You have to give Heart some considerable credit. This band not only produced a number of huge hits, but it was able to sustain top-level quality for decades and decades despite a constant turnover when it came to band member participation.
The band first started creating music in 1967. Over that time, we’ve seen 38 different musicians associated with the band. Of the original group (Steve Fossen, Ray Schaefer, Roger Fisher, Don Wilhelm), none are still involved. Instead, it’s currently led by Ann and Nancy Wilson. “Crazy On You”, “What About Love”, “Never”, “Alone”, and “These Dreams” are among their most famous tracks.
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The genius of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons cultivated a four-man group which sits gently nestled within the genre of rock. The height of the band’s popularity was arguably in the ’70s — which accounts for its placement at No. 24. Still, we can’t deny the energy, effervescence, and transcendence of this group.
These are more than just musicians and singers. Ultimately, Kiss was/is a collection of performers and entertainers. The theatrics on stage, the facial expressions, the face paint…all of it was aimed at putting on the best possible show. Heck, even Simmons’ tongue has its own persona!
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Poison was a group which oozed sex appeal — crossing over from different precursors of rock music — ultimately settling in a hybrid which meshed together traditional rock with the innate cheesiness of the 1980s. The frontman — Bret Michaels — continues to be a fixture in pop culture. Aside from his obvious talents as a performer, we’ve seen him on countless reality TV shows over the years. In a sense, it’s helped to keep the band prevalent.
With that said, it was the decade of the 1980s which led to the band exploding. The band had three consecutive multi-platinum albums — which included the highly acclaimed Look What the Cat Dragged In. Flesh & Blood soon followed (also enjoying terrific success).
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The ’80s was a bit of a volatile decade for the band as a whole. If we’re looking at Aerosmith through the scope of longevity, commercial success, and popularity, it would be much higher up the list. As such, the decade was complicated by two band members leaving and eventually returning.
You’re talking about the best-selling hard rock band in the history of music. Even if the ’80s wasn’t the height of Aerosmith, it doesn’t mean it didn’t enjoy some success during this specific era. The band managed to record/produce four albums during this decade. In addition, this body of work helped to set the scene for the ’90s — where the band won four Grammy Awards (among 12 nominations).
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You’ve surely seen the music video…and you’ve surely heard the song. “Here I Go Again” is without a doubt among the most iconic songs of the 1980s — regardless of genre. If we narrow it down further, the genre of rock could find few tracks as successful as Whitesnake’s prized song.
Over the decade, the band played around with different instrumentals — changing its sound from a softer feel to more of a fast-paced, harder presentation. Even looks-wise, the band evolved into what you see above in the picture. While the group failed to replicate the success it had in the ’80s, we’d be remiss if we didn’t give them their proper due for crushing it during the time period (especially with Slide It In).
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20. The Go-Go’s
The Go-Go’s were a monster group throughout the ’80s — and in one sense really do epitomize the musical era with their upbeat, pop-filled take on rock. Belinda Carlisle is the star of the show (as evidenced by her solo career). However, for the first five years of the ’80s, this group was ridiculously popular.
“We Got the Beat” remains a massive anthem for the ’80s as a whole — and can be heard on virtually every soundtrack from those iconic ’80s flicks. In a four-year span, The Go-Go’s put out three uber-successful albums (Beauty and the Beat, Vacation, Talk Show). Not only was this impressive, but it’s almost unheard of in such a short span. Ultimately, the legacy of this group includes a transcendent all-female band breaking boundaries and creating new touchstones in the process.
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19. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Before becoming a solo artist, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers emerged as one of the ’80s most prolific groups. The ’80s, specifically, featured four albums from the group. “Refugee” kicked off the ’80s in strong fashion. From there, “The Waiting” continued a really fabulous run.
This band was not a hard rock group, nor did they lean into the ‘glam rock’/big haired appearance that many bands of the time period leaned into. Instead, it was a softer sound with more of a southern twang. In a sense, a folksy feel which really resonated with different demographics all over the country.
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An acquired taste, to be sure. Still, Pantera is among the best ever within the genre of heavy metal rock. An off-shoot from traditional rock, those who saw Pantera in concert probably are still dealing with the aftermath of hearing loss. Simply put, these dudes knew how to slay.
Some would view heavy metal rock as a bit esoteric in nature. The thought would be that it wouldn’t necessarily appeal across different swaths of listeners. Well, Pantera erased those stereotypes by combining elite instrumentals with an amalgamation of different rock genres. The addition of Phil Anselmo took the group to another level, and it led to four Grammy nominations.
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17. Red Hot Chili Peppers
A bit of a change from the ‘traditional’ rock you may think of, RHCP broke onto the scene initially as a couple of high school friends (Flea, Anthony Kiedis) from Los Angeles. While rock is the integral theme within the group, you do also get elements of funk, pop, rap, and everything in-between. The uniqueness with RHCP truly does sit with its sound — as it’s somewhat dissimilar from anything else during the ’80s.
Winners of six Grammy Awards, the band released four albums in the ’80s (The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Freaky Styley, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, Mother’s Milk) before becoming a bit more mainstream with more commercial success.
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16. The Bangles
The Bangles are another group hailing from Los Angeles. While the group did have about a 10-year hiatus from the end of the ’80s to the start of the 2000s, the actual decade of the ’80s was quite good to them. Susanna Hoffs is the lead vocalist/most well-known member of the group. Joining her were the Peterson sisters (Debbi and Vicki), along with Annette Zilinskas and Michael Steele.
The name of the band might not ring a bell with younger audiences reading the piece. However, you’ve surely heard some of the major hits which the band has produced. Of course, we’re talking about “Walk Like an Egyptian”, “Eternal Flame”, “Hazy Shade of Winter”, “In Your Room”, and “Manic Monday”. Coincidentally, all of those tracks came in the 1980s.
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No ’80s discussion would be complete without mentioning the popular group Blondie. Led by blondie Debby Harry, her effortless vocals hung over some pop synth beats perfectly erected by the band. Aside from the pop feel, you also got elements of disco and punk — thus coming up with the band’s true interpretation of rock music. “Heart of Glass” might be the band’s most iconic track. “Call Me” is a close second. With that said, “Atomic” hits in a way that the others don’t.
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14. Hall & Oates
Without a doubt, we can say that when it comes to musical duos, Hall and Oates set the standard (or are at least in the conversation as the best musical duo in recent memory). Of their 30+ singles, 29 of them have been featured on Billboard’s Hot 100. Five of those said singles ended up No. 1 on the charts. Surely, you’ve heard of “Maneater” and Private Eyes” (among others).
The two complement each other perfectly — with Hall’s silky voice predominantly featured in the foreground. Supporting valiantly is Oates with his high-end skills on the guitar. While not a true Rock ‘n Roll group, they more than get the job done (and have been doing so for nearly 55 years professionally).
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The B-52’s have been present since the mid-’70s — but didn’t really find their footing until the 1980s. By that time, they developed into a total juggernaut of a band. The construction of the band was a bit atypical — from the sheer size of the group to the unique way in which the instrumentals were arranged.
“Love Shack” is a song almost everyone knows to this day. It was a monster hit which came out initially in 1989. Four albums came out during this decade, by which The B-52’s established themselves as a real player within the niche genre of dance-rock (with heavy pop influences).
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R.E.M. rocked so Nirvana could roll. As many will attest to, this band was essentially a massive precursor to the ’90s boom of alternative rock — and thusly grunge. We’re talking about the slower tones and vibrations of the guitars, Michael Stipe’s long-winded vocals, and the lyrics which were completely up for interpretation under the veil of ambiguity.
After breaking out as an indie outfit, the ’80s saw the band gain a groundswell of support. The decade featured a plethora of albums which have been designated as critically acclaimed pieces of art. The work from this era set the stage for arguably the band’s most noteworthy track “Losing My Religion”.
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11. Iron Maiden
Now we’re getting into the heavy-hitters. The list from here on out truly is subjective. You could rearrange all of these bands into practically any order, and no one would really have a huge gripe one way or another. All deserve their spot in the proverbial sun.
Iron Maiden ‘looks’ and ‘sounds’ like the ideal rock band. They’re pretty prolific at what they do, as the London-based group has put up a whopping 41 albums over the course of their illustrious career. Shockingly, the group has only been nominated for five Grammy Awards (winning one in 2011 for Best Metal Performance).
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Steve Perry…what an icon. The lead singer of Journey was blessed with having among the most prolific voices in the history of the genre. He was so good, in fact, that he could’ve starred in a number of other genres outside the rock realm. “Don’t Stop Believin'” is easily among the most iconic songs ever made. If you head out on a Friday or Saturday night to any bar, you’re guaranteed to at least hear that song once.
“Open Arms” was a massive hit (as was the album Frontiers). Every possible award, acclaim, and achievement you can think of has been enjoyed by this group. There’s a versatility within the music itself, and the ever-changing dynamic of the band makes it all the more impressive that they’re still making music to this day.
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9. Def Leppard
The U.K. is no stranger to producing some elite musical talent. As the ’70s came and went, the ’80s ushered in a new subset of star British band talent. It was a heartier, more violent sound — compounded by bands hailing from the working glass gritty north of England.
In this case, Def Leppard — from Sheffield — epitomized the balance between grit and glamor. They burst onto the scene after a successful spot on MTV, and thus Def Leppard became a global entity. Like other peers within the genre, Def Leppard created four albums in the 1980s.
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8. Motley Crue
Nikki Sixx. Mick Mars. Tommy Lee. Vince Neil.
The seven-time multiplatinum rock group really dives deep into what it means to be a glam rock band. You’ve got the look, the sound, the persona, and collective charisma which people immediately gravitated towards. To this day, Tommy Lee is still a pop culture icon for his early roots within Motley Crue. The on-stage performances during this decade were legendary, as was the fandom brought on by the band’s theatrics.
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Whether Queen can be completely categorized as a true ‘rock’ band is up for interpretation. It’d be foolish to encapsulate the iconic group into a single genre box — for the influences within the quartet stem from rock to pop to opera (among others). However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t list Queen within the top-10 of such a list.
For starters, the starpower emanating from the group’s frontman Freddie Mercury is arguably as good as any band in the history of music. From there, we have a laundry list of songs from Queen which remain wildly popular today across a plethora of different generations. How many other groups can say the same?
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6. ZZ Top
You know these guys — instantly recognizable with their epic beards and patented fedoras. Staying true to their Southern roots, ZZ Top is a rock band with real elements of bluegrass and blues. However, don’t strictly categorize the group as being folksy. Far from it, as the Billy Gibbons-led group can lay some serious licks on the ‘ol guitar.
When synths and drums were added to the mix, the band became more universal for people to enjoy. The ’80s brought three massive singles in “Legs”, “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Gimme All Your Lovin'”.
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5. Bon Jovi
New Jersey, stand up! The ’80s was in many ways dominated domestically by the Jon Bon Jovi-led group. Three albums into the decade, and the group was easily among the most popular entities on the planet.
Look no further than two of the singles from the middle of the 1980s. Coincidentally both from the same album, it’s wild to think they were able to come up with “Livin’ on a Prayer” AND “You Give Love a Bad Name”. If a band had even one of those songs and didn’t do anything else of the rest of their respective careers, they’d be famous. Bon Jovi accomplished the feat and didn’t even bat an eye.
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4. Van Halen
It’s impossible to think about the rock genre and not immediately go to Van Halen. A Van Halen show was akin to a holy experience where the crescendo of noise collides with the on-stage energy of real-life brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen — along with David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and eventually Wolfy Van Halen (Eddie’s son).
The decade could’ve been split into the Roth era and the Hagar era. Nevertheless, each five-year stint was brilliant in its own way. The band did a whopping six albums in the 1980s — culminating with OU812 in 1988.
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With roots in two different continents, the Young brothers (Malcolm, Angus) paired thoughtful poetic prose from their ancestral Scotland along with the cavalier, swashbuckling zest from their native Australia. When smashed all together, you were left with AC/DC — a band perhaps even more recognized for their iconic logo rather than their stunning musical ventures.
This was real Rock ‘n Roll — where the speakers would boom, people would lose their hearing (both temporarily and permanently), and the energy on stage would leave the audience wanting more and more. “You Shook Me All Night Long” is a 1980s track which still to this day features in film and television.
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The most high-profile hard rock group, Metallica to this day is still a commercial smash hit. When you think about the pacing of this group and much of its music, you feel as if you’re constantly running a race — where endorphins are running wild all over the place.
James Hetfield is a double-threat — both as a vocalist and as a guitarist. Lars Ulrich is truly a legendary drummer, and the duo of Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett give the band much-needed balance. Master of Puppets is the intro album you should listen to should Metallica be an unknown within your musical catalog.
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1. Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses has literally everything you’d want in the archetype of a rock group. The logo of the group is both recognizable and visually pleasing. The band name rolls off the tongue and is memorable. The original core was sensational. Slash slayed/slays as the lead guitarist with his trendy top hats and iconic sunglasses. Steven Adler was a genius on the drums. Duff McKagan and Izzzy Stradlin held it down with their respective work on the guitar and base. Then, you’ve got Axl Rose — the head honcho making the house come down with a velvety yet powerful voice.
To this day, the group is still going strong in touring the world. In one 1980s album alone (Appetite for Destruction), the band had these three tracks: “Welcome to the Jungle”, “Sweet Child o’Mine”, and “Paradise City”. That is simply mind-boggling.
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The 25 Craziest Celebrity Lookalikes
Logan Marshall-Green and Tom Hardy
There’s a clear likeness between English actor Tom Hardy and Rhode Island native Logan Marshall-Green. LMG has been a character acting dating back to 2003. You’ve seen him in a number of projects ranging from television to film. Among them include 24, Big Sky, The O.C., Across The Universe, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Of course, Hardy has been critically acclaimed for a plethora of strong performances. An intense and sometimes intimidating performer, you can truly feel Hardy’s emotion popping off the screen with a real fervor. Black Hawk Down, Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk, and The Revenant are only a few of these sparkling performances.
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Jennifer Lawrence and Bella Hadid
There’s an undeniable similarity between socialite/model Bella Hadid and actress Jennifer Lawrence. The daughter of a Palestinian businessman and a Dutch model, Hadid has long been in the limelight. Her family has been featured in various reality shows, and Hadid herself has carved out a very successful career for herself as one of the most famous models on Earth.
Lawrence hails from the great state of Kentucky. The Louisville native was a child actress on various sitcoms before really emerging in film as an A-Lister. Silver Linings Playbook was her breakout role as a dramatic actress. From there, Lawrence has starred in American Hustle and Joy (among other projects).
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Richard Madden and Gus Kenworthy
Richard Madden (pictured right) is one of those familiar faces you’ve most certainly seen on the silver screen. He played a rather unsavory character in Rocketman (the Elton John-themed film). However, the Scottish actor is likely most known as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones. Madden was also terrific in the series Bodyguard.
Gus Kenworthy (pictured left) hails from England originally — though he and his family moved to the United States when he was just a toddler. Growing up in Colorado, Kenworthy became an exceptional skier. He did represent Great Britain in one competition. However, he switched to Team USA where he ultimately won a Silver Medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
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Zach Braff and Dax Shepard
These two could be brothers! Both are exceptionally funny, charismatic, and wholesome guys with very loyal fan bases. Dax Shepard (pictured left) is more of a comedic actor with tons of appearances in different big-time projects (among them, Parenthood and The Ranch). More recently, Shepard has been exploding in the world of podcasts with his show Armchair Expert.
Zach Braff broke out with the quirky comedy Scrubs — and followed that up with notable performances in Garden State and BoJack Horseman. As his career has developed, Braff has transitioned more and more towards a behind-the-camera capacity. He even directed an episode of the hit show Ted Lasso.
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Javier Bardem
Now, these two legitimately look to be related (despite Bardem hailing from Spain — and Morgan born and raised in Seattle). A man of many talents growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Morgan ended up moving down to LA where he pursued gigs in both television and film. Of course, most know him as Negan in The Walking Dead. But he was also a regular in The Good Wife and Grey’s Anatomy.
Without a doubt, Bardem is one of the best actors in this generation. He’s been nominated for four Academy Awards in total (winning one for his role in No Country For Old Men). Married to fellow actor Penelope Cruz, Bardem continues to star in projects that millions across the globe enjoy on an annual basis.
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Millie Bobby Brown and Halsey
The transformations of both Halsey and Millie Bobby Brown have been quite profound. Stranger Things was the platform for Brown to showcase her immense ability on screen. She portrays the mysterious Eleven — and has since she was a young girl. As she’s now become a young adult, Brown’s range as an actress has expanded to more serious projects with more serious content matter.
Halsey had an atypical upbringing which involved some real issues in her private life. Living on the East Coast, she was able to push those aside and let her vocal talent shine in a massive way. Since overcoming everything in her life, Halsey has become a massive pop star.
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Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry
There are three defining characteristics linking these two individuals:
- Red hair/blue eyes
- Both hailing from the U.K.
Prince Harry obviously grew up in the limelight his entire life (as a part of the Royal Family). He’s since left England and now resides reportedly close to Santa Barbara (in Southern California). Ed Sheeran has built a lofty career for himself which includes a multitude of Grammy Awards and adoration from millions across the planet.
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Ed Sheeran and Rupert Grint
There’s a clear likeness here between both performers. We’ve spoken in the previous slide about Sheeran’s exploits as one of the biggest singers within the pop genre. Speaking of pop culture over the last 20ish years, Rupert Grint has been firmly engrained into the era. He played the plucky sidekick Ron Weasley in the iconic book series-turned-film series focused around the exploits of a young wizard named Harry Potter.
Even though Grint continues to act and has branched away from the franchise, he’ll still always be known by many as ‘Ron’.
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Niall Horan and Allen Leech
Even if you’re not a music lover, the band One Direction is surely a group you’ve heard of before. In the post-Boy Band era, One Direction might’ve been the biggest entity since the days of *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. One of those members is Niall Horan (pictured left). Hailing from Ireland, the 29-year-old musician has gone solo and is currently experiencing some real success.
Also coming from Ireland is actor Allen Leech. You may first recognize him from his role in Bohemian Rhapsody (as one of Freddie Mercury’s closest allies). He also is a fixture in Downton Abbey as Tom Branson.
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Sophia Bush and Katharine McPhee
These two beauties have been performing on stage for quite some time. Katharine McPhee (left) grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles. She first became known from her spot on American Idol. From there, McPhee’s career skyrocketed — as she both sang and acted in a number of very successful projects. She’s currently married to famed musical genius David Foster.
Bush — on the other hand — is more so known for her roles in the realm of acting. Brooke on One Tree Hill is most likely the role she’s most known for. Since then, the Southern California native has featured in various films (John Tucker Must Die, Marshall, Incredibles 2) over the years. There’s no denying the similarities between the two!
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Carla Bruni and Bella Hadid
If one didn’t know better, you’d legitimately think both of these stunning women are related. Bruni and Hadid do have some similarities. As you’d expect, both are fashion icons having modeled for quite some time. Bruni has Italian heritage, and grew up mostly in France. Much of her career professionally has been spent modeling across Europe. However, she’s also acted in a number of projects — and has cultivated a nice career as a singer. Bruni is currently married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Alex Daddario and Tiffany Thiessen
For one generation, Kelly Kapowski was the dream girl for millions of people tuning in to watch Saved By The Bell. The actress who played Kapowski — Tiffani Thiessen — was the ‘it’ girl for a long spell from the late ’80’s well into the ’90’s. Her big blue eyes and iconic chestnut brown hair made her quite popular.
Actress Alex Daddario cultivated a similar following a generation later with strikingly similar looks herself. Daddario has featured in children films, adult comedies, dramatic roles, and pretty much everything in between.
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Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman
Keira Knighley exploded onto the scene in the early 2000’s — starring in Bend It Like Beckham where she played the sidekick to a girl who was hiding the fact from her parents that she was secretly playing soccer. Knightley continued on what’s been a very lucrative film career. Among her next big projects included Love Actually and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Portman is among the better actors on the planet. Since she was a little girl, we’ve seen her take the silver screen in such as films as Leon: The Professional, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, V For Vendetta, Closer, and Black Swan.
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Kacey Musgraves and Kyle Richards
Another mother and daughter duo? Not quite! Kyle Richards was a child actress-turned-reality television star. You can routinely see her on Bravo! as a member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She’s very family oriented, and is quite fashionable in the process.
Pictured on the right is country star singer Kacey Musgraves. The 34-year-old native of Texas has won four Grammy Awards throughout her illustrious music career. Without a doubt, the resemblance between these two media figures is quite strong!
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Henry Cavill and Matt Bomer
We’ve seen numerous iterations of Superman over the years. The most recent version of the famed superhero is portrayed by Henry Cavill. The English actor has been a fixture in film and television for nearly 20 years. The Tudors, The Witcher, Enola Hughes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and the aforementioned Superman are among his biggest achievements and accomplishments.
Fellow lookalike Matt Bomer is also an actor. His career arc is fascinating– as he went from a soap opera actor to one who dabbled in the realms of dramatic television and film. Bomer is highly versatile, and has played a number of very captivating roles (which even includes time on Broadway as a theater actor).
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Thandiwe Newton and Zoe Saldana
Often times, Thandiwe Newton and Zoe Saldana are mistaken for one another. Both are beautiful actresses with a long list of highly popular and successful projects. Hailing from England, Newton has garnered massive praise for her roles in the likes of Crash, Westworld, Mission: Impossible 2. and The Pursuit of Happyness.
Saldana is one of the primary stars of the Avatar franchise. From Scratch was a highly popular series shown on Netflix, and Saldana also was featured in Avengers: Endgame. She split her time growing up in both New Jersey/New York and the Dominican Republic.
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Victoria Justice and Nina Dobrev
These two virtually look like twins. Victoria Justice (pictured right) was a child actor. She primarily featured on Nickelodeon as one of their headlining leads. Along with that, the Florida native has since appeared in a plethora of noteworthy shows in the form of cameos. She’s also cultivated a rather nice music career for herself.
Bulgarian-Canadian actress/model Nina Dobrev has featured in a number of shows which people absolutely love. Among them, Degrassi: The Next Generation and The Vampire Diaries. Most recently, the 33-year-old has entered into a relationship with Olympic athlete Shaun White.
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Emma Mackey and Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie has turned into a legitimate superstar within the world of acting. Hailing originally from Australia, she has since acted with true heavyweights in the industry. We’re talking about the likes of Will Smith, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Saorise Ronan, Charlize Theron, and Nicole Kidman (among others). Her two Oscar nominations came in I, Tonya (where she portrayed Tonya Harding) and Bombshell (where she portrayed an employee of Fox News).
Mackey was born to an English mother and a French father. Being bilingual (growing up in both countries), Mackey has performed professionally in each language. However, without a doubt her breakout role came as the mysterious Maeve in Sex Education. Mackey has since become involved in a number of big-budget Hollywood productions including Death on the Nile and Barbie.
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Jaime Pressly and Margot Robbie
Robbie’s career has continued to flourish. One of her most noteworthy roles was when she played Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Being cast in a Tarantino role truly did cement Robbie’s legacy as a massively famous actress.
Jaime Pressly was pretty much a comedic actor early in her career. You saw her in a number of those crude ‘teen’ movies where her good looks and iconic North Carolina accent were showcased. The role in which her talent really shined came in My Name is Earl. She then spent over 120 episodes as a recurring member on Mom.
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Anna Gunn and Woody Harrelson
No…despite the internet rumors, Woody Harrelson and Anna Gunn are not siblings despite the strong resemblance. Gunn grew up in New Mexico. Ironically enough, it served as the setting for perhaps her most famous role as Skyler in Breaking Bad. The two-time Emmy Winner also performed in Deadwood and Sully.
You’ve seen Harrelson on screen in virtually every role possible. He’s played serious roles, comedic ones, and virtually everything under the proverbial sun. Among his most critically acclaimed performances, one could include Harrelson’s roles in White Men Can’t Jump, Cheers, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Messenger, and The People vs. Larry Flynt.
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Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly
It’s quite common for people to mix up Kelly and Meester. Both were on hit shows around the same time, and are roughly in the same age range. Everyone fell in love with Kelly during her days on Friday Night Lights as Lyla Garrity. This role propelled her career into both modeling and on-screen roles in such projects as Jane the Virgin, The Roommate, and Parenthood.
Meester’s big role came on Gossip Girl. She was a model as a young girl before really breaking into the world of performance — which featured film, television, and also vocal work. Since then, we’ve seen her in a number of films (The Roommate, That’s My Boy).
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Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel
For years upon years, these two have been compared to one another from a looks standpoint. The big, bright blue eyes against dark brown hair and a porcelain complexion. Actress Zooey Deschanel has been in the limelight for over 20 years — performing in a number of very good projects. Almost Famous was a great role for her, as was (500) Days of Summer. The sitcom New Girl will forever make her a darling in syndication.
Katy Perry went from being a shy, quiet girl growing up in Santa Barbara to one of the biggest and most prolific pop stars in the entire world. There are literally only a handful of musical giants considered to be ‘bigger’ than her at this point. Without a doubt, Perry forever etched herself into the fabric of high-end pop culture.
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Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain
Of all celebrity lookalikes, these two might be the ones most often mixed up for one another. We can’t blame the masses — as Chastain and Howard have striking physical similarities. The daughter of famed director/producer/writer/actor Ron Howard, Bryce (pictured right) stepped into her own shadow where she’s since created her own big-time career. This has included roles in the Jurassic Park franchise, The Help, and Rocketman.
Chastain reportedly grew up with some personal challenges as it pertained to her family’s background. The Sacramento native ultimately made it out to New York where her theater craft was honed. To this day, Chastain is considered one of the most talented American actors in the world. She’s earned three Oscar nominations — ultimately winning Best Actress for The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
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Maggie Lawson and Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone will forever be known as the lead in one of the most iconic teen movies of all time, Clueless. Cher Horowitz continues to be a character over 20 years later which people dress up as for Halloween. Aside from that film, the Northern California native also starred in Batman & Robin, Miss Match, The Baby-Sitters Club, and American Horror Stories.
Looking like her identical twin, Maggie Lawson (right) grew up in Kentucky. She was also a child actor before moving to Hollywood and landing other roles. Some of them you may have heard of (Psych, Cybill, Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, Step by Step) and others you not be as familiar with (Model Behavior, The Ranch).
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Kate Middleton and Lauren Conrad
While both of these individuals work in completely different professions half way across the world from one another, there’s certainly a resemblance! Lauren Conrad (left) aka LC was first brought to us on the dramatic reality television show Laguna Beach. The Hills followed, and eventually Conrad became a very successful fashion designer with her own line (and she’s even written a number of books for good measure).
Kate Middleton — better known as her official title as the Princess of Wales — married into the British Royal Family. She married Prince William, which means that one day she’ll eventually become the Queen of England.
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