42 Musicians Who Went Solo

SoloArtistsMany have gone on to have a hit – generally riding on the back of their former ensemble success, but what about those who became as well known as pure solo artists after they left their original crew. Sometimes it’s when a band calls it quits and sometimes it’s when one member simply decides to move on, but either way you’re left with talented musos wondering what to do next. This list tries to draw the line between those whose fame kept them going for a while and those who actually started creating some high quality songs once they went out on their own – are you listening Zayn Malik?! It’s a start, but I’m sure there will be many more musicians who went solo that you could add in the comments below!

1. Neil Young from Buffalo Springfield/Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
2. John Lennon from the Beatles
3. Bryan Ferry from Roxy Music
4. Paul McCartney from the Beatles
5. Morrissey from The Smiths
6. Ozzy Osbourne from Black Sabbath
7. Don Henley from the Eagles
8. Ice Cube from NWA
9. Bjork from The Sugarcubes
10. Peter Gabriel from Genesis
11. Phil Collins from Genesis
12. Michael Jackson from the Jackson 5
13. Lou Reed from Velvet Underground
14. George Michael from Wham!
15. Gloria Estafan from Miami Sound Machine
16. Iggy Pop from The Stooges
17. Lauryn Hill from The Fugees
18. Sting from The Police
19. David Lee Roth from Van Halen
20. Bryan Ferry from Roxy Music
21. Beyonce from Destiny’s Child
22. Robbie Williams from Take That
23. Joe Walsh from the Eagles
24. Diana Ross from The Supremes
25. Belinda Carlisle from the Go-Gos
26. Justin Timberlake from N’Sync
27. Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin
28. Eric Clapton from Cream/The Yardbirds
29. Rod Stewart from The Faces
30. Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac
31. George Harrison from the Beatles
32. Steve Winwood from Spencer Davis Group/ Traffic
33. Brian Setzer from The Stray Cats
34. Henry Rollins from Black Flag
35. Billy Idol from Generation X
36. Richard Thompson from Fairfield Convention
37. Glenn Frey from the Eagles
38. Nick Cave from The Birthday Party
39. Will Smith from DJ Jazzy Jeff
40. Dr Dre from NWA
41. Annie Lennox from Eurythmics
42. John Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival

One Comment on “42 Musicians Who Went Solo

  1. Was going to let this go but was getting anal for god alone knows why. You listed Brian Ferry/Roxy Music 2X. Ringo has charted a couple time since the Beatles. Joe Walsh was with The James Gang, then went solo, then joined Eagles. Sammy Hagar started with Montrose (RIP Ronnie M…) went solo, had a hell of a solo career, then joined up with VH. When Nuggent wasn’t shitting his pants to get out of serving his country he started with the Amboy Jukes or something close name wise. They did have a few hits, even with him in the band. And I’ll shut up after pointing out that Janis (No last name needed) Was in Big Brother and the Holding Company when she became well, Janis

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