10 Iconic Young And The Restless Couples

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Many characters have graced Genoa City over the years, and while some have come together to create incredible love stories, others have failed miserably at relationships. There are Young and the Restless (Y&R) couples who seem to unite for mutual, and manipulative, purposes, and those who simply can’t stay away from each other because they were meant to be. Below is an overview of the best of the best when it comes to Y&R super couples, a top ten list of the most iconic Young and the Restless couples to grace the soap opera over the years.

10. Chelsea Lawson and Adam Newman

A fairly new couple by some standards, these two former con artists came together initially simply because they were cut from the same cloth. Both had sketchy pasts, both could relate (and not judge) the terrible things they had once done, and both could read each other like no else could in Genoa City. While no longer social outcasts in the little town they live in, Chelsea and Adam have also evolved over the years from villains to somewhat heroes. In the four years they have come together, they have been through miscarriages, countless lies, court trials, Victor’s schemes, and a faked death (on Adam’s part) and their love has survived. Most of all, they have many Y&R fans rooting for them, which helps land this couple at the bottom of the iconic couples list.

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9. Lily Winters and Cane Ashby

One staple throughout the years on Y&R and has been the super couple of Lily and Cane. While the Cane was initially hesitant about hooking up with Lily, due to their significant age difference, he seemingly got over that fact very quickly. This couple struggled a lot in the early years of their marriage over Cane’s incessant need to lie about everything. He lied about his true identity, faking his death, his father’s career choices, and the list goes on. Currently, the couple is moving forward through Lily’s infidelities in 2015; however, if the past they have shared can shed light on the future, they will most likely work these differences out.

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8. Drucilla Barber and Neil Winters

Perhaps Lily learned resilience in working out relationships through the incredible love story that unfolded between her parents, Drucilla and Neil. Okay, so Neil is technically her uncle, but neither Neil nor Lily have ever seen it this way. Neil and Dru had tremendous chemistry onscreen, and a love many soap characters don’t experience every day. While they did have a significant break between the years of 1998 and 2003, when Dru did return to Genoa City, she eventually fell back into the arms of Neil and they remained quite happy until her untimely death in 2007.

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7. Christine Blair and Danny Romalotti

Remember when Christine was known as Cricket? Digging deep into the Y&R history vault, super couple Cricket and Danny pop up on this iconic couples list thanks to their amazing relationship. Budding rock star Danny was smitten on the smart and beautiful Cricket, sharing many different adventures with BFF Nina at their side. Alas, who knows where this couple really could have gone, had it not been for Michael Damian’s (the actor who played Danny) real-life budding career as a rock star and Broadway stage actor? Needless to say, Christine is quite happy with her career and marriage to the other love of her life, Paul Williams, but a piece of her heart will always belong to Danny.

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6. Victoria Newman and Billy Abbott

In the six years this couple has shacked up, they have redefined the term on-again/off-again. They have also had their fair share of struggles: families that don’t approve of their relationship, Victor Newman’s meddling, Delia’s death, pregnancy problems, and of course, three different actors who have been recast in the role of ‘Billy’ over the past two years. Undeniably, life and love has certainly not been easy for these two. However, at the end of the day, the love is still there, and they truly are one of the most popular couples to hit Genoa City in a very long time.

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5. Traci Abbott and Brad Carlton

Sweet, rich, uptown girl Traci Abbott fell hard for hunky, groundskeeper turned budding young businessman, Brad Carlton. It was the classic soap opera couples’ recipe of good girl hooking up with the bad boy from the other side of town. But, these two made it work, and their love affair produced a beautiful daughter along the way as well. Sure, they didn’t stay together, and Brad also eventually turned to Traci’s sister Ashley, but in the mid-90s, this couple had all the elements that a super couple needed. Sadly, Brad has since passed away, as well as Colleen, but the memories of these two and the small family they created are iconic. It will never be forgotten by Y&R fans.

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4. Phyllis Summers and Jack Abbott

A close to 15-year (on-again, off-again) love affair, there is no other woman in Genoa City that has had Jack reeling, like Red. While an affair with Nicholas Newman destroyed their first marriage in the early 2000s, at the end of the day when Phyllis came to terms with the fact that Nick’s heart would always belong to Sharon, she went running back (with open arms) to Jack. Sure, they have had their ups and downs (including recasts) over the years, but the one thing that has always remained is the fact that Jack accepts Phyllis for exactly who she is (manipulation, schemes, craziness and all). While Phyllis does indeed love Jack, his adoration of her is the glue that holds this couple together.

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3. Sharon Collins and Nick Newman

Speaking of Nick Newman, one of simply cannot begin to compile a list like this without including Sharon and Nick. While there are some fans that despise the idea of these two shacking up (again), the truth is, they do have a love story and history like no other currently on the Y&R. Another thing they have? Chemistry … and lots of it. While they have been friends, mortal enemies, and have tried to co-parent their two children to the best of their abilities, the best relationship they have shared together has been lovers. There 20-year love story is one that simply cannot be denied, and despite the fact that they often come together, only to break up — the reality is, these two cannot stay away from each other, even after all these years.

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2. Lauren Fenmore and Michael Baldwin

Who can boast about being married for over ten years on a soap opera? Not many. The interesting thing about Lauren and Michael is that while many couples suffer multiple forms of infidelity, in actuality this couple has only had to deal with this issue once. Unlike many other couples, they have never been divorced in their ten years of marriage, and have built realistic (for the most part) storylines over their history of what a marriage looks like, and how couples need to work hard to keep their romance alive. Through every twist and turn they have managed to work through it, and come out stronger than ever.

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1. Nikki Reed and Victor Newman

Is anyone surprised this couple hit the number one list? Just uttering the words Young and the Restless’ will relay images of this iconic couple in one’s mind. Together for over thirty years now, these two are either happily in each other’s arms or mortal enemies — there is no in between. But when they are apart, and hating on each other, the love is still there. They have battled other people interfering in their relationship, other marriages, affairs, illegitimate kids popping up out of nowhere, and so much more. While Victor has had other women in his life, Nikki’s one and only will always be Victor. Despite his mean streak, schemes, and obsession with Newman Enterprises, Nikki will always have a soft spot for Victor. While these two are currently on the outs (once again), it’s only a matter of time before they are back in ‘happily ever after’ land, canoodling and carrying on like two teenagers in love.

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