Songs with multiple lead singers

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  1. Jay_Z

    Jay_Z Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Many bands have multiple people that sing lead, but fewer have multiple lead vocals within the same song. One exception is Twilight Zone by Golden Earring, where George Kooymans sings the chorus and I think the first verse, and Barry Hay sings the second verse. Or the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter, I would consider Merry Clayton a second lead vocalist. Journey with That's The Same Way, they had a couple of others I believe. What are some other good examples? Not backing, or chorus vocals, or response vocals, but distinct lead vocalists.

    Duets would be less interesting, there are going to be a ton of those. Islands In The Stream, I Got You Babe, whatever... more in a band context where it's unexpected. Um, did the Beatles ever do this? :D
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  2. hello people

    hello people Forum Resident

    Traveling Wilburies
  3. DesertChaos

    DesertChaos Forum Resident

    I'd say Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb is going to be a top choice.
  4. Jay_Z

    Jay_Z Forum Resident Thread Starter

    One good one I just thought of myself is the Move's cover of Last Thing On My Mind. I think they did that more than once with the pre-=Jeff Lynee lineup.
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  5. wavethatflag

    wavethatflag God is love, but get it in writing.

    SF Bay Area
    "Hunger Strike"--so very 90s
    "Ebony and Ivory"--so very 80s
    "Bargain"--so very 70s
    "I Got You Babe"--so very 60s (but I now see you've mentioned this one as not preferable, oh well).
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  6. ThePostElectroGranger

    ThePostElectroGranger Forum Resident

    Alice In Chains- Right Turn
    actually any Alice song, because of the harmonies
    same with Mastodon. Everyone sings lead
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  7. Vanishing Girl -The Dukes of Stratosphere
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  8. music and movies

    music and movies Forum Resident

    Barenaked Ladies - "If I Had a Million Dollars"

    Robertson begins every line, Page finishes it.
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  9. Juggsnelson

    Juggsnelson Senior Member

    Long Island
    "Let Me Live" by Queen. Freddie, Roger and Brian all take a verse.
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    music and movies Forum Resident

    Barenaked Ladies - "Lovers in a Dangerous Time"

    An excellent cover of the Bruce Cockburn song.
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    Chicago Transit Authority - "I'm a Man"

  12. Licorice pizza

    Licorice pizza Livin’ On The Fault Line

    Highwayman by The Highwaymen
  13. Juggsnelson

    Juggsnelson Senior Member

    Long Island
    "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles and "Don't You Want Me" by Human League.
  14. robertk

    robertk Forum Resident

    Alan Parsons did it......songs like the Raven and Stereotomy come to mind. The band the Beastie Boys did it all the time in their songs.
  15. Jayski

    Jayski Forum Resident

    Charlotte, NC
    How bout the Meatloaf song, Paradise By The Dashboard Light
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  16. Vidiot

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    Hollywood, USA
    Chicago had a few. "Dialogue" was a fantastic back-and-forth between Terry Kath and Peter Cetera, and I always liked "Hard Habit to Break," which I didn't realize at the time was a back-and-forth between Peter Cetera and Bill Champlin:

    I had no idea it was two lead singers until I saw the music video four or five years after the song hit the charts!

    I also liked some of the ELO songs where Jeff Lynne let Kelly Groucutt take over the lead on a few verses, like "Nightrider," "Sweet Is the Night," and "Poker" (among a handful of others).
  17. The Bangles -Walk Like An Egyptian
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  18. Hall Cat

    Hall Cat Senior Member

    Chicago, IL USA
    Many Sly and the Family Stone and Norman Whitfield-produced Temptations songs

    A lot of the Spinners' hits

  19. Black Widow

    Black Widow Forum Resident

    United States
    No mention of Jack Straw or I Know You Rider? :D
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  20. wavethatflag

    wavethatflag God is love, but get it in writing.

    SF Bay Area
    Ya got me! I don't know, I don't really think of the GD a whole lot outside of the forum Dead threads, it's like a special world I keep separate. Same with Phish, I didn't list "Rift." But you're right.
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  21. kronning

    kronning Forum Resident

    Yeah, "Bargain" was the first one I thought of. I was listening to Who's Next in my car today.
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  22. Craig

    Craig (unspecified) Staff

    North of Seattle
    The Band has quite a few.

    We Can Talk - Richard, Levon and Rick

  23. chewy

    chewy Forum Resident

    West Coast USA
    the 1st big two to spring to mind for me are grateful dead jack straw + the who baba o'riley
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  24. paradoxguy

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    MONOLOVER Forum Resident

    I like apparently random antiphonies - like the one between Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck in "Let Me Love You" on the "Truth" album or Ken Hensley and David Byron in "Paradise" on Uriah Heep's "Demons And Wizards".
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