Bands That Have Only One Popular Member

This list should not be taken literally: of course, every popular band's every member is popular among certain audiences, but there are cases where one of them (mostly the singer) outranks everybody else.

The Top Ten

1 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.

How can a band be more centred on one member than being named after him? (Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson...) Ozzy Osbourne has a popular guitarist though.

2 Blondie Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s.

YES. Her persona became so closely associated with the group's name that many came to believe "Blondie" was the singer's name (her name). In 1981, Debbie Harry issued a press release to clarify that her name was not "Debbie Blondie".
Later the band even featured a promotional slogan, "Blondie is a group."

There are even some people who think Blondie is Debbie Harry, not a band.

3 Primus Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys ...read more.

Their bassist is ranked in the top 10 greatest bassists of all time in more rankings web-wide, and I have never heard of the band before reading those rankings.

Les Claypool is the singer, and he's the best bass player ever...
And, uh, man the guitar... Uh... Yeah... Uh... Can I skip this one?

Les Claypool is just very good

4 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate ...read more.

Taylor Hawkins is also known well. This band is not only about Dave Grohl.

I think in 2040 everyone except the fans will only know Dave Grohl's name. - Alkadikce

Everything I hear about Foo Fighters is Dave Grohl this and Dave Grohl that. I checked the list Top Ten Foo Fighters Members, he is on the top with 36%.

I just know Dave Grohl. Lol

Yup, so true

5 Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Chris Cornell died on May 17th, 2017.

I've always known Kim Thayil however.

6 The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

Not only do most people only know Jim, some of them know him more for his lifestyle than his music. The other three? Eh, not so much.

Everyone knows about Jim Morrison, but the other 3 contributed a lot to the band's sound too!
You ask somebody "Do you know who Jim Morrison was? " and they say "Yes, I do"! Then you ask them "Do you know who Ray Manzarek/Robby Krieger/ John Densmore is"?
They say "No, I don't".

I think Ray Manzarek is also famous enough. He is № 8 in the best rock keyboardists list.

True, but I think most of the people who voted for him are actual keyboardists/Doors fans. If you asked a fellow on the street who Ray was, they probably wouldn't know. - Gg2000

7 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

Self explanatory.

I've read it somewhere that they should be called Maroon 1.

And they aren't actually 5. They're like 7 or something.

Adam Levine sings better than Taylor Swift.

8 The Nice

Who's in this band?

Yeah definitely.

What's the Nice?

9 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time ...read more.

I mean, it's almost always overlooked in best bands list, because people don't think of it as such. To them, it's only Jimi Hendrix. Oh, right, and some other dudes jammed with him. That's it.

Uh... Raise your hand if you can name someone in the band who is not Hendrix. People often forget he was in a band.

Mitch Mitchell was a damn great drummer, though!

10 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

Guitarist Richie Sambora isn't completely unknown

Comment from Best Songs of All Time (item: Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi):
Bon Jovi is the best singer ever! I love his music! Rock its point of Bon Jovi! Love

He acts like he was the only man in the band.

Oh, we're halfway there! Whoa, living on a prayer!

This is just an ego trip/uplift for John

The Contenders

11 Santana Santana is an American Latin rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana.

The main reason is all in the band's name. Having said that, it doesn't help that Carlos periodically changed the band's lineup in order to improve his own playing.

12 Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

Most people only know Chris Martin.

These guys fit the criteria better than most of the groups on the list. Give them some votes.

13 Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock, for live performances ...read more.

If you ask an average joe on the street who was in the Grateful Dead, they will probably know about Jerry Garcia and nobody else.

14 Whitesnake Whitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by singer David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

Yes, Whitesnake had a lot of lineup changes and David Coverdale remained the most popular permanent member of the band.
But some temporary replacements were pretty popular - Steve Vai, Jon Lord (Deep Purple), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard), and several more.
This explains why Whitesnake have released some really good albums despite the constant lineup changes.

It seems every members but the vocalist David Coverdale were swapped as often as your socks.

15 Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
16 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
17 White Zombie White Zombie was an American heavy metal band that formed in 1985. Based in New York City, White Zombie was originally a noise rock band, and was known for its later heavy metal-oriented sound.

I just know Rob Zombie, that’s it.

18 Tame Impala Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band founded by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a home recording project for Parker, who writes, records, performs, and produces the music.

One man band, although officially it has two other members than the Jesus Christ-looking man.

19 Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave ...read more.

I usually agree with Gg2000, but this time I don't understand why he thinks Marty Friedman or David Ellefson is less famous than anybody from Foo Fighters other than Dave.

20 Dire Straits Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers.

Most people don't know anyone besides Mark Knopfler (if they even know who he is). They don't even know that the original rhythm guitarist was his brother (look it up, it's true).

21 The Cure The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.
22 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. ...read more.

Of course

23 Culture Club Culture Club are an English band that was formed in 1981. The band comprised Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig and Jon Moss.
24 Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation.
25 Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and ...read more.

The band's original lineup is well-known and popular, but since Lemmy was the only remaining member of that lineup still in the band, he became the most popular member.

This one is pretty obvious. It's not a self-named band, yet Lemmy's reputation precedes him.

I knew who Phil Taylor was though. And Fast Eddie.

I was the one who added it but I have to admit it's easy to understand why Lemmy is the only famous one, as the guitarists and drummers changed multiple times during Motörhead's long career.

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