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5 musicians who retained success after quitting bands

These musicians undoubtedly changed the face of music in the world. The music that they have provided has had considerable influence on prospective musicians. In spite of facing issues and being part of frequent disbanding groups, they have managed to keep their heads high and perform exceptional music.


1. Sting


From “Giant steps are what you take, walking on the moon. Hoping that my leg don’t break walking on the moon” to “I’m not asking for the moon, is it really so implausible”, Sting has made a significant mark in the music industry. Arguably one of the most talented musicians in the planet, Sting rose to fame with the world renowned band named The Police who produced hits like ‘Walking on the Moon’, ‘Message in a Bottle’ and ‘Every Breath You Take’. After re-joining and leaving his band again in 2012, Sting managed to produce a highly critically acclaimed album which features songs like ‘A Practical Arrangement’.


2. Ronan Keating


After Boyzone, one of the most well-known boy bands in the world, disbanded, Ronan Keating took time out and five years later he started his solo career later 1999. He slowly rose to fame with hits after hits, especially ‘When You Say Nothing at All’. He has sold over 20 million CDs worldwide. His latest album, ‘Fires’, reached number five in the UK charts and sold over 30,000 copies. Lyrically and harmoniously, he has a unique talent. The title track of ‘Fires’ has over 5 million views on YouTube.


3. Rob Thomas


The current lead singer of Matchbox 20, Rob Thomas gained worldwide fame with exceptional hits on his solo music project. He recently joined Matchbox 20 after the band had disbanded years back. When he left his band, he started getting into pop-rock music and released hits like “Lonely No More”, which brought him to fame as a solo musician and “Smooth”, for which he collaborated with guitar legend Santana and won three Grammy awards for the same. Although his last album was released back in 2009, he still does regular shows.


4. Robbie Williams


Robbie Williams is currently a member of the pop group Take That which disbanded earlier yet reformed in 2009 and is still functional till date. While he had left Take That, he started working on his solo project. His first seven albums reached number 1 in the UK charts. Songs like ‘Bodies’, ‘Morning Sun’, ‘Candy’ and ‘Feel’ are still popular hits around the world. His latest album was launched in 2013, for which he collaborated with Olly Murs, Lilly Allen and many more artists.


5. Sir Paul McCartney


Sir Paul McCartney is probably one of the most respectable and successful musicians in the music industry. He was an ex-member of the most classic acts, The Beatles and after the band broke up, he worked on his solo career which earned him the recognition of one of the most successful composers of all times. He has sold over 100 million copies of his solo albums till date. Over 42 songs from the Billboard top 100 are compositions and collaborations of Paul McCartney. Last year, he played his farewell show at the stadium where The Beatles ended their legacy as well. He announced his retirement from music after that.



Ishaan Sengupta believes meeting people and understanding their differences gives him kick and a good trip. Hailing from the city of joy, he carries along with him the bong culture of "living and breathing" music, food and art. The socially awkward correspondent in team, he's currently pursuing a Bachelor with Honors in Economics from Motilal Nehru College. His favorite cartoon shows are Teletubbies and Dragon Ball Z. Do drop him a mail at ishaans@dubeat.com in case you want to give him some free advice or want to meet him personally.


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