I’ll never fully understand bromances — this coming from a woman who admits to having Taylor Swift-level friendships with a close few.
There’s something about two dudes being so down to clown in their friendships that fascinates me, and also makes me euphoric. Like, dudes doing dude stuff together is one of the best things I could hope to witness in a world where people just don’t seem to understand Jaden Smith’s stamp on the zeitgeist. *sigh*
Not that many things are sacred anymore, but bromance is. And the following are forever.
Ed Sheeran and John Mayer
Ed and John’s bromance reached a new level when they unveiled tattoos they had designed for one another on the Late Late Show back in February. That same weekend, they put on a joint performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards. What says bromance more than thoughtfully designed tattoos?
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King
Stevie Ray Vaughan and his musical idol Albert King put out a joint album in 1999. The recordings were taken from a 1983 jam session the two had for Canadian TV show In Session, which lent its name to the album. SVR and Albert had a great time playing with each other, as evidenced by In Session’s DVD version.
Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney first met in 2007 while Foo Fighters were recording “Band On The Run” at Abbey Road in London. The two “giggled like girlfriends” at the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, according to Rolling Stone, and their friendship was made real that year while rehearsing for the Grammy Awards. The bromance has continued ever since, and the “Cut Me Some Slack” brothers performed together at a Beatles concert back in May (video above).
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Jay and Ye have one of the most public and adorable friendships in music. From their joint songs to their joint performances to Watch the Throne, Yeezy and Hov have a long list of heartwarming bro-ments, which includes this Vine of Jay reacting to Kanye faking a Kanye at the 2015 Grammys.
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These The Voice judges found an on-screen bromance that includes Twitter prankage. What’s more is that Bladam is genuine. Blake told Rolling Stone the following of Adam in an interview from 2014: “You can tell we really like each other. We really are friends, and we’re giving each other crap like we’ve known each other all our lives. I just think the world of that dude.”
A$AP Ferg and Skrillex
Skrillex and the A$AP Mob have history, but it’s the DJ’s relationship with A$AP Ferg that’s the sweetest. In the above video, the two talk about their longstanding friendship, try out a new handshake, and rehearse for their joint Bonnaroo 2014 performance.
Chris Brown and Tyga
Chris Brown and Tyga are polarizing artists, and even if you’re not fans of either, you have to appreciate their friendship. The “Loyal” dudes put out their Fan of a Fan album this year, and performed “Ayo” at the 2015 BET Awards. “That’s my real genuine friend,” Tyga told Vibe of C Breezy in a 2014 interview. “We hang out all the time.”
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LL Cool J and Brad Paisley got heat after the release of “Accidental Racist,” but the dudes came back with a joint love song called “Live For You” in 2013. Brad said the following of his “blood brother” to New York Magazine that same year: “If you meet LL Cool J, you fall in love with LL Cool J. LL and I had mutual friends, and he and I had always talked about doing something. My fans know LL’s music. And I love him. We’re blood brothers at this point.”
Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith
The Biebs and Jaden Smith paired up on “Never Say Never,” which appears on the soundtrack for 2010’s remake of The Karate Kid. The two have been in the same clique ever since, with Jaden attending Justin’s Comedy Central Roast earlier this year.
Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz
Pete Wentz and Mark Hoppus have a lot in common, as Mark points out in the above installment of A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus co-starring Amy Schumer. Pete and Mark both play bass, they’re both fathers, and both had questionable haircuts at one point in time. They’re both weird for each other, as evidenced by Pete thanking Mark for being his dad. Bro love 4 lyfe.
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The Timberlake-Timbaland bromance might not be heavily backed by photos and social media shout-outs, but that doesn’t mean it’s not real. These two put their friendship to work, namely on JT’s FutureSex/LoveSounds and 20/20 Experience. These partners-in-music brought us “Suit & Tie,” “Cry Me A River,” “Carry Out,” “Ayo Technology” and so much more.