In Roman mythology, Concordia is the goddess of harmony. Fittingly referred to as Harmonia by the Greeks, her parent’s are Venus and Mars the goddess and god of Love and War. How romantic and dare I say a little nauseating that the union of these star-crossed lovers produced a child of peace.
This year, in celebration of St. Valentine’s Day and this ancient power couple, we’ve created a playlist of songs by bands featuring their own star-crossed lovers. Some of the love lasted, some of it didn’t, regardless their unions produced some pretty stellar tunes.
Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe
Just a classic.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – One Love To Another
Despite Jade Castrinos being kicked out of the band recently, allegedly via e-mail, Alexander Ebert and Castrinos were notorious for their intimate stage presence with one another. We’re crossing our fingers that these two rekindle their love… even if it’s via e-mail.
Mates of State – My Only Offer
You can’t deny the love between these two. Surviving as a touring couple for over 19 years, it’s safe to say they’ll probably be together forever.
Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
We could highlight a single relationship in Fleetwood Mac, but that would seem unfair to the others. You could call it band incest, then again… those were “looser” times.
Beyoncé – Drunk in Love ft. Jay-Z
The ultimate power couple. The king and queen of hip-hop. Blue Ivy’s got some big shoes to fill.
Talking Heads – And She Was
We had to look this one up. Bassist Tina Weymouth married drummer Chris Frantz in 1977, two short years after founding everyone’s favorite new wave band, Talking Heads.
The White Stripes – Well It’s True That We Love One Another
Some people might still think these two are brother and sister. Jack and Meg probably probably got a few hate letters from Westboro Baptist Church. We’re here the record straight, they were never brother and sister, just a once-married couple messing with the media.
Notorious B.I.G. – “One More Chance/Stay With Me Remix ft. Faith Evans”
There’s no beating Biggie and Faith’s wedding photo (see above). R.I.P.B.I.G.
ABBA – Lay All Your Love On Me
Double duty! Sweden’s second biggest export for a few years, ABBA, featured two married couples. Volvo may have outlasted ABBA on the export charts, but their’s no denying the poppy hooks of these euro-pop sensations.
Arcade Fire – Crown of Love
Despite the depressing lyrical content of the song featured here, Win and Régine seem to be in it for the long haul.
John Lennon – Love
This one might be a little controversial. We all know how Yoko is often blamed for the disassembly of the Beatles, but he ballad of John and Yoko was clearly strong with love.
The Weepies – Gotta Have You
Husband and wife, Deb Talan and Steve Tannen share in more than the phonetics of their last names. Their quirky, mid-tempo bedroom pop highlights the harmonious nature of their matrimony.
Cults – Most Wanted
Although their love dwindled, the music of Cults is apparently as strong as ever. “Most Wanted” demonstrates the duo at their best.
Cloud Cult – Pretty Voice
These two have endured more than most couples. After losing a child together, Craig and Connie Minowa still stand on stage together and spread their inspiring, beautiful perspective with the world.
Johnny Cash – Long-Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man ft. June Carter
Regardless of other aspects of it’s accuracy, Walk The Line did get one thing, June and Johnny were truly star-crossed lovers. Shakespeare gave us Romeo and Juliet, Country music gave us Johnny and June.