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.
- 21,731936Simon and Garfunkel
- 3812664The Commodores
- 4674552The Faces, Jeff Beck Group
- 51,2601,122The Beatles
- 6961837Fleetwood Mac
- 71,4361,315The Jackson 5
- 8916767The Police
- 121,041966Derek and the Dominos, The Yardbirds, Cream
- 13689605CSNY, Buffalo Springfield
- 141,1691,103The Beatles
- 15840764The Supremes
- 16981833Black Sabbath
- 17478434The Eagles
- 18472444Generation X
- 19675609The Beatles, Traveling Wilburies
- 20686551'N Sync
- 25791843Destiny's Child