Dynamic duos, R&B legends who teamed up together for some of most soulful, unforgettable songs of all-time. Here’s my list of the top 5 male R&B duos. I excluded any one time collaborations like Smokey Robinson with Rick James and went with duos that performed consistently as a twosome. Let me know if you have any other contenders: Honorable mention: Eric B & Rakim
5. The Blues Brothers
Yes, they were a made for TV, Saturday Night Live band, yet with limited vocal abilities, John Belushi made the most of his talent. No one can deny the all-star soul band including Duck Dunn and Matt “Guitar” Murphy that kept the spirit of 1960’s soul music alive.
4. The Brothers Johnson
An underrated funk group. “Stomp”, “Strawberry Letter 23”, and “I’ll Be Good To You” – definitive funk jams. Quincy Jones gave the duo their start and they blended jazz rhythms with heavy bass grooves, perfect house party music.
3. K-Ci and JoJo
After breaking away from Jodeci in the mid-90’s, the Hailey brothers kept REAL soul music alive for the next five years. “All My Life” became an international #1 hit. “Tell Me It’s Real”, “How Do U Want It” (with Tupac), and “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” each showed off the brothers family harmony
2. Sam and Dave
Sam Moore and Dave Prater are the original Stax soul men. Recording hits like “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby”, “Hold On I’m Coming”, and of course, the original “Soul Man”, Sam & Dave were in the same class as Otis Redding, Aretha, and Wilson Pickett.
1. Hall & Oates
The biggest selling duo of all-time. Daryl Hall and John Oates cross musical boundaries. They blended pop, rock, and rhythm and blues into a hybrid of blue eyed soul that kept them on the top of the charts for decades. Listen to their work with the Temptations in the 80’s and you’ll see they can hold their own with R&B legends.