the_righteous_brothers_-_youve_lost_that_lovin_feelin#10 – The Righteous Brothers – “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” – (1965)

It’s pretty incredible how low the opening lines of “You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips” actually are. Co-written by Phil Spector, this is one of the greatest love songs ever recorded. Used spectacularly in Top Gun, the song has remained quite famous since its release as a single in late 1964 (the album came out the next year). It was a #1 in the U.S. and the U.K. It was a top ten hit in the U.K. again in 1969 and cracked the top 50 again in 1977. That’s  some serious staying power for two serious vocalists.

right5001z#13 – The Righteous Brothers – “(Your My) Soul and Inspiration” – (1966)

Damn could these guys sing. I’m not sure there’s a better track to hear these two belt out lyrics than this one. A #1 hit, it was their first successful single since leaving producer Phil Spector. Unfortunately, it was their last major hit until 1974 when they put out one more.

#68 – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – “I’ve had the Time of My Life” – (1987)

Dirty Dancing was a landmark of the 1980s – both as a film and a soundtrack. The original soundtrack contained 12 tracks, about 9 of which were massive hits at one time or another. Three of those were first released on this soundtrack – which is quite a feat (one of which is featured elsewhere on this list). The other one was “She’s like the Wind” which was a #3 hit for Patrick Swayze. “I’ve had the Time of My Life” was performed by Righteous Brother Bill Medley and Queen of 1980s Film Theme Duets Jennifer Warnes (see also: “Up Where We Belong” with Joe Cocker, from 1982’s An Officer and a Gentleman). This song won an Oscar for Best Original Song and a Grammy for Best Pop Performance (Duo or Group) and it went to #1 on the Hot 100.