It's not easy to command the stage all by yourself - but these guys make it look it
Alexandra Pollard
14:11 21st April 2016

It takes a special something to front a band - to lead your troops into battle each and every night, but it's an entirely different matter to stand alone. As a singular force, exposed, with just your own identity, the songs and a spotlight. 

With this is mind, after the recent loss of the likes of David Bowie and Prince, we thought we'd take the time to honour the very best solo artists of all time, and rank them in order of greatness. 

From the worlds of pop, hip-hop, rock, dance, folk and beyond, here's to the artists with the bravery and class to put themselves out there and make a difference. 

These are the 60 best solo stars of all time, ranked in order of greatness.