Playlist: It Takes Two To Tango

Maybe it’s just the formidable amount of road tripping I’ve been doing lately, but it seems to me that there’s really nothing better than a good duet. When you’ve been driving for a few hours and a two-part song comes on, there’s really no way to stop yourselves from singing along. Or maybe it’s the karaoke. I went out with my friends a few night ago and we brought down the house (or at least kept the interest of the 5 other people there) with our rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls.”

In the interest of sing-a-longs everywhere, we’ve got a duet playlist so that you and a friend — or three in some cases — can sing yourselves hoarse.

It Takes Two To Tango


Mind Your Manners – Chiddy Bang ft. Icona Pop
Feeling This – Blink-182
16 Going On 17 – The Sound of Music
No Air – Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
Telephone – Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
Let Me Blow Ya Mind – Eve & Gwen Stefani
I Don’t Feel It Anymore – William Fitzsimmons
You Got Me – The Roots ft. Erykah Badu
Put It In A Love Song – Alicia Keys & Beyoncé
Dutty Love – Don Omar & Natti Natasha
Dear Prudence – Across The Universe
Gordita – Shakira & Calle 13
Birds of a Feather – The Civil Wars
Not Tonight – Matt Sharp & Maya Rudolph
Fly – Nicki Minaj & Rihanna
A Whole New World – Aladdin
Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil Kim & Pink
Your Ex-Lover Is Dead – Stars
No Church In The Wild – Kanye West and Jay-z ft. Frank Ocean
Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Carry Out – Timbaland & Justin Timberlake
Cute Without The E – Taking Back Sunday
Rumor Has It/Someone Like You – Glee
Love Sex Magic – Justin Timberlake & Ciara
Hold Yuh – Gyptian & Nicki Minaj


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  1. What about some Johnny & June? Jackson? It Ain’t Me, Babe?
    You got some pretty good ones on here already though.

  2. “Lady Marmalade” was an excellent choice, I must say. As a straight-acting, closeted teenager, I recall that video making me quite, er, uncomfortable. If we’re including showtunes, I would add “The Cell Block Tango.”

  3. Taking Back Sunday and Brand New songs are always my favorite to duet to. Also Let Me Blow Ya Mind is def. one of my favorite songs ever.

  4. From Across The Universe I also love “Because”, I think they did an amazing cover.
    And in these days “How Will I Know” from Glee is stuck in my mind.

  5. I’ve had ‘put it in a love song’ stuck in my head for the past week because I was singing it with my sister in the car. I love Lady Marmalade and also superhuman by Chris Brown and Keri Hilson is a good one.

  6. Not song related. but, if any lady out there can lead tango like that photo, I will be hers forever. Finding leads in queer partner dancing is like finding a unicorn. I’m not sure they really exist.

    • I had to learn ballroom dancing in high school (performing arts school); there were way more girls than boys in the class, so the girls had to take turns leading each other. Little did I know at the time that I was learning valuable skills for my future life as a queer lady.

    • Where do you live? I’m in Boston, and there’s a pretty awesome GLBT ballroom dance world here, with GLBT-specific classes, dance nights, etc.

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