The best musical siblings of every decade from the 60s to now

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8 Apr 2022, 15:36

Dire Straits, The Corrs and Kings of Leon

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It’s international siblings day on Sunday (10 April), and what better way to celebrate than to look back at some musical brothers and sisters that rock. 

From Radiohead to Sister Sledge, there are some pretty talented siblings out there, so here are some we think stood out from the 1960s until now: 


Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys" perform on the CBS television program, "The Ed Sullivan Show" 1964

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Long before the likes of Oasis, we had The Beach Boys- an American rock band formed in California in 1961 by brothers Brian and Carl, along with their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine.

Their album Surfin encapsulated Californian culture, and they have been recognised as one of the most influential rock bands in history, with more than 100 million records sold around the world.


Malcolm and Angus Young of AC/DC

AC/DC performing in New York, August 1979. Left to right: Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd (drums), Angus Young, Cliff Williams and Bon Scott

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Scottish-born brothers Malcolm and Angus Young formed their iconic rock band in Sydney in 1973 and went through several varying lineups before settling on Bon Scott (singer), Phil Rudd (drummer) and Mark Evans (bassist) before releasing their first album.

However, the group is probably best known with Brian Johnson as lead singer after he replaced Scott who sadly passed away.

AC/DC was part of the new wave of British rock and metal of the late 70s and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge

Sister Sledge perform live on stage in London in April 1975.

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Sticking with the 70s, you can't have a list of siblings who rocked without including this female powerhouse group.

Sister Sledge came about during the height of the disco era and released their breakthrough album, We Are Family in 1979, which launched them to success.

From the album, they had two singles in the US top 10 with He's the Greatest Dancer and We Are Family, which earned them a Grammy Award nomination.


Andrew, Jon and Tim Farris of INXS

INXS (Michael Hutchence,Farris, Garry Gary Beers et Kirk Pengilly) in France 1984

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Formed by brothers Andrew, Jon and Tim Farris along with Garry Gary Beers, Kirk Pengilly and Michael Hutchence, INXS became known for their new wave/pop style that mixed funk and dance with rock.

They reached new heights of success in the mid-to-late 80s with a string of hit albums like Listen Like Thieves and Kick.

During that decade, the band also went on to win six Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards and achieved four singles in the top 10 charts with Need You Tonight, Devil Inside, New Sensation and Never Tear Us Apart.

Mark and David Knopfle, Dire Straits

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This British rock band were an instant success after releasing their self-titled album in 1978, but they reached the peak of their career in the 80s with hit singles like Romeo and Juliet, Private Investigations and, of course, Money for Nothing.

The band was formed in London by brothers Mark (lead vocals and guitar) and David (rhythm guitar and backing vocals) along with John Illsley (bass guitar) and Pick Withers (drums and percussion) and were dubbed "the biggest British rock band of the 80s" by Classic Rock magazine.


Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis

Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher of Oasis, at a photoshoot in a hotel in Tokyo, September 1994.

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We had to do it.

Although they haven't had the smoothest of relationships, there is no denying Noel and Liam are arguably one of the most famous siblings in rock.

Over the course of their career, Oasis have had eight number 1 singles and eight number 1 albums in the UK. They have also earned six Brit awards, two Ivor Novello Awards, 17 NME Awards, and nine Q awards.

The band’s second album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory sold over 22 million and is the highest-selling album to date.

Andrea, Sharon, Caroline and Jim Corr of The Corrs

Sharon Corr, Jim Corr, Andrea Corr and Caroline Corr at MTV Awards 1994

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This group of Irish brothers and sisters certainly deserves a spot on this list.

The Corrs, made up of siblings Andrea, Sharon, Caroline and Jim, have reached Platinum in several countries selling 40 million albums worldwide.

They are also one of the few bands that have held the top two positions simultaneously in the UK album charts, with Talk on Corners at number one and Forgiven, Not Forgotten at number two.


Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill of Kings of Leon

Matthew Followill, Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill, and Jared Followill of Kings of Leon perform at PNC Bank Arts Center on May 20, 2017

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Formed by brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared along with their cousin Matthew Followill, Kings of Leon was initially formed in Nashville in 1999. However, they reached the heights of their success a bit later into the 00s.

In 2008, the band won two BRIT Awards and all three of their albums at the time peaked in the top five of the UK Albums Chart. The band went on to achieve chart success in the US with their singles Sex On Fire, Use Somebody and Notion, all of which made the number one spot.


Ben and James Johnston of Biffy Clyro

James Johnston, Simon Neil and Ben Johnston of Biffy Clyro attend The BRIT Awards 2021

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Biffy Clyro- made up of brothers Ben and James Johnston plus Simon Neil- technically had a lot of success in the 00s with their 2007 album Puzzle reaching No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart.

However, it was in 2010 that their album Only Revolutions went Platinum and their singles Mountains, That Golden Rule and Many of Horror, reached the UK Top Ten. The latter was also covered by X Factor winner Matt Cardle the same year and became the UK number one Christmas single.

In 2013, their album Opposites hit number one, as did their seventh album Ellipsis in 2016. As of 2021, the band has spent a total of 165 weeks in the top seventy-five of UK Album charts, with three weeks in the top position.