Ask Billboard: Jonas Brothers, Bee Gees, Rae Sremmurd, Van Halen & Other Sibling Acts to Top the Hot 100

By | April 1, 2019


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Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas of Jonas Brothers visit Music Choice on March 1, 2019 in New York City.

Hi Gary,

With Jonas Brothers‘ “Sucker” having become their first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, they join other sibling duos and groups that have topped the chart. Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas mark the first all-sibling act to lead the Hot 100 since Rae Sremmurd in 2016 and the first brother trio to reign since Hanson in 1997.

Of all sibling groups to hit No. 1, the Bee Gees have the most leaders: nine.

These songs below should sound truly familiar.

Ace of Base (Jenny, Jonas “Joker” and Malin “Linn” Berggren)
“The Sign,” 1994

Bachman-Turner Overdrive (Randy, Robbie and Tim Bachman)
“You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” 1974

The Bangles (Debbi and Vicki Peterson)
“Walk Like an Egyptian,” 1986
“Eternal Flame,” 1989

Bay City Rollers (Alan and Derek Longmuir)
“Saturday Night,” 1976

The Beach Boys (Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson)
“I Get Around,” 1964
“Help Me, Rhonda,” 1965
“Good Vibrations,” 1965
“Kokomo,” 1988; Brian and Carl Wilson

Bee Gees (Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb)
“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” 1971
“Jive Talkin’,” 1975
“You Should Be Dancing,” 1976
“How Deep Is Your Love,” 1977
“Stayin’ Alive,” 1978
“Night Fever,” 1978
“Too Much Heaven,” 1979
“Tragedy,” 1979
“Love You Inside Out,” 1979

The Bellamy Brothers (David and Howard Bellamy)
“Let Your Love Flow,” 1976

The Carpenters (Karen and Richard Carpenter)
“(They Long to Be) Close to You,” 1970
“Top of the World,” 1973
“Please Mr. Postman,” 1975

The Emotions (Pamela, Sheila and Wanda Hutchinson)
“Best of My Love,” 1977

The Everly Brothers (Isaac Donald “Don” and Philip “Phil” Everly)
“Cathy’s Clown,” 1960

Hanson (Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson)
“MMMBop,” 1997

Heart (Ann and Nancy Wilson)
“These Dreams,” 1986
“Alone,” 1987

INXS (Andrew, Jon and Tim Farriss)
“Need You Tonight,” 1988

Jackson 5 (Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael and Tito Jackson)
“I Want You Back,” 1970
“ABC,” 1970
“The Love You Save,” 1970
“I’ll Be There,” 1970

Jonas Brothers (Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas)
“Sucker,” 2019

K-Ci & JoJo (Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey and Joel “JoJo” Hailey)
“How Do U Want It” (2 Pac feat. K-Ci & JoJo), 1996
“All My Life,” 1998

Nelson (Gunnar and Matthew Nelson)
“(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection,” 1990

New Kids on the Block (Jonathan and Jordan Knight)
“I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” 1989
“Hangin’ Tough,” 1989
“Step by Step,” 1990

Nino Tempo & April Stevens (Antonino and Carol Vincinette LoTempio)
“Deep Purple,” 1963

The Osmonds (Alan, Donny, Jay, Merrill and Wayne Osmond)
“One Bad Apple,” 1971

Rae Sremmurd (Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee)
“Black Beatles” (feat. Gucci Mane), 2016

Sly & the Family Stone (Freddie, Rose and Sly Stone)
“Everyday People,” 1969
“Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin”/”Everybody Is a Star,” 1970
“Family Affair,” 1971; Rose and Sly Stone

The Staple Singers (Cleotha, Mavis and Yvonne Staples)
“I’ll Take You There,” 1972
“Let’s Do It Again,” 1975

UB40 (Ali and Robin Campbell)
“Red Red Wine,” 1988
“Can’t Help Falling in Love,” 1993

Van Halen (Alex Van and Eddie Van Halen)
“Jump,” 1984

Wilson Phillips (Carnie and Wendy Wilson)
“Hold On,” 1990
“Release Me,” 1990
“You’re in Love,” 1991


Jesper Tan
Subang Jaya, Malaysia

Thanks Jesper.

Meanwhile, several other notable acts featuring siblings have scaled the Hot 100 over the years. Among them: AC/DC, The Black Crowes, Creedence Clearwater Revival (owners of five No. 2 hits), Devo, The Gap Band, The Kinks, Oasis, The Pointer Sisters, The Proclaimers, The Psychedelic Furs, Sister Sledge and Tavares.

Plus, acts with siblings continue to infuse the charts, including The Aces, AJR, The Avett Brothers, Cage the Elephant, Echosmith, First Aid Kit, Greta Van Fleet, Haim and Pierce the Veil.

Another is The Rua, the trio of Alanna, Jonathan and Roseanna Brown, new on the latest Adult Pop Songs chart (dated March 30) with ballad “Gasoline,” their fourth entry on the list. Fun fact: In addition to their musical wizardry, all three siblings appeared in multiple Harry Potter movies, as Hogwarts students (sorted into Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Slytherin, respectively).


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