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Last updated on June 27th, 2023 at 04:22 am
Most bands are made up of people from all walks of life, whether they come together organically or are put together by professionals. However, some groups are made up of siblings who work together to create masterpieces with their inherited talent and input from their familial roots.
If you love the sound of singers from the same family, sit down and get ready! We’re going to talk about the 19 best sibling bands throughout the history of music.
1. Jackson 5
First up on our list of the best sibling bands, and perhaps the most well-known, is the iconic Jackson 5. This group consisted of Michael, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon, all singing in perfect harmony during the 70s and creating funky, Motown masterpieces that pushed them to fame in the blink of an eye. Sadly, their sister Janet Jackson was left out, but she later got a career in music all on her own.
2. Bee Gees
The Bee Gees, made up of Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, are another one of the most famous sibling bands. The group created smash hit after smash hit, transcending and changing across the decades as they moved through the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, boasting an incredible career for the sibling trio.
3. Allman Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers were another powerhouse made up of siblings, created by Duane and Gregg Allman back in 1969. They worked together to form a charismatic career, boasting creative songs and a driving blues sound that still sounds fresh today.
4. Dire Straits
Dire Straits came to life in 1977. Led by brothers Mark and David Knopfler, they made an immediate impact on the pub-rock scene. Mark’s guitar, vocals, and lyrics combined well with David’s guitar and backing vocals to create their singular sound.
5. The Proclaimers
You can’t forget The Proclaimers, led by Charlie and Craig Reid, when talking about sibling bands. The duo produced some incredible tunes, shooting to the top of the charts in the 80s and 90s. They’re best-known for their hit “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).”
6. The Beach Boys
Next up on our list of the best sibling bands is The Beach Boys, who started as a sibling band before their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine joined to create the ultimate surf rock group. Brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl were the original creators of the band. Hits like “Fun Fun Fun” and “Surfin’ USA” are still oldies favorites today.
Although many don’t know it, AC/DC is technically a sibling band composed of brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. Hailing from Australia, they formed in 1973, bringing forward their incredible musical talent into hard rock hits like “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Thunderstruck” that continue to stand the test of time.
The Carpenters, led by Richard and Karen Carpenter, are a legendary sibling band. The powerful combination of Richard’s studio ability and Karen’s alluring voice made them beloved worldwide. Her voice set the two apart from other similar bands, boosting them to become one of the best-selling groups of all time.
Oasis was created by the Gallagher brothers, whose rivalry has often spurred their creativity. Unfortunately, there were times throughout their careers when their fights would shift from verbal altercations to more physical disagreements, even while on live television. Their influence in the Brit Pop world can’t be denied, though, and Oasis hits like “Wonderwall” are universally beloved.
10. The Kinks
Next up on our list of the best sibling bands is The Kinks, made up of brothers Ray and Dave Davies, who emerged from a family with six sisters. They helped push forward the British Invasion, although one of the most driving forces in their creativity was their rivalry with each other. Their success spanned three decades, from “You Really Got Me” in the 60s to “Come Dancing” in the 80s.
11. The Cribs
The Cribs is a band made of brothers Gary, Ryan, and Ross Jarman, plus additional member Johnny Marr who is not a member of the family, but is famous in his own right as guitarist for the Smiths. The Cribs were one of the most iconic bands of the early 2000s, and while they almost split at one point, they ended up staying together in the end thanks to some help from the Foo Fighters.
12. Biffy Clyro
The most unique band on our list of best sibling bands is Biffy Clyro, which is made up of siblings Ben and James Johnston, who hail from Scotland. They formed their incredible rock group with their good friend Simon Neil. The brothers are also twins, something that can’t be said about most bands on this list.
Haim is a modern band made up of Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim, collaboratively bring their unique tunes to life. In recent years, the girls have branched out into other creative endeavors, with Alana taking on major roles in films like Licorice Pizza, but they still count on our list of best sibling bands.
14. Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers are a more modern version of the sibling band, composed of siblings Nick, Kevin, and Joe Jonas. The trio is a sensation. They split up at one point but eventually came back together in 2013 for a reunion tour.
15. Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon are another sibling group, made up of Caleb, Nathan, and Jared Followill, plus their cousin Matthew. Not only does the band sound great, but they also have a reputation for getting along despite their sibling status, which can’t be said for many of the other bands on this list.
Although Radiohead has a few additional members, you will find brothers Colin and Jonny Greenwood taking their position on the bass, guitar, and keyboard as the backbone of the band. Their work revolutionized alternative and indie rock with albums like Kid A and OK Computer.
Jet is another excellent choice for sibling bands on our list. The group is made of brothers Nic and Chris Cester, along with their friends Cameron Muncey and Doug Armstrong. Jet was an iconic Australian rock band that formed in the early 2000s, and are known for hits like “Are You Gonna Be My Girl.”
18. Greta Van Fleet
Greta Van Fleet is one of the most famous bands on our list. The group features twin brothers Josh Kiszka and Jake Kiszka, along with their other brothers, Sam Kiszk and their friend Danny Wagner. The foursome is known for their rock and alternative rock sound, which is more than a little influenced by Led Zeppelin.
19. No Doubt
No Doubt is an honorable mention to our list of best sibling bands, because although it started with sibling pair Eric and Gwen Stefani, most of the other members over the years weren’t related. The lineup over the career of the band changed frequently, but Adrian Young, Tony Kanal, and Tom Dumont were all members at one point. No Doubt officially disbanded in 2015.
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