17 Best Acoustic Guitar Songs for Male-Female Duets

I wish my list of best acoustic guitar songs for male-female duets was 100% acoustic, but I’m sharing all the songs I could think of because the reality is that you can adapt any of these songs for guitar.

What is a good duet song?

What makes for a good duet song? I don’t know if I can put my finger on something specific, but I do know what I don’t like!

Every online list of male-female duets are mostly Boomer songs that aren’t appealing at all to me. They are just so bubblegum and corny. Check out this list from Billboard of the 40 Biggest Duets of All Time. I mean, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton?

As a Gen Xer only four of them would make my list:

  • #28 Don’t Go Draggin’ My Heart Around – Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks
  • #24 You’re the One That I Want – Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta (I mean, GREASE)
  • #12 Separate Lives – Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
  • #10 Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart – Elton John and Kiki Dee (probably more popular now than when it came out thanks to Ella Enchanted and the 2019 Elton John movie)

That’s IT.

Except maybe one other song that I’ve found on other duet songs lists that would definitely make mine – Fairytale of New York with Shane McGowan (The Pogues) and Christy McCall. But now I identify it so much with the Christmas season that I didn’t want to put it on my main bests list.

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Best Acoustic Guitar Songs for Male-Female Duets

Short list of the best acoustic guitar songs for male-female duets. The performances shown may not be acoustic, but it's possible to translate them in to acoustic versions for talent shows, weddings, or campfire sing-alongs.

Male/Female Duet Song Playlist

That was the video list. But I thought you might like them in a text list of male-female duet songs, too. Like I said above, these don’t necessarily fit a certain genre or time period but they are just the the ones I choose that fit my more Gen X aesthetic:

  • Blank Space/Style Mash-up – Louisa Wendorff and Devin Dawson
  • Swerve – Stu Larsen & Lydia Cole
  • Hazy – Rosi Golan with William Fitzsimmons
  • Between the Raindrops – Lifehouse with Natasha Bedington
  • Cold is the Night – The Oh Hellos
  • More Than Friends – Jason Mraz (featuring Meghan Trainor)
  • Crazy for You or The Beautiful Days Attack – Scars on 45
  • Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
  • Lucky – Jason Mraz (featuring Colbie Caillat)
  • Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
  • Somebody That I Used to Know – Walk Off the Earth version
  • Sky – Joshua Radin (duet with Ingrid Michaelson)
  • Haunted – Sinèad O’Connor and Shane McGowan
  • Nothing Better – The Postal Service
  • Gold – Matt Hartke featuring Maggie Peake
  • Nobody Knows Me At All – The Weepies
  • You Don’t Me – Ben Folds featuring Regina Spektor


  • Unreconciled – Peter Bradley Adams and Susie Suh
  • I Thought I Lost You – Miley Cyrus and John Travolta (from BOLT Soundtrack)
  • Perfect – Ed Sheeran with Beyonce

So that’s it! My list. You can go over to Ultimate Guitar Tabs to find a version that fits your performance needs.