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7 Artists Who Should Really Go Solo

We (finally!) got a Tom Delonge solo album last week, but there are many more singers we're hoping ditch their band mates for a solo record or two

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One Direction's Harry Styles

After Zayn Malik, the best One Direction singer is undoubtedly Harry Styles. And since Malik has since left the band to maybe or maybe not pursue a solo career with the help of Naughty Boy, it leaves only Styles to fantasize about as a dream solo star. A very-good, Harry-only track called "Don't Let Me Go" surfaced onto the Internet in mid-2013 that was mostly overshadowed with Directioners worrying if it marked the beginning of the end of 1D. Along with his writing credits on Ariana Grande's wide-eyed love ballad "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart," the mellow, acoustic-leaning tune showcased a solid songwriting base for the star. Along with those high notes we know he can hit, a Harry LP would be like the rawer, deeper version of 1D that could draw in both the young and older-skewing demographics. 

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Paramore's Hayley Williams

While we can't take our eyes off Hayley in Paramore, the singer has hinted at musical interests past pop-punk. She's brought her underrated vocal prowess to the pop/hip hop world via B.o.B.'s "Airplanes" and dived into EDM with Zedd for "Stay the Night." What other music is she into? We'd love to see an experimental Gwen Stefani/Fergie-type venture.

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Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie

Sure, Panic! at the Disco is more or less a solo act nowadays (Brendon was the only member to appear on the band's last album cover), but imagine what the frontman could create separate from the P!ATD brand. Currently becoming an unexpected queer icon (with the hots for Ryan Gosling), Brendon could dive into fascinating song topics and not need to worry about alienating Panic!'s mostly female fanbase. He proved he could own heavy electronica via Dillon Francis' "Love in the Middle of a Firefight," what's next?

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Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello

We think Fifth Harmony still needs a few years to truly establish themselves, but somewhere down the line we'd love to hear what Camila could bring solo. From X Factor to 5H's debut album Reflection, we've already seen a ton of growth in her tone and vocals runs. By the time a solo LP is on the table, we're sure she'd be ready. 

Plus, with her Cuban and Mexican background, we'd love to hear her take a stab at Latin pop, salsa or bachata.

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Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn

Similar to Brendon Urie, we're curious to hear what Tyler Glenn has to say separated from his band's brand. The Neon Trees singer—who came out as "a happy and healthy Mormon gay pop star" last year—undoubtedly has a compelling story to tell and we think a step into the solo spotlight could make for an excellent album. His pipes (listen to his Afrojack collabo above or, really, any Neon Trees record) mixed with what's sure-to-be a fascinating psyche sounds like must-hear music.

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Girls' Generation's Taeyeon

Lots of groups in K-pop see their members going solo, but curiously none of the ladies of Girls' Generation have gone on their own after almost eight years together. We think the mysterious leader Taeyeon has the potential and talent to release an album that's brilliant both vocally and subject-wise, helping us give a little more insight to the quiet megastar. 

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Pussycat Dolls' Melody Thornton

Even though Nicole Scherzinger (who, still, has yet to put out a solo album in America) was given nearly every verse in The Pussycat Dolls, there was a major vocal talent in Melody Thornton. When the little girl with the big pipes got the chance to sing, girlfriend saaang it (take a listen to her ad libs on "Buttons"). She's been hustling with singles and mixtapes for a few years with an album supposedly coming this year. We're still holding out for her to get her right time to shine.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 30: NSYNC is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30, 2018 in Hollywood, Californ

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