Top 10 Bands with a Member Who Had a Solo Career

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The Top Ten

1 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.

No words needed, just listen to "The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking" - waldo

2 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

All four had successful solo careers. - Billyv

3 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read more.

I think all members had solo albums... - waldo

4 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums ...read more.

Basically a solo project, had Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell etc. who also had good solo careers - waldo

5 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.

Ozzy had one of the best solo careers ever, Ronnie James Dio too - waldo

6 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins - waldo

7 Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young Crosby, Stills & Nash were an American-British-Canadian folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash. They were known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young when joined by occasional fourth member Neil Young.
8 Cream Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.

I had to add at least one of the Eric Clapton Bands - waldo

9 The Band The Band The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in 1965 . Which originally consisting of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals) and Robbie Robertson ...read more.
10 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

Rainbow is a solo project basically... - waldo

"Leaving DEEP PURPLE Was 'The Best Thing He Could Have Done For The Band'
- Roger Glover.

It was mainly for Ritchie Blackmore. Blackmore is a psychopath of music. He worked too hard also put pressure on his band members. That's why Gillan left the band, and one by one everybody left the band. But after departure of Blackmore, the band more likely stay cooled.

Even Ronnie James Dio appreciated his musical ability but said that he had bad band shipmate. "He doesn't care about people. He's a very cruel man."

And there's a long conflict between Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore.

So, parting way from Deep Purple and working as solo career (or working with members for few years) was the best thing Ritchie Blackmore could do.

Even though he had hard membership with other members, but still he wasn't like Axl Rose or Carlos Santana He didn't lead Deep Purple for long. He knew it'd be better if Jon Lord remained the band's leader and he in his own band. - zxm

The Contenders

11 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.

Freddie Mercury also had a solo album: Mr. Bad Guy.

Brian May worked with Cozy Powell, Eric Singer etc., Freddie Mercury with Montserrat Caballe - waldo

12 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards published songs as "solo-songs" - waldo

13 King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band has had numerous lineup changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (guitar). ...read more.

Robert Fripp had interesant Solo Projects - waldo

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.
15 Kansas Kansas Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind".
16 Chickenfoot Chickenfoot
17 Richie Sambora Richie Sambora Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years. He is known for his work with Bon Jovi from 1983 to 2013. He is a very praised guitarist who played solos for songs like Dry County, Stranger ...read more.
18 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).

Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and Philip Selway have all released solo albums, and Ed O'Brien is supposed to be releasing a solo album in the near future. - Gg2000

19 Eagles Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

Don Henley and Glenn Frey had several prominent solo hits during the 80s. - Gg2000

20 The Smiths The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

Both Morrissey and Johnny Marr have had solo careers, with Morrissey's solo work being more prominent. - Gg2000

21 Oasis Oasis Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.

After the split, Noel Gallagher formed his own band, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Liam started his solo career about a year ago with the album "As You Were". - Gg2000

22 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

After the band broke up, John Fogerty pursued a solo career, which was on-and-off again until 1998. Since then, he has released three new albums (and one collab album), and has been consistently touring as a solo artist. - Gg2000

23 Lostprophets Lostprophets

Taylor Swift - thomwim

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