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As Cain and Abel could tell you, it ain't always easy for famous siblings to get along. Between artistic temperaments, egos, money, fame and temptation, it's a wonder the bonds of brotherly love can ever survive rock 'n' roll. Here's a ranking of our favorite brother bands -- from saccharine-sweet bromance to stage-brawling near-fratricide.
You think the Hanson brothers couldn't get any more adorable? Well, this unreal level of brotherhood bonding puts most families to shame: At youngest brother Zac's wedding in 2006, eldest Isaac was best man, middle bro Taylor was a groomsman, Taylor's wife was a bridesmaid, and Taylor's son was the ring bearer. How cute! When Taylor announced his Tinted Windows side project, the other Musketeers offered their full support, and the three have just finished a new Hanson album.
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 0.0
Your typical heavy-metal tough guys, Pantera co-founders Vinnie Paul and "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott were just big puppy dogs when it came to brotherhood. When a feud with singer Phil Anselmo neutered Pantera in 2003, they left to form Damageplan. When Dimebag was senselessly murdered onstage in 2004, Vinnie Paul's heart-rending eulogy said it all: "Dime will be missed more for his giving personality, charisma, caring for others, love and most of all his HEART!! Twice as big as the state of TEXAS!"
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 0.3
The JoBros drop to No. 3 on this list because we suspect that the 'Camp Rock' stars may be contractually obligated to be BBF (Best Bros Forever). Conspiracy theories aside, there's no denying that Joe, Kevin and Nick are a pretty tight unit. In most bands, one brother starts a side project and the next thing you know they're suing one another for royalties. But when Nick Jonas and the Administration took the stage at this year's American Music Awards, they were introduced by none other than Joe and Kevin.
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 0.5
They're both marching in a Black Parade of angst and eye makeup, but MCR's Gerard and Mikey Way are all warm and fuzzy about each other. Mikey threw his support behind his big brother during Gerard's struggles with drugs, alcohol and depression, and Gerard returned the favor by being best man at Mikey's 2007 Las Vegas wedding.
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 0.8
The Beach Boys
Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson weren't exempt from fraternal strife, between Brian's mental breakdowns (which led to his refusing to tour) and Dennis' alcoholism (which led to his 1983 drowning death). But in the wake of Carl's passing away in 1998, the other Beach Boys (Wilson cousin Mike Love and Brian's school friend Al Jardine) have hit Brian with a series of lawsuits. Perhaps they were harboring lingering soreness that the band's label was named Brother Records.
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 3.3
When they're not busy talking in some spooky identical-twin language, Good Charlotte frontmen Joel and Benji Madden bicker like a pair of 12-year-olds. But unlike some of our more notorious siblings, the Maddens don't let things get too out of hand. Joel says, "The last time we got into a fight, [Benji] took my computer and smashed it. Eventually, though, we just laughed about it and couldn't remember what we were fighting about."
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 4.5
The Jackson 5
Shockingly, there is a history of friction between Michael and his slightly less famous bandmates, starting before the group had even signed to Motown, when he replaced older brother Jermaine as lead singer. When the Jacksons moved to another label in 1975, Jermaine quit and remained at Motown. Relations between Jermaine, Michael and "the other guys" remained hit-and-miss until MJ's untimely death brought the whole Jackson clan -- even LaToya -- back together.
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 5.0
The same unchecked ego that led Kings of Leon to chastise the 2009 Reading Festival audience for not clapping hard enough has apparently threatened the bond between Caleb, Jared, Nathan and cousin Matthew. The me-first attitude led Jared to proclaim, "If I wasn't involved I can't imagine liking [the band] a lot, just because I only control 25 percent of it." And now arguments over writing credits and royalties may have contributed to their announcing a six-month hiatus.
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 6.2
Onstage sparring was nothing new for irritable siblings Jim and William Reid, and by 1998 they weren't even writing songs together anymore. Not long after, they got into a nasty row onstage, and William left the band. As Jim Reid put it, "It's still too sensitive and a bit painful to talk about." They've been estranged until Coachella Festival organizers persuaded them to re-form for a 2007 performance (if Scarlett Johansson guesting on backing vocals can't bridge the gap, nothing can).
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 6.6
The Everly Brothers
Phil and Don Everly's intertwined harmonies were all over the pop charts in the late 1950s and early '60s with hits like 'Bye Bye Love' and 'Wake Up Little Suzie,' but their star began to dim in the face of the British Invasion. Long-simmering tensions between the two exploded onstage in 1973, when Phil smashed his guitar and left a visibly intoxicated Don to finish the show solo. The brothers didn't speak to each other for 10 years, until a 1983 reunion show at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 7.2
The Louvin Brothers
This 1950s country and gospel harmony duo were quite unharmonious: Charlie was a nice guy; Ira was an ornery, liquored-up hothead who once was shot by one of his four wives while he was in the act of strangling her. Charlie felt hypocritical performing spirituals onstage while Ira smashed his mandolin to pieces. That, and Ira's constant belittling of Charlie, drove them apart in 1963. Ira met his demise in 1965 when his car was plowed by an inebriated motorist -- while Ira himself was dodging an outstanding drunk-driving charge.
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 7.5
The Black Crowes
Shortly after joining Oasis on the ironically named 'Brotherly Love' tour, Chris and Rich Robinson put the Crowes on "indefinite hiatus" in 2001 because of incessant feuding, Chris' well-publicized battles with addiction and the pressures of constantly being on the road. They finally released a new album on their own label in 2008, but it's still not all hugs and holidays: In 2008, Rich told Rolling Stone, "Outside of music, we probably would never speak to each other."
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 8.0
The Bee Gees
Petty rivalry seemed to be status quo for the Gibbs, with twins Robin and Maurice frequently butting heads with eldest brother Barry. An unappreciated Robin quit in 1969, and although they reunited the following year, breakups remained common even during their successful hairy-chest-and-medallion years. Following Maurice's death in 2003, Barry and Robin put the gloves on one more time, feuding publicly over plans for a Maurice tribute album -- but the surviving pair have been making reunion overtures as of late.
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 8.3
Despite Creedence's meteoric success, elder brother Tom Fogerty (the original frontman in the group's early incarnations) quit in 1971 because John Fogerty, who had become the band's dictatorial primary singer and songwriter in its heyday, essentially pushed Tom's songs off the table. In the ensuing years, jealousy, spite and accusations of shady business dealings on the part of CCR's former label kept the brothers at odds; they remained estranged up till when Tom died in 1990 from AIDS complications.
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 9.0
From fistfights over Christmas songs to Noel braining Liam with a cricket bat, the Gallagher brothers' often hilarious squabbling has been tabloid fodder since the early 1990s. Even before this year's "final" Oasis breakup, Liam claimed they saw each other only onstage, and Noel stated that his 2-year-old son had never even met his uncle. Of the thousands of Noel vs. Liam quotes out there, perhaps this Liam line sums it up best: "He doesn't like me and I don't like him, that's it."
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 9.8
Kinks frontman Ray Davies and his guitarist brother Dave make Noel and Liam Gallagher look like feud amateurs. Legend has it that Ray once stabbed Dave in the chest with a fork -- because he tried to steal a French fry! Their early onstage brawling contributed to a four-year American ban at the height of the British Invasion, and the Davies brothers somehow refrained from killing each other before finally folding the band in 1996, after 32 years. Recent overtures Ray has made to reunite with Dave may augur a new Kinks tour -- and fresh opportunities for onstage battles.
Sibling Rivalry Quotient: 10.0