10. Tegan and Sara
Since the late ’90s, the Quin sisters Tegan and Sara have gradually morphed from an alternative indie folk duo into about as pop a group as it gets on their excellent 2016 album, Love You to Death. Songs like “Dying to Know” and “Faint of Heart” show that the less pop-leaning songwriting of their early years isn’t bound by genre. They know how to craft and perform a strong song, even (and perhaps especially) after they traded in their guitars for keyboards and drum machines.
After recording together, performing together, and spending so much of their lives together over the past 20 years, they won’t sugarcoat anything and say that being in a band with your twin sister is always perfect. They’ve acknowledged that conflict is a big part of their relationship, but at the same time, it seems like working together is one of their favorite things to do: The sisters founded The Tegan and Sara Foundation together, which “works for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.”
Sibling Says: “We have conflict like most siblings. I think it’s aggravated or heightened because we spend so much time together. Right now is honestly a really good time for us. I’ve been thinking about how I never really write about Tegan; it’s a private thing when you have such a public relationship. I think because things are good between us right now, it’s easier to look back at times when things were bad, and it’s an interesting topic to write about because I haven’t done it often.” –Sara Quin, to Rolling Stone in 2016.