.

It’s definitely among the top karaoke duets.

“And then I go and spoil it all
By saying something stupid
Like I love you.”

49. The Proclaimers – “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”

If you’re looking for fun karaoke duets, you can’t go wrong with “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).”

Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)”

This part sounds like it’s made for karaoke.

50. ABBA – “Dancing Queen”

Let’s finish this list of the best karaoke duets with an absolute karaoke favorite.

It’s for all the dancing queens and kings who want to have the time of their life.

You can dance
You can jive
Having the time of your life.”

Final Thoughts

We hope these songs encouraged you to finally grab the mic.

And after you do, you’ll realize it was well worth it! Well, at least we hope so.

Choosing the song upfront will give you a chance to prepare and have a great performance. Of course, karaoke is all about fun, but you’ll feel more confident if you try to sing in the shower first.

Nevertheless, when you start singing your song, you won’t think about anything else. And if you’re not performing alone, that will be much easier to do.

If you’re a karaoke pro, then you know what we’re talking about.

You just have to find a duet that suits both you and your fellow singer and, most importantly, enjoy yourself!

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