They ask for best-ever duet… Mariah Carey fans come out in force to beat Queen, Bowie, Jagger, Aerosmith and Beatles

Nearly the best: Bowie and Queen

Fans of pop singer Mariah Carey have come out in force to vote on a poll of the best-ever musical collaboration – and pushed their heroine into first place ahead of artists including Queen, Davie Bowie, Mick Jagger, Aerosmith and the Beatles.

It’s the second time in a week fan power has distorted the publication’s attempts to gauge reader reactions, after Green Day supporters voted in large numbers and saw their band listed as the greatest punk rock band of all time.

Carey’s 1995 single One Sweet Day with pop troupe Boyz II Men made number one, suggesting the runner-up track, Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie, was the natural poll-winner.

Rolling Stone comments: “The song wouldn’t have won if the Mariah Carey fans hadn’t stuffed the ballot boxes in this poll.

“Most of you reading this probably don’t think it’s the greatest duet of all time. You’re probably enraged to see it here. We understand.

“Back in 1995, however, everybody loved it. Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey were both at their peak, and the song held the number one spot for a staggering 16 weeks.

“Some of you may feel that it hasn’t aged all that well, but the voters have spoken. Who are we to say they’re wrong?”

Rolling Stone’s best collaborations of all time

1. Mariah Carey / Boys II Men: One Sweet Day
2. Queen / David Bowie: Under Pressure
3. Aerosmith / Run DMC: Walk This Way
4. U2 / Green Day: The Saints are Coming
5. Tom Petty / Stevie Nicks: Stop Dragging My Heart Around
6. Beatles / Eric Clapton: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
7. Good Charlotte / Avenged Sevenfold: The River
8. David Bowie / Mick Jagger: Dancing in the Street
9. Michael Jackson / Paul McCartney: Say Say Say
10. Santana / Rob Thomas: Smooth

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