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Christmas Duets; Present day artists combined with past days artists. Which couple do you suggest?

Asked by rebbel (30902points) December 14th, 2011

In the Netherlands a CD saw the light of day on which big named artists from the past ‘sing’ duets with present day (Dutch) artists.
I am not impressed; in general not with Christmas songs, and especially not with Dutch singers who couple up with great American artists.
But…, can you imagine a couple singing a duet?
A present day singer with an ‘oldie’?
With which song?

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Kardamom's avatar

I wouldn’t mind hearing Adam Levine from Maroon 5 singing with Barbara Streisand singing The Holly and the Ivy.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Oh I thought you meant “Artist” artists…

I’d like to see Caravaggio mix it up with Thomas Kinkade.

Blondesjon's avatar

I thought they did a pretty good job with the David Bowie/Bing Crosby mix of Little Drummer Boy.

I think another Bing Crosby collaboration, this time with Marilyn Manson, would be great if they did Mele Kalikimaki together.

global_nomad's avatar

One of my favorite holiday songs is “Baby It’s Cold Outside” sung by Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel.

filmfann's avatar

Trying to come up with an answer, I considered Linda Rondstadt and Andy Williams, then I found one online!
(then I realized Linda is not really present day, dammit)

How about one with Elvis and Adele?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Elvis with Bon Scott, Jim Morrison and Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra with Roy Orbison.

lonelydragon's avatar

If you’re talking about creating a track where a modern artist “duets” with someone no longer living, I never liked that idea. It seems disrespectful IMHO, because the deceased singer can’t give consent to the musical partnership. Who’s to say that Elvis would want to duet with Kelly Clarkson if he were alive? Now, I do like it when a living, well-established artist sings with a new, up-and-coming singer (like the Leon Redbone/Zooey Deschanel partnership mentioned upthread—those two should do a holiday album together!).

augustlan's avatar

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet recently did a duet of The Lady is a Tramp that came out great. I could totally see them doing some Christmas songs, too.

My favorite is the one @Blondesjon mentioned, with David Bowie and Bing Crosby. For current-ish and current-ish Christmas duets, you can’t beat the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan’s version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings.

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