Duets are popular with artists no matter the genre, but country stars seem to really turn those collaborations into hits. From the days of Johnny and June Carter Cash to more recent team-ups like Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris‘ “Craving You” — which recently hit No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart — male/female country duets are just about as timeless as they come.
One of those classic duets is Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton‘s 1983 crossover platinum hit, “Islands in the Stream,” a song that began a now legendary country partnership of more than 30 years. But much to the dismay of Dolly and Kenny fans, the two just announced on July 18 that they will officially be performing their last show together on Oct. 25, when they’ll join the likes of Little Big Town, Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel and Alison Krauss in a star-studded farewell show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
To commemorate the bittersweet announcement, we couldn’t help wondering: Is “Islands in the Stream” the best male/female country duet of all time? Several of country’s biggest names have paired up with fellow superstars over the years to create some incredible songs, including Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood (“The Fighter”), and power couples Tim McGraw and Faith Hill or Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Then there’s the more unconventional duets that also turned into smashes, like Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow’s “Picture” or Kenny Chesney and P!nk’s “Setting the World on Fire.”
The list is could go on and on, but we’ve picked 15 of the standouts and now we want to hear from you. Which of the below songs is your favorite — or is there one you feel deserves the top spot that we didn’t include? Vote in the poll and give your favorite duet a shout-out!