Top Ten Musicians Who Are or Were the Only Constant Member of a Band's Lineup

Gg2000
Throughout history, some bands (Led Zeppelin, U2, ZZ Top, Rush) never really changed lineups, if at all. Other bands have had lots of member changes. Sometimes only one member will stay throughout the entire existence, either holding the rights to the band's name or being the band's creative leader. This list stands as of today's date, August 24, 2018, so some of the entries will eventually be subject to ineligibility. Please feel free to add more musicians to the list- if so, tell me what band they were in and about their experience in the band.

The Top Ten

1 Ian Paice - Deep Purple Ian Paice - Deep Purple Ian Anderson Paice (born 29 June 1948) is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the English rock band Deep Purple. He has been the band's only constant member since its foundation.

Ian Paice has been Deep Purple's drummer throughout its entire 50 year history. Jon Lord was with the band all the way through his untimely death in 2012, but since the band decided to continue without him, Ian Paice is eligible for this list. - Gg2000

Great list.Believe it or not, I was planning to do the exact same.And Ian Paice was going to be the number 1 item too. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

2 Robert Fripp - King Crimson Robert Fripp - King Crimson Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present. He has also worked ...read more.

Robert Fripp has been King Crimson's leader and creative force throughout its off-and-on-again 50 year history. He is, essentially, the band. - Gg2000

3 Tom Scholz - Boston Tom Scholz - Boston Donald Thomas "Tom" Scholz is an American rock musician, inventor, engineer, and philanthropist, best known as the founder of the band Boston.

This is to be expected- Tom Scholz was the entire creative force of Boston. Brad Delp's tragic suicide in 2007 left Tom Scholz the only original member in the band. - Gg2000

4 Ritchie Blackmore - Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore - Rainbow Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.

Rainbow's first album was called "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow" for a reason. Let's just put it that way. - Gg2000

5 Don Henley - Eagles Don Henley - Eagles Donald Hugh "Don" Henley is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer, best known as a founding member of the Eagles before launching a successful solo career.

After Glenn Frey died in 2016, Don Henley became the only original member in the band. - Gg2000

6 Roger McGuinn - The Byrds Roger McGuinn - The Byrds James Roger McGuinn known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn, is an American musician.

I'm looking at such a creative, fresh and informative music list after a very very LONG time.
Great list, You add new content which is all about creativity and precision, I was really disappointed with extremely biased and repetitive music lists being added again and again. - Ananya

He was the only constant member of The Byrds, even when they completely changed their lineup in 1968. This shows itself in that he was the only band member to sing lead vocals on the album Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde. - Gg2000

7 Alex Lifeson - Rush Alex Lifeson - Rush Aleksandar Živojinović, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.

As I mentioned in the Geddy Lee entry, Alex (believe it or not) was the only constant member of Rush. - Gg2000

8 Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle ...read more.

Been in Black Sabbath from beginning to the end - christangrant

9 Angus Young - AC/DC Angus Young - AC/DC Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while ...read more.

Angus Young became the last original member following Malcolm Young's retirement in 2014 (he died three years later). Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams' departures removed all other ties with classic-era AC/DC. - Gg2000

10 Nick Mason - Pink Floyd Nick Mason - Pink Floyd Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason is an English musician and composer, best known as the drummer of legendary rock band Pink Floyd.

He was the only member of the group to have played in all of their albums.

Syd Barrett got kicked out in 1968.
David Gilmour joined at that same time.
Roger Waters left the band in 1983 after the recording of The Final Cut.

Rick Wright got kicked out by Waters in 1979, during the recording of The Wall, and returned in 1987 for A Momentary Lapse of Reason. - MaxPap

The Contenders

11 Brendon Urie - Panic! at the Disco Brendon Urie - Panic! at the Disco Brendon Boyd Urie, more commonly known as Brendon Urie, was born April 12, 1987, in St. George, Utah. He is an American singer, songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist. He is best own as the lead singer of the American pop-rock band Panic! At The Disco. He is the only original remaining member. ...read more.
12 Gary Rossington - Lynyrd Skynyrd Gary Rossington - Lynyrd Skynyrd

He is the only original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd in its current lineup- a lineup that is somewhat controversial among fans. - Gg2000

13 Chuck Schuldiner - Death Chuck Schuldiner - Death Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck ...read more.
14 Doug Gray - The Marshall Tucker Band Doug Gray - The Marshall Tucker Band

He is the only original member left in the Marshall Tucker Band. - Gg2000

15 Billy Corgan - Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan - Smashing Pumpkins William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.
16 Steve Harris - Iron Maiden Steve Harris - Iron Maiden Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Guitarist Dave Murray has been on every single album and tour with Iron Maiden. Steve started the band but Dave has been by his side since 1976. Their first album came out in 1980

17 Benjamin Burnley - Breaking Benjamin Benjamin Burnley - Breaking Benjamin Benjamin Jackson Burnley IV is an American musician, composer, and producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the American rock band Breaking Benjamin.
18 Axl Rose - Guns 'n' Roses Axl Rose - Guns 'n' Roses William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

He is the only original member of Guns 'n' Roses. - PhoenixAura81

19 Page Hamilton - Helmet
20 Ronnie Radke - Falling In Reverse Ronnie Radke - Falling In Reverse

Doesn't deserve any praise though. Listening to him sing is like getting slapped in the face by a god complex. - AdamDestructorJr.

21 Bushido - Berlins Most Wanted

Might be news to many as they had only one album (with the lineup consisting of Bushido, Fler and Kay One - who later on all had feuds with each other at one point) in 2010, when all three already had mainstream success with their own music (the BMW album peaked at number 2 on the German charts). Many saw it as a supergroup, but the hip hop formation has actually been around way longer, far before Bushido's groundbreaking solo debut album as featured guests on several songs in the German rap underground of the late 90s and early 2000s, with the lineup consisting of Bushido, Bass Sultan Hengzt and King Orgasmus One. - Martin_Canine

22 Neal Schon - Journey Neal Schon - Journey Neal Joseph Schon is an American rock guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist best known for his work with the bands Journey and Bad English. He is Journey's last original constant member, having participated in every album and tour to date.

He has been with Journey throughout their whole history. This includes both the Gregg Rolie era and the Steve Perry era. - Gg2000

23 Scott Ian - Anthrax Scott Ian - Anthrax Scott Ian is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing and additional lead vocalist, and the only remaining original founding member of the thrash metal band Anthrax. He also writes the lyrics on all their albums.
24 Chris Squire - Yes

I love Chris Squire, but he doesn't belong on this list. Although he was the only constant throughout the band's history, they decided to continue without him after he passed away, meaning that there are no original members who have been there throughout the group's history. - Gg2000

One of the greatest bass players of all time

25 Mick Jones - Foreigner
26 Greg Ginn - Black Flag
27 Jerry A. - Poison Idea

AKA Jerry Lang - THC13

28 Paul Bakija - Reagan Youth

AKA Paul Cripple - THC13

29 Adam Ant - Adam and the Ants
30 Nick Rhodes - Duran Duran Nick Rhodes - Duran Duran
31 Robert Smith - The Cure Robert Smith - The Cure Robert James Smith is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is the lead singer, guitarist, lyricist and principal songwriter of the rock band The Cure. He is the band's only constant member since its formation in 1976.
32 Jennifer Haben - Beyond the Black Jennifer Haben - Beyond the Black
33 Amy Lee - Evanescence Amy Lee - Evanescence Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.
34 Dahvie Vanity - Blood On the Dance Floor Dahvie Vanity - Blood On the Dance Floor David Jesus Torres, better known by his stage name Dahvie Vanity, is an American singer-songwriter and rapper born on September 5, 1984, who is best known as one half of Crunkcore duo Blood on the Dance Floor and as the face and creative mind behind Industrial project Sinners are Winners. He is also ...read more.
35 Flea - Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea - Red Hot Chili Peppers Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962), better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician, best known as the bassist, a co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he was inducted in 2012 into the Rock and Roll Hall ...read more.

Actually, he doesn't belong here. Both he and Anthony Keidis have been in the group for its entire existence. So unless one of them leaves (which probably won't happen), neither of them are eligible. - Gg2000

36 Dave Mustaine - Megadeth Dave Mustaine - Megadeth David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.
37 Hayley Williams - Paramore Hayley Williams - Paramore Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician. She is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore.
38 Tyler Connolly - Theory of a Deadman Tyler Connolly - Theory of a Deadman Tyler Conolly was born August 26th 1975, he is a Canadian singer of the alternative rock band Theory of a Deadman, whom have realized five albums.
39 Tony Banks - Genesis

When I made this list, I intended for it to be bands with only one member throughout its whole existence. Therefore, neither Mike nor Tony are eligible. - Gg2000

40 Mike Rutherford - Genesis
41 John Petrucci - Dream Theater John Petrucci - Dream Theater John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.

See my Tony Banks post. - Gg2000

42 John Myung - Dream Theater John Myung - Dream Theater John Ro Myung is an American bassist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Dream Theater.
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