The Biggest Comebacks in Music History

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30. Yes
> Comeback song: Owner Of A Lonely Heart
> Entered Top 40: 11/19/1983
> Years between Top 40 hits: 11.5

The venerable prog British rockers are not considered a singles-oriented band. Still, they had a Top 40 hit with “Roundabout” in 1972. They eclipsed that success in 1983, with the single “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” — their only No. 1 single. The song’s video was in frequent rotation on MTV in the 1980s.

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29. Bad Company
> Comeback song: If You Needed Somebody
> Entered Top 40: 1/26/1991
> Years between Top 40 hits: 11.6

A British supergroup composed of members of the bands King Crimson, Free, and Mott the Hoople, Bad Company exploded on the rock scene with their biggest hit “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” in 1974. After their career cooled, they rebounded with a Top 40 hit, “If You Needed Somebody,” in 1991, about 12 years after their previous Top 40 success, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy.”

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28. Gladys Knight And The Pips
> Comeback song: Love Overboard
> Entered Top 40: 1/30/1988
> Years between Top 40 hits: 12.1

Gladys Knight And The Pips emerged from African-American gospel tradition to record eight top 10 hits in the 1960s and 1970s. The Motown hit machine fell into a dry spell before returning to the Top 40 with “Love Overboard” in 1988, about 12 years after their previous Top 40 hit, “Part Time Love.”

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27. Enya
> Comeback song: Only Time
> Entered Top 40: 9/1/2001
> Years between Top 40 hits: 12.4

The Irish singer was a prominent voice of new age music, as a solo performer and a member of the group Clannad. Her career reached a high-water mark in 1989, when her atmospheric song “Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)” put her on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 24. She wouldn’t return to the Top 40 until 2001, when her song “Only Time” rose to No. 10. More recently, Enya has collaborated with Mario Winans and P. Diddy on the song “I Don’t Wanna Know” that climbed to No. 2 in 2004.

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26. Dave Edmunds
> Comeback song: Slipping Away
> Entered Top 40: 7/30/1983
> Years between Top 40 hits: 12.4

It was about 12 years between Top 40 hits for the Welsh-born rockabilly singer. “Slipping Away,” in which he collaborated with former Electric Light Orchestra member Jeff Lynne, was the biggest hit for Edmunds since his greatest singles success, “I Hear You Knocking,” in 1971, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.