Special Report

The Biggest Comebacks in Music History

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65. Peaches & Herb
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 11 years
> Comeback song: Shake Your Groove Thing (1979)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Two Little Kids (1968)
> Career Top 40 hits: 8 songs (66 weeks total)

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64. Peggy Lee
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 11 years
> Comeback song: Is That All There Is (1969)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Fever (1958)
> Career Top 40 hits: 2 songs (17 weeks total)

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63. Herb Alpert
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 11 years
> Comeback song: Rise (1979)
> Prior Top 40 hit: This Guy’s In Love With You (1968)
> Career Top 40 hits: 19 songs (124 weeks total)

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62. James Brown
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 11 years, 3 months
> Comeback song: Living In America (1986)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Papa Don’t Take No Mess (Part I) (1974)
> Career Top 40 hits: 44 songs (250 weeks total)

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61. Lulu
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 11 years, 5 months
> Comeback song: I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do) (1981)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby) (1970)
> Career Top 40 hits: 4 songs (36 weeks total)

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60. Ben E. King
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 11 years, 6 months
> Comeback song: Supernatural Thing – Part I (1975)
> Prior Top 40 hit: I (Who Have Nothing) (1963)
> Career Top 40 hits: 6 songs (61 weeks total)

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59. Yes
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 11 years, 7 months
> Comeback song: Owner Of A Lonely Heart (1983)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Roundabout (1972)
> Career Top 40 hits: 6 songs (43 weeks total)

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58. Bad Company
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 11 years, 7 months
> Comeback song: If You Needed Somebody (1991)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (1979)
> Career Top 40 hits: 9 songs (64 weeks total)

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57. Tom Jones
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 11 years, 8 months
> Comeback song: Kiss (w/ The Art of Noise) (1988)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Say You’ll Stay Until Tomorrow (1977)
> Career Top 40 hits: 18 songs (142 weeks total)

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56. Al Green
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 11 years, 11 months
> Comeback song: Put A Little Love In Your Heart (1988)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Keep Me Cryin’ (1976)
> Career Top 40 hits: 14 songs (135 weeks total)