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The 20 Most Memorable Duets of All Time

Collaborations to remember, from Gaga and Springsteen to Alice Cooper and the Muppets

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In early March Kanye West and Jay-Z will release their long-awaited collaborative album Watch The Throne. The lead-off single "H.A.M" underwhelmed many fans, causing us to think back to the long history of all-star duets — some predictable, some completely unexpected. Sometimes they're amazing (think Elton and Eminem). Other times they fall very flat (think Diddy with Jimmy Page). Here's a look back at 19 more superstar duets from the past few decades.

By Andy Greene

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Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson, ‘Candy’

Iggy Pop was more than 20 years into his career when he teamed up with Kate Pierson to record "Candy." He had never had anything resembling hit, but this instantly catchy song brought him to the Top 40 for the first and last time.

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John Lydon and Afrika Bambaata, ‘World Destruction’

In the late 1970s punk and rap refined the boundaries of popular music, and in 1984 Afrika Bambaataa's group Time Zone recruited John Lydon to merge the two sounds. This was a full year before Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith dropped "Walk This Way."

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Jackson Browne and Clarence Clemons, ‘You’re a Friend of Mine’

Bruce Springsteen was so massively popular in 1985 that even his saxophonist was landing on the pop charts. This 1985 duet between Clarence Clemons and Jackson Browne (with Darryl Hannah on background vocals) hit Number 18 on the Hot 100. Word is that Clemons initially tried to get Springsteen to sing, but he tactfully told him he didn't much care for the song.

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Diddy and Jimmy Page, ‘Come With Me’

Remember when you first heard Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" and you thought to yourself, "You know what would make this song better? If Diddy repeatedly said 'uh-huh' and 'yeah' during it." On the soundtrack to the equally shitty movie Godzilla in 1998 he did exactly that. Somehow or another Jimmy Page got talked into participating in this monstrosity.

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Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield, ‘What Have I Done to Deserve This?’

In 1987 the Pet Shop Boys brought Dusty Springfield out of obscurity to sing on their song "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" The song reminded the world how amazing Springfield is, and it led to an unexpected career revival for the soul icon. Is there anything the Pet Shop Boys can't do?

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