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Exactly What It Says on the Tin. This is a band trope: members of a band are related to one another (though it doesn't have to be all of them).

There are two types:

  • Some of the members happen to be related
  • The Family Band: Everyone in the band is related — which is quite common.

Common deviations from this formula include

  • A relative replaces a former band member
  • Two members are related, but one leaves the band
  • Two members are married — but divorce
  • The relative of one member becomes a new addition

A common subversion would be for the name of the band to suggest that they're related — but they're not.

This is Truth in Television for musical families. Children in families where both parents are professional musicians or rock stars grow up around constant touring, practicing and rehearsals, so they naturally tend to learn to become performers. Record producers use the "family group" as a marketing tactic.

Compare Sibling Team and Creator Couple.


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  • Love Live!
    • Love Live! Sunshine!!: Sisters Dia and Ruby Kurosawa are two members of the idol group Aquors.
    • Love Live! Superstar!!: Season Three will have Tomari Onitsuka, the younger sister of Natsumi Onitsuka, join Liella! following Natsumk joining in season 2. Both of them will be in the same sub-unit 5yncri5e! as well.

    Comic Books 

  • Before twin brothers L and R Nomura became members of Marginal #4, they worked in Pythagoras Productions as a two-person unit of just themselves. It seems like no matter what happens they'll be kept together, as they're still in a unit during idol group sitches.
  • The Beatles song Ob‐La‐Di, Ob‐La‐Da Music/The White Album, centers around a family developed around this trope.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Daisy Jones & The Six: Only two of the Dunne Brothers' members are actually the Dunne brothers (the rest are friends), but they roll with the name.

    Video Games 
  • Papa Louie Arcade: Siblings Marty and Clover are two of the four members of Scarlett and the Shakers (the other pair being Official Couple Rudy and Scarlett).

    Web Original 
  • In Iron Zion, a Klezmer/Power Metal (you read that right) band in the universe of the Furry Basketball Association, organist Eleazar Cragg was the grandfather of lead guitarist Micah Cragg, Micah married clarinetist Sarai Goldberg, bassist Jan Doornenbal was the brother of violinist Bouke, and Micah's little brother David Cragg joined on rhythm guitar during the band's waning years. Drummer Drake Whitesmith and keyboardist Chris Lancer (who replaced Eleazar) were the only members of the band not closely related to another band member.

    Western Animation 
  • Miraculous Ladybug: The band Kitty Section has siblings Juleka and Luka Couffaine as its guitarists. In season three, Juleka switches to bass guitar, making Luka the sole guitarist.

    Real Life 
  • The Cramps were founded and maintained by husband-and-wife duo Lux Interior and Poison Ivy.
  • Soulwax was started by two brothers and grew to include friends of both.
  • Van Halen. Which included the brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Eddie's son Wolfgang, and a few others (namely David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar, and Wolfie's predecessor Michael Anthony). Their father Jan also played clavinet on "Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)" on Diver Down.
  • Oasis: Noel and Liam Gallagher are brothers — and brotherly love is nowhere to be found.
  • Sparks: Russell and Ron Mael are brothers.
  • The Beach Boys had the three Wilson brothers (Brian, Carl, and Dennis) and their cousin Mike Love playing in the band.
  • Andy Creeggan — The Pete Best of Barenaked Ladies — is the brother of bassist Jim Creeggan. They have a side project known as The Brothers Creeggan.
  • No Doubt had Gwen Stefani and her brother Eric, who left the band after Tragic Kingdom was recorded.
  • Led Zeppelin: The band split after John Bonham died. During the 2007 reunion, Jason Bonham (John's son) took his father's spot.
  • ABBA were two married couples. The couples divorced, and the group disintegrated before reuniting decades later.
  • Good Charlotte has twins Benji and Joel Madden.
  • My Chemical Romance has brothers Gerard and Mikey Way.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire had brothers Maurice and Verdine White until Maurice passed away. Their brother Freddie White also joined later on. More recently, singer Philip Bailey was joined by his son, Philip Bailey Jr.
  • The B-52s had siblings Ricky and Cindy Wilson until Ricky died of AIDS in 1985.
  • Arcade Fire has Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, who are married, as well as Win's brother Will.
  • AC/DC: Malcolm, Angus, George, and Stevie Young. The first two are well-known. As for the other two?
    • George (brother of Malcolm and Angus) was the bassist for a short period of time and is most famous for being the rhythm guitarist of The Easybeats.
      • More notably, George served as producer on many of the band's records, especially their early ones.
    • Stevie Young (the son of Malcolm, Angus, and George's brother Stephen) filled in while Malcolm dealt with alcohol dependency (because they looked so alike, not many fans were aware there was a switch). When Malcolm retired in 2014 due to dementia (he died in 2017), Stevie was named his full-time replacement.
  • The Mamas & the Papas included husband and wife John and Michelle Phillips.
    • Their daughter's band Wilson Phillips is also an example, but not because of Chynna Phillips. Carnie and Wendy Wilson are sisters (their father being himself from a band of siblings, Brian Wilson).
  • Eisley is the Dupree sisters, plus their cousin and a friend.
  • Five Iron Frenzy: Micah Ortega and Leanor Ortega are cousins.
  • The Irish Rovers had brothers George and Will Millar and their cousin Joe Millar. George is now the last Millar in the band.
  • New Kids on the Block very briefly had two brother pairs: Aside from Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Mark Wahlberg was in it for about 5 minutes along with brother Donnie.
  • Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul of Pantera were brothers and stuck together. Darrell was once offered to join Megadeth but turned down the offer when his brother could not join as drummer (the role of drummer is filled in by Nick Menza). Likewise, Vinnie Paul insisted that with Darrell dead, so too should be Pantera.
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain: Jim and William Reid, the band's two constant members, are brothers. Later, they went on to be heavily involved in...
  • Sister Vanilla: A group which features their little sister, Linda, and occasionally the brothers themselves.
  • Paul McCartney and his wife Linda were in Wings.
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono were in The Plastic Ono Band. And so, at one point, was their son Sean Lennon.
  • bôa, the British rock band best known for providing the theme song for Serial Experiments Lain, has Steve and Jasmine Rodgers, who are brother and sister.
  • The Chicks (originally Dixie Chicks): sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire; they've also recorded as a type 2 duo, the Court Yard Hounds.
  • Alabama: cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry.
  • Heart: sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. At the start, the band also had the Fisher Brothers, Roger and Mike. Fifth band member Steve Fossen wasn't related to anybody. note 
  • The Kinks: Ray and Dave Davies. They did not get along well.
  • Canadian One-Hit Wonder Len (known for their song "Steal My Sunshine") had the brother-sister duo of Sharon and Marc Costanzo as co-lead vocalists. Eventually transitioned to a Type 2 when everyone but the Costanzo siblings left the band for other projects (most notably Brendan Canning, who left to found Broken Social Scene).
  • Split Enz had brothers Neil and Tim Finn, as did Crowded House - although Tim was only in the band for a year. Neil's sons Liam and Elroy have since joined Crowded House as full-time members, and Tim's son Harper is also a touring member.
  • Ace of Base: Jonas Berggren was the brother of Malin "Linn" Berggren and Jenny Berggren. Subverted now that he's the last Berggren in the band.
  • Radiohead: Colin and Jonny Greenwood (bass and lead guitar, respectively) are brothers.
  • Suede: Simon Gilbert (drummer) and Neil Codling (keyboardist) are cousins.
  • Spacehog's Royston and Antony Langdon are brothers.
  • The Black Crowes have brothers Chris and Rich Robinson. In 2001, The Black Crowes actually toured with the already mentioned Oasis and Spacehog, in what was known as The Tour of Brotherly Love. The tour name was meant to be ironic, as all three sets of brothers weren't exactly known to get along.
  • Briefly, The Flaming Lips: Their original lineup had Wayne Coyne on guitar and his brother Mark on vocals. Mark Coyne left the band after their first EP, so Wayne took over singing duties.
  • INXS has lead guitarist Tim Farriss, keyboardist Andrew Farriss, and drummer Jon Farriss. In fact, the band's original name was the Farriss Brothers. Many don't know this, probably because Michael Hutchence wasn't one of them.
  • Wu-Tang Clan:
    • RZA, GZA and Ol' Dirty Bastard were cousins. Method Man and Raekwon are also cousins.
      • The familial connections expand for more cousins, children, siblings, and adopted relatives with the second and third generation Wu members and affiliates.
  • Charlie Benante (drums) and Frank Bello (bass) of Anthrax are uncle and nephew.
  • The Allman Brothers Band featured Gregg (vocals, keyboards) and Duane (guitar) Allman along with non-relatives, but the band name became an Artifact Title for years after Duane died in a motorcycle accident in 1971. In fact, since they had their greatest success after Duane's death, he almost qualifies as a Pete Best if he wasn't their most famous member. Their later lineup featured drummer Butch Trucks, and his nephew, guitar prodigy Derek Trucks, restoring some of the family element to the band.
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival, with brothers John and Tom Fogerty (lead vocals/guitar, and backing vocals/rhythm guitar, respectively). They ended up hating being in a band together, and Tom's departure from the band caused bad blood that was only starting to be patched up when Tom died 19 years later. As John put it in his eulogy for Tom, "We wanted to grow up and be musicians. I guess we achieved half of that, becoming rock 'n roll stars. We didn't necessarily grow up."
  • Danielson Famile consists of Daniel Smith, his brothers and sisters, and some friends (including Sufjan Stevens) who are close enough they may as well be family, too.
  • Devo had two sets of brothers at one point - two Casale brothers and three Mothersbaughs. Currently, it's two of each. Then Bob Casale died.
  • Gentle Giant. During 1970-72, Phil, Derek and Ray Shulman made up the core of the band. That is until Phil left to be with his family at home.
  • The eight members of Los Campesinos! all share the pseudonymous last name "Campesinos" but only lead singer/songwriter Gareth and keyboardist/flautist Kim are related - they're brother and sister.
    • Kim and Gareth also count as a subversion: Kim replaced the band's original lead female singer, Aleksandra, in late 2009.
  • Veruca Salt's initial lineup included Nina Gordon on guitar and her brother Jim Shapiro on drums.
  • The band Meg and Dia was founded by sisters Meg and Dia Frampton.
  • The Meat Puppets' Curt and Cris Kirkwood. Curt pulled an I Am the Band for a few years without his brother (or original drummer Derrick Bostrom), but from 2006 on both brothers have been in the band again. Curt's son Elmo joined the band as a touring guitarist in 2011 and was promoted to the main group in 2018.
  • B*Witched's twin sisters Edele and Keavy, until the group's breakup. See below for their current act.
  • Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer of The Wailers were stepbrothers who lived together since childhood. Bob's mother married Bunny's father, and they had a daughter named Pearl, which made Bob and Bunny closer. Bob never knew his father (who was in the British navy), and Bunny's mother had left years before, so they were glad to have each others' company. After Bob's death, Bunny was never quite the same. He has put out many tribute albums of Bob covers.
  • Limp Bizkit features bassist Sam Rivers and drummer John Otto, who are cousins.
  • Glen Drover (guitarist) and Shawn Drover (drummer), both formerly of Megadeth and before that Eidolon. They had been making music together since they were kids.
  • Brazilian band Capital Inicial has Fê and Flávio Lemos.
    • Also from Brazil, once Ira! reformed in 2014, guitarist Edgard Scandurra put his son Daniel as bassist.
  • Mexican band Maná started with three brothers in the group, Juan, Ulises, and Abraham Calleros. The first is still a member, and the second is the band manager.
  • The original lineup of Jellyfish included brothers Roger (keyboards/backing vocals) and Chris (bass, backing vocals) Manning. However, Chris only joined after their debut Bellybutton was recorded, though he appears on the album artwork and is credited as "band witchdoctor and mime".
  • Jaga Jazzist: Siblings Lars, Martin, and Line Horntveth are almost the only musicians who have been with the band for its entire existence.
  • Jagged Edge has twin brothers Brandon and Brian Casey along with Kyle Norman and Richard Wingo.
  • Sepultura had Max and Igor Cavalera, who later reunited in Cavalera Conspiracy.
    • Max's other band, Soulfly, eventually saw the addition of his son Zyon.
    • Max eventually brought his youngest son Igor Cavalera Jr to another project, Go Ahead And Die.
  • In Japanese Rock/Visual Kei band BUCK-TICK, drummer Yagami Toll is the elder brother of bass player Yukata Higuchi.
  • The Holmes Brothers: Wendell (guitar) and Sherman (bass) are brothers named Holmes (drummer Popsy Dixon rounds out the group).
  • Lieutenant Pigeon ("Mouldy Old Dough"): Hilda Woodward, her son Rob, and a few other musicians.
  • The Stooges had the brothers Ron (guitar, and for some time bass) and Scott Asheton (drums).
  • The Spanic Boys: Tom Spanic, his son Ian, and a few other musicians.
  • Gloriana includes brothers Tom and Mike Gossin, plus Rachel Reinert.
  • Chad and Mike Kroeger of Nickelback are half-brothers.
  • Country music band Sons of the Desert, best known for singing backup on Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance", consisted of brothers Drew and Tim Womack (no relation to Lee Ann) and three other members.
  • The Dukes of Dixieland, who were led by siblings Frank and Fred Assunto. Their father "Papa Jac" Assunto was also a member.
  • The Statler Brothers: Double Subversion—despite their name, not all of them were brothers, but Don and Harold Reid are. No one in the band was surnamed Statler, though.
  • The Hives' singer, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, and guitarist Nicholaus Arson, are brothers (true names Per and Niklas Almqvist).
  • Styx's original lineup featured the Panozzo brothers on bass and drums (Chuck and John, respectively). John died in 1996 after years of heavy alcoholism, while Chuck occasionally plays with the band when his health allows it (he's HIV positive).
  • The original lineup of Blue ヨyster Cult had Albert and Joe Bouchard on drums and bass, respectively.
  • Blackmores Night with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night, who are married.
  • Stone Temple Pilots includes the DeLeo brothers, Dean and Robert, on lead guitar and bass.
  • Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts are second cousins. Also, DeMarcus' brother-in-law is One-Hit Wonder James Otto ("Just Got Started Lovin' You").
  • At various points, the band Toto has had 3 of the Porcaro brothers (drummer Jeff, bassist Mike, and keyboardist/vocalist Steve).
  • The Avett Brothers are Scott and Seth Avett and Bob Crawford on up-right bass and Joe Kwon on cello.
  • Paramore started with Josh Farro on guitar and Zac Farro on drums. Both left in 2010 (though Zac returned in 2016), leading to another pair of siblings if only live: current guitarist Taylor York (who had joined the live band three years earlier and became a full-fledged member in 2009), and tour rhythm guitarist Josh York.
  • M. Shadows and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold are brothers-in-law, each being married to one-half of a set of identical twin sisters. Which means they are also the uncles of each other's sons. Syn's father Brian Haner Sr. (aka Papa Gates) also plays a solo on each of the band's albums.
  • In an odd example, one of Till Lindemann's (vocalist for Rammstein) ex-wives got with his bandmate, Richard Kruspe, and had a daughter with him. Because Till's ex-wife never reverted back to her maiden name, and because she and Richard never married, their daughter legally has Till's surname.
  • Voodoo Glow Skulls have the brothers Frank, Eddie, and Jorge Casillas.
  • Steam Powered Giraffe is helmed by identical twins Bunny and David Bennett.
  • The Mystery Jets are a Type 1: Lead singer Blaine Harrison's father Henry Harrison plays bass and guitar for the band.
  • Hey Violet Rena (vocals) and Nia (drums) Lovelis are sisters.
  • Eight of the nine original members of 1980s pop group The Jets were siblings (six biological, two adopted); they would be Type 2 except for an unrelated background vocalist.
  • Contemporary Christian group The Archers zigzagged through this trope. Before beginning their recording career; they were a Type 2 example with three brothers (Tim, Steve, and Gary Archer). By the time they began recording in the early 1970s; Gary had moved behind the scenes and the group moved to Type 1 with the addition of Billy Rush Masters and Nancye Short. By 1977; Short and Masters left and the group returned to the Type 2 category following the addition of sister Janice, remaining a Type 2 example for the remainder of the group's history.
  • Nomeansno has alternated between both subtypes. They started out as a duo between brothers Rob (usually lead vocals, bass), and John (drums, vocals) Wright, sometimes overdubbing additional instruments like guitar and keyboards. After a single, EP, and an album with the two-man setup, they were joined by Andy Kerr on guitar and vocals. When Kerr left the band, they put out two more albums as a duo, but have since returned to the Rock Trio format with Tom Holliston on guitar and vocals.
  • Three Days Grace became one when bassist Brad Walst hired his little brother Matt as their new lead singer.
  • Three-fourths of Greta Van Fleet are brothers: Josh, Jake and Sam Kiszka.
  • The National have two sets of brothers - twins Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf.
  • Cheap Trick has been this unofficially for the past few years. Their official drummer, Bun E. Carlos has filed a lawsuit against them for claiming that he is a band member while allegedly not allowing him to do anything as a member of the band (Rick Nielsen's son has been playing drums for the past few years).
  • Backstreet Boys have Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson, who are cousins.
  • The Cranberries have Noel and Mike Hogan (on lead guitar and bass respectively), who are brothers.
  • Kate Bush's backing band featured her brother Paddy on various instruments for many years. Her partner Del Palmer was also her bassist and recording engineer on all of her albums, so she had both this trope and Creator Couple in the same band.
  • Steve Hackett (the former lead guitarist of Genesis) often performs with his brother John (who plays the flute), both live and on records.
    • Before Steve joined Genesis, the Hackett brothers were in the band Quiet World, which also featured brothers John and Lea Heather as vocalists (their other brother, Neil, wrote some of the band's lyrics). The other band members weren't related to the Heathers, the Hacketts, or each other, though.
  • Speaking of Genesis: Phil Collins brought in his son Nic on drums for his Not Dead Yet solo tour (Collins had suffered severe nerve damage which prevented him from playing) and is planning to do the same on Genesis' upcoming reunion tour.
  • Matt and Brad Shultz of Cage the Elephant are brothers.
  • Issues had fraternal twin brothers Tyler and Skyler Acord, who were respectively the DJ and bassist of the band. Ultimately subverted, as the former left the band, leaving no relatives involved. Also, it had brothers Ben and Cory Ferris, who left before they made any material.
  • HAIM, consisting of sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim, would've been a perfect example of Type 2, and was at one point... until they added their male friend Dash Hutton on drums.
  • The current incarnation of Thirty Seconds to Mars consists of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic.
  • Electronic Music band Clean Bandit features brothers Jack and Luke Patterson.
  • Indie rock band Marmozets consists of two different sets of siblings: Becca, Sam, and Josh Macintyre on vocals, rhythm guitar, and drums respectively, while another pair of brothers Jack and Will Bottomley are on lead guitar and bass.
  • Fleetwood Mac became one in 1970 when John McVie married Christine Perfect, who (after years of sort of orbiting around it) finally became an official member. 1974 saw the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who, while not married, more or less practically were. The disintegration of the McVies' marriage, the end of Buckingham and Nicks' relationship, and Mick Fleetwood's own divorce from his (non-musician) wife in 1976-77, and the subsequent cocaine-fueled game of musical beds that arose out of the simultaneous implosion of so many relationships in a single band, resulted in Rumours but also in the eventual near-disintegration of the band.
  • Peter Gabriel's daughter Melanie often sings backing vocals for him live in concert (and on at least a couple of studio tracks as well).
  • The Four Freshmen was ¾ relatives from 1948-1960, with brothers Don and Ross Barbour alongside cousin Bob Flanigan.
  • Electronic Music group Nero became this in 2015 when vocalist Alana Watson married producer Dan Stephens.
  • Ever since the mid-'90s, The Who has on its touring band Pete Townshend's brother Simon.
  • Roger Waters has had his son Harry playing keyboards for him on tour since 2002.
  • The core members of Spirit included Randy California (guitar, vocals) and his stepfather Ed Cassidy on drums.
  • Musical Youth, a reggae band from England, had brothers Michael and Kelvin Grant and Freddie and Patrick Waite. Dennis Seaton was the only one not related to another bandmate.
  • Post-hardcore band Pierce the Veil was founded by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes (lead vocals/rhythm guitar and drums, respectively). The two had previously played together in the band Before Today.
  • Throwing Muses has Kristin Hersh and her stepsister Tanya Donelly.
  • Tanya Donelly later joined Kim Deal's band The Breeders, and after Tanya left, she was replaced by Kim's twin sister Kelley.
  • Ranko and Ranko no Anenote  from BUTAOTOME are sisters.
  • The Christians originally revolved around brothers Garry, Russell, and Roger Christian, but also included unrelated fourth member Henry Priestman. (The current line-up fronted by Garry is not an example as Roger died in 1998 and Russell has retired from music.)
  • Halestorm, the original line up is Lzzy Hale, Arjay Hale and their father, Roger Hale but Roger left the band in 2004 and became a Sibling Team.
  • Russian band Agatha Christie famously had the Samoylov brothers, Gleb and Vadim, as two of its key members. Their escalating Sibling Rivalry after the death of third key member Aleksandr Kozlov is often cited as the reason the band ultimately broke up.
  • Luis Mariutti and Hugo Mariutti of Angra and Shaaman.
  • Thrice has brothers Eddie and Riley Breckenridge.
  • A Flock of Seagulls includes lead singer/keyboardist Mike Score and his brother Ali Score on drums.
  • Josh Holcomb has been the trombonist of Lucky Chops since its founding. In 2021, his brother Ben became the drummer.
  • Dire Straits was originally fronted by Mark Knopfler as Lead Guitarist And Lead Singer, with his brother David Knopfler as rhythm guitarist; David departed during the recording of their third album to pursue a solo career and the band achieved its greatest success without him, though he still played on one of their most enduring hits, "Sultans of Swing."
  • Glam rock outfit Palaye Royale was founded by brothers Remington Leith, Sebastian Danzig, and Emerson Barrett (their surname is Kropp; each brother uses his first and middle names as a Stage Name). Later, they would add guitarist Andrew Martin and bassist Daniel Curcio (later replaced by Jennie Vee), who are not related to the founding members.
  • Redbone: Brothers Lolly and Pat Vegas.
  • The Spencer Davis Group had brothers Steve and Muff Winwood.
  • Te Vaka was founded by Opetaia Foa段 and includes his cousin Sulata Foa段-Amiatu, his wife Julie Foa段, their son Matatia Foa段, and their daughter Olivia Foa段.
  • The Linda Lindas has sisters Mila and Lucia de la Garza, plus their cousin Eloise Wong. Bela Salazar is not related to the other three.
  • ESG: This early eighties funk-rock band that was hugely influential on later punk-funk centered on the Scroggins sisters, Renee, Valerie, Deborah and Marie, although other people not related to them have been in the band at various times. When the band reformed in the 2000s Deborah no longer took part.
  • When Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited in 1987, Johnny Van Zant replaced his older brother, Ronnie, as lead singer.
  • The Great Society had brothers Darby and Jerry Slick, and Jerry's then-wife Grace. After Grace joined Jefferson Airplane she divorced Jerry but kept his last name, then had a long partnership with Paul Kantner (producing a child), though they never actually married.
  • The Bangles includes sisters Vicki and Debbie Peterson.
  • Gojira includes brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier (vocalist/guitarist and drummer).
  • When American Football reunited in 2014, founding lead vocalist and guitarist Mike Kinsella was joined by his cousin Nate Kinsella on bass and vibraphone.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Disney's The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band. 10 people altogether: grandfather, mother, 5 daughters and 3 sons, each with a different instrument.
  • The Sapphires: The titular Girl Group consists of three sisters and their cousin. (The real-world group whose career the film was inspired by was instead two sisters and their two cousins.)
  • The Sound of Music: The von Trapp children become this after Maria teaches them to sing, with their Honorary Uncle Max helping them join the Salzburg Festival while their father and Maria are on their honeymoon. This later gets invoked when the Captain and his family are caught in the midst of their escape by the Nazi: Georg explains that he and his wife are also performing with their children, since the band name is "the von Trapp" family.

  • In Rogue, Kiara's parents, brothers, and uncles used to be in a folk band called Corazón del Este. It broke up when Eli and Max went to college, their parents got new jobs, and their uncles moved to Montreal.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Partridge Family: In-universe: A mother, three sons, and two daughters. (In real life, only David Cassidy and his stepmother Shirley Jones sang on the records; they were backed with studio musicians.)
  • Arrested Development: Dr. Funke's 100% Natural Good-Time Family Band Solution, which consists of Tobias, Lindsay, and Maeby Funke. One public performance ended up being given by Tobias, George Michael, and GOB's wife.
  • The Brady Bunch: In-universe. Defictionalized with the Brady Kids, where the six (unrelated) actors went on tour as a "family" of six singing Bradys. Also, unlike the Partridge Family (see above), all six actors who played the Brady kids actually sang on their records, with Barry Williams the de facto lead singer and Maureen McCormick also frequently providing solo vocals.

    Video Games 
  • Papa Louie Arcade: The Romano Family Quartet, which consists of the four Romano family members physically seen in the series. Specifically, the members are "Little" Edoardo, his children Bruna and Carlo, and his nephew Gino.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Pop duo Aly & A.J. consists of sisters Alyson Michalka and AJ Michalka.
  • The Band Perry has a sister and her two younger brothers, all with the last name Perry.
  • The Bee Gees for the majority of their history consisted of three brothers: twins Robin and Maurice Gibb and older brother Barry.
  • The Bellamy Brothers (brothers David and Howard Bellamy)
  • The Carpenters, siblings Richard and Karen.
  • Irish folk/New Age group CLANNAD; the name of the band is derived from Clann As Dobhar, meaning "The Family from Dore" (as they're from Gweedore in County Donegal). The members included the Brennan siblings (Moya, Pol, and Ciaran) and their twin uncles (Padraig and Noel Duggan). Another Brennan sister, Eithne, joined briefly before becoming known as solo star Enya.
  • Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, a moderately successful R&B group in the '70s, started out in the "some related" category, but by the time they had their chart success, they were all relatives. The group started out with brothers Carter and Eddie Cornelius, their sister Rose Cornelius, and childhood friend Cleveland E. Barrett, but Barrett died in a car crash before the group recorded its first hit. In 1972, the three siblings were joined by another sister, Billie Jo. The group would break up in 1976.
  • The Corrs has one brother, Jim, and three sisters, Sharon, Caroline and Andrea.
  • The Court Yard Hounds, as mentioned above.
  • The Cowsills, the inspiration for The Partridge Family. The mother, five brothers, and a sister. The band continues to perform today as a trio of two of the brothers and their sister; Two of the other brothers and their mother have since died, while the fifth brother is the current live drummer for The Beach Boys and doesn't usually perform with the family anymore.
  • The founding members of Thrash Metal band Death Angel were all cousins.
  • The DeFranco Family: A five-sibling band in the style of The Jackson 5 or The Osmonds.
  • The Everly Brothers.
  • The contemporary Christian band For King & Country consists of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone (although they have a backing band of unrelated musicians).
  • The Free Design, made up the five Dedrick siblings (brothers Chris and Bruce, sisters Ellen, Sandy and Stefanie).
  • The Gregory Brothers, consisting of brothers Evan, Michael and Andrew Gregory, and Evan's wife Sarah.
  • Hanson: Brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac.
  • The Jackson 5. All siblings.
  • The Jonas Brothers.
  • The Maddox Brothers and Rose were an early country group consisting of brothers Fred, Cliff, Cal, and Don, plus their sister Rose. When Cliff passed away in 1949, another brother, Henry, replaced him.
  • The Judds was Naomi Judd and her more famous daughter, Wynonna. Wynonna broke out as a solo artist in the early 1990s.
  • Kings of Leon is made up of three brothers, Caleb, Nathan, and Jared Followill, and their cousin, Matthew Followill.
  • KONGOS is made up of four brothers, Jesse, Danny, Dylan, and Johnny, who just so coincidentally happen to be the sons of South African funk singer John Kongos, whose single "He's Gonna Step On You Again" was the first hit single to use a sample (it's better known now for a cover version by Happy Mondays)
  • LMFAO—an uncle (Redfoo) and nephew (Skyblu) duo. As an added bonus, Redfoo's father/Skyblu's grandpa is none other than Motown founder/producer Berry Gordy.
  • Latino rockers Los Lonely Boys are Henry, Jojo, and Ringo Garza.
  • Mates of State are a husband and wife duo.
  • MsLynch consisted entirely of the former B*Witched twins Edele and Keavy. Then they dropped the act and formed another one, Barbarellas.
  • Nelson is Matthew and Gunnar, the twin sons of Ricky Nelson.
  • The Nolan Sisters, an Irish singing family who were big in the late 1970s and 1980s. They are currently riven by dissension of various kinds and brandishing lawyers at each other. Youngest sister Colleen is probably the most successful, as she has permanent tenure on talk show LooseWomen. The sisters apparently remain Big in Japan.
    • Oldest sister Ann officially became Ann Wilson after marriage. Opening up low-level confusion with the singing Wilson sisters
  • The five Osmond Brothers (after 1971).
  • The Pointer Sisters originally consisted of sisters Bonnie and June; they first performed under the "Pointer Sisters" name once older sister Anita joined, with their oldest sister Ruth joining a few years later. They had their greatest success in the 1980s after Bonnie left for a solo career. The group is no longer made up entirely of sisters or Pointers (the latter in a legal sense): After June was kicked out of the group amid struggles with drugs, she was replaced by Ruth's daughter Issa.note  Still later, Issa's daughter Sadako joined. While Issa and Sadako don't have the "Pointer" surname legally, they use that name professionally.
  • The Ronettes consisted of two sisters, Veronica and Estelle Bennett, and their cousin, Nedra Talley.
  • Selena y Los Dinos started off as a Quintanilla family project - Selena on vocals, brother A.B. on bass, sister Suzette on drums, with father Abraham managing the group - and eventually became a Type 1.
  • The Shaggs were a band of three (later four) sisters: Dorothy, Helen, Betty, and Rachel Wiggin. Their father insisted.
  • SHeDAISY is sisters Kassidy, Kelsi, and Kristyn Osborn.
  • The members of indie rock band Smoosh (Ayse, Maia, and Chloe) are all sisters; the band now performs as Chaos Chaos, with just two of the three sisters.
  • Sons of Sylvia consists of 3 brothers. They and three other brothers formerly recorded as The Clark Family Experience.
  • The Staple Singers were Roebuck "Pops" Staples, joined by daughters Mavis and Cleotha and son Pervis. Pervis left and was replaced by another Staples offspring, daughter Yvonne.
  • The Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players are a husband and wife, with their teenage daughter on drums.
  • The Trapp Family Singers: Maria von Trapp, her husband Georg Ludwig von Trapp, and her stepchildren (also her and Georg's own children when they became old enough).
  • The members of the Australian pop duo The Veronicas are twin sisters.
  • The White Stripes: At first they claimed to be brother and sister, it later became clear they were actually husband and wife. Jack White said they started the brother-and-sister story to keep people from asking annoying questions. Subverted when they divorced, but kept going for around another decade.
  • For their first three albums, hard rock band Chevelle consisted of brothers Pete, Sam, and Joe Loeffler. Joe left the band in 2005 and was replaced by the brothers' brother-in-law, Dean Bernardini.
  • Indie rockers The Cribs consist of brothers Gary, Ryan, and Ross Jarman, except for a period between 2008 and 2011 when Johnny Marr was also a member of the band.
  • The Kentucky Headhunters. When founded as Itchy Brother, the band consisted of brothers Richard (rhythm guitar) and Fred Young (drums), plus their cousins Greg Martin (lead guitar) and Anthony Kenney (bass). The original lineup under their name The Kentucky Headhunters kept the Young brothers and Martin, along with a second pair of brothers, Ricky Lee and Doug Phelps, on lead vocals and bass guitar respectively. After the second album, both Ricky Lee and Doug left to form another Band of Relatives, the duo Brother Phelps, while Kenney returned and the unrelated Mark S. Orr did lead vocals for one album. Orr left promptly, Doug came back as lead vocalist, and Kenney eventually left, promoting Doug to Lead Bassist.
  • Carter's Chord is another sister trio in country music: Becky Robertson, Emily Fortney, and Joanna Robertson Ott.
  • The Isaacs consists of Lily Isaacs, her daughters Becky and Sonya, and their husbands, John Bowman and Jimmy Yeary.
  • Tompall & the Glaser Brothers: brothers Jim, Chuck, and Tompall Glaser.
  • The 5 Browns: Five piano-playing siblings.
  • The Browns: James, Maxine, and Bonnie (brother, two sisters) were a country trio from 1955 to 1967.
  • Krisiun consists of brothers Moyses Kolesne, Max Kolesne, and Alex Carnago (the latter uses his mother's maiden name).
  • Boards of Canada is Mike Sandison and his brother Marcus Eoin (Sandison). They initially kept the relationship quiet as they wanted to avoid comparisons to Orbital, another UK electronic duo consisting of two brothers, Paul and Phil Hartnoll.
  • The Wilkinsons consisted of Steve Wilkinson, his daughter Amanda, and his son Tyler.
  • The Henningsens, best known for writing some songs for the aforementioned Band Perry, consists of Brian Henningsen, his son Aaron, and daughter Clara.
  • The Kinsey Report: Brothers Donald (guitar, vocals), Ralph (drums), & Kenneth (bass) Kinsey. Started as a Type 1 group before guitarist Ron Prince left.
  • The Gipsy Kings, a crossover flamenco/pop band made up of Romani people from France but singing in Spanish, started out in 1978 as a Type 2, later became Type 1, and are now Type 2 once again. The current members are two sets of brothers, with each set being cousins to the other. The founding members are lead singer Nicolas Reyes, his brother André, lead guitarist Tonino Baliardo, and his brothers Diego and Paco. Three more Reyes brothers (Paul, François "Canut", and Patchal) and two unrelated members later joined the band, but the non-relatives eventually left, leaving the current lineup of five Reyes brothers and three Bailardo brothers.
  • Tweedy is a father-son duo of Jeff and Spencer Tweedy.
  • Echosmith consists of siblings Jamie, Noah, Sidney, and Graham Sierota.
  • Wolves in the Throne Room currently consist of brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver. They were initially an example of Type I as there were other people in the band, but the Weavers are the only members left.
  • 2nd Chapter of Acts had sisters Annie Herring and Nelly Greisen, and brother Michael Ward (the different surnames came from the sisters' marriages).
  • Hip-Hop group The Click consisted of siblings E40 (Earl Stevens), D-Shot (Danell Stevens), Suga-T (Tanina Stevens), and their cousin B-Legit (Brandt Jones).
  • British Electronic Music duo Disclosure consists of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence.
  • Tegan & Sara are identical twins.
  • The Knife are sibling duo Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer.
  • Slingshot Dakota is the husband-and-wife duo of drummer Tom Patterson and singer-keyboardist Carly Comando. The band was originally a trio led by Carly before the other two members left and Tom joined.
  • Alt-country duo Shovels & Rope consists of guitarist Michael Trent and his wife, drummer Cary Ann Hearst — the two share lead vocals.
  • The Girl Group Cimorelli are six sisters, from the eldest one (Christina) to the youngest one (Dani).
  • Self-described "ugly pop" band Skating Polly was formed by stepsisters Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse. Kelli's brother, Kurtis, joined in 2017.
  • The rap trio Migos was made up of Offset, his cousin Quavo, and the late Takeoff (Quavo's nephew).
  • Rae Sremmurd is made up of brothers Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" Brown and Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown.
  • The Forester Sisters, Kathy, June, Kim, and Christy.
  • The Warning, three sisters from Mexico, Daniela, Paulina, and Alejandra Villareal.
  • Just about half of the duos in Brazilian country music (sertanejo) consist of siblings.
  • Brazilian pop duo Sandy & Junior, who were massively popular in the '90s and early 2000s, are siblings, the daughter and son of sertanejo musician Xororó. Which, in hindsight, comes across as awkward when you listen to some of the duo's earlier material.
  • The Schmitt Brothers Barbershop Quartet: Joe, Paul, Francis, and Jim.
  • The Gap Band consisted of brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson.
  • The Isley Brothers originally consisted of O'Kelly Isley Jr., Rudolph Isley, and Ronald Isley, adding their brother Vernon later on. After his death, they added brothers Ernie and Marvin and brother-in-law Chris Jasper.
  • The Hudson Brothers: Bill, Brett, and Mark.
  • The Roches: Maggie, Terre, and Suzzy Roche. Maggie and Terre originally worked as a duo, Suzzy joined starting with their second album. (They have, however, sometimes used other musicians both live and in the studio, although none of them were ever "official" members of the band).
  • The Boswell Sisters: Martha, Connie, and Helvetia.
  • The Mills Brothers: Donald, Herbert, Harry, and John Jr.
  • The Lennon Sisters: Dianne, Peggy, Kathy, and Janet. After Peggy's retirement, sister Mimi replaced her.
  • The Watersons: Siblings Norma, Mike, and Lal Waterson, plus cousin John Harrison.
  • Chloe x Halle are made up of the titular sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey. Contrary to popular belief however, they are not twins.
  • It would be hard to top the original lineup of The Proclaimers: Not only are Craig and Charlie Reid brothers, but identical twins. Though they now have a backing band, they are still the only official members.
  • 70s hard rock band Death originally consisted of brothers Bobby, Dannis and David Hackney.
  • Ska-punk outfit the Interrupters consists of the three Bivona brothers (Kevin, Jesse, and Justin), as well as vocalist Aimee Interrupter, who is married to Kevin.
  • The Rocky Fellers, originally from the Philippines, before moving to America and becoming a One-Hit Wonder with 1963's "Killer Joe", were Moro Maligmat and his sons Tony, Junior, Eddie and Albert (the 9-year-old lead singer on the hit, who later moved to Hawaiʻi and became a fixture on the local music scene).
  • The Sylvers, the main rival to The Jackson 5 on the R&B scene in The '70s, were made up of various configurations of various Sylvers siblings at different times, with nine out of the total ten being in the group at one time or another.

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    Films — Live-Action 

  • Angel Moxie: In Chapter 2, the boy band N'Tune are described as five brothers. When Tristan, who thinks all boy bands are packaged, questions why one of them looks Mexican, Alex assumes he just has a really deep tan. Turns out they were five random men kidnapped and turned into minions of the villain in order to brainwash young girls.

    Real Life 
  • Half of both lineups of The Statler Brothers (see above for the other half).
  • The Brothers Four were actually a fraternity, rather than a family.
  • The Ramones all adopted the last name Ramone as a pseudonym, but none were actually related.
  • Family - none of them were related to each other, and was a Revolving Door Band to boot!
  • Electronic Music duo The Chemical Brothers aren't actually brothers, though they've run continuously with the same lineup for over twenty years.
  • The Righteous Brothers: not really brothers, though one of their albums was called The Sons of Mrs. Righteous.
  • Cocteau Twins: Three or four members, not related, and nobody named Cocteau.
  • The Thompson Twins went through a few lineup changes in the early '80s, growing to at least 6-7 members at times. Not a single one of them was named Thompson, and none of them were twins. They took their name from Thompson and Thomson, the near-identical, bumbling detectives in the Tintin comics.
  • The Traveling Wilburys was a supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan ("Lucky Wilbury", "Boo Wilbury"), Roy Orbison ("Lefty Wilbury"), Tom Petty("Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr", "Muddy Wilbury"), George Harrison("Nelson Wilbury", "Spike Wilbury"), and Jeff Lynne("Otis Wilbury", "Clayton Wilbury"). The idea was posited that the members of the band were all half-brothers with the last name Wilbury, and all the band members took pseudonyms with that same last name Wilbury, and a different name on each album!
  • The original members of The Doobie Brothers took the name because of a friend's comment that they should call themselves that since they were always smoking pot together.
  • None of the Scissor Sisters are related, and there's only one female member. They're named after a lesbian sex act.
  • The Puppini Sisters consist of founder Marcella Puppini and other unrelated women. They chose to add "Sisters" to homage The Andrews Sisters, the close harmony of whom they emulate.
  • The Davis Sisters were Betty Jack Davis and Mary Penick, who changed her name to Skeeter Davis to match her partner. When Betty died in a 1953 car accident, her sister Georgia replaced her.


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Sixteen Swedish Sisters

Judy's favorite song, "Sixteen Moments", comes from a Swedish band called the Sixteen Swedish Sisters, consisting of five sets of triplets sisters and Oonga. It's unclear if they have the same family or different individual families.

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