4. Axl Rose
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From the late 80s to the early 90s, Axl Rose’s searing vocals took the heavy metal group Guns ‘n’ Roses to stratospheric heights. The group was so successful, it managed to turn the tide in popular music away from pop and dance music at the time, and towards rock. As rock musicians tend to do, Axl’s unstable behavior over the years led the band to completely squander its popularity.
The band’s success was stunning and comparatively short-term. The decline began in late 1990s, when the band actually broke up with the leaving of the majority of musicians. Axl appeared in 2004 with a new band and a tour but neither his tour nor a new album won the former recognition of the public. His personal life was unsteady as well. Rose was married to Erin Everly, and he was engaged to a supermodel, but neither of these relationships lasted for more than a year.