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The Biggest Comebacks in Music History

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15. Patti LaBelle
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 21 years, 2 months
> Comeback song: New Attitude (1985)
> Prior Top 40 hit: You’ll Never Walk Alone (w/ The Blue Belles) (1964)
> Career Top 40 hits: 5 songs (31 weeks total)

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14. The Isley Brothers
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 21 years, 2 months
> Comeback song: Contagious (2001)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love) (Parts 1 & 2) (1980)
> Career Top 40 hits: 12 songs (105 weeks total)

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13. Dolly Parton
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 22 years, 2 months
> Comeback song: When I Get Where I’m Going (w/ Brad Paisley) (2006)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Islands In The Stream (w/ Kenny Rogers) (1983)
> Career Top 40 hits: 8 songs (74 weeks total)

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12. Aaron Neville
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 22 years, 8 months
> Comeback song: Don’t Know Much (w/ Linda Ronstadt) (1989)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Tell It Like It Is (1966)
> Career Top 40 hits: 4 songs (48 weeks total)

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11. Roy Orbison
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 22 years, 9 months
> Comeback song: You Got It (1989)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Twinkle Toes (1966)
> Career Top 40 hits: 23 songs (172 weeks total)

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10. Tammy Wynette
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 23 years
> Comeback song: Justified And Ancient (w/ The KLF) (1992)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Stand By Your Man (1968)
> Career Top 40 hits: 2 songs (21 weeks total)

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9. Jimmy Buffett
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 23 years, 9 months
> Comeback song: It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere (w/ Alan Jackson) (2003)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Fins (1979)
> Career Top 40 hits: 7 songs (59 weeks total)

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8. Jimmy Cliff
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 23 years, 10 months
> Comeback song: I Can See Clearly Now (1993)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Wonderful World, Beautiful People (1969)
> Career Top 40 hits: 2 songs (21 weeks total)

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7. Charlie Sexton
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 23 years, 10 months
> Comeback song: Hallelujah (w/ Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris) (2010)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Beat’s So Lonely (1986)
> Career Top 40 hits: 2 songs (11 weeks total)

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6. Mick Jagger
> Gap between Top 40 hits: 24 years, 2 months
> Comeback song: T.H.E (The Hardest Ever) (w/ will.i.am & Jennifer Lopez) (2011)
> Prior Top 40 hit: Let’s Work (1987)
> Career Top 40 hits: 5 songs (24 weeks total)

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