On My Own: The Best Solo Breakouts

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  • Dr. Dre
  • Bobby Brown
  • R. Kelly
  • Beyoncé
  • Michael Jackson
  • Prodigy
  • Curtis Mayfield
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Diana Ross
  • Busta Rhymes
  • Teddy Pendergrass
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Ice Cube

Michael Jackson

Add going solo to the list of things Michael Jackson did better than anyone else. Though he released his solo debut, Got to Be There, in 1972, he didn't officially leave the Jackson 5 until 1984. With the career that followed, it's easy to say he made the right move.

(Photo: EPA/JAN NIENHEYSEN /Landov)

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