The Biggest Comebacks in Music History

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35. Herb Alpert
> Comeback song: Rise
> Entered Top 40: 8/25/1979
> Years between Top 40 hits: 11.0

Trumpeter and record company mogul Herb Alpert first hit the top of the charts in 1968, in a rare vocal recording of Burt Bacharach’s ballad “This Guy’s in Love With You.” His next Top 40 hit didn’t come along until 1979.

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34. Frank Sinatra
> Comeback song: Theme From New York, New York
> Entered Top 40: 5/31/1980
> Years between Top 40 hits: 11.0

Frank Sinatra, “The Chairman of the Board,” had an 11-year hiatus between Top 40 hits before scoring with the “Theme From New York, New York” in 1980. His previous Top 40 hit was his anthem “My Way,” written by Paul Anka in 1969.

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33. James Brown
> Comeback song: Living In America
> Entered Top 40: 1/11/1986
> Years between Top 40 hits: 11.3

James Brown, “The Godfather of Soul,” influenced singers from Mick Jagger to Michael Jackson. Brown recorded seven top 10 hits, including his paean to the U.S., “Living in America,” that peaked at No. 4 on March 1, 1986. Before that hit, Brown’s last Top 40 success was “Papa Don’t Take No Mess (Part I)” in 1974.

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32. Lulu
> Comeback song: I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)
> Entered Top 40: 8/22/1981
> Years between Top 40 hits: 11.4

You might remember Lulu for her chart-topping single “To Sir With Love” in 1967. But she scored other Top 40 hits as well. Her song “I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)” reached No. 18 in 1981 and was her first Top 40 hit since “Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby)” reached No. 22 in 1970.

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31. Ben E. King
> Comeback song: Supernatural Thing – Part I
> Entered Top 40: 3/8/1975
> Years between Top 40 hits: 11.5

Ben E. King had many hits, both with the top ’50s and ’60s rhythm-and-blues group The Drifters and as a solo artist. He charted in the Top 40 in 1963 with “I Who Have Nothing,” a ballad based on an Italian song, “Uno dei Tanti.” It took him almost 12 years to repeat his success, this time with an unlikely comeback disco hit, “Supernatural Thing – Part 1.”