In 1983 Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers took “Islands in the Stream” to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (all genre) chart. The song was the second No. 1 hit on the pop chart for both performers and cemented their crossover status. In 2005 the song was voted the top country music duet of all-time by CMT.
But, Kenny and Dolly are so much more than “Islands in the Stream.” The famous friends recorded a Christmas album together and were nominated for CMA Musical Event of the Year in 2014 for their hit, “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” The two also regularly showed up at each other’s shows for a number of years to sing with one another. Each performance better than the last. (Once, Oprah even sang along with them.)