After the disbandment of Generation X in 1981, the singer, Billy Idol went to New York City. He was strongly determined to build up his musical carrier and he concentrated into his scrawny punk style. He began his solo carrier in 1981 and released “Don't Stop” in 1983. The album contained two popular tracks. Later on, he covered "Mony Mony" of Tommy James and The Shondells which gained him a number of opportunities.
Billy Idol released his first major debut, “Billy Idol” in 1982. This album had shocked those who had known him and listened to his previous tracks and works. The track, "Hot In The City" gained 23rd position in the top chart. And "White Wedding" was also very successful track by Billy. By the end of 1983, he became one of the top contenders.
The next album, “Rebel Yell”, was more successful than the previous one. This album sold more than two million copies and was redistributed in 1999 with a recording of demos. “Rebel Yell”, contains two great singles, "Rebel Yell" and "Eyes Without A Face". The first single gained Number 46 and the second one gained Number Four in 1984. The singles were moody ballads. After the release of Rebel Yell, two more singles were released in 1984. "Catch My Fall" and "Flesh For Fantasy". Both of these singles achieved good positions in the hit list.
Billy released “Whiplash Smile”, a new album in 1986. Perhaps this is the best-titled album by this artist. This album did not sell huge copies in US but a mere collection of remixes was unimaginably hit. In 1988, Billy Idol initiated to release his greatest-hits album which contains 11 best tracks.
When he was working for his fourth album, he got an accident and became semi-paralyzed. He was working in a video for "Cradle of Love" which was interrupted by his accident. Later on, things changed significantly. Billy Idol saw a bad time in his carrier. His decision of recording “Cyberpunk” (1993) on his home computer was not really a bad decision. This rather created a bad impression about him. In the 1990s he remained almost inactive with no significant work. In 2001, Idol came back by a Greatest Hits. Around in 2005, he started collaborating with Stevens with whom Billy did many good works. . He released a Christmas album, “Happy Holiday” in 2006.