24 Bands With The Most Members

bands with the most membersAs the longevity of bands continues to grow (hell, who hasn’t reformed in the last few years to make some money touring as their record royalties dwindle), acts who have maintained their original lineup up becoming rare – that the ZZ Top crew have remained unchanged for almost 45 years is amazing (although interestingly in their first year back in 1969 the lineup did change a couple of times before settling into the Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard lineup we know and love). These days it’s more about slotting in replacements whenever and wherever a band wants!

If you are going to talk about bands with the most members, the conversation has to start with the P-Funk crew.  While Parliament and Funkadelic make the list in their own right, the P-Funk crew have morphed into 23 different bands over the years. Total number of people who have played in those bands? A staggering 189! But let’s take a look at the more straightforward approach of which individual bands have had the most variations in lineup over the years. The cutoff point was set aat 20 members and, as always, if you have got any more additions to the list please let me know in the comments below.

1. The Waterboys (76 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Waterboys

2. Santana (67 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santana_band

3. Iron Butterfly (59 members)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Butterfly

4. Dexy’s Midnight Runners (43 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dexys_Midnight_Runners

5. Canned Heat (43 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canned_Heat

6. Cradle of Filth (39 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Cradle_of_Filth_band_members

7. Whitesnake (39 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitesnake

8. Parliament (37 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_%28band%29

9. Dragon (35 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_band

10. Funkadelic (32 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funkadelic

11. Steppenwolf (26 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Steppenwolf_band_members

12. Ministry (26 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_%28band%29

13. Simply Red (26 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simply_Red

14. Lynyrd Skynyrd (25 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Lynyrd_Skynyrd_band_members

15. Black Sabbath (25 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Black_Sabbath_band_members

16. Nine Inch Nails (25 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_inch_nails

17. Uriah Heap (25 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uriah_Heep_%28band%29

18. Jethro Tull (24 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jethro_Tull_%28band%29

19. The Kingsmen (23 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kingsmen

20. Guns N’ Roses (22 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Guns_N%27_Roses_band_members

21. Mayhem (22 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayhem_band

22. Blue Oyster Cult (22 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_oyster_cult

23. Butthole Surfers (22 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butthole_Surfers

24. King Crimson (21 members)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_crimson

5 Comments on “24 Bands With The Most Members

  1. Look at Blood Sweat & Tears on Wikipedia – I think they will top the list.

  2. What about “Hawkwind”? There has been around 40 different memebers in that band.

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