Top 10 Music Artists Who Quit/RetiredMusicians can only do so much & continue & there's an end to that too.
The Top Ten
Retired in 2011 (which's actually recent compared to most who retired) after suffering progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) & Parkinson's disease. She earned 10 Grammy awards, 3 American Music awards, 2 Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy award & an ALMA award. Many of her albums have been certified gold, platinum/multiplatinum in the U.S. & internationally. She also earned nominations for a Tony & Golden Globe award. She was awarded the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by the Latin Recording Academy in 2011 & also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy in 2016. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014. On July 28th, 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts & Humanities. In 2019, she received a star jointly with Dolly Parton & Emmylou Harris on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their work as the group Trio. Ronstadt was among 5 honorees who received the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic ...more
He practically retired after his last album in 2001 & after doing 12 studio albums from 1971 to 1993. He only made 2 songs which isn't enough to make a new album & never made more since then. He's still doing tours occasionally but he isn't making new music anymore.
He was known for his 1 hit wonder Somebody That I Used to Know which was released in 2011 & streamed 5.5 million times, setting a new record at the time. It became a top hit on the charts as well including the Billboards by then. After that & some extra works, he left from the face of music. Now he's just somebody that we used to know.
Once a member of the former band Simon & Garfunkel, he did music for 6 decades until his retirement. He was known for 3 #1 singles The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson & Bridge over Troubled Water.
"You can call me Al."
Phil Collins was known as the lead drummer & singer of the rock band Genesis & for his solo career. Between 1982 & 1990, he scored 3 U.K. & 7 #1 U.S. singles in his solo career. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists & his solo career was totaled, he had more U.S. Top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s. His most successful singles from the period include In the Air Tonight, Against All Odds, One More Night, Sussudio, 2 Hearts, A Groovy Kind of Love, I Wish It Would Rain Down & Another Day in Paradise. Following the final Genesis tour in 2007, he experienced nerve problems forcing him to have neck surgery & made it impossible for him to continue drumming.
He released 1 more album in 2009, the hit Motown covers collection Going Back, where he sang & managed to play drums with the sticks taped to his hands, but gave it all up to focus on his Alamo obsession.
Besides 3 performances with his former band Queen in the wake of Freddie Mercury's death, bassist John Deacon was fairly prescient about the way things were going to go if the band continued without Mercury. He eventually retired in 1997 & had no part in further exploitation of the Queen name with Paul Rodgers & others.
He was the founding guitarist of King Crimson. He admitted music was "an exercise of futility" due to problems with record labels, so he quit the industry once & for all.
She was known for Portuguese hits including 2 singles I'm Like a Bird & Turn Off the Light, which hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 1st of the 2 singles won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her introspective folk-heavy 2003 sophomore album, Folklore explored her Portuguese roots. Its singles received moderate success in Europe, but the album's underperformance compared to her debut was regarded as a sophomore slump. Then she admitted the downsides of her music career & fame especially led to her retirement & she left the music industry recently. In July 25th, 2019, the New York Times magazine listed her as 1 of hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the
2008 Universal Studios Hollywood fire.
She was known for singles including Good Girl & Happiness & became a staple in the modern dance industry. Her latest single was criticized & over all the issues she decided to quit music & left for good.
Zendaya, known for her music & acting career on Disney Channel & Hollywood in general, just retired from making music & admitted the issues she's gone through along with the fact that acting is more of her thing than singing.
I was actually pretty surprised by how good she is at singing though. She her and Max covering All of Me.
Yup, yet she should realize that more though she's more into acting than singing.
One of punk’s most legendary drummers. He played drums for D.O.A., Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Social Distortion, Fear, The Weirdos, Samhain, Danzig, and The Subhumans (Canada). Word is he had to retire due to shoulder issues.
Too bad he passed away this year from heart complications. He was 81. R.I.P.
He was known for Polar Express-esque song Mr. Lonely. His career spanned from 1959 until retirement in 2015.
Surprised she wasn't already here. She was originally a cheerleader before becoming a choreographer for Janet Jackson. When she started her own music career she had immediate success with her debut album including 4 number one hits and another song in the top 5. Her follow up while still big didn't quite match her debut and after that she had one more relatively unsuccessful album before retiring.