Music groups, no matter how successful they may become, tend to have an expiration date. When a rock band or rap group eventually breaks up, not too many of its members go on to have solo success. This list, however, celebrates that small group of musicians who have managed to break out as a solo artist and reach the top on their own. From Sting to Stevie Nicks, every musician on this list are solo artists who used to front a band.
Icons like Neil Young, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Joan Jett and Ozzy Osbourne are great examples of musicians who had success with an earlier outfit but continued on to achieve success on their own as well. All of these artists have been critically and commercially lauded for their solo work and sometimes, their solo material is greater and more popular than the output they had with their original band. The aforementioned artists are great examples of this.
There are plenty of great solo singers on this list who had varying degrees of success with their first band or group or collective. But, we're trying to measure who had the best solo career, not overall career. That's why the frontmen or frontwomen on this list should be judged primarily on their solo careers.This is the list of the best solo artists who used to front a band. If you notice someone is missing from the list, feel free to add him or her as you deem fit. Vote or re-rank this list according to the artist's solo career only.
- 1,750973Simon and Garfunkel
- 833704The Commodores
- 1,2941,164The Beatles
- 1,007872Fleetwood Mac
- 1,4841,343The Jackson 5
- 694588The Faces, Jeff Beck Group
- 940801The Police
- 1,071988Derek and the Dominos, The Yardbirds, Cream
- 1,1981,136The Beatles
- 707632CSNY, Buffalo Springfield
- 1,012861Black Sabbath
- 495466The Eagles
- 857791The Supremes
- 710581'N Sync
- 491473Generation X
- 698639The Beatles, Traveling Wilburies
- 819873Destiny's Child
- 522529The Runaways