Solo Artists Who Were More Successful Than Their Bands

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20. Kenny Loggins (Loggins & Messina)
> Billboard entries as solo artist: 21 songs, 13 albums
> Billboard entries with group: 7 songs, 9 albums
> Biggest album as solo artist: High Adventure (1982) (3 weeks at No. 13)
> Biggest album with group: Sittin’ In (1972) (1 week at No. 70)

As part of the eponymous rock duo, Kenny Loggins co-wrote hit songs such as “Your Mama Don’t Dance” in the 1970s. His solo career consisted of best-selling studio albums and a number of major soundtrack contributions, most notably for the films “Footloose,” “Caddyshack,” and “Top Gun.”

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19. Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath)
> Billboard entries as solo artist: 6 songs, 23 albums
> Billboard entries with group: 2 songs, 23 albums
> Biggest album as solo artist: No More Tears (1991) (1 week at No. 7)
> Biggest album with group: Paranoid (1971) (3 weeks at No. 12)

Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath recorded eight studio albums with Ozzy as the lead vocalist before he was booted for drug and alcohol abuse. With help from Jet Records founder Don Arden and his daughter Sharon – who later became Ozzy’s wife – the singer launched a successful solo career. He’d reunite with his former band on more than one occasion and eventually record another album with them, 2013’s “13.”

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18. Camila Cabello (Fifth Harmony)
> Billboard entries as solo artist: 18 songs, 2 albums
> Billboard entries with group: 8 songs, 5 albums
> Biggest album as solo artist: Camila (2018) (1 week at No. 1)
> Biggest album with group: Reflection (2015) (1 week at No. 5)

After finishing third on “The X-Factor,” Fifth Harmony – 5H for short – signed a joint deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco Records and L.A. Reid’s Epic Records. While still in the group, Camila Cabello staked a name for herself through collaborations with Shawn Mendes and Machine Gun Kelly. She’s released multiple hits in the time since and also launched an acting career, playing the title role in 2021’s “Cinderella.”

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17. Dr. Dre (N.W.A)
> Billboard entries as solo artist: 16 songs, 5 albums
> Billboard entries with group: 1 song, 5 albums
> Biggest album as solo artist: Dr. Dre — 2001 (1999) (4 weeks at No. 2)
> Biggest album with group: Straight Outta Compton (1989) (1 week at No. 4)

As a founding member of N.W.A., hip-hop mastermind Dr. Dre helped craft the sound of West Coast gangster rap. His 1992 solo debut “The Chronic” skewered some of his previous associates while taking the controversial sub-genre mainstream. In addition to his solo material, he’s produced iconic albums for Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and 50 Cent.

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16. Lou Reed (The Velvet Underground)
> Billboard entries as solo artist: 1 song, 24 albums
> Billboard entries with group: 0 songs, 5 albums
> Biggest album as solo artist: Transformer (1972) (2 weeks at No. 29)
> Biggest album with group: Vu (1985) (2 weeks at No. 85)

Now considered one of the most important bands of all time, The Velvet Underground struggled to find an audience during its initial run. Lou Reed went solo in 1970 and scored his biggest hit two years later with the single “Walk on the Wild Side.” His subsequent career underwent numerous highs and lows, peaking once again with the release of the 1989 album “New York.”

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