The Rhythm of Love

Music's Greatest Romances

BY: Claire Connors

What is more romantic than a real-life musical duet? PROVOKR picks the coolest (Mick and Marianne), the truest (Tim and Faith), the hottest (Stevie and Lindsay), and the newest (Selena and the Weeknd) dynamic duos ever. From classic country couple Johnny Cash and June Carter to the King and Queen of Hip Hop, Jay and Bey, they all represent an idealistic, profoundly heartwarming moment in music history.

Of course, not all of our choices are #relationshipgoals. Many couples cut ties because of bad behavior—sex, drugs, and…more sex. But for a moment, each of these twosomes have been and are still everything to us—easy on the eyes and they’re love songs are music to our ears.

Johnny Cash and June Carter

After years of performing together—not to mention getting together and breaking up a lot—Johnny Cash and June Carter were finally married in 1968. They were together until June’s death in 2003.

Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic YouthKim Gordon and Thurston Moore of the indie rock band Sonic Youth, were every Sassy-reader’s ideal couple. But when Thurston cheated on Kim, all bets were off, the band broke up, and he moved to London with his new girlfriend. Her memoir, Girl in a Band, was a break-up tell-all.

Sean and JheneWe nominate Big Sean and Jhené Aiko Cutest Couple Ever! Listen for a new collaboration between the two musical talents later this year.

Chris Stein and Debbie Harry Blonde holding handsChris Stein and Debbie Harry were, quite simply, the coolest couple fronting the coolest band, Blondie. Despite not being in a romantic relationship anymore, the two continue to create together, and we love them for it.

Selena Gomez and the WeekndAfter a few months of “are they or aren’t they,” Selena Gomez and the Weeknd made it official at the Met Gala in May.

John Lennon Peace sign in car and Yoko OnoThey had their ups and downs, but John Lennon and Yoko Ono were in a really good place with a “beautiful boy,” Sean, in 1980 when he was assassinated in front of his home in New York City.

Dua_and_Martin-003British singer Dua Lipa and Dutch DJ Martin Garrix got close after making her video “Scared to Be Lonely,” earlier this year. Clearly they’re happy together now.

Mick Jagger and Marianne FaithfulMick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were together for four tumultuous years in the 60s, their relationship rife with scandal and lots and lots of drugs. After a miscarriage, the relationship finally ended.

Tim Mcgraw and Faith Hill holding hands on stageCountry music’s preeminent love story is that of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. This year they celebrate their 20th anniversary, which in show business, says Tim, “is like 80 years.” We wish them 80 more!

Nude Stevie Nicks and Lindsay BuckinghamStevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were a couple when their band, Fleetwood Mac, created their self-titled 1975 album (which was actually their tenth record, by the way). They were bitterly broken up when the 1977 follow-up, Rumors, came out. Romance inevitably dies, but legendary rock and roll lives forever!

Liam Payne and Cheryl Coles FormalwearBritish pop stars Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole just had their first baby, born in March 2017. The two lovebirds both hail from teen pop bands; Liam is a former One Direction heartthrob, and Cheryl first broke out as a member of Girls Aloud, one of the biggest girl groups of the early 2000s.

Hailsey and Machine Gun KellyMachine Gun Kelly played coy when Rolling Stone asked him about his relationship with fellow musician, Halsey, but he did posit this heartwarming quote: “I feel 16 again.” Of course, he’s only 27, but it’s a sweet sentiment nonetheless!

Sonny And CherWith hits like I Got You Babe and The Beat Goes On, as well as numerous television appearances, Sonny & Cher were one of the most popular entertainment duos of the 1960s. Although they divorced in the 1970s, they both had continued success, with Sonny moving into politics and Cher becoming a bona fide pop deity.

Arianna Grande and Mac covering mouthsAriana Grande is a totally cute pop princess and was totally adorable in NBC’s Hairspray Live!, while beau Mac Miller has multiple neck tattoos, he’s also an acclaimed rapper and record producer, so he’s okay to bring home to meet the parents.

Kurt Cobain and Courtney LoveKurt Cobain‘s life was short, tragic, and full some of the most iconic youth anthems of all time. In between the angst of being a misunderstood genius, Kurt managed to fall in love with Courtney Love in one of rock and roll’s most well-known romantic sagas.

Jay Z and BeyonceDonald Trump may be President, but Jay Z is King, and the hip-hop monarch rules alongside his Queen Bey, the incomparable Beyoncé.