Special Report

The Biggest Comebacks in Music History

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10. 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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9. 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 hitsincluding the No. 1 smash “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” in 1974before making “Oh What a Night for Dancing” No. 10 in 1978.

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8. 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.

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7. 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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6. 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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