The Biggest Comebacks in Music History

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10. Santana
> Comeback song: Smooth (ft. Rob Thomas)
> Entered Top 40: 8/21/1999
> Years between Top 40 hits: 17.0

Led by guitarist Carlos Santana, the Latin rock band Santana reached No. 15 on the Hot 100 in 1982 with “Hold On.” Seventeen years later, the group would release its biggest hit to date with “Smooth,” featuring vocals from Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas. The No. 1 song spent a total of 58 weeks on the Hot 100 chart.

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9. New Kids On The Block
> Comeback song: Summertime
> Entered Top 40: 7/12/2008
> Years between Top 40 hits: 17.8

Before the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC there was New Kids on the Block. The boy band enjoyed 10 Top 40 hits in the late ’80s and early ’90s before disbanding in 1994. The band reconvened in 2008 and released the single “Summertime,” which peaked at No. 36, their first Top 40 hit since “Tonight” in 1990.

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8. David Cassidy
> Comeback song: Lyin’ To Myself
> Entered Top 40: 10/27/1990
> Years between Top 40 hits: 18.0

David Cassidy enjoyed early career success as a member of “The Partridge Family” and as a teen idol in the 1970s. After an 18-year absence, Cassidy returned to the Top 40 with “Lyin’ to Myself” in 1990, his first Top 40 success since “Rock Me Baby” in 1972.

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7. The Monkees
> Comeback song: That Was Then, This Is Now
> Entered Top 40: 8/2/1986
> Years between Top 40 hits: 18.0

From the mid- to late-1960s, few American pop rock acts had more success than The Monkees. The band had six top 10 hits on Billboard, and three went to No. 1. Interest was revived in the band in the 1980s with the song “That Was Then, This Is Now,” a Top 40 hit in 1986. That success came 18 years after the group’s previous Top 40 hit, “D.W. Washburn,” in 1968.

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6. Gary U.S. Bonds
> Comeback song: This Little Girl
> Entered Top 40: 5/2/1981
> Years between Top 40 hits: 18.8

Buoyed by longtime admirer Bruce Springsteen, Gary U.S. Bonds resurrected his career with the album “Dedication,” and from that collection came the Top 40 hit “This Little Girl.” It was his first Top 40 success since “Seven Day Weekend” in 1962. Bonds has had three top 10 hits on Billboard.