April 2014


Brandy & Monica – “The Boy is Mine” – (1998)

Here’s one of the greatest R&B songs of the 90s. Man I loved this song when it came out and have no idea how it wasn’t included in the top 50 in our 200 Best Songs of the 90s countdown. I messed that one up. The song was released on albums by both Brandy and Monica (Brandy first, hence her album over there at left). The song was a Hot 100 #1 for 13 weeks over the summer of 1998. It was everywhere. It won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group and was nominated for Record of the Year. Awesome, awesome song.

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Eddie Money – “Take Me Home Tonight” – (1986)

Yes, we’re still doing the duet thing. So what’s with this song? Well it was never released as a “duet” but it was recorded and certainly is a duet. The female vocalist? Ronnie Spector, former leader of the 60s girl group The Ronettes. This was an album rock chart #1 and a top five hit on the Hot 100. It’s one of Eddie Money’s signature songs and one of the best radio-friendly Top 40 rock songs of the 80s.

John Mellencamp feat. India.Arie – “Peaceful World” – (2001)

One of the purveyors of musical Americana had this minor hit in the aftermath of 9/11. The song was actually around prior to the attacks, but it really picked up steam afterwards – although it never officially charted, bubbling under at #104. Also, Mellencamp’s face is way too airbrushed on that album cover. Right?

Gloria Estefan & ‘N Sync – “Music of My Heart” – (1999)

There are two big names behind this song. No, not Gloria Estefan and ‘N Sync – but Diane Warren and David Foster. If you don’t know who they are, look them up as their hit-writing/producing ability is pretty strong. This song was nominated for two Grammys and an Oscar. It was a #2 hit on the Hot 100 and as I’ve had a 90s music listening resurgence lately (this includes a lot of ‘N Sync on my car radio) – I must say, this song is pretty good. Although Joey Fatone’s super red hair in the video really isn’t.

Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – “Say, Say, Say” – (1983)

Paul McCartney teamed up with a fairly young Michael Jackson for this Hot 100 #1 hit in 1983. I’ve never really known what to think of this song but as I’m listening to it I’m realizing that Jackson’s vocals are awesome (as usual) and McCartney’s performance is pretty good too. But the combination of the two really works. It doesn’t even sound tragically 80s – which it really had the opportunity to do. I guess that’s a good thing.

Chad Kroeger feat. Josey Scott – “Hero” – (2002)

“Hero” was the theme song for the constantly-being-rebooted Spiderman back in 2002. The song was the result of Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Saliva’s Josey Scott. Theory of a Deadman frontman Tyler Connolly also co-wrote the song with the other two and performed as part of the group. Mike Kroeger (also of Nickelback) is on bass and the drummer is Matt Cameron (of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden fame). The song was very popular in the aftermath of 9/11 and received a lot of airplay, peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 and in the top five of four other American Billboard charts – and it charted all over the world too. I grew tired of it quickly but I wouldn’t say I loathe it.

Celine Dion & R. Kelly – “I’m Your Angel” – (1998)

This #1 hit from late 1998 appeared on albums by both Celine Dion and R. Kelly. It was the first #1 that took Billboard’s new rules into account regarding tracks that were never officially released as a single (otherwise referred to as “airplay-only”). This is neither artist’s best song although even if it was a big smash.

Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson – “Friends and Lovers” – (1986)

This is a super-80s duet from Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson. Loring – now known as the mother of Robin Thicke – was an actress-turned-singer known mostly for her role on Days of Our Lives. Carl Anderson is best known for his work on Broadway. They teamed up in 1986 and recorded this song – which topped the Adult Contemporary chart and hit #2 on the Hot 100 in 1986. This song is the definition of 1980s Adult Contemporary.

Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat – “Lucky” – (2008)

This song breaks my rule of not featuring any songs released in the last five years – but holy crap, 2008 was six years ago! Anyway, I figure it would never make any of my Top 100 countdowns so it would work here. It was only a top 50 hit on the Hot 100 but – guess where it excelled? That’s right, the Adult Contemporary (and they somehow different Adult Pop Songs chart) where it peaked at #10 and #9 respectively. This is far from my favorite Jason Mraz song and not even in my top five on this album. But it was popular.

Shania Twain & Bryan White – “From This Moment On” – (1997)

This song was written by Shania Twain and perennial hit-writer “Mutt” Lange. Originally, it was going to be a duet between Twain and Elton John but they ended up recording it with country singer Bryan White instead and this has to be his biggest hit. The song was an adult contemporary #1 (duets really heat up the A/C chart). It hit #6 on the country chart and #4 on the Hot 100. Shania was the crossover queen of the 90s.

Cher & Peter Cetera – “After All” – (1989)

This is one of those huge adult contemporary singles from the late 1980s – it topped that chart for four weeks in 1989 and only peaked at #6 on the Hot 100. It was featured in the movie Chances Are and was nominated for an Oscar (which The Little Mermaid ended up winning). This should be an easy song to mock, but I’m not on a VH1 clipshow so I won’t mock it. It really isn’t terrible and reminds me strongly of the early 1990s when it was played constantly.

Eve feat. Gwen Stefani – “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” – (2001)

The original purpose of this whole duet thing was to do duets and not songs that use the word “featuring” in the artist line. But there are just so many duets from the 1980s that I am quickly running out of those from the 1990s and, especially, 2000s to feature alongside them. I picked this song because I really liked it when it came out and, as I’m listening to it now, still enjoy it. The song is actually pretty good and it won the inaugural Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. It also reached #2 on the Hot 100.

Eric Benet & Faith Evans – “Georgy Porgy” – (1999)

Cover songs have their place – sometimes they are a terrible idea and sometimes they make a good case for themselves. This is an really chill version of Toto’s 1978 hit (I hate myself for saying “chill” but I don’t know how else to put it). The very talented Eric Benet teamed with Faith Evans to cover this in 1999. It only made it to #55 in the U.S. – but it was a #2 hit in New Zealand.