Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples
The song got me to thinking about other odd teamings. In 1985, new wave duo Eurythmics and R&B legend Aretha Franklin reached No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"; in 1992, dance group KLF and country icon Tammy Wynette rose to No. 11 with "Justified and Ancient"; and, in 2004, hip-hop star Nelly and country-to-the-core Tim McGraw climbed to No. 3 with "Over and Over."
I thought it might be fun if other Billboard readers mention their favorite "odd couples" that combined to create hit songs.
The Michael Bolton duet is yet the latest pairing that "SNL" cast member Andy Samberg and his parody partners Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone have concocted, with Bolton's guest appearance clearly meant to poke good-natured fun at his trademark booming vocal style.
As previously reported, the Lonely Island's "Turtleneck & Chain" is set to make a lofty arrival on this week's Billboard 200. In addition to "Jack Sparrow," the set includes collaborations with Akon, Beck, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Santigold, Snoop Dogg, fellow "SNL" comedian Kenan Thompson and Justin Timberlake.
(Bolton, meanwhile, releases his own "The Duets Collection" June 21. "We heard that Michael wanted to write something with us," says Rascal Flatts, who guests on the set's opening track, "Love Is Everything." "It's like, Michael Bolton! Come on - he's one of the greatest singers on the planet").
Please share your favorite songs sporting unlikely duet partners in the comments section below. Or, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll continue the topic Friday in "Ask Billboard." (Also feel free to include holiday pairings, by such acts as John Denver and the Muppets; Elvis Presley and modern-day country artists (teamed virtually); and, Bing Crosby and a certain "Fame"-ous rock star).