Is there anything worse than hearing the news that your favourite band broke up? Probably not.
From The Beatles to Sonic Youth, we’ve been robbed of some great tunes time and time again when band members decided to end their musical relationships. While these breakups likely needed to happen, there are some bands that we really wish would reunite.
Check out 10 bands we wish stayed together below.
The Beatles ended back in 1969, after rumours of a split began circulating. In September of that year, frontman John Lennon told his bandmates, his wife Yoko Ono, and his manager Allen Klein that he was leaving the legendary group. However, a recently unearthed tape conversation suggests that the Beatles may have intended to release more records after their renowned farewell album, Abbey Road.
Oasis called it quits in August 2009, when brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher got in a huge fight moments before their set at Rock en Seine festival in Paris, France, which lead to them cancelling the performance. “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight,” Noel posted on the band’s site. “Pepole will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer…Apologies to all the people who bought tickets for the shows in Paris, Konstanz and Milan.”
The Verve have split up three times over the years. The first was in 1999 after the departure of guitarist Nick McCabe. Most recently, The Verve reformed from 2007 to 2009, but then broke up again after McCabe wrote on MySpace that the band seemed “to be on holiday and show no sign of not being on holiday.”
In 2016, The Maccabees announced they were splitting up in a statement on Facebook. “There have not been fallings out and we are grateful to say that we are not leaving the group as a dividing force.” After 14 years and four albums together, the London four piece revealed that the members of the band would “continue making music.”
Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine broke up back in 2000, and last year Tom Morello discussed the breakup on Lars Ulrich’s It’s Electric show on Apple Music’s Beats 1. “I’ll put myself first and foremost. It was a lack of emotional maturity in being able to deal with each other as people,” Morello explained. “We had political vision and the shows never suffered, but we just couldn’t agree on stuff and that unearthed feelings that made it hard to make records.”
Indie rockers Pavement broke up in 2000. “You need to change the website to say we aren’t a band anymore,” frontman Stephen Malkmus told bandmate Scott Kannberg. “People keep asking me if we’re breaking up, and you know we’re not a band anymore, right?” Malkmus then refused to break the news to the rest of the band, leaving Kannberg with the brooding task. Luckily, this didn’t spoil the relationship too much, as the band still hosted a huge 2010 reunion tour.
In 2011, The Stills called it quits, announcing an end to their decade-long run in a breakup letter after three studio albums together. “Simply put, The Stills have broken up.” the band wrote. “We love each other, we have taught each other, and we’ve grown up together, through all kinds of madness and years and twists and turns, and we spent the better part of the last year trying to keep it going for each other. But ultimately, the best decision for each one of us, and in order for each of us to live fully, creatively, and freely, being true to our hearts, this had to happen.”
The White Stripes
Also in 2011, The White Stripes formally announced their split after nearly four years of radio silence. “The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good healthy,” the duo explained in a statement. It’s for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.”
Following their final show at a festival in Sao Paolo in 2011, Sonic Youth broke up, but in a more recent interview with Collide Magazine, Thurston Moore did not think that would be the end. “I find it really strange that I get demonised for the break-up of Sonic Youth when I myself had no intention of breaking up the band; that was a real surprise to me.”
The Clash broke up when the bandmates weren’t able to agree on a musical direction, as each member became interested in different types of music, according to the Rolling Stone. Guitarist Mick Jones was interested in hip hop, bassist Paul Simonon wanted to play reggae, and frontman Joe Strummer wanted to go back to punk. Upon returning together to play the US Festival in 1983, Jones and Strummer were hardly talking, and Jones left the band soon afterward.