The current century, now nearly midway through its second decade, has suffered some setbacks from its predecessor. Traditional Television has all but disappeared, and business has completely taken over the world of sports.
Other than its obvious technological advances, the 21st century has shown improvement in some aspects of music. Its first thirteen years have brought us better male-female duets than the entire 100 years before it.
Listen to these fabulous 21st century duets, and compare them to any of those from the 1900s. These definitely outshine Elton and Kiki’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and “Whenever I Call You Friend” by Stevie Nicks and Kenny Loggins.
“Bigger than Love” by Ben Gibbard and Aimee Mann: This tune about the pain of breaking up is one of the many highlights on Gibbard’s excellent solo album, Former Lives.
“In Spite of Ourselves” by John Prine and Iris Dement: The folk legend who was once labeled the next Bob Dylan dedicated an entire album to duets, from which this title track is the finest.
“Carpetbaggers” by Jenny Lewis and Elvis Costello: Costello pokes gun at the institution of marriage on this catchy track from Lewis’ Acid Tongue album.
“What Baby Wants” by Alice Cooper and Kei$ha: The rock showman revisited Welcome to My Nightmare, and he invited the pop star to share vocals on this tune about female sex power.
“You and I” by Wilco and Feist: Jeff Tweedy paired up with Canadian indie vocalist Feist on this track from the band’s eponymous 2010 album.
“Young Folks” by Peter, Bjorn and John and Victoria Bergsman: This duet became the biggest single from the Swedish trio’s Writer’s Block album.
“You Never Phone” by Loudon Wainwright and Martha Wainwright: The troubled relationship between father and daughter seems all but forgotten on this track from Dad’s So Damn Happy.
“Good Time” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen: Adam Young invited the Canadian singer along on this track, which resulted in this biggest single from his band’s The Midsummer Station.
“Landlocked Blues” by Conor Oberst and Emmylou Harris: Bright Eyes leader Oberst teamed with the country legend to record this sweet track.
“Portland, Oregon” by Jack White and Loretta Lynn: The guitar phenom and leader of the White Stripes produced a 2004 comeback album for the country Hall of Famer, and this duet was among the best tracks on Van Lear Rose.