Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you know what that means: it’s time to hone your serenading skills. Yeah, yeah, you can play a couple Dave Matthews songs on the guitar, but cupid and you both know you’ve got to step it up a notch this year. Remix the soundtrack to your love life with these harmonious duets (and the audio products that’ll make them sound all the sweeter).
“In Spite of Ourselves”: John Prine & Iris Dement
The ultimate ode to unconditional love, this song features the completely endearing, tuneful croons of two great folk/country musicians. To know someone’s quirks (“Swears like a sailor when she shaves her legs”/ “I caught him once and he was sniffin’ my undies”) and love them all the more — now that’s something worth singing about.
“Don’t You Want Me”: Human League
First of all, it’s impossible not to get down when this song comes on. Plus, it’s great for karaoke with your significant other. In just a few short, Europop-infused minutes, you get two very different perspectives on a deteriorating five-year relationship. Sometimes you look back, and the only thing you can agree on is that one of you was indeed a waitress in a cocktail bar. Sad, we know, but before it all ends, let’s bust out some dance moves for old time’s sake.
“Take Me or Leave Me”: Rent Soundtrack
A tuneful ultimatum, the characters Joanne and Maureen from this hit Broadway musical and movie implore the other to take them for who they are (Maureen: a flirty, flighty diva; Joanne: a cautious, control freak), or leave. When the time comes in your relationship to lay down the line, you’ll be glad to have this anthem echoing in your head.
“Islands in the Stream”: Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
Dolly Parton’s voice is enough to make you swoon. But so is the love that they sing of: that deep, intertwined, just-you-and-me-against-the-world,-baby, kind of love. Sure, no man is an island, but two islands together? Yes, we’ll take it.
“911″: Wyclef Jean & Mary J. Blige
Love can be painful– like getting shot through the heart, as this duo declares. But sometimes you can ease that pain with a song. “Yo, fellas havin’ problems with the chicks?” Wyclef asks during the intro. Well, yeah, Wyclef, now that you mention it, maybe a few problems. Luckily, he’s got a solution: “Turn the lights down low. Pull your girl up next to you. I want you to sing this to her.”
- The Audio Quest FLX Mini Splitter lets you connect two pairs of headphones to one mini-jack, so you can cozy up with your co-listener and share the music on your portable audio device, tablet, or laptop.
- Planning a romantic picnic dinner or an evening of star gazing? Bring your tunes along with the Bose SoundLink mobile speaker, which plays music wirelessly from your phone or other device. Compact design, long-lasting rechargeable battery, and great sound, all in one.
- Wake up on the bright side with the iLuv alarm clock with iPod dock and bed shaker. You can start your day to the sound of music from the FM radio or your iPod, or you can be summoned from slumber by the included vibrating bed shaker (as if there will really be a shortage of that after jamming out to those Valentine’s Day duets).
What are some of your favorite love song duets? Sing your heart out in the comments.