20 Best Songs About Siblings of All Time

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The best songs about brotherly love, sisterly solidarity.

Billy Idol

Billy Idol
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The bond between siblings can be complex and rich. It varies from one family to the next. Brothers and sisters can be rivals, confidants and co-conspirators, or bitter enemies at the same time. It’s no wonder that there have been so many great songs about the subject.

To honor this rich musical history, we’ve created a list of the 20 best songs about siblings. These songs include classics about brotherly love, tributes to sisterly solidarity, and one outlandish depiction of taboo familial love that only Prince could attempt. In addition to The Purple One, the featured artists range from Elvis Presley to ’60s soul giants to British Invasion rockers to modern art-pop auteur Grimes. Billy Idol snags a spot with a sneering ’80s fave, and Canadian punks PUP check in with a song that’ll have you thinking twice about going camping with your sister. They Might Be Giants reminds us that TV theme music can sometimes be transcendent.

Although each song is very different, they all have one thing in common: They are about relationships with people we can’t choose. Although we can theoretically choose our lovers and friends in life, our brothers and sisters are always there. We love them and want the best for them, but sometimes we hate, envy, or worry deeply about them. The 20 songs on our list touch on all of these feelings and more, presenting complex family dynamics in the form of easily digestible slices of pop. These songs are easy to digest for even children.

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