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Do It As A Duet
A song is covered as a duet, even when it wasn't originally sung like so.
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Previous title: Duetize

Despite the fact that some songs were originally written for one person, somebody might decide to cover it as a duet between two people - be it two existing members of a band, or the artist and a guest star. Perhaps, in the end, it worked better that way. Perhaps it's an excuse to get a special guest singer on the album. Perhaps the two singers just harmonize well.

A Music Trope, obviously. Depending on how the lines are divided between the singers, The Cover Changes the Meaning can come into play.


  • Broken by Seether. A second version was recorded with Amy Lee.
  • Frank Sinatra's Duets and Duets II.
  • Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable", as covered by his daughter Natalie.
  • The Zuton's "Valerie," which was covered by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson.
  • Considering it was the the Breakaway Pop Hit from the movie Duets, Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow's version of "Cruisin'" probably should be mentioned. It should be noted, though, that even if they split up Smokey Robinson's lyrics, Lewis's harmony during the chorus matches that of one of the Miracles, thus making it arguably not stem from a solo number.
  • By the end of Uncle Kracker's version of "Drift Away", it's a full-fledged duet with original artist Dobie Gray.
  • Vanessa Carlton's involvement with the Counting Crows version of "Big Yellow Taxi."
  • The cast of Glee has done this more than a few times (covering things like Journey's Faithfully and Adele's Rolling in the Deep as duets).
  • I think the song Edelweiss wasn't originally a duet, but that's the way it was sung in The Sound of Music (by the father and the eldest daughter of the Von Trapp family).

Fictional Examples
  • Sly3 did this one with Bentley and Don Octavio.
  • Happened in Song Of The Saurials to a bard obsessed with preserving his art intact
    "You know, an old priestess of Selune told me something interesting about that song. Selune is the goddess of the moon," Olive explained for Grypht's benefit. "Anyway, this priestess said that the Shards--those are Selune's most powerful minions," she explained for Grypht again. "The Shards sing the song for Selune, but they sing it as a duet."
    "It should be sung as a solo," Finder said automatically.
    "I know," Olive said, "but a modest halfling like me didn't have the nerve to correct so venerable a priestess. Perhaps, Master Wyvernspur, the next time you run into the goddess Selune, you should tell her to keep her minions under control. In the meantime, why don't you try singing it with Alias, just this once?"

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