Special Report

The Biggest Comebacks in Music History

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25. New Kids On The Block
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 17 years, 10 months
> Comeback song: Summertime (2008)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Tonight (1990)
> Career Top 40 hits: 10 songs (103 weeks total)

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24. Dusty Springfield
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 17 years, 11 months
> Comeback song: What Have I Done To Deserve This? (w/ Pet Shop Boys) (1987)
> Prior Top 40 hit: A Brand New Me (1969)
> Career Top 40 hits: 11 songs (77 weeks total)

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23. Nas
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 18 years
> Comeback song: Sorry Not Sorry (w/ DJ Khaled, Jay-Z, & James Fauntleroy) (2021)
> Prior Top 40 hit: I Can (2003)
> Career Top 40 hits: 8 songs (86 weeks total)

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22. The Monkees
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 18 years
> Comeback song: That Was Then, This Is Now (1986)
> Prior Top 40 hit: D. W. Washburn (1968)
> Career Top 40 hits: 12 songs (91 weeks total)

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21. Ray Charles
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 18 years, 7 months
> Comeback song: I’ll Be Good To You (w/ Quincy Jones & Chaka Khan) (1989)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Don’t Change On Me (1971)
> Career Top 40 hits: 31 songs (191 weeks total)

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20. Billy Vera
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 18 years, 9 months
> Comeback song: At This Moment (1986)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Country Girl – City Man (w/ Judy Clay) (1968)
> Career Top 40 hits: 2 songs (16 weeks total)

19. Gary U.S. Bonds
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 18 years, 9 months
> Comeback song: This Little Girl (1981)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Seven Day Weekend (1962)
> Career Top 40 hits: 7 songs (57 weeks total)

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18. Johnny Mathis
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 18 years, 11 months
> Comeback song: Friends In Love (w/ Dionne Warwick) (1982)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Every Step Of The Way (1963)
> Career Top 40 hits: 10 songs (67 weeks total)

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17. Willie Nelson
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 19 years
> Comeback song: Beer For My Horses (w/ Toby Keith) (2003)
> Prior Top 40 hit: To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before (w/ Julio Iglesias) (1984)
> Career Top 40 hits: 6 songs (61 weeks total)

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16. Kenny G
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 19 years, 10 months
> Comeback song: Use This Gospel (w/ Kanye West and Clipse) (2019)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Auld Lang Syne (2000)
> Career Top 40 hits: 6 songs (45 weeks total)

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