One Direction, Wu Tang Clan & Eagles: Bands With Five or More Members With Solo Hot 100 Hits

One Direction perform on Fox's The X Factor on Nov. 21, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif.
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One Direction perform on Fox's The X Factor on Nov. 21, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif.

With the debut of Liam Payne's "Strip That Down," all five 1D members, past and present, have reached the chart on their own.

Ever since One Direction went on hiatus in early 2016, we've been talking a lot about the British boy band and the individual achievements of its members. On this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated June 10), Liam Payne becomes the fifth and final member of the pop group, past or present, to score a Hot 100 hit as a solo artist, as "Strip That Down," featuring Quavo, launches at No. 42.

Payne joins (former member) Zayn, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles in having charted at least one solo song on the Hot 100. Zayn achieved the feat first in February 2016 when "Pillowtalk" soared in at No. 1. Horan bowed in October with "This Town" (which went on to reach No. 20), followed by Tomlinson in December with "Just Hold On" (with Steve Aoki; No. 52) and Styles in April with "Sign of the Times," which arrived at its No. 4 peak to date.

As a group, One Direction has made 29 total Hot 100 appearances (including 10 after Zayn's 2015 departure).

With that impressive five-fold solo success, is One Direction the first act to have five members chart on their own on the Hot 100? We combed through every band that has appeared on the Hot 100 (dating to its Aug. 4, 1958, inception) and found that while 1D isn't the first group to earn the honor, nor the act with the most solo-charting members, it is in incredibly rare and lofty company.

Hip-hop pioneers Wu-Tang Clan boast the most group members with solo Hot 100 entries: a whopping eight. In order of their first charted solo songs, Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, RZA and Ghostface Killah have all landed on the Hot 100 apart from the group (either as a lead or featured artist). Of the 10 total members of Wu-Tang Clan, only U-God and Masta Killa haven't hit the Hot 100 individually (so far). The collective formed in the early '90s and has charted a pair of Hot 100 titles, in 1993-94: "Method Man," which reached No. 69, and "C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)" (No. 60).

Also besting One Direction, six Eagles have flown solo on the Hot 100. Beyond the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's 21 Hot 100 hits, a sum that includes five No. 1s in 1975-79, Joe Walsh, Randy Meisner, Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Timothy B. Schmit all sport solo appearances. Who says birds of a feather always have to flock together?

Quick disclaimer: We didn't include "supergroups" or one-time all-star acts in our research, so no USA for Africa, for example. Other notable groups, meanwhile, have seen as many as four members chart solo on the Hot 100. Perhaps most notably, in addition to The Beatles' 71 Hot 100 visits, Paul McCartney has made 46 solo trips (including his Wings work and other collabs with individual billing), followed by John Lennon (16), George Harrison (15) and Ringo Starr (12).

Four other high-profile acts with four members each to have charted solo on the Hot 100: Fleetwood Mac, N.W.A, The Temptations and U2.


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