They wrote the best songs in history, and became the "core" of legendary bands
Today we decided to remember not just the best songwritersand not even just the best author's duets, but duets that were "The linchpin of legendary bands! How's that? It's simple: it's no secret that for many bands the songs were written by so-called "outside authors" who were not members of the lineup. In our case, we are talking about the latter.
These people are unique and brilliant! Just think about it: they played and sang on stage, recorded in the studio, performed in the same band and literally lived side by side for years, and still managed to constantly find a common language, new sources of inspiration and, as a result, present to the world some of the best songs in history! In fact, our list could have been more extensive and varied, but we decided to focus on the classics of the 20th century, whose masterpieces every music lover whistles today! And at the end of the article, we've prepared a little bonusSo - our selection promises to be a lot of fun!
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
We decided to begin the list with from the rockAnd rock songs compared to "pop" are the classics that are eternally relevant, never ageing, and do not lose their luster. Although we have found a place for popular music as well, but first things first. So, without a doubt, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have always been the "linchpin" The Rolling Stones. In addition to being the most charismatic members of the band, they also wrote songs that invariably became hits.
"Gimme Shelter," "Sympathy for the Devil," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and many, many others - the list of their joint masterpieces could go on and on! Considering that these two have lived side by side for decades (constant touring, long studio sessions and so on), and as a result not only did not "go crazy", but also kept Strong male friendshipThe fact that they were in a union that was clearly made in heaven makes it possible to conclude with certainty.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
But was the alliance Lennon and McCartney "cosmic"? Undoubtedly: these two wrote The Beatles' greatest hitssuch as "Girl," "Baby's In Black," "A Day In The Life" and many others. In addition, everyone contributed to the band's repertoire personally.
Their songwriting duo fell apart before the band itself ceased to exist. Since 1966, Lennon and McCartney wrote songs separately, but each of them continued to control and inspire the other: John restrained Paul's levity, and vice versa, McCartney musically stimulated his comrade. As many critics and biographers believe, it was difficult for John after The Beatles broke up, for in fact he felt a certain creative addiction From Paul.
"Watching McCartney's success, John felt an urgent need to overtake him! That's why in his Imagine he decided to be John and Paul at the same time..."
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
Everything is clear with the Rolling and the Beatles - the aforementioned author's duets the whole world knowsand at least one third of our planet listens to their works with pleasure. But for some reason other, not less well-coordinated and genius tandems in rock are often overlooked... For example - the partnership Robert Plante and Jimmy Page!
These two have written enough songs to dilute your playlist with more than one album of their own. "Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, Black Dog - these and many other songs were co-written by Page and Plante. Why is their contribution overlooked when it comes to the authors within bands? Maybe because the Rolling Stones wrote more, more often, and the band is still afloat today? Although the Beatles did not last that long either, and since 1966 Lennon and McCartney have been writing separately... It is really an interesting question.
Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Slowly we are getting closer to popular music. We have to disappoint you: our list includes only one author duo in this genre. But what a...
ABBA Songs - the best thing that ever happened to the world of popular music in the '70s and '80s. They are bright, rhythmic, light, beautiful, mesmerizing... All in all, it's all magic, which is hard to tear your... "ears" away from, isn't it?
And they weren't just written by bandmates, they were written by old comrades Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (with the participation of the poet Stieg Andersonso we can say that it is already an author's trio).
These two always knew a lot about rhythms, and they could always find a common language, continue each other's idea, add colors and present another masterpiece to the world. Even after the disintegration of the band, by the way, there was still a very strong connection between them. warm relations.
But there is at least one more cool duowho was not part of the band, but who has given us an undying classic of his genre! And that is Elton John and Bernie Topin. With Elton as composer, Topin's lyrics have brought magic to such songs as "Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, Candle In The Wind and countless others.
Millions of copies sold worldwide and the ardent passion of music lovers for these compositions even today is the best reward and indicator quality of their truly fantastic partnership.
In making these "best of" lists, we often neglect the past. And in vain. Finally, we decided to look back at one of the oldest and most brilliant duos in the world. William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Between 1871 and 1898 the couple created 14 comic operas! Sullivan composed the music and Gilbert wrote the words.
Their main theme was a comic parody of the British government and society, in a mannerist, good-natured style that delighted audiences of all ages. Extremely popular in their day and still gaining relevance, these operas continue to attract new fans around the world. And that's it for us. Be sure to share in the comments your favorite duetsAs we have already noted, our list was concise, but hopefully informative.