Which Musical Family Is the Most Famous Musical Family?


You have no time? And also no leisure? Then click here and with a little scrolling you will also get two lists from me, once alphabetically, once sorted by the number of musicians in a family. I would prefer you read on here first. ✓


Yes, above are the conservative great composers who lived long before our time. But which of them is a member of a musical family. Of Strauss, they know that there is a Johann Strauss, father and a Johann Strauss, son. And what about the other masters?  ✓



Are you looking for the most well-known or the most famous musical family on earth and of all time and you don't have much time? Okay, the Bachs are the most famous and greatest famous musical family. In the universe! Why? Because the "light figure", namely Johann Sebastian Bach, beats practically all musicians in terms of fame and name recognition. Also, Michael Jackson. And Elvis Presley. The Kellys have no light figure at all ... so nobody will be able to push the Thomaskantor from Eisenach from his "pedestal" in the next 300 years. Very likely! Not even Madonna, and with her we are now also all "kings", respectively "queens" of Rock'n Roll, Pop and similar quality levels "through". You could be of the justified opinion that Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner or Liszt are more famous than Bach, but ... it's not really about the most famous musician on this page, but about the most famous musical family. And that's why the Beethovens are eliminated with a meager three members. The Mozarts, however, do really well with nine family members. And the Wagners/Liszts are also nine musicians. So we could argue about who is more famous: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner or Liszt. However, if we were to agree and award points equally, preferring none ... then in a "second additional discipline", the sheer number of family members, one would "score". And that would be 200+ Bachs against the Mozarts with nine people and the Wagners/Liszts with also nine people.   ✓


No, they're not composers, they're American presidents. Great American presidents. Above, however, is the monumental work of art in the USA, which inspired me to create the collage of composers on this page, above and below.  ✓


Yes, some composers are allowed multiple times!  ✓



Please Do Not Take This Ranking Too Seriously


Then, of course, you could additionally compare the "next league" in the "competing" families of musicians. Is a member of the Bachs in the league under J.S. Bach more famous than the "second light figure" among the Straussens? So is Bach's son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach more famous than Liszt? Or more famous than Wagner? Clearly, Liszt and Wagner both rank "incredibly" ahead of Bach's son CPE! But what if there were four famous Bach sons, and two were even more famous than their dad in their days? Do four famous composers then "rank" more in the second tier than the number 1 on another team? Quite clearly, no! If there were only Wagner and the four Bach sons, then the Wagners would probably be the most famous musical family.  ✓



And the Kellys and the Jacksons?


So, what immediately comes to mind for young people when asked about the most famous musical family? The Kelly Family, at least in Germany, and the Jacksons ... even worldwide. Maybe! If you grew up at a time when representatives of these two musical families had reached the zenith of their popularity ... that is, a few years ago. Older and classical music fans, however, will immediately object – after all, without knowing exactly how many there are in the Kelly Family or how many Jacksons there are and were – that this honor does not belong to the Kellys and not to the Jacksons, but to the Bach family of musicians. Are they right? Yes, they are. They are so right!   ✓


But how do we actually measure "known"? How many people have heard of this or that musical family? Who sold the most records and CDs, and then later downloads? Or how many fans exist? Can we also mix music genres? Are also – for example – organ builders a musical family, if several generations built organs? This is the case with Wikipedia. There, organ builders are listed several times as a musical family and – perhaps because of this – you arrive at the impressive number of 33 musical families. But the Mozarts and the Liszts are completely missing (... in the fall of 2020) !!!! And about 50 more or less known musical families beyond that! At least you can find the Bachs on position 1, but this is probably – on this page – due to the alphabet. A visit to Wiki is exciting for all those who are interested in musical families in general. More, however, can be found on the two other pages of my "Bach on Bach" website, namely the page at the very front of the navigation and the one with FAQ 132. However: No musical family can be a well-known one whose name is not known by more than one in a thousand people. Or does it? One out of 1,000 ordinary people. The musician family Berwald, Bittner, Dallery, Freundt and Wrochern?! Plus: In the case of the latter "family of musicians", two dozen members are listed in the sub wiki, but only five are defined as musicians. Really uncool.  ✓


Handel is a new addition. The other two were already included above.  ✓



What ( ! ) Else – in Addition  Is Crucial?


Infinitely many people in Germany know the Jacksons, even more know Michael Jackson, the undisputed "King of Pop", in the USA and worldwide. And the Presleys also know any number of people: old and young, age-old and kids... really? But the Kellys? How well known are the Kellys in the USA... that is, "crossover"? And how long will these famous musical families and their shining lights be famous? 20 years, 50 years, 100 years, 200 years? We have to agree that therefore more fans of the Jacksons in the USA and here in Germany make the Jacksons a more famous musical family than fans of the Kellys exclusively here in Germany make the Kellys the most famous musical family. And what about the Kellys, if you compare the number of enthusiasts in Europe with those in America? Of course pi times thumb, thus ... so approximately ... not completely exactly scientifically ... rather felt ... and gladly also criticizable. Then the "second league". These are the individual artists in the level below the "light figure", as already mentioned above. These are LaToya Jackson and Janett Jackson. Pretty well known ... still. In the case of the Kellys, the fame of the Premium League is already spread relatively evenly among all members. There is rather less of a light figure, but beware: It's not necessarily my favorite, I could be quite terribly wrong! But this is unimportant, because I would like to offer the 2nd place to both families of musicians. Either, or. It is your decision: I'll stay out of it for now.  ✓


Honor to whom honor is due. But is "Ludwig van" the light figure in a Beethoven family?  ✓



But ... although this is not about the size of the musician's family, now the decision becomes a lot easier, because it is at this point that the "2nd League" comes very succinctly into the picture. It is about the fame of the persons in the "2nd League": They are the sons of Johann Sebastian Bach, the shining light of the Bach family. Who knows that two of the Bach sons were more famous than their father in his time. And there were four famous sons. And Bach has been among the "cream" of musicians worldwide and of all time for over 300 years. So a partial contest is certainly whether the Bachs are more famous behind their father or the Jacksons behind Michael with the Presleys behind Elvis (... in my opinion the Jacksons are the more famous musical family, not the Kellys). But we can only find out in about 250+ years. So that still has a lot of time. And here we must take into account that Bach's popularity (... that of the father) is still increasing. So we already have three criteria that make up the fame of a musical family: The notoriety of the light figure, the notoriety of the musicians in the second row and the number of experts in the second level. In addition, there is another level in the pyramid: the third level. Because their fame is even more difficult to compare than that of the No. 1, the number of musicians in the third level plays a role. And there, no musical family in the entire universe and for all eternity has even the slightest chance against the Bachs. Because the Bachs have an impressive number of musicians ... and there are still more musicians ... like the Kellys and the Jacksons. But already today there are about 15 Jacksons and 20 Kellys compared to about 200 Bachs, who play music and make music. And even the musical women of the Bachs are not exactly categorized. And the Bachs as a family are growing more dynamically. Alone, about 10 musicians in the Bach family still marry musicians today and have children who probably also grow up with music! And the Jacksons? And the Kellys? It's ... manageable ... in terms of our nonsensical competition.  ✓


Once again, " honor to whom honor is due": Was there more than one Bach?  ✓


All this leads to an overwhelmingly clear vote ... and I think that it is not only subjective, because it is mine: No other musical family comes close to the Bachs. Not in any of the sub disciplines, and certainly not when all criteria are taken into account. Johann Sebastian Bach himself once compiled a list of 53 family members, which is not a family tree, nor does it consistently list all the music-making members of his family. As valuable as this list is for the Bach genealogy of the musical family, it does not deserve a name or title, certainly not "genealogy" or "family tree". Because not all 53 are musicians plus, not all musicians are  listed: For example, J.S. Bach's mother and also his second wife, who earned as much as Johann Sebastian as a singer in Köthen, are missing. And certainly other female musicians. Then: In Rochester, Minnesota, USA alone, the Bach band was a "gang" of eight musicians around Johann August Reinhold Bach, who was the progenitor of one US branch of the Bachs in the USA. Today alone, about 10 Bachs (... the ones from above) still earn their living with music in the USA, Germany and the Netherlands.    ✓


So, the gap between the most famous family of musicians and the second most famous family of musicians is infinite and never to be caught up. I dare to say that here.  ✓


A musical family with two "light figures": He above is Liszt. And now the Wagners come into play. This is where it gets really difficult, because many people know Wagner, but far fewer know List. Are both together better known than Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, each alone? And again: Please don't take this page too seriously!  ✓



A little bit the place 2 and the place 3 must still be fought for, however: Because there were still two well-known musician families. Namely, the musician family Mozart and the Liszts/Wagners. And this results in a next discipline, namely the worldwide appreciation: Do more people know and knew Mozart or do more people know or knew Michael Jackson? In India, in China, in Australia, in Chile, in South Africa? Do only the people who are currently alive count in the evaluation, or everyone since the time of the Mozarts and the Liszts? How good that with the following numbers you are now "allowed" to determine exactly who is number 2, number 3, number 4 and number 5. Here is the pure number of musicians:  ✓


>   The Kellys are 20 musicians

>   The Jacksons/Presleys are/were 15 musicians

>   The Liszts/Wagners are/were 9 musicians today

>   The Mozarts were 9 musicians

>   The Straussens were 6 artists  ✓

Unbelievable: The Liszts and the Wagners are one ( ! ) family?


Again here is referred to my page "Famous Music Families" also on this website, here are many more details to the clans. And with it the question "Which is the most famous music family (... in the universe and all times) is clarified: It is the musician family of the Bachs around Johann Sebastian Bach.  ✓


My personal opinion to the most famous families of musicians on the ranks 2 to 7: If you consider that music fans have to come to a common result, so younger people rather feel the Jacksons/Presleys as the most famous family of musicians, older people rather place conservative clans there, I can't decide! And with it my place 2 to 7 on the winner's podium belongs to all 6 above-mentioned well-known family of musicians. Today! It looks differently in 250+ years. Bach will then be still more famous, the musical family also even larger and whether one remembers the Kellys at that time, I dare to ask. The Jacksons will remain as a musician family in memory and that the Mozarts, the Beethovens and the Liszts/Wagners are at all a musician family, hardly a person knows already today. So in the year 2300 the Bachs could be the most famous musician family and at place 2 the Jacksons/Presleys. Then the Mozarts and finally the Liszts/Wagners. Then, in the year 2300, the most popular, famous musical families will probably be the Bachs (1), the Jacksons (2), and finally the Straussens (3), because the latter are known to have had a father and a son. The Kellys are then probably forgotten because the initial momentum is not high enough, and the Liszts and Wagners are already not immediately associated with a well-known musical dynasty, or well-known musical family.  ✓


But, if you still go to school and are still "on board" here and read: These most famous musical families – my competition – is of course not meant quite seriously, always connected with a wink, objectively true ... but only from my point of view. And there my age plays a role, my mission in the matter of popular classical music, my preference for music of Madonna, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Rihanna and not least the fact that I am one of the speakers of the most famous musical family Bach.  ✓


The Composers Calendar on the Theme of Families of Musicians


That was the reason why we put together all the pictures on this page, further up: Namely, it was the idea to offer a composers calendar in this way. But because there are not "infinite" ancient wood engravings of this kind, we – Peter and I – had the idea to combine the portraits several times. And we came up with the idea because we know the "4 US presidents monument" of Mt. Rushmore.  Below are all the monthly pages in this cool calendar. Have fun exploring.  ✓


A composers calendar, really different: in the " Mt. Rushmore design ".  ✓


Tens of thousands of music gifts? Just find out.  ✓



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