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The Ten Worst Duets in Pop History

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7. Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Feist: "You and I" There comes a point in every young rocker's life where he or she grows up, has a few kids and starts singing sappy songs -- in the case of Jeff Tweedy, with Feist. On the band's 2009 album, Wilco (The Album), Feist joins Tweedy for the twee love song, "You and I." Not only are Feist and Tweedy a bad pair vocally, but "You and I" just feels like a phoned-in tune.

6. Donnie and Marie Osmond: "A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll" It's understandable if you want to tap your feet and sing along to "A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll" by Donnie and Marie Osmond, but don't do it. This duet is a travesty that put country and rock music into fun, wholesome categories the whole family could embrace every week on the Donnie & Marie variety show. With Marie's twangy, country tinged voice and Donnie's edgier presentation, each listener got a healthy dose of country and rock, without ever having to listen to actual country or rock music.

5. Paul McCartney and Carl Perkins: "Get It" Paul McCartney has done a lot of worthless duets in his time, including "The Girl is Mine" with Michael Jackson and "Heal the Pain" with George Michael, but "Get It," with the rockabilly legend Carl Perkins might be his most wasted effort to date. Thrown onto McCartney's 1982 album, Tug of War (which produced the hit duet "Ebony and Ivory"), "Get It" sticks out like a sore thumb. On the track, both Perkins and McCartney saunter along to a goofy rockabilly beat, singing about love and gettin' stuff. It's a shame McCartney didn't do more with Perkins' talents.

4. Mick Jagger and Dave Matthews: "Wild Horses" During The Rolling Stones 1997 Bridges to Babylon tour, the band filmed a live DVD in which Dave Matthews sings "Wild Horses" alongside Mick Jagger. Although it was filmed as a live cut and never became a single, the duet is still out there for the world to hear. The whispered inflection of Matthews, trying to match Jagger's wild accent on the refrain of the song, just doesn't work. A Jagger and Matthews' version of "Crash Into Me," however, would be amazing.

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