Singers Who Went Solo Quiz

Name the groups these artists sang with before going solo.
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Last updated: June 3, 2017
First submittedSeptember 9, 2012
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John Lennon
The Beatles
Diana Ross
The Supremes
Beyonce
Destiny's Child
Ozzy Osbourne
Black Sabbath
Lou Reed
The Velvet Underground
Sting
The Police
Iggy Pop
The Stooges
Justin Timberlake
'N Sync
Freddie Mercury
Queen
Gwen Stefani
No Doubt
Phil Collins
Genesis
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Rob Thomas
Matchbox 20
Robbie Williams
Take That
Zayn Malik
One Direction
George Michael
Wham!
Lauryn Hill
The Fugees
Gloria Estefan
The Miami Sound Machine
Fergie
The Black Eyed Peas
Michael Jackson
The Jackson 5
Morrissey
The Smiths
David Lee Roth
Van Halen
Robert Plant
Led Zeppelin
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Level 36
Sep 28, 2012
Very hard quiz! I was able to get everything with 2 seconds left.
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Level 48
Aug 21, 2016
Horses for courses I guess. I found it ridiculously easy and had 3:07 left on the clock, but then music is by far my strongest subject.
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Level 16
Aug 7, 2017
I only got No Doubt and One Direction :)
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Level 65
Feb 6, 2018
WOW, I only got 7 myself, but you really didn't know John Lennon was from the Beatles?
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Level 50
Dec 6, 2019
must be a zoomer
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Level 44
Sep 28, 2012
I think 'The Jacksons' should count for MJ
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Level 78
Oct 1, 2014
They were originally called The Jackson Brothers.
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Level 60
Aug 7, 2017
Exactly, that was the name of the group when he went solo
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Level 52
Sep 28, 2012
Def Leppard should be accepted for Phil Collins. Also, the Quarrymen should be accepted for John Lennon.
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Level 74
Sep 21, 2013
Yeah, who's heard of The Beatles anyway? I've got all the Quarrymen's CDs. Remember Quarrymenmania? Ah, heady times. Heady times. And just take a look at Phil Collins, dude. Does he look like the kind of bloke who would sing in a metal band?
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Level 60
Apr 28, 2020
The Beatles is one of the most well-known bands in the UK. We play their music all of the time.
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Level 23
Jan 8, 2014
phil Collins was the lead singer of genesis and phil Collins was a drummer in def leppard 2 different people
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Level 61
Mar 10, 2015
Phil Collen played guitar with Def Leppard, and Phil Collins sang and played drums for Genesis.
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Level 82
Mar 11, 2015
Rick Allen is the drummer.
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Level 58
Mar 10, 2015
Likewise, Wild Orchid for Fergie
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Level 58
Mar 10, 2015
BTW you got the wrong Phil. Phil Collen was on DL. Not Phil Collins
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Level 68
Apr 8, 2017
Somebody has Phil Collins and Phil Collen mixed up...
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Level 74
Jan 18, 2018
Could people please stop saying Phil Collen and Phil Collins - it's making me dizzy
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Level 55
Jan 30, 2019
I'm assuming this is a joke.
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Level 31
Sep 28, 2012
Phil Collen sang with Def Leppard, not Phil Collins
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Level 61
Dec 28, 2016
Actually, Phil Collen was, and still is, the guitarist for Def Leppard, so you're still wrong.
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Level 58
Sep 28, 2012
Phil Collen, not Collins (for Def Lep). Close, though!
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Level 52
Sep 28, 2012
Ah, thank you for that. I was apparently misinformed.
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Level 44
Sep 28, 2012
This has got to be a generational thing. I get Iggy Pop and Lou Reed without hesitation, but I dont have a clue about Fergie (who the hell is she???), Justin Timberlake, and Beyonce.
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Level 63
Oct 16, 2012
Generation thing? I got old and new artists. Probably a taste thing?
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Level 48
Mar 10, 2015
Fergie, Justin, Beyonce are new artists? They're around since ages.
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Level 67
Nov 25, 2019
Ya, JT was popular in the 90s. He's been around popular music for like 25 years. Not my style but I definitely know who he is. Same can be said of Beyonce, tonnes of awards and stuff, not someone who's music I enjoy, but I know who she is.
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Level 50
Dec 6, 2019
must be a boomer
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Level 66
Jul 23, 2014
You're not missing much not knowing Fergie or Beyonce. JT has some good stuff and some bad stuff, though. I'm sad I missed Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. I'm more familiar with their solo stuff than their previous stuff with bands.
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Level 44
Mar 10, 2015
Fergie is the singer that pees herself on stage. I'm pretty sure that is her only claim to fame....oh and that she married Josh Duhamel....anything else she's done is garbage.
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Level 70
Sep 8, 2018
No, that was Shirley Manson, actually. ;) (that last part anyway)
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Level 79
Sep 8, 2018
Do you mean she peas herself?
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Level 26
May 17, 2015
Beyoncé is one of today's idols (people call her Queen Bey, the Queen, etc.) and Destiny's Child had some pretty popular music before she left (Survivor, Single Ladies, etc.). Fergie was a part of the Black Eyed Peas (I Gotta Feeling, Boom Boom Pow, My Humps, etc.) which was in practically every pre-party playlist and dance mix for the past 6 years. Her biggest solo song is Fergalicious, which is pretty popular as well. Justin Timberlake is way more popular than Fergie. He rose to fame with N' Sync (their most popular song was Bye Bye Bye) and since then has released numerous hits and at least one album. Hope this helped! :)
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Level 24
Sep 28, 2012
No Eminem/D12? c'mon
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Level 67
Nov 25, 2019
technically he did a bunch of solo work before D12 put out an album, so maybe he's not considered someone who "went solo"
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Level 73
Oct 1, 2012
Zep rules!
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Level 53
Nov 28, 2012
no pete townshend and the who?
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Level 30
Mar 10, 2015
he hardly had a distinguished solo career
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Level 46
Aug 8, 2017
But Freddie Mercury and David Lee Roth did?
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Level 66
Jan 6, 2015
Do you know who also went solo?? DEBBIE HARRY
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Level 57
Jul 5, 2017
Debbie Harry is only the one other person in the whole history of popular music on this list who went solo...? Wow, you live and learn...
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Level 67
Oct 10, 2019
Yes, that is exactly what he said, that she is the only one. Exams must have been tough for you if you read things that arent there.
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Level 74
Mar 10, 2015
got all but take that...whatever tf that is
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Level 66
Mar 10, 2015
british backstreet boys
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Level 67
Oct 10, 2019
That is like saying not knowing what queen is, regarding if you like either of them or not, kind of impossible never to have come across a mention of them.
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Level 72
Oct 29, 2019
They are well-known in Europe but barely anyone has heard of them in the United States. Robbie Williams failed to make a solo breakthrough there as well.
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Level 67
Nov 25, 2019
Here in Canada, I think most people would have heard of Robbie Williams but most would not have heard of Take That
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Level 68
Mar 10, 2015
I am amused by the comments regarding "omissions"; you could make it a 300 question quiz if you included everybody that fits the category.
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Level 64
Mar 10, 2015
Yes, they made a quiz and some people who went solo are not on it. It's not the end of the world. No Debbie Harry?! No Pete Townshend?! No Rod Stewart?! No Brandon Flowers?! No Lionel Ritchie?! No Natalie Merchant?! It would go on forever. It's not the quizmaker's job to cater to your particular tastes. There are lots of people who could be on here. This is who you get. If you don't like it, make your own quiz.
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Level 78
Mar 10, 2015
I don't care if QM caters to others' tastes, I just want him to cater to mine. I'm too lazy and ignorant to make my own quiz. Besides, it's fun to whine.
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Level 68
Mar 10, 2015
Well played!
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Level 78
Apr 8, 2017
Actually I've been happily married for 42 years, but I have a very tolerant husband. :)
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Level 76
Mar 10, 2015
Morrissey. Not one s. Two.
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Level ∞
Mar 10, 2015
Fixed
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Level 44
Mar 10, 2015
Reading these comments seriously made my day. Hilarious!
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Level 44
Mar 10, 2015
ps - you all know that Phil Collins plays the drums right? And that Rick Allen, who is the drummer for Def Leppard only has one arm right? Phil Collins has two. Sooooooo......there should not be any confusion.
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Level 61
Dec 28, 2016
After Peter Gabriel left Genesis, Phil Collins took over vocal duties. That makes you sound very ignorant.
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Level 55
Aug 7, 2017
Is he wrong that Phil Collins plays the drums? How does providing factually correct information make one sound ignorant?
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Level 28
Mar 11, 2015
Freddie Mercury may have had some solo material, but he was in Queen until his death.
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Level 32
Mar 15, 2015
When it comes to Genesis and solo acts, it's always the question: Gabriel oder Collins?
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Level 32
Jul 7, 2015
Morrissey is too low in the answers stat list
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Level 74
Apr 13, 2016
There's no way that Robbie Williams should be described as an artist
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Level 45
Dec 27, 2016
RIP George Michael
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Level 78
Jun 7, 2017
Zayn Malik seems very out of place on this list for some reason.
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Level 82
Aug 7, 2017
Why is that? Because he's the youngest out of everyone here?
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Level 45
Oct 2, 2018
I mean he went solo from one of the most famous bands of this century, it doesn't matter how young he is
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Level 59
Aug 7, 2017
I think Belinda Carlisle should be added with The Go Gos
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Level 79
Aug 7, 2017
Great quiz! Was able to get all with 3:58 left on first try.
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Level 65
Aug 7, 2017
Nice to revisit this quiz and still struggle with Rob Thomas and Iggy Pop. In the U.K. Rob Thomas is only known for that dam song he did with Santana....
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Level 25
Aug 14, 2017
.......and Camila Cabello
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Level 51
Aug 16, 2017
Where's the quiz about bands dumping their lead singers?
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Level 74
Sep 27, 2017
In Eddie Van Halen's pocket.
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Level 67
Mar 14, 2018
A couple more you could add if you want to: Ronnie James Dio (also Black Sabbath), Sisqo (Dru Hill), Debbie Harry (Blondie), Pharrell (N*E*R*D), Lionel Richie (Commodores).
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Level 74
Mar 14, 2018
Please don't require "the" for The Black Eyed Peas.
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Level 50
Apr 10, 2018
Missed a few, good quiz tho. How could I forget The Smiths?
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Level 55
Jan 30, 2019
I probably should have remembered Matchbox 20 for Rob Thomas, but I only know the name Robbie Williams from this website, and I have never heard of Take That before this quiz, so I refuse to feel bad about not getting all of the answers.
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Level 55
Apr 11, 2019
You should have Camila Cabello.
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Level 37
Nov 26, 2019
Should have Limahl from Kajagoogoo on here.
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Level 66
Apr 24, 2020
what about the runaways. Lita Ford and Joan Jett.