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Adam Tyler
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Like everyone else in the workforce, even our favorite rock stars need some time off from seeing his or her bandmates on occasion. This is why side projects have existed and why rock bands have spawned other bands and at times, been more creative and experimental than what fans are used to. Sometimes, the result is as good, if not better than the original outfit.

Though that doesn't happen often, it does happen from time to time that the side project is the best, most creative outlet for individual members that he or she can't achieve in their regular band. It can mean experimenting with synths or hardcore, or music like IDM or even EDM. Other times, it means powerhouses like Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison of The Beatles join forces, same for hip hop icons Jay-Z and Kanye West. Here are some of the best side projects in music history, which vary from genre to genre.

The end result is the same however: the better the individual parts, the better the band. If a side project like the Traveling Wilburys or Atoms For Peace doesn't have the components like each respect project has, then they're unlikely to get the recognition. Even a group like indie super side project The Postal Service wouldn't be as known if not for the participation of Ben Gibbard and Jenny Lewis.

Here are some of the top side projects of all time.

 
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Traveling Wilburys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Traveling Wilburys Heartland rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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41 21
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Gorillaz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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27 21
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
A Perfect Circle Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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28 23
The Raconteurs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
The Raconteurs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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22 17
The Breeders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
The Breeders Alternative rock, Indie rock

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The Last Shadow Puppets is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added The Last Shadow Puppets Britpop, Alternative rock, Mod revival

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Temple of the Dog is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
ElijahKaganer added Temple of the Dog Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

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18 17
Them Crooked Vultures is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Them Crooked Vultures Rock music, Alternative rock, Hard rock

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5 3
Velvet Revolver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Velvet Revolver Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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14 14
Mike + The Mechanics is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike + The Mechanics Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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14 14
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mad Season Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

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4 3
The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
ElijahKaganer added The Highwaymen Outlaw country, Country

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The Good, the Bad & the Queen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
The Good, the Bad & the Queen Rock music, Alternative rock

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3 2
Tin Machine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Tin Machine Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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Gnarls Barkley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Gnarls Barkley Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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11 12
Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Gov't Mule Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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11 12
Foxboro Hot Tubs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Foxboro Hot Tubs Pop punk, Rock music, Garage punk

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10 11
The Dead Weather is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
The Dead Weather Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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4 4
Derek and the Dominos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
ElijahKaganer added Derek and the Dominos Blues-rock

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Atoms for Peace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Atoms for Peace Electronic music, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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9 10
Tom Tom Club is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Tom Tom Club Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-rock

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3 3
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Pop punk, Skate punk, Punk rock

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8 9
Eagles of Death Metal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Eagles of Death Metal Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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2 2
The New Barbarians is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
clash1977 added The New Barbarians

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2 2
The Desert Sessions is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
ElijahKaganer added The Desert Sessions Stoner rock, Hard rock

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2 2
Arcadia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Arcadia Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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2 2
Bell Biv DeVoe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Bell Biv DeVoe Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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2 2
Power Station is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Power Station

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1 1
Jesus Loves You is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Jesus Loves You Acid house, Balearic beat, Pop music

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1 1
VCMG is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added VCMG Electronic music, Techno

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1 1
Bleachers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Bleachers Alternative rock, Indie pop

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1 1
The Wreckers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added The Wreckers Country pop, Country

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1 1
Electronic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Electronic New Wave, Madchester, Electronic music

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1 1
Mr. Bungle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Mr. Bungle Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal

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1 1
The Other Two & You is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added The Other Two & You

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10 12
Broken Bells is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Broken Bells Space rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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14 17
The Plastic Ono Band is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
The Plastic Ono Band Rock music, Experimental music, Art rock

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9 11
She & Him is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
She & Him Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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7 9
Divine Fits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Music Side Projects

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7 9
Grinderman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Grinderman Noise rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

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6 8
Method Man and Redman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Method Man and Redman Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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10 13
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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5 7
Sebadoh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Sebadoh Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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3 5
Broken Social Scene is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
LarryLeeHill added Broken Social Scene Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Dream pop

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5 8
Brad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Brad Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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5 8
Jack's Mannequin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Jack's Mannequin Pop punk, Rock music, Piano rock

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5 8
Monsters of Folk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Monsters of Folk Folk music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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6 10
Dashboard Confessional is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Dashboard Confessional Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

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6 10
The Swell Season is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
JacksonMay added The Swell Season Folk rock, Indie folk

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5 9
Mariachi El Bronx is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mariachi El Bronx