One of the reasons why I like this number from Roman and Jenny is because this song is such an unconventional love song. Who would've known that combine an up-beat tempo and mix the "Hoo! Ha!" sounds from martial arts to make such a unique, one-of-a-kind love song? Well, I guess only Joseph Koo and James Wong could manage to pull this kind of thing off. And Jenny and Roman are simply two of the best singers that you could possibly put together. I just absolutely love how the male and female vocals go over each other so nicely, without any loss in meaning.
2. "Missing Each Other in the Wind and Rain" - Jacky Cheung & Karen Tong
This song was set to be one of those duets that were requested to be played over and over again in karaoke bars. It also won the award for "Best Duet" in the 1992 JSG awards, enshrining it's ever-popular status. This song about the longing between a couple who wish to see each other while being separated by a huge distance always leaves me with a sense of longing too - a particular empty feeling yearning for female and male duets like this one. Actually, I miss Karen Tong too.
3. "See You Again, My Friend" - Sam Tsang & Elaine Ho
1991 Miss HK contestant, Elaine Ho's pairing with singer Sam Tsang was actually quite a good combination, actually. A break-up song that lost to the above-mentioned Jacky Cheung & Karen Tong's "Missing Each Other in the Wind and Rain" in the 1992 JSG awards for "Best Duet", that actually makes use of layering the female and male vocals over each other, is what makes it very nice to listen to. The realization of not being able to save a relationship is what this whole song is all about. Kind of heartbreaking actually, but still quite prettiful as a song all the same - bittersweet, would be the word to describe it.
4. "Chance Meeting, Why Be Formerly Acquainted?" - Ram Tseung & Rita Carpio
I always find it really strange that Ji-Gwong was and is a man of many (overlooked) talents. He not only sung this song, but composed the track and wrote the lyrics for it too - and all this time, he's just been playing somewhat extra roles on TVB serials. He teamed up with Rita Carpio, who is probably most remembered for this song but was also runner-up to Anita Mui in the 1982 New Talent Singing Awards. Oh, this song took out one of the awards during the 1990 JSG Awards too - no disagreements with that.
5. "Modern Love Story" - Julian Cheung & Maple Hui
Perhaps the more memorable of Chilam's duets because I really don't remember much about the duets he did with Myolie Wu. This was the very song that propelled Chilam to stardom, was it not? Well, there you go. Looking at a recap (courtesy of llwy12) of Chilam's recent comeback concert, I would have to say that both Chilam and Maple have aged very well indeed. Maybe it's because they're very baby-faced. But that's not a bad thing.
6. "Believe in Yourself" - Alex To & Sally Yeh
A catchy pop song heavily inspired by the whole Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation movement. And by inspired, well I mean the actual composers of the song were American producers who were writing the song originally for an American artist. But you know, with these lyrics and undeniable catchiness, how can you say no to "Go Sally, go, go Sally go!" (or "Go Al!")? I for one actually enjoy how Cantopop would be influenced by the American pop and rock sounds, as well as music from other counterparts - namely Japan.
7. "The Heart is Cold" - Anthony Lun & Anita Mui
Anthony has sworn never to perform this duet again ever since Anita died - he did however, perform the song again at the 2010 JSG Awards last year singing to the 1991 JSG Awards video clip. I think Anthony must feel that no matter how many good singers come by, there will only ever be one Anita Mui. And I think he's right. Where do you find people like these two these days?
8. "Goodbye Puppy Love" - Danny Chan & Sandy Lamb
Not to be confused with diva Sandy Lam - this little number was something that was quite popular during the day and age of Danny, I mean Elvina Kong chose it as her song to sing at the New Talent Singing Awards. Danny was one of those super-talented idols, a wonderful voice, great looks, talent to back it up (musician, singer and composer) so it was just too early to say goodbye to Danny when he never woke up from his coma.
9. "Only Everlasting Love" - Jacky Cheung & Cally Kwong
This is just one of those great chemical reactions that suddenly explode to make something nice. Jacky's low, rich baritone voice along with Cally's ever-so-feminine singing voice makes for a classic love song. I mean, Jacky's already appeared once in this list but the thing is he's got quite a few great duets with other female artists (as pointed out by retrotvb) - like Priscilla Chan and Vivian Lai (who sadly don't really make many appearances anymore) and that would mean having to extend this list. And this would be just for Cantopop duets. Imagine if I put in his Mandarin duets too. Pretty long playlist. But yes, Jacky's a versatile performer when it comes to singing duets - especially with the ladies.
10. "Fall in Love" - Leslie Cheung & Elisa Chan
Like I already said, many famous songs in HK pop music in the past were the products of great Japanese compositions. However, this cover of Akiko Kobayashi's "Koi ni Ochite - Fall in Love" works really great as a duet. Elisa's solo parts are very charming indeed. Leslie was also one of those real superstars who's untimely death left a hole in the heart of many of his fans. He was definitely an all-rounder, one of those people with the whole package - a great actor, singer, an undeniably handsome performer.