Success can be fleeting for popular musicians. Even those artists who release a string of hits often fall out of public favor because of changing tastes, poor song choices, personality clashes, or issues caused by substance abuse, among the many other reasons.
After a hitless dry spell, only a few hardworking – and very lucky – performers have managed to recapture their fame. These rare musicians may have rebranded themselves in order to reclaim their position in the industry, or resolved personal issues, or, in some cases, simply released new music that appealed to the public, making them among the most beloved musicians.
To determine the biggest comebacks in music history, 24/7 Wall St. identified the artists with the longest periods of time between songs that have charted in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 popular music charts from 1958 to today.
To determine the 40 biggest comebacks in music history, 24/7 Wall St. identified the artists with the longest periods of time between singles entering the American Top 40 chart. The Top 40 chart is the 40 top spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. To be considered, an artist’s “comeback song” had to be a new release at the time it entered the chart. Older releases that became popular again years later were not included.