dating 31 Bands That Are (or Were) Couples  

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List of Bands That Are Couples, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Music is a very personal outlet and it can unify people in a totally unique way. It's no surprise that some very successful bands are comprised of members who are romantically involved. While a couple can create magical music, the end of a romantic relationship usually means the end of a band.

Who is the most famous band that is a couple? Blondie tops our list. Blondie was formed in 1974 by Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri and Gary Valentine. Harry and Stein became romantically involved during their time in Blondie together, and while they have never married, they have been together since the 70s. The band split up in 1982 due to various tensions amongst the members. Blondie has since gotten back together for several reunion tours.

Arcade Fire formed in 2001. Current members include Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury. Win Butler and Regine Chasagne got married in 2003. The couple and the band are still strong today. Other bands that are comprised of couples include The White Stripes, Matt and Kim and Sonic Youth.

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 31 Bands That Are (or Were) Couples
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The Mamas & the Papas formed in 1965 with members including John Phillips, Denny Doherty, Michelle Phillips, and Cass Elliot. Michelle Phillips and John Phillips were married from 1962–1970. The band split-up in 1968 primarily because Cass Elliot wanted to go solo.

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Genres (Music): Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Folk rock, Psychedelic rock

Albums: If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, Deliver, The Mamas & the Papas, Monday, Monday, + more

Labels: Dunhill Records

Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America

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#18 on The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

#50 on The Greatest American Rock Bands

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Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 31 Bands That Are (or Were) Couples
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Arcade Fire formed in 2001. Current members include Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Jeremy Gara, and Tim Kingsbury. Win Butler and Regine Chasagne got married in 2003. 

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Genres (Music): Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock, Indie rock, Baroque pop, + more

Albums: Funeral, The Suburbs, Neon Bible, Reflektor, Christmas Album, + more

Labels: Merge Records, Mercury, Rough Trade Records, City Slang

Career Began: Montreal, Canada

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#1 on The Most Hipster Bands

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Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 31 Bands That Are (or Were) Couples
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Sonic Youth formed in 1981.  The original lineup of the band included Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo ,and Richard Edson. Moore and Gordon were married in 1984, but they decided to separate in 2011. Sonic Youth subsequently broke up that same year.

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Genres (Music): Noise rock, Rock music, No wave, Grunge, Post-hardcore, + more

Albums: Daydream Nation, Goo, Dirty, Sonic Nurse, Sister, + more

Labels: Homestead Records, Blast First, SST Records, Matador Records, Enigma Records, + more

Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America

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#60 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#66 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

#38 on The Best Opening Act You've Ever Seen

#71 on The Best Punk Bands Of All Time

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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 31 Bands That Are (or Were) Couples
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The White Stripes formed in 1997, and for a few years, pretended that members Jack White (John Anthony Gillis) and Meg White were siblings. In reality, the pair were married from 1996-2000 - and the band had their greatest success after Meg and their divorce. In 2011, The White Stripes announced that they would no longer be recording new music because of "a myriad of reasons ... mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band"

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Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock, + more

Albums: White Blood Cells, Elephant, De Stijl, Icky Thump, Get Behind Me Satan, + more

Labels: Sympathy for the Record Industry, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Records, Italy Records, Third Man Records, + more

Career Began: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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#92 on The Best Rock Bands of All Time

#53 on The Greatest American Rock Bands

#5 on The Best Musical Duos

#83 on The Most Hipster Bands

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