Solo Artists Who Were More Successful Than Their Bands

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35. Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley)
> Billboard entries as solo artist: 0 songs, 4 albums
> Billboard entries with group: 0 songs, 3 albums
> Biggest album as solo artist: Voyager (2014) (1 week at No. 9)
> Biggest album with group: Under The Blacklight (2007) (1 week at No. 22)

Jenny Lewis and guitarist Blake Sennett were both working child actors before they created indie rock band Rilo Kiley. Lewis released her third solo album, “Voyager,” the same year the band split. In addition to both projects, she’s collaborated with popular acts such as Vampire Weekend and The Postal Service.

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34. Morrissey (The Smiths)
> Billboard entries as solo artist: 1 song, 16 albums
> Billboard entries with group: 0 songs, 8 albums
> Biggest album as solo artist: Viva Hate (1988) (2 weeks at No. 48)
> Biggest album with group: The Queen Is Dead (1986) (1 week at No. 70)

While popular in Europe, British rock band The Smiths flew under the radar in America when active. Lead singer turned solo artist Morrissey experienced a similar trajectory, scoring regular hits in the UK but rarely charting in the states. Both acts are now considered legends by music enthusiasts and rock journalists alike.

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33. Bobby Brown (New Edition)
> Billboard entries as solo artist: 13 songs, 5 albums
> Billboard entries with group: 16 songs, 9 albums
> Biggest album as solo artist: Don’t Be Cruel (1988) (6 weeks at No. 1)
> Biggest album with group: Heart Break (1988) (1 week at No. 12)

Bobby Brown was still in elementary school when he co-created the group that would become New Edition. Their career took off in the mid-1980s with a string of hits, which helped popularize the new jack swing sub-genre. His second album as a solo artist was the 1989 blockbuster “Don’t Be Cruel,” which spawned five Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles.

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32. Lauryn Hill (Fugees)
> Billboard entries as solo artist: 3 songs, 2 albums
> Billboard entries with group: 3 songs, 2 albums
> Biggest album as solo artist: The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (1998) (4 weeks at No. 1)
> Biggest album with group: The Score (1996) (4 weeks at No. 1)

One of the most elusive figures in the music industry, Lauryn Hill has recorded just one official studio album since leaving The Fugees. It arrived in 1997 and became an instant smash, yielding hit songs such as “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Lost Ones.” The group recently reunited for a pop up show in New York, promoting a reunion tour that’s since been canceled.

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31. Björk (The Sugarcubes)
> Billboard entries as solo artist: 2 songs, 13 albums
> Billboard entries with group: 0 songs, 3 albums
> Biggest album as solo artist: Debut (1993) (1 week at No. 61)
> Biggest album with group: Life’s Too Good (1988) (2 weeks at No. 54)

Together for six years, The Sugarcubes were once dubbed “the biggest rock band to emerge from Iceland” by Rolling Stone. Vocalist and keyboardist Björk Guðmundsdóttir – better known as just Björk – went solo in 1993. She’s released a slew of material in the time since, spanning multiple mediums and selling over 5 million albums in the US alone.

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