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This is a Top 5 list for artists that were in a band and decided to branch out into the solo field.  Who do you think did it best?  But there are rules to make it a little trickier.


1. The artist must have at least one US Gold studio album with his or her band and at least one US Gold studio album as a solo artist.


2. The solo portion must be billed as that particular person (so Ronnie James Dio would not qualify because he was in a band named Dio, it was not billed as RJD solo). 


3. The artist must have had released a gold studio album with his band prior to releasing a solo gold studio album.


4.  This is meant to be weighted on how much you like an artist as well as how well that artist sold.  That's why rule number one is in place.  For instance, Paul Stanley is my favorite musician and artist of all time, but he does not qualify because he did not go Gold as a solo artist (the '78 solo albums were billed as Kiss).


That's it.  So who you got?


5. Phil Collins


4. Stevie Nicks


3. Don Henley


2. Ozzy Osbourne


1. David Lee Roth

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I like Steve Perry & he qualifies with triple platinum & gold solo records, but I don't think his solo work is as good as his group work.

5. David lee Roth

4. Stevie Nicks

3. Phil Collins

2. Paul McCartney

1. Ozzy Osbourne

My thoughts on Steve Perry are exactly the same....

No problems here.

5. Prince

4. Stevie Nicks

3. Paul McCartney 

2. Phil Collins

1. David Lee Roth

Was Prince in a band?

Prince & The Revolution

Oops...I forgot about them.

Arhh, come on, you guys!!!!!!!!! For real ?????

Although I like Prince, I'm pretty sure he was solo before he named his backing band The Revolution.  Unless someone can tell me otherwise, I say he's out.  Everybody else is good here.

I say no to Prince. As Rjhog says, they were a backing band plus he had around 5 "solo" albums before he put out a record from Prince & The Revolution.

No Prince? I know he's more R&B, but Lionel Richie keeps coming to mind. I'll just go with Hagar at number 5.

I think everyone here loves Prince but it's the band part. Hell you could go with Lionel Richie if you want! Or even Belinda Carlisle, whatever you want.


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