Three artists have hit #1 on their own and as part of two groups. They are Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Eminem.
Here's a complete list of the 26 artists who have reached #1 on The Billboard 200 both as a solo artist and as a member of a group, duo or collective of artists.
Paul McCartney has had seven #1 albums, starting with his first solo album, McCartney, in May 1970. No singles were released from that album (!). "Maybe I'm Amazed," one of McCartney's best solo songs, might well have been a #1. McCartney's tally of seven #1 albums includes five albums with his band, Wings. McCartney also amassed 19 #1 albums with the Beatles, from 1964's Meet The Beatles to 2000's 1.
Janis Joplin hit #1 on her own (posthumously) in February 1971 with her second solo album, Pearl. The album spawned her #1 smash "Me And Bobby McGee." She had hit #1 in October 1968 with Big Brother & The Holding Company's second album, Cheap Thrills. She was the first female artist to top the chart on her own and with a group.
Neil Young hit #1 in March 1972 with Harvest. The album spawned the #1 hit "Heart Of Gold." Young also amassed three #1 albums with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: 1970's Déjà vu, 1971's 4 Way Street and 1974's So Far.
Eric Clapton has had three #1 albums on his own, starting with 461 Ocean Boulevard in August 1974. The album included his chart-topping version of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff." Clapton had landed #1 albums with Cream in 1968 (Wheels On Fire) and Blind Faith in 1969 (Blind Faith).
Bruce Springsteen has amassed eight #1 albums on his own, starting with The River in November 1980. The album included the top five hit, "Hungry Heart." Springsteen also topped the chart in 1986 with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live/1975-85, on which he shared artist billing with his band.
John Fogerty hit #1 in March1985 with Centerfield. The title song has become a ballpark staple. The album also included the top 10 hit "The Old Man Down The Road." Fogerty had notched two #1 albums with Creedence Clearwater Revival: 1969's Green River and 1970's Cosmo's Factory.
Steve Winwood hit #1 in August 1988 with Roll With It. The title track logged four weeks at #1 on the Hot 100. A follow-up, "Don't You Know What The Night Can Do?," also hit the top 10. Winwood had hit #1 in September 1969 with Blind Faith's one and only album, Blind Faith.
Prince has had two #1 albums on his own, starting with the Batman soundtrack in July 1989. The album spawned the #1 hit "Batdance." He had had two #1 albums with Prince & the Revolution: the Purple Rain soundtrack in 1984 and Around The World In A Day in 1985.
DMX hit #1 with his first five albums, starting with It's Dark And Hell Is Hot in June 1998. The album included the top 40 hit "Get At Me Dog" (featuring Sheek of The Lox). DMX also hit #1 in May 1999 with Ruff Ryders' Ruff Ryders—Ryde Or Die Vol. I.
Foxy Brown hit #1 in February 1999 with her sophomore album, Chyna Doll. The album featured the chart hit "Hot Spot." Brown had had a #1 album with The Firm. The Firm—the Album hit #1 in November 1997.
Eminem has had six #1 albums on his own, starting with his sophomore album The Marshall Mathers LP in June 2000. The album spawned the top 10 hit "The Real Slim Shady." Eminem has also had two #1 albums with D12 from 2001 to 2004 and one with Bad Meets Evil in 2011.
Jadakiss hit #1 in July 2004 with his second album, Kiss Of Death. The album spawned the top 30 hits "Why?" (featuring Anthony Hamilton) and "U Make Me Wanna" (featuring Mariah Carey). Jadakiss was also a member of The Lox, which was featured on Ruff Ryders' first album, Ruff Ryders—Ryde Or Die Vol. I. The album hit #1 in May 1999.
Rob Thomas hit #1 in May 2005 with his first solo album, …Something To Be. The album spawned the top 10 hit "Lonely No More." Thomas hits #1 this week with Matchbox Twenty's North.
The Fine Print: I didn't include three solo artists who hit #1 on their own and also in collaborations with other artists. These are Jay-Z, R. Kelly and Kanye West.
Super Fine Print: I also didn't include Benny Goodman, who had two #1 albums in the pre-rock era, one with his sextet, the other with his orchestra, trio and quartet. Those were just different presentations, not a case of moving from group to solo.
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