Famous Foursomes

Famous foursomes, or things noted for coming in a group of four, are all around us.

When we hear the word foursome, one group immediately comes to mind, The Beatles. The Fab Four are arguably the most famous foursome. John, Paul, George, and Ringo are known worldwide.

At the height of Beatlemania, they couldn’t even show themselves outside. But The Beatles aren’t the only famous foursome; there are foursomes in every part of our lives. Here is a list covering one hundred plus of them.


    Well-known Groups of Four

    1.) Four Seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

    2.) Wheels on a vehicle.

    3.) Gospel writers – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

    4.) The Beatles – John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

    Notable things that come in four.

    5.) Classic Elements – Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire.

    6.) Suits in a deck of cards – Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, and Clubs.

    7.) Compass Directions – North, South, East, and West.

    8.) Four Years of High School and College – Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior.

    9.) Great Italian Renaissance artists – Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello.

    10.) Four Dimensions – Length, width, height, and time.

    11.) Four basic math operations – Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

    12.) Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Symbolic figures representing Conquest, War, Famine, and Death.

    13.) Four Quadrants of the Heart – Right atrium, left atrium, right ventricle, and left ventricle.

    14.) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello.

    15.) Base 4 numbers – 0, 1, 2, and 3.

    See our Notable Groups of Five List.

    Famous Foursomes

    16.) Faces on Mount Rushmore – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

    17.) Final Four – College Basketball.

    18.) Four Leaf Clovers

    19.) The four most depicted in art archangels – Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel.

    20.) Four Physical States – Solid, Liquid, Gas, and Plasma.

    21.) Four types of teeth – molars, premolars, canines, and incisors.

    22.) Four sides of a rectangle

    23.) Horse gaits – Walk, trot, canter, and gallop.

    24.) Phases of the moon – New moon, first quarter, full moon, and third quarter.

    25.) Four main blood types – A, B, AB, and O.

    26.) Four digits in a year – For example, 2023.

    27.) Four bases in baseball – First, second, third, and home.

    28.) Four levels of education – Primary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate.

    29.) Wizard of Oz characters – Dorothy Gale, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow.

    30.) Four humours of the body – black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood.

    31.) Four Noble Truths of Buddhism.

    32.) Four pillars of faith (Catholicism) – Faith, liturgy/sacraments, life in Christ, and prayer.

    33.) Four types of love – Friendship, romantic, love for family, and agape (unconditional love).

    See our Notable Trios and Groups of Three.

    Groups of four in pop culture and history.

    Notable Fours in Music

    Classical String Quartets

    Many consider the Classical String Quartet to be the ultimate musical foursome. Here is a list of some of the most famous.

    Melos String Quartet

    Bamburg Quartet

    Pavel Haas Quartet

    Quartetto Amati

    International String Quartet

    Dover Quartet

    Fine Arts Quartet

    Emerson Quartet

    Austrian String Quartet

    Kronos Quaret

    Dekany String Quartet

    Berodin Quartet

    The Kohon String Quartet

    The Copenhagen String Quartet

    Quartetto Italiano

    Concord String Quartet

    Busch Quartet

    Tokyo String Quartet

    Amadeus Quartet

    Takacs String Quartet

    Endres Quartet

    Famous Jazz Quartets

    Just like Classical String Quartets, Famous Jazz Quartets have provided us with endless hours of fantastic music.

    Roland Kirk Quartet

    Buddy Rich Quartet

    Oscar Peterson Quartet

    Benny Goodman Quartet

    Art Blakely Quartet

    Dave Brubeck Quartet

    The Jerry Mulligan Quartet

    Modern Jazz Quartet

    Thelonius Monk Quartet

    Coleman Hawkins Quartet

    World Saxophone Quartet

    Charlie Parker Quartet

    Roy Haynes Quartet

    Stan Getz Quartet

    The Lester Young Quartet

    Ornette Coleman Quartet

    Keith Jarret Quartet

    Roy Haynes Quartet

    The John Coltrane Quartet

    Rock and Roll and Popular Groups of Four

    The Beatles are just one of many rock and roll foursomes that have been popular. Here are a few more with only four members.

    The Beatles


    Led Zeppelin

    The Monkees




    Pink Floyd

    The Who

    Black Sabbath

    The Doors

    Van Halen

    Rage Against the Machine


    Red Hot Chili Peppers




    Sex Pistols


    Music Groups With “Four” in Their Name

    And here is a list of popular rock/pop bands with four in their name.

    The Four Freshmen.

    The Four Lads.

    The Brothers Four.

    The Four Tops.

    4 Ever Young.

    The Four Preps.

    The Four Aces.

    Gang of Four.

    The Four Coins.

    The Four Tenors.

    Four Non-Blondes.

    The Bobby Fuller Four.


    Four Jacks and a Jill.

    The Four Seasons.

    Not to be confused with Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall

    Famous Television Foursomes

    Television has featured many different foursomes, and many worked their way into our hearts. Here is a list of some famous television foursomes.

    Teletubbies – Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa, and Po

    Seinfeld – Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer

    The A-Team

    Sex and the City

    Golden Girls

    South Park

    Desperate Housewives


    Designing Women

    Living Single

    Beverly Hillbillies

    Take the TV Show Openings Quiz.

    Famous Fours in Movies

    Like television programs, movies often use four characters to front a storyline. Here is a list of movies that starred a gang of four.

    Movies with Four Main Stars

    Wizard of Oz – Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion


    Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice


    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello



    Wild Hogs

    The Untouchables


    Mean Girls

    The Hangover

    The Fantastic Four

    Little Women

    Three Men and a Little Lady

    Movies with Four in the Title

    Four Brothers

    Four Daughters

    I am Number Four

    Four Christmases

    Four Faces West

    Four Feathers

    Flock of Four

    Four Men and a Prayer

    Four Rooms

    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    Happiness is a Four-Letter Word

    The Gang of Four

    World War Four

    The Sign of Four

    Four of a Kind

    The Four Musketeers.

    Four or Three Musketeers?

    Both the Three and Four Musketeers movies are based on a French Novel written by Alexandre Dumas. The novel, one of a series written in 1844, follows the adventures of Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. These three are Musketeers of the Guard, a revered position within the King’s Guards.

    Enter D’Artagnan, an impressionable young lad who wants nothing but to be a Musketeer. He is captivated by the three imposing friends and vows to become one of them.

    Through daring and heroic deeds and some audacious adventures d’Artangan wins over the Three Musketeers. Arthos, Porthos, and Aramis invite D’Artagnan to join them on their journeys. He does become the Fourth Musketeer.

    Fun Fact About the Musketeers

    Over 40 films have been made about the Three and Four Musketeers.

    Foursomes in Sports

    Here are a few of the famous foursomes in sports.

    Final Four – College Basketball’s Championship Tournament.

    Frozen Four – College Hockey’s Championship Tournament.

    Four Major Professional Golf Tournaments – Master, PGA, U.S. Open, British Open.

    Four Major Professional Tennis Tournaments – French Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open.

    Purple People Eaters – Professional football’s Minnesota Vikings feared defensive line.

    Fearsome Foursome – Professional Football’s L.A. Rams feared defensive line.

    The Four Major Professional U.S. Sports Leagues – NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB.

    The Four Horsemen of Wrestling – Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, and Tully Blanchard.

    WCW Fearsome Foursome – Professional Wrestlers Ric Flair, Goldberg, Diamond Dallas Page, and Chris Benoit.

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    The Impregnable Quadrilateral

    This is a term coined by sportswriter George Trevor in 1930. It refers to the impossibility of winning the four tournaments, the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, British Amateur, and British Open.

    Bobby Jones proved him wrong and did indeed win all four of these tournaments in the same year. Today, the modern grand slam consists of the Masters, the PGA, U.S. Open, and British Open. It is still considered impregnable.

    Science and Nature Foursomes

    The Four Dimensions – length, width, height, space

    Four Directions – North, South, East, West

    The Four Elements – Earth, Wind, Fire, Water

    Four Sides of a Square

    Four Basic Mathematical Operations – Addition, Subtraction, Division, and Multiplication.

    Four Chambers of the Heart

    Four Leaf Clover

    Quaternary Numeral System – In this system, the numbers 0, 1, 2, and 3 can represent any number.

    Four Wisdom Teeth

    Four Seasons – Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, not to be confused with the singing group.

    The Metaphysical Properties of Four

    In Buddhism, four stands for four core values, compassion, affection, love, and impartiality. In the Lakota Tribe, the four directions have meanings. North is wisdom, East is redemption, South is inception, and West is closing.

    Many people believe our bodies are made of four different parts physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Holistic healers believe that the elements hold the key to our strengths and weaknesses.

    Air is intellect, Water is inner reflection, Earth is being grounded, and Fire is energy. By focusing on which of these elements we are the strongest in, we can help heal ourselves. Since we are surrounded by these elements, we can use that knowledge to further tap into the strength of our element. It should be noted, however, that the number four is considered bad luck in China and Japan.

    By the way Metaphysics is considered one of four branches of philosophy.

    Miscellaneous Groups of Four

    Many foursomes appear in popular culture and our everyday lives.

    Four Testaments

    Four Cardinal Virtues – Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance. They form the basis for ethics.

    Four Pac-Man Ghosts – Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde.

    Four Suits in a Card Deck – Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, and Clubs.

    The Quad Cities – Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline, and Rock Island.

    Four Basic Swimming Strokes – Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly.

    Four Square – A playground game played on a square court divided into four equal parts the total court size is 10 to 30 feet. A player stands in each part, and a ball is used for play. Play consists of hitting the ball into another box in one bounce. If it bounces twice, you receive an out. A predetermined number of outs means you are out of the game. The last player standing wins.

    Final Thoughts on Foursomes

    Famous Foursomes are all around us. We probably don’t realize that the music we listen to, the scientific breakthroughs, and even the world around us are filled with foursomes.

    The next time you hear a Beatles song, don’t think of them as the Fab Four. Think of them as one of many famous foursomes that make our lives richer.

    By Tim Moodie and Mike O’Halloran

    Tim is embarrassed to say that he has played in many golf foursomes. In each one, he has managed to be on the losing end of whatever prize was up for grabs.

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