Bands that have survived a hiatus

Many bands go on a ‘hiatus’ due to musical differences or they think they can start off a solo career on their own! It’s supposed to be a temporary break but some groups have been gone so long it is doubtful they’ll reunite.

Take a look at these bands who’ve officially broken up, successfully got back together, still on hiatus, and more. See if your favorite band has made the list!

The best band reunions

Queen (1970 – present)

Queen is one of the best selling artists of all time! Adam Lambert is now lead vocals of this awesome rock band. Original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are still at the forefront of the band after the outstanding performer, Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991.

Blondie (1974 – present)

Punk band Blondie began in the mid-1970s with Debbie Harry as the lead singer. Their third album ‘Parallel lines’ made them very popular in America and sold 20 million copies worldwide. In 1982 they broke up and reunited in 1997, Blondie has currently sold over 50 million records worldwide.

Led Zeppelin (1968 – 2007)

The English rock band was huge in the 70s! Originally called the New Yardbirds, they changed their name to Led Zeppelin and signed with Atlantic records. Their genre music has been criticized which consists of hard rock, heavy metal, and blues-rock. The song ‘Stairway to Heaven’ has been influential in rock music.

They broke up in 1980 due to reasons such as the death of John Bonhams, scheduling and more. They reunited throughout the 80s, 90s, 2005 and finally in 2007 did a charity concert together which at the time had the highest demand for tickets for a music concert.

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Bands currently on hiatus

No Doubt (1986 – 2013)

They are known for hits such as ‘ Don’t Speak’ and have been on hiatus since 2013. Lead singer Gwen Stefani has gone on to have her own solo career.

One Direction (2010 – 2016)

This band is probably not returning any time soon as they all individually focus on their solo careers. However, they have had great success and have sold 50 million records worldwide and won nearly 200 awards.

Zayn Malik left in 2015 and the band decided in 2016 to take an 18-month hiatus which is still ongoing.

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Fifth Harmony (2012 – 2018)

Their journey started when they became third on X-Factor US in 2012 and signed to Simon Cowell’s label. They’ve had major hits such as ‘Worth it’ and ‘Work from home’. Sadly Camilla Cabello left in 2016 but has had success with songs with artists such as Ed Sheeran and more. Fifth Harmony decided to take a break in 2018 to focus on their solo careers.

Bands that broke up

Destiny’s Child (1997 – 2006)

They are best known as trio Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams who joined in 2000.  They were originally called girls Tyme but were signed as Destiny’s Child in 1997. They’ve had hits such as ‘ Independent Women’, ‘Say my name’, ‘Survivor’, and more.

They announced their hiatus in 2002 to take time to focus on their solo careers, reunited two years later than officially broke up in 2006. Since Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has gone onto being one of the world’s best-selling music artists.

N Sync (1995 – 2002)

They were extremely popular in the ’90s and this is where Justin Timberlake’s music career began. Their success was class by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments of all time. Justin Timberlake has gone onto winning Grammys throughout his solo career. 

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The Police (1977 – 2008)

The English rock band The Police broke up in 1986 and reunited for the last time for their world tour 2007 -2008. They were led by Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner who is best known as Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Sumners. They’ve gone ahead with their own solo careers but have been added to the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 2003.

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