updated 11/05/2013 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/05/2013 AT 4:30 PM ET
It’s something of a cosmic joke that Nov. 5 is the shared birth date of Ryan “Don’t Call Me Bryan” Adams and Bryan “Canadian” Adams. We’d like to wish them both a happy birthday, except we’re getting a little confused. That’s why we created this trusty cheat sheet to help ourselves – and you – keep these guys straight.
Bryan Adams was born in 1959 in Kingston, Ontario; Ryan Adams was born in 1974, in Jacksonville, NC
Ryan Adams’s first band was called Blank Label, and Bryan Adams’s first band was called Sweeney Todd
Bryan Adams and Ryan Adams’s contributions to slow-dancing are "Heaven" and "When The Stars Go Blue," respectively
Alternate for Bryan Adams: “Everything I Do.” You have almost certainly slow-danced to one or more of these songs. And you loved it. You may have also felt wistful (or perhaps yearning) during the saxophone solo in Ryan Adams’s “New York, New York,” his other big hit.
Bryan Adams is an avid and accomplished photographer
Ryan Adams has written two books
Bryan Adams and Ryan Adams are both sensitive artists who might not welcome personal comparisons
He may be over it now, though; apparently Ryan Adams actually played “Summer of ‘69” after a fan yelled it at him during a concert in Sydney, Australia, in 2005. But we still advise against it. Especially after we went through all this trouble to help you tell them apart.