I’ve been surprised by the recent popularity of the Gotye song “Somebody That I Used to Know.” It came out almost a year ago, and yet it gained traction sometime this winter and has been at the top of the charts since then.
It’s a catchy song, easy to remember, and full of emotion, but there are plenty of songs like that. I think part of the key for the Gotye song is that it’s a duet.
There’s just something about duets–particularly duets between a man and a woman–that really get to me, even in an anti-love song like Somebody That I Used to Know. The best moment is when the man’s voice joins the woman’s, or when the women’s voice joins the man’s. It’s a perfect moment.
I’m a sucker for a rousing love song, so two others that come to mind are “Islands in the Stream” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers and “When the Stars Go Blue” by The Corrs and U2. Oh, and the Aladdin classic, “A Whole New World,” obviously.
What’s your favorite duet? And no, I won’t be singing both parts of a duet in my next video blog. I’m a terrible singer, and I’d instantly lose all my readers.