Wednesday Question: Best Rock Duos?

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Screw those loner DJs; rock music is all about collaboration, bringing the best musical minds together to make a bigger and smarter noise than all those dumbed-down laptop genres.

But even in a full band lineup, there's often a relationship between two members which is so strong that it brings the band together and helps them make better music than ever.

This week's question is:

What are the best rock duos of all time?

There's so many great partnerships in rock that it's hard to know where to start. Jack and Meg White became garage rock icons, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi made Black Sabbath sound utterly unique, and Simon and Garfunkel will go down in time as a truly great pair of songwriters (even if we wish they rocked a little harder).

You could even go for the anti-vote and suggest Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, if you want to stir things up.

Post one nomination per comment, and remember to up vote others that you agree with. Good luck!

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    Dave Mustaine and his ego.
    Shall I just get it out the way? Bill & Ted
    Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell
    John Lennon and Paul McCartney
    David Gilmour and Roger Waters.
    Simon and Garfunkel (Folk Rock!)
    My vote goes to Tankian & Malakian. Two genious songwriters, both with their really unique styles. They both have successful careers of their own, but when their styles collide, magic happens. Plus their harmony singing on almost every System tune is wicked...
    You can't just name two people in a band, that's not a duo... Everly Brothers, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, White Stripes and my personal favourite Tears for Fears. Those are duos.
    Dio and Ritche Blackmore!
    Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood
    As much as I love Radiohead, all six of them (I'm including Godrich here) are vital to the band in some way.
    Honestly I could have put any numerous combinations of the members of Radiohead and still have a solid duo
    Kudos for giving a shout-out to such a great band though. You still get my upvote.
    I respect that, but the music they produce doesn't come from any two of them alone. Try and imagine Radiohead without Colin's awesome basslines, for example.
    Sorry sorry sorry, I was drunk and I hit the wrong button, I wanted to upvote you :'(
    C'mon people, It may be a cliche, but this still deserves to win.
    They even put their guitars up there as the profile pic. They have to win. The Beatles were what people refer to nowadays as a supergroup. 4 AMAZING musicans and composers in one group. They are so inspiring and their music is mind blowing.
    Without a shadow of a doubt. The music they created together will never be bettered y nobody
    There are so many great duos in the history of rock music, but in all honesty, if you had to name just one, I can't see it being anyone else than John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
    Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
    Tenacious D
    White Stripes. So we can have Jack Black and Jack White as #1 and #2, respectively.
    I really like Tenacious D but they hardly deserve to place ahead of duos from the likes of The Beatles or Pink Floyd.
    Yes they do. Because they are a real DUO! Last time I checked, both Pink Floyd and The Beatles had 4 members. I think it's pretty unfair to say that Roger Waters and David Gilmour is the ultimate duo, since they weren't the only songwriters in the band.
    They wrote amazing song's together, not just lyrically but the vocal melodies too. On top of that the guitar & bass. Look at The Wall, there are huge sections all over with only guitar and dual vocals.
    Whilst this is true, most of the beatles and pink floyds music was written by the respective duos. They had the largest impact on songwriting and musical direction of their respective bands. Not taking away from the other band members, of course, but they didn't have quite the same influence.
    There were 4 members but it says best duo, in the example they suggest Ozzy & Iomi... Like they're the only 2 in their band? So basically you're saying that you hate Geezer Butler!
    The question is ROCK duo. I respect Pink Floyd and The Beatles, but the D rocks their socks off.
    I can't believe this has the gold medal. I really hope they don't win. In all seriousness, they are a comedy act
    Yup. Our faces when we read the article on Friday and Tenacious D won over the likes of Gilmour/Waters, Lennon/Cartney and such.
    Your ability to recognize that they are a comedy act is astounding. By the way, why did you feel the need to comment on this twice? We understood your stance after the first comment.
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    Yea, they're a comedy act...So? They do their comedy via rock music so in all seriousness, they deserve to at least be mentioned for this list. Most people underestimate the playing and writing talents of the D because they are funny, you're one of these idiots.
    What kind of sick joke is this? Jack black and a bald fat guy? Kyle glass? The Gold Medal? Say what?
    I agree that they shouldn't win, but don't be a bitch about it. One reply was enough.
    I re-posted to make my point. You third eye i'snt seeing correctly
    The point was made with the first one. There's also an edit button, unless your eyes aren't seeing correctly.
    Jacques Nel
    Why shouldn't they win? It's about the full package, their entertaining, their a duo, their awesome, they'd kick your ass, they work with Dave Grohl (Part of being successful rock musicians), they make great ROCK music...Need I continue?
    If you actually give them a chance, you'd realize they're excellent musicians who mix humor into their art. KG is classically trained and JB is an experienced rocker. Most ppl don't realize the D existed before Jack's movie career.
    Roger Waters/David Gilmour You know it makes sense
    This. They may not have always gotten along, but their musical chemistry is responsible for some of the greatest music ever.
    And people down vote for what reason? Well whatever Cheers to you mate!
    Stevie/Lindsay of Fleetwood Mac deserve a mention.
    definitely in the top 10. even if some stages were rough with them, they still made perfect music. Hell, Rumours (one of the best and best selling albums of all time) was made during the worst stages of Fleetwood Mac
    Marty Friedman & Jason Becker. This is a guitar website, it must be said!
    Flight of the Conchords, obviously. You know how I know? Because it's Wednesday.
    Just a side note, just because a laptop is used to make music doesn't mean it is always dumbed-down. Sampling is a task all it's own, and then arranging. . . lord. Can the author spell elitist?
    Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend
    the who needed the whole group though. daltrey and townshend would have been nothing without John Entwistle and Keith Moon
    Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha
    Awesome choice, but I would say the rhythm duo of Tim Commerford (maybe wrong on last name) and Brad Wilk as well.
    On the topic of rhythm duos, Flea and Chad Smith come to mind immediately. If you've ever seen them live, it's like they were born to play together.
    Speaking of rhythm duos, Keith Moon and John Entwistle were amazing. Their performances were almost opposite (Keith would go crazy while John would look real calm) but they were perfect for each other.
    Steven Tyler/Joe Perry
    Flea and John Frusciante, for the rhythm and jamming and understanding. (though this is too far down to get any votes by now...)