Sometimes a band's lead singer steps aside and lets one of the other guys provide the vocals for a song.  And sometimes that song becomes a HUGE hit.  I bet the singer HATES when that happens.  Here are some classic examples . . .

 

 

"We're An American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad,  1973 . . . sung by drummer Don Brewer.

 

 

"Take It to the Limit" by the Eagles,  1975 . . . sung by original bassist Randy Meisner.

 

 

"Beth" by Kiss,  1976 . . . sung by drummer Peter Criss.

 

 

"Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult,  1976 . . . sung by guitarist Buck Dharma

 

 

(This one's kind of a cheat though, because technically, all FIVE members of BOC sang.  And while Eric Bloom was their most frequent lead singer, Buck sang a lot of tracks, including their three best-known songs, "Reaper", "Burnin' For You" and "Godzilla".)

 

 

"Tempted" by Squeeze,  1980 . . . sung by keyboardist Paul Carrack, who was only with the band for ONE ALBUM.

 

 

"Africa" by Toto,  1983 . . . sung by keyboardist David Paich.  It was the band's only #1 single.

 

 

"Sister Christian" by Night Ranger,  1984 . . . sung by drummer Kelly Keagy, who wrote it for his younger sister.

 

 

"These Dreams" by Heart,  1986 . . . sung by guitarist Nancy Wilson.  It was actually one of two songs they were offered by outside songwriters.  The other one was "We Built This City", which somehow became a hit for Starship.

 

 

"Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis,  1996 . . . sung by Noel Gallagher.  He presented this song and "Wonderwall" to his brother Liam and told him to pick which one he wanted to sing.  Obviously, Liam chose "Wonderwall".

 

 

(Check out the complete list here.)