The Biggest Comebacks in Music History

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15. Joe Cocker
> Comeback song: When The Night Comes
> Entered Top 40: 12/2/1989
> Years between Top 40 hits: 14.6

The raspy British rocker, caricatured by John Belushi on “Saturday Night Live,” had almost 15 years between Top 40 hits until he scored with “When The Night Comes” in 1989. His previous solo Top 40 effort had been “You Are So Beautiful/It’s A Sin When You Love Somebody” in 1975.

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14. Meat Loaf
> Comeback song: I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)
> Entered Top 40: 10/2/1993
> Years between Top 40 hits: 14.7

The singer rose to fame with a hammy theatrical style marked by songs like “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” in the 1970s. Meat Loaf’s success ebbed in the 1980s, but he rebounded with the song “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” that became his first No. 1 in 1993, and led to a revival of his career in the 1990s. Meat Loaf’s previous Top 40 success had been “You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth” in 1979.

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13. Guns N’ Roses
> Comeback song: Chinese Democracy
> Entered Top 40: 11/29/2008
> Years between Top 40 hits: 16.1

Guns N’ Roses fans waited about 15 years for the band’s “Chinese Democracy” album. The album – which cost a whopping estimated $13 million to produce – put the band back on the charts, with its title track reaching #34 on the Billboard Hot 100, their first Top 40 hit since “November Rain” in 1992.

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12. Barry White
> Comeback song: Practice What You Preach
> Entered Top 40: 11/5/1994
> Years between Top 40 hits: 16.4

The deep-voiced Barry White had nine Top 40 hits — including the No. 1 smash “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” in 1974 — before making “Oh What a Night for Dancing,” which hit No. 10 in 1978. His subsequent dry spell at the Top 40 lasted more than 16 years before he came out with “Practice What You Preach,” which peaked at No. 18.

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11. Del Shannon
> Comeback song: Sea Of Love
> Entered Top 40: 1/23/1982
> Years between Top 40 hits: 16.8

Del Shannon burst onto the pop scene in 1961 with the song that remained his biggest hit, “Runaway.” In 1965, “Stranger in Town” was his eighth Top 40 hit. He never reached the Top 40 again until “Sea Of Love” in 1982. Shannon committed suicide in 1990.