The coolest rock couples of all time have a chemistry and magic that has played a huge part in the shaping of rock history. Even when their relationships were messy or unravelling, we still idolised their romantic relationships. Here we have listed who we consider to be the coolest rock couples of all time.
Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks
Both Buckingham and Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974. Repeatedly on-again, off again their relationship challenges must have made them a nightmare to work with. The Rumours album débâcle saw this coolest of couples split at the same time that Christine McVie was leaving husband John for a lighting director while Mick Fleetwood had a relationship with Nicks, whilst he was also splitting with his wife Jenny Boydare. Despite all this, their chemistry no doubt contributed to some of the greatest music of all time.
Brody Dalle And Josh Homme
Dalle founded the legendary punk rock outfit The Distillers in 1998, and has since formed Spinerette and released her own solo record, as well as appeared on her husband’s records. Originally married to Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, who she divorced in 2003, Dalle married Josh Homme in 2007 and they have three children. Perhaps the coolest of current rock couples Homme’s band Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA) have created some of the best rock music in history since forming in the late ’90s, Brody has appeared on two QOTSA albums and two records by Eagles Of Death Metal.
Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
One of the greatest rock chicks in history, Debbie Harry has had an enormously successful career as the lead singer of Blondie. Although most of the focus falls on Harry, she owes a lot of her success to co-founder and guitarist, Chris Stein. She first met Stein in 1974 when he joined a band her band, The Stilettos. Shortly after, they formed Blondie and found immediate success. They soon began a romantic relationship, catapulting New Wave to the mainstream and making them the coolest or rock couples of the age. They stayed together until 1989, although they continued to produce music together.
Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull
In 1966 Mick Jagger and singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull began a much publicised relationship. By the end of the 1960’s, Faithfull and Jagger were notorious in the Swinging London scene in the mid ’60s, becoming both rock and fashion icons. The pair split in 1970 and Faithfull’s career and personal life went into a tailspin. Faithfull not only co-wrote Sister Morphine, but is also said to have inspired some of the Stones’ biggest hits, including Wild Horses. She returned with the highly acclaimed Broken English in 1979, had continued successes and in 2016 revealed plans to release a live album from her 50th Anniversary tour.
Sonny Bono and Cher Bono
Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, Sonny and Cher dominated the airwaves with their 1965 hits, “Baby Don’t Go” and “I Got You Babe,”. In the ’70s this talented and coolest of rock couples became popular media personalities with their own television shows. At the height of their fame they sold over 40 million albums around the world during a 10 year period. They had a very public and messy divorce in 1975, after which Cher went on to become a Grammy Award winning solo artist and an Academy Award winning actress. Sonny had an acting career before going into politics. Sonny died in 1998.
Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon
These New York alt rockers founded Sonic Youth with Lee Ranaldo. They turned out to be one of the coolest and most inspirational musician couples of all time and created some of the most pioneering music in the genre. They married in 1984 and had a daughter the same year, and unlike most other rock couples, appeared to have a very normal life together. Sadly, in 2011 it was announced that they had separated after 27 years of marriage.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
One of the most enduring stories of rock and roll love began in 1966, when the Beatle attended the Japanese artist’s conceptual art show in London. Love soon blossomed and the pair became inseparable. Despite their ups and downs, the pair remained married until Lennon’s murder in 1980.
June Carter and Johnny Cash
A country act, but a very rock-n-roll relationship with hard times that ended with joy, love, and friendship. Cash famously proposed to Carter during a live performance in London, Ontario, and they married in 1968. They had a child together two years later, and they continued to work, tour and be very much in love for the next 35 years. June died in May, 2003. Cash kept recording and completed 60 more songs before his death four months later.