Top 10 band breakups

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3:26 pm 25 Dec, 2010


Say it the conclusion of artistic differences or say it the impact of tragedy, but shadows of superstars will be always adored by music lovers. Have a look on this page of Topyaps to discover ten band breakups.

10. The Doors:

This classic rock band was established in 1965 with the crew of Jim Morrison (vocalist), Ray Manzarek (keyboardist), John Densmore (drummer) and Robby Krieger (guitarist). Renowned for composing flamenco tunes, this band went into the trouble when Morrison died at a young age of 27 in 1971. After his death, The Doors continued to survive but they finally split up in 1973. Definitely one of the most celebrated bands of all time.

9. The Smashing Pumpkins:

Formed in 1988 in Chicago, this band was worldwide famous for attracting fans on its extensive touring and their follow-up. Considered as one the most critically acclaimed and successful band of 1990s, the Smashing Pumpkins disintegrated in 2000 due to drug addiction and mutual conflicts between members.

8. Talking Heads:

Famous for punk rock and funk, this American rock band was formed in New York in 1974, comprising four members: David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison and Tine Weymouth. This band came into the limelight of media when David Byrne started focusing on solo performances. Finally, in 1991, it was officially declared that Talking Heads had broken-up.

7. The Pixies:

Considered as one of the most successful band throughout the Europe, this alternative rock band was formed in 1986 in Boston. This band was leaded by Black Francis (vocals/ guitar) but his decisive steps were always criticized by Kim Deal (vocals/guitar). Due to the mutual conflicts and misunderstanding between duo, this group was officially disbanded in 1993.

6. Sex Pistols:

The Godfather of punk music and inspiration of alternative rock musicians, this British band was established in 1975 in London. After creating series of controversies, this band officially ended in January 1978, when its lead singer, Johnny Rotten left the crew and founded his own band, Public Image Ltd.


5. Blondie:

Founded by Chris Stein (guitarist) and Debbie Harry (singer) in 1974, this band broke up in 1982 after facing commercial decline, mismanagement, Stein’s life-threatening illness and tension between the members. Renowned for its eclectic mix of musical themes, this band was reformed in 1997, when Harry reunited with Stein and Burke to present their mega blaster the HF Stival in Washington.

4. The Supremes:

One of the most commercially successful band of female singers, The Supremes was founded in 1959 by Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, Diana Ross and Betty McGlown. The quality of this band began to decrease after the frequent replacement of its members and finally on June 12, 1977, it was disbanded after performing a farewell concert in London.

3. Led Zeppelin:

Well known for its broad influence and artistic achievements, Led Zeppelin will be always remembered for its legendary crew of Jimmy Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals/harmonica), John Paul Jones (mandolin/keyboards) and John Bonham (drums/percussion). After the death of Bonham in 1980, it became a baffling job to continue this band and later, remaining members of crew decided to disintegrate it.

2. Oasis:

Originally evolved from “The Rain”, this British rock band was formed in 1991 in Manchester. On August 28, 2009, lead guitarist, Noel Gallagher, gave up his membership after a fight with his brother Liam Gallagher in a backstage area on their concert in Paris. This shocking incident blocked the musical journey of this band.

1. The Beatles:

This iconic cum radical rock band of music industry was formed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The Beatlemania started in 1960 in Liverpool and very soon it became the embodiment of progressive ideals. After gaining extensive international popularity, this group was disbanded in 1970 with unexplained speculations.