The Biggest Comebacks in Music History

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Music fans worldwide will be tuning in on Jan. 26 to watch the 62nd Grammy Awards. Often considered the highest achievement in music, winning a Grammy demonstrates artistic excellence and is a marker of success in one’s music career.

Success, however, is often fleeting for popular musicians. Even those artists who release a string of hits often fall out of public favor because of changing tastes, poor song choices, and many other reasons.

After a hitless dry spell, only a few hardworking – and very lucky – performers have managed to recapture their fame. These rare musicians may have rebranded themselves in order to reclaim their position in the industry, or perhaps resolved personal issues, or, in some cases, simply released new music that appealed to the public.

Even some of the industry’s biggest superstars have left the charts for years, only to make triumphant returns. This is the most famous musician born the year you were born.

To determine the biggest comebacks in music history, 24/7 Tempo identified the artists with the longest periods of time between songs that have charted in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 popular music chart from 1958 to today.

 

To determine the biggest comebacks in music history, 24/7 Tempo identified the artists with the longest periods of time between singles entering the American Top 40 chart. The Top 40 chart comprises the 40 top spots on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. To be considered for our list, an artist’s “comeback song” had to be a new release at the time it entered the chart. Older releases that became popular again years later were not included.