Thirty years ago this week, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder hit No. 1 on the charts with their duet, "Ebony and Ivory." The song spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and the past three decades as a joke.
Perhaps history's most hackneyed call for racial harmony (which, admittedly, is a good thing), "Ebony and Ivory" is pretty impossible to take seriously in 2012. It's even been named the worst duet of all time in a few polls. But is it really that bad?
Well, yes, it is pretty bad. But it's not the worst duet ever.