The Biggest Comebacks in Music History

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20. INXS
> Comeback song: Pretty Vegas
> Entered Top 40: 10/22/2005
> Years between Top 40 hits: 13.0

The Australian new wave rockers enjoyed a lot of success in the 1980s and 1990s, with seven top 10 hits on Billboard, including their funky chart-topper “Need You Tonight.” They overcame the death of charismatic frontman Michael Hutchence in 1997 and scored a Top 40 hit in 2005 with “Pretty Vegas,” their first Top 40 success since “Not Enough Time” in 1992.

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19. Jimmy Dean
> Comeback song: I.O.U.
> Entered Top 40: 5/22/1976
> Years between Top 40 hits: 13.6

Country music singer Jimmy Dean had a number of hits in the early 1960s, including the No. 1 single “Big Bad John.” After years of poorly-performing releases, Dean returned to the Top 40 with his ode to motherhood “I.O.U.”

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18. Eagles
> Comeback song: Get Over It
> Entered Top 40: 11/12/1994
> Years between Top 40 hits: 13.7

Eagles were one of the most successful bands of the 1970s, yet they still broke up in 1982. Fortunately for fans, the breakup turned out to be a temporary hiatus, and the band returned in 1994, releasing a live album and the Top 40 hit “Get Over It” — their first Top 40 since “Seven Bridges Road” in 1981.

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17. Weird Al Yankovic
> Comeback song: White & Nerdy
> Entered Top 40: 10/14/2006
> Years between Top 40 hits: 14.4

Grammy Award-winning song parodist Weird Al Yankovic has had a long and successful career fusing music and humor. After his 1992 hit “Smells Like Nirvana,” 14 years passed before he returned with “White & Nerdy,” which parodies the song “Ridin'” by rapper Chamillionaire. He’s since scored yet another Top 40 hit with “Word Crimes” in 2014.

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16. Radiohead
> Comeback song: Nude
> Entered Top 40: 4/19/2008
> Years between Top 40 hits: 14.6

Despite their diehard fanbase, English rock band Radiohead have had limited pop success. In 1993, the band broke into the Top 40 with their song “Creep.” Mainstream audiences heard little from the band – aside from the minor hit “High And Dry” – until 2008, when they once again made the Top 40 with “Nude.”