Top 10 In-Band Feuds

Just because they make beautiful music together doesn’t mean the members of bands never fight. For this list, we’re focusing on the rivalries, fights and grudges that occur between members of a band. We’ve excluded fights between different bands, because that’s a list for another day. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 in-band feuds. Special thanks to our users Aaron N. Thompson and jackcooper for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest.
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Just because they make beautiful music together doesn’t mean they never fight. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 in-band feuds.

For this list, we’re focusing on the rivalries, fights and grudges that occur between members of a band. We’ve excluded fights between different bands, because that’s a list for another day.

#10: N.W.A.


Dr. Dre and Eazy-E were members of N.W.A., one of the most influential and pioneering rap groups ever. But eventually, as is often the case, money and contractual disagreements got in the way. Before long, the band members went their separate ways, with the battle spilling onto their records: Dre released “Dre Day”, while Eazy replied with "Real Compton Gs." By the time Eazy had succumbed to AIDS, it all seemed too petty.

#9: The Kinks


At The Kinks’ core were two brothers who had a history of fighting since they were boys. Though Ray and Dave Davies spent several decades clashing in the band, they managed to tough things out until 1996. However, differences in artistic vision, lack of mainstream recognition and an unpleasant birthday party incident eventually contributed to the group’s demise.

#8: Creedence Clearwater Revival


Thanks to their Southern rock-inspired sound, CCR became huge in the late 1960s. But soon, all their intense studio work and extensive touring began to take its toll. It certainly didn’t help matters that frontman John Fogerty decided to make all the band’s creative and business decisions. His brother Tom soon quit and things went even more downhill: a disastrous final album led to increased tensions and their breakup in 1972.

#7: Eagles


For The Eagles, tour exhaustion, health problems and more contributed to the fallout known as Long Night at Wrong Beach. It was at that show in Long Beach that had Glenn Frey and Don Felder threatened each other with physical harm. Things got so bad that Frey and Don Henley completed their live album in different parts of the U.S. A long hiatus, Felder’s dismissal and lawsuits followed.

#6: The Beach Boys

Though it’s Brian Wilson who initially reigned over The Beach Boys’ sound and songwriting, his personal issues and health problems got in the way. The members were able to contribute more but soon found themselves fighting over money and the use of The Beach Boys’ name. Despite a new album and 50th anniversary reunion tour in 2012, Mike Love and Wilson have no further plans to work together.

#5: Van Halen


Thanks to an unstable lineup of lead singers, Van Halen stirred up a helluva lot of controversy during their heyday. Though they rose to fame with David Lee Roth, the singer just couldn’t get along with Eddie Van Halen. And though a change of style was accompanied by a change of frontman with Sammy Hagar, the band briefly reunited with Roth. The band’s problems continued following a commercially disappointing stint with Extreme’s Gary Cherone and separate reunions with Hagar and Roth, which succeeded to varying degrees.

#4: Pink Floyd


Though Syd Barrett had already left by the late ‘80s, his worsening health further strained relations between band-mates. Things were got even more tense when Pink Floyd realized Roger Waters essentially wrote and composed all of The Final Cut. His subsequent departure and solo career were then followed by legal issues around David Gilmour and the remaining members of the band touring under the Pink Floyd name.

#3: The Beatles


Despite finding a creative high in the late ‘60s, The Beatles found the pressures of fame and touring too much to handle. And so it was a mix of internal conflicts, financial issues and John Lennon’s romantic fixation with Yoko Ono that ultimately culminated in Paul McCartney’s departure even before their last album was released. Lennon even went as far as taking things out in song as a solo artist.

#2: Oasis


While they’ve made headlines for feuding with other bands, it’s Noel and Liam Gallagher’s sibling-rivalry that’s to blame for the demise of Oasis. As is common among brothers, the Gallaghers had their share of differences, but this was nothing compared to their violent disagreements and bad behavior in the band. In 2009, enough was enough: after a canceled Paris gig, Oasis announced their end and the brothers formed other bands.

#1: Guns N’ Roses



Because of Axl Rose’s big mouth, he’s often in the spotlight for feuds with other bands. But the loud and obnoxious frontman is also notorious for all the Guns N’ Roses’ in-fighting. Though he did spend some time as a hermit, it’s his public trashing of former guitarist Slash that we’ll never forget – and the fact he still tours as G N’ R despite being the band’s only remaining original member.

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