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The Best Music Side Projects  

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
Heartland rock, Rock music, Folk rock
2
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop
3
Derek and the Dominos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
ElijahKaganer added Blues-rock
4
Temple of the Dog is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
ElijahKaganer added Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge
5
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia
6
The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
ElijahKaganer added Outlaw country, Country
7
Them Crooked Vultures is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Rock music, Alternative rock, Hard rock
8
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge
9
Power Station is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added
10
Mike + The Mechanics is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music
11
Velvet Revolver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock
12
The Breeders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Alternative rock, Indie rock
13
The Raconteurs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
14
Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
15
The Last Shadow Puppets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Britpop, Alternative rock, Mod revival
16
Gnarls Barkley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul
17
The Dead Weather is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
18
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Pop punk, Skate punk, Punk rock
19
Mr. Bungle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal
20
Method Man and Redman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
21
The Plastic Ono Band is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Rock music, Experimental music, Art rock
22
The Wreckers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Mike Williams Mendes added Country pop, Country
23
The Good, the Bad & the Queen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Rock music, Alternative rock
24
Atoms for Peace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Alternative rock
25
Tom Tom Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Music Side Projects
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-rock