Bands That Have Only One Popular Member

Alkadikce
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 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. - Alkadikce

2 Blondie 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." - Metal_Treasure

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

3 Primus 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. - Alkadikce

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 - Metal_Treasure

4 Foo Fighters 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.

I just know Dave Grohl. Lol - Misfire

Taylor Hawkins is also known well. This band is not only about Dave Grohl. - Userguy44

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%. - Alkadikce

Yup, so true - Metal_Treasure

5 The Doors 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. - Gg2000

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. - Merkwurdigliebe

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

6 Soundgarden 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.

I've always known Kim Thayil however. - MattAffterburner

7 Maroon 5 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.

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

Self explanatory. - Userguy44

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

Adam Levine sings better than Taylor Swift.

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8 The Nice

Yeah definitely. - JoLeKosovo

What's the Nice? - MattAffterburner

Who's in this band? - JCHOW

9 The Jimi Hendrix Experience 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.

Mitch Mitchell was a damn great drummer, though!

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.

10 Santana 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. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Bon Jovi 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 - Metal_Treasure

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. - Alkadikce

This is just an ego trip/uplift for John

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

12 Grateful Dead 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. - Gg2000

13 Coldplay 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.

These guys fit the criteria better than most of the groups on the list. Give them some votes. - Gg2000

Most people only know Chris Martin. - Userguy44

14 Whitesnake 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. - Metal_Treasure

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

15 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
16 White Zombie 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.

17 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
18 Tame Impala 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. - Alkadikce

19 Megadeth 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. - Alkadikce

20 Dire Straits 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). - Gg2000

21 The Cure 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 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 - venomouskillingmachine

23 Smashing Pumpkins 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.
24 Motörhead 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. - RogerMcBaloney

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

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

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. - JoLeKosovo

25 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

No, it isn't. I think even people who don't like Nirvana know the name of the other two members due to the overall fame of the band. - Alkadikce

Kurt is a legend but has anyone ever noticed the drummer kinda looks like the guy from Foo Fighters? - Nickelstickman

No. People know at least Dave Grohl, too. - Metal_Treasure

26 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.
27 Burzum Burzum Burzum is an influential black metal solo project of Norwegian musician and writer Varg Vikernes. Burzum came to prominence at the beginning of the Norwegian Black Metal scene in the early 1990s. Vikernes was imprisoned for 21 years for the murder of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, and charges of church ...read more.

This is a solo project of course there is only one. - MattAffterburner

I don't think solo projects should be on this list. - Alkadikce

Well, duh!

28 Culture Club 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.
29 Paramore Paramore Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and drummer Zac Farro.

I like the Farro brothers as well as Hayley Williams - Smash64

Only Hailey Williams I think.
- TheDuttyGyal

30 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

I don't think they count. The whole point of the band is to market Joan Jett's name above the others as opposed to the name of the band itself. - Gg2000

31 Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

Nowadays I think there is only one member in this band. ~ Userguy44

Poor Ryan. - Nickelstickman

32 Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

I disagree here. Jonny Greenwood is almost as popular as Thom Yorke in the public eye, and most people who know who Thom is know about the rest of the band as well. - Gg2000

33 Jethro Tull Jethro Tull Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge a progressive rock signature.

Yeah, not incorrect. Ian Anderson is definitely the most famous member of the band.

34 Van Halen Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

I think David Lee Roth is quite popular as well - Metal_Treasure

35 Exodus Exodus Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.

Gary Holt - lilrocketman

36 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

What about Brian Harold May? - Misfire

Nah. Freddie Mercury is the most known but the rest are pretty well known too, especially Brian May - venomouskillingmachine

I would say this is somewhat true although Brian May is famous Freddie Mercury vastly overshadows him and other members.

EVERY SINGLE REFERENCE to this band almost never refers to members. You'll get a mention of Freddie Mercury at most, good luck with the others.

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37 Rae Sremmurd Rae Sremmurd Rae Sremmurd is an American hip hop duo, composed of two brothers, Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown (born June 7, 1995) and Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" Brown (born December 29, 1993). They are best known for their platinum singles "No Flex Zone" and "No Type". They are signed to Mike WiLL Made-It's label, "EarDrummer ...read more.
38 Skid Row Skid Row Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They were very successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their first two albums certified multi-platinum.
39 Twisted Sister Twisted Sister Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band originally from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, and later based in Long Island, New York.

I guess that when you think of Twisted Sister you automatically think of Dee Snider, but I never personally taught he was more popular than the other members. - RogerMcBaloney

40 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.

Plenty of people Phoenix. Vivian Campbell, Jimmy Bain, etc. - MattAffterburner

Who else is in this band besides Ronnie James Dio? I added this by the way. - PhoenixAura81

41 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.

This is probably the least relevant entry on the list. It had even more famous singers (mostly Ozzy and Dio), not speaking of Tony Iommi who is #9 on best guitarists. - Alkadikce

42 Within Temptation Within Temptation Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.
43 Nickelback Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.
44 Ghost Ghost Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 4 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa ...read more.

Who are the others anyway?

45 Pet Shop Boys Pet Shop Boys Pet Shop Boys are an English synth-pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.
46 The Misfits The Misfits Misfits are an American Horror Punk band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk rock and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery.
47 Devo Devo Devo is an American rock band from Akron, Ohio formed in 1973. Their classic lineup consisted of two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs and the Casales, along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single "Whip It", the song that gave the band mainstream popularity. ...read more.
48 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

Strongly disagree. Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Nicko McBrain and Adrian Smith are all very popular. - RogerMcBaloney

Why? Steve Harris, Adrian Smith and Bruce are almost equally popular. - Alkadikce

49 Bastille Bastille Bastille are an English indie pop band formed in 2010. The group began as a solo project by singer Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. Beside Smith, the four-piece consists of Chris Wood, Will Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons.
50 Voivod Voivod Voivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec. Their musical style has changed several times since the band's origin in the early 1980s. The band's current line-up consists of Denis "Snake" Bélanger, Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain, Dominique "Rocky" Laroche and Michel "Away" Langevin.

All I here on websites is "Piggy Piggy Piggy Piggy, Away! " - MattAffterburner

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