Rolling Stone’s Readers’ Poll on The 10 Greatest Duets of All Time definitely reminds us that magic can happen when two great musical forces are combined. With the exception of Sonny and Cher - and (sort of) Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - most of the recordings listed were one-offs, which only adds to their appeal.
Personally, I’m kinda partial to Bowie’s duet with Bing Crosby on The Little Drummer Boy, but I get why it’s not on the list. A lot of Blues greats have done the duet thing too: Hooker, Buddy Guy, B.B., Clapton. Lots of magic on those records.
Anyway, you gotta dig it when great artists who respect each other collaborate. You can almost feel their joy.