The Longest Careers

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Here is a list of the artists that have more than 20 years between the first and last entry in the charts. Beware that this table tracks the name of the artist, so multiple artists with the same name (like Jimmie Rodgers) will be listed with their total length of career, see the individual artist's pages for details. The "most hits" page shows the same information but ordered by the number of hits each artist has.

# Artist Career Length From Year To Year # Albums # Songs
1Enrico Caruso 951904 1999 139
2Duke Ellington 871926 2013 34248
3Bing Crosby 861926 2012 24334
4Louis Armstrong 801923 2003 32224
5London Symphony Orchestra 801932 2012 334
6Glenn Miller 751935 2010 26180
7Ella Fitzgerald 751936 2011 4091
8Billie Holiday 751934 2009 20107
9Mantovani 751935 2010 4627
10Disney 741940 2014 11460
11Judy Garland 741936 2010 2337
12Frank Sinatra 731942 2015 127266
13Al Jolson 711912 1983 698
14Vera Lynn 711939 2010 849
15Edith Piaf 701937 2007 1922
16Hank Williams 691947 2016 6085
17Peggy Lee 691941 2010 1858
18Nat King Cole 681940 2008 48187
19Miles Davis 681947 2015 8134
20Perry Como 661943 2009 31163
21Count Basie 661936 2002 2071
22Frankie Laine 651946 2011 999
23Tennessee Ernie Ford 651949 2014 922
24Ray Charles 641949 2013 66111
25BB King 641951 2015 3881
26Doris Day 641947 2011 1588
27John Williams 641952 2016 4818
28Elvis Presley 631954 2017 250260
29Dean Martin 631947 2010 4784
30Tony Bennett 621950 2012 5178
31Muddy Waters 621948 2010 1481
32Roy Orbison 611956 2017 4268
33Charles Aznavour 611953 2014 4025
34The Drifters 601953 2013 1674
35Udo Jurgens 601956 2016 4940
36Johnny Cash 591955 2014 8794
37Petula Clark 591949 2008 22114
38Buddy Holly 591953 2012 2553
39Simon & Garfunkel 591957 2016 2434
40James Brown 581956 2014 77151
41Aretha Franklin 581956 2014 5386
42Jerry Lee Lewis 581956 2014 3631
43Andy Williams 571956 2013 5865
44Kenny Rogers 571958 2015 5843
45George Jones 571956 2013 3710
46Johnnie Ray 571951 2008 240
47Johnny Mathis 561957 2013 9049
48Paul Anka 561957 2013 2297
49Jim Reeves 561953 2009 4847
50Shirley Bassey 561953 2009 4838
51Peter Alexander 561955 2011 1552
52Joan Baez 561960 2016 3621
53Jimmy Barnes 561959 2015 186
54Patsy Cline 551957 2012 1816
55Mario Lanza 551949 2004 1715
56Bob Dylan 541962 2016 82110
57Fats Domino 541950 2004 13130
58Barbra Streisand 541962 2016 6955
59Engelbert Humperdinck 541953 2007 3236
60Tony Martin 541938 1992 165
61The Whispers 541955 2009 1624
62Judy Collins 541961 2015 2113
63The Beatles 531963 2016 99168
64Cliff Richard 531958 2011 92171
65The Rolling Stones 531963 2016 88147
66Marvin Gaye 531962 2015 3662
67Glen Campbell 531961 2014 3441
68Paul Simon 531963 2016 2644
69The Platters 531955 2008 945
70Quincy Jones 531957 2010 2027
71The Beach Boys 521961 2013 74107
72The Temptations 521960 2012 5884
73The Four Seasons 521962 2014 3353
74The Everly Brothers 521957 2009 2856
75Herb Alpert 521962 2014 3743
76Merle Haggard 521964 2016 4017
77Ennio Morricone 521964 2016 2817
78The Who 511964 2015 4879
79Dusty Springfield 511963 2014 2947
80Neil Sedaka 511958 2009 2154
81The Scorpions 511964 2015 3332
82John Coltrane 511957 2008 5111
83Sammy Davis Jr 511954 2005 1530
84David Bowie 501966 2016 70143
85John Lee Hooker 501948 1998 1851
86Die Flippers 501961 2011 4125
87The Monkees 501966 2016 2435
88Leonard Cohen 501966 2016 3024
89Dalida 501957 2007 1439
90Vicky Leandros 501965 2015 1241
91Carole King 501962 2012 2130
92Marianne Faithfull 501964 2014 1618
93The Cardigans 501958 2008 720
94Johnny Hallyday 491960 2009 5874
95Pink Floyd 491967 2016 3085
96Adriano Celentano 491959 2008 3774
97Grateful Dead 491967 2016 8225
98Jimi Hendrix 491966 2015 5938
99Van Morrison 491967 2016 4541
100Cher 491964 2013 2856
101Ricky Nelson 491957 2006 1462
102Smokey Robinson 491965 2014 2741
103Bobby Vee 491959 2008 1548
104The Animals 491964 2013 2136
105Jeff Beck 491967 2016 1814
106Del Shannon 491961 2010 626
107The Seekers 491964 2013 1813
108Neil Diamond 481966 2014 6577
109The Kinks 481964 2012 4888
110Status Quo 481968 2016 5072
111Neil Young 481968 2016 5449
112Deep Purple 481968 2016 5641
113Dinah Washington 481944 1992 1178
114Bob Marley 481965 2013 3446
115Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 481966 2014 2251
116James Taylor 481967 2015 2741
117Mireille Mathieu 481966 2014 1645
118Cat Stevens 481966 2014 2337
119Herbie Hancock 481962 2010 3323
120The Detroit Spinners 481961 2009 1935
121Harry Belafonte 481953 2001 2726
122Percy Sledge 481966 2014 824
123Mina 471960 2007 6171
124The Hollies 471963 2010 3183
125Fleetwood Mac 471968 2015 3966
126Tom Jones 471965 2012 4356
127Joe Cocker 471968 2015 3564
128Santana 471969 2016 4645
129The Isley Brothers 471959 2006 3554
130Slade 471958 2005 2164
131Nana Mouskouri 471961 2008 4634
132Dolly Parton 471969 2016 5128
133Will Tura 471959 2006 078
134Howard Carpendale 471969 2016 3443
135Jethro Tull 471968 2015 3739
136Led Zeppelin 471969 2016 2447
137George Benson 471966 2013 2936
138Ray Conniff 471957 2004 5410
139Bobby Darin 471957 2004 1054
140Iggy Pop 471969 2016 1823
141War 471967 2014 2020
142Conway Twitty 471957 2004 1723
143John Barry 471960 2007 2217
144Thelonious Monk 471946 1993 2513
145Elton John 461970 2016 48124
146Rod Stewart 461969 2015 5393
147Bee Gees 461967 2013 4794
148Connie Francis 461955 2001 2494
149Eric Clapton 461970 2016 5066
150Dionne Warwick 461962 2008 4662
151Paul McCartney 461970 2016 3070
152The Shadows 461960 2006 5148
153Roberto Carlos 461960 2006 577
154Linda Ronstadt 461968 2014 3345
155Sam Cooke 461957 2003 1458
156ZZ Top 461970 2016 2741
157Yes 461969 2015 3136
158Black Sabbath 461970 2016 3226
159Rosemary Clooney 461950 1996 442
160Nirvana 461967 2013 1430
161Buck Owens 461960 2006 2215
162Boz Scaggs 461969 2015 1621
163Diana Ross & The Supremes 461967 2013 1717
164Stevie Wonder 451962 2007 31107
165Chicago 451969 2014 3859
166Roger Whittaker 451967 2012 6522
167Gladys Knight & The Pips 451961 2006 3055
168Peter Maffay 451970 2015 4637
169Alice Cooper 451969 2014 3449
170Claude Francois 451963 2008 2358
171Willie Nelson 451971 2016 6114
172The Ink Spots 451936 1981 471
173Dave Clark Five 451963 2008 2148
174George Harrison 451969 2014 1839
175Gianni Morandi 451962 2007 1739
176The Allman Brothers Band 451969 2014 3024
177Uriah Heep 451970 2015 2824
178The Searchers 451963 2008 2030
179Freddy Quinn 451956 2001 742
180Patti LaBelle 451963 2008 2619
181Three Dog Night 451969 2014 1926
182Ringo Starr 451970 2015 1826
183Bonnie Raitt 451971 2016 2122
184Tommy James & the Shondells 451966 2011 239
185Charley Pride 451968 2013 2411
186The Band 451968 2013 1421
187The Faces 451970 2015 109
188James Last 441967 2011 1315
189Queen 441973 2017 4886
190Genesis 441970 2014 3161
191Carpenters 441969 2013 3149
192Udo Lindenberg 441972 2016 4318
193Salvatore Adamo 441963 2007 646
194Donny Osmond 441971 2015 1926
195Reinhard Mey 441972 2016 373
196Rick Springfield 441972 2016 1425
197Bill Withers 441971 2015 1521
198Nancy Sinatra 441962 2006 1026
199UFO 441971 2015 2015
200Albert Hammond 441972 2016 618
201Leon Russell 441970 2014 1210
202Michael Jackson 431971 2014 4773
203The Doors 431967 2010 3149
204Lynyrd Skynyrd 431973 2016 3829
205Steve Miller Band 431968 2011 2529
206John Farnham 431967 2010 1930
207The Righteous Brothers 431963 2006 2028
208The Young Rascals 431965 2008 1127
209Vangelis 431973 2016 2214
210Janis Joplin 431969 2012 1315
211Richard Thompson 431972 2015 204
212Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 431965 2008 517
213Eric Burdon & War 431970 2013 74
214Richard Rodgers 431954 1997 40
215Bruce Springsteen 421973 2015 4591
216Aerosmith 421973 2015 3365
217Kiss 421974 2016 4053
218Jimmie Rodgers 421927 1969 390
219Pat Boone 421955 1997 1274
220Earth, Wind & Fire 421971 2013 3151
221Rush 421973 2015 3435
222Judas Priest 421974 2016 2838
223Wings 421971 2013 1149
224The Doobie Brothers 421972 2014 1838
225Bette Midler 421972 2014 2526
226Jackson Browne 421972 2014 1832
227Bad Company 421974 2016 1529
228Roberta Flack 421970 2012 1620
229Randy Newman 421968 2010 1222
230Kansas 421974 2016 1516
231Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys 421936 1978 225
232Ry Cooder 421970 2012 195
233Burt Bacharach 421963 2005 154
234Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr 421962 2004 61
235Diana Ross 411970 2011 4883
236Billy Joel 411973 2014 3070
237Abba 411973 2014 3960
238John Denver 411970 2011 4137
239Mike Oldfield 411973 2014 3740
240John Lennon 411969 2010 2749
241Al Martino 411952 1993 2348
242Bryan Ferry 411973 2014 1750
243Chris de Burgh 411975 2016 3036
244Al Green 411967 2008 3728
245The Ramones 411975 2016 2042
246The O'Jays 411963 2004 2239
247Creedence Clearwater Revival 411968 2009 2929
248Donovan 411965 2006 2531
249Nazareth 411973 2014 2920
250Lou Reed 411972 2013 3117
251The Mamas & The Papas 411965 2006 1925
252Lulu 411964 2005 1034
253Sandie Shaw 411964 2005 635
254Rainbow 411975 2016 1820
255Frankie Valli 411966 2007 719
256Blue Oyster Cult 411972 2013 1510
257Savage & Akon 411964 2005 02
258Benny Goodman 401931 1971 9150
259Barry Manilow 401974 2014 5243
260Electric Light Orchestra 401972 2012 2768
261Frank Zappa 401966 2006 4528
262The Jackson 5 401969 2009 2645
263Boney M 401975 2015 2444
264Smokie 401975 2015 3334
265Wolfgang Petry 401976 2016 2933
266Heart 401976 2016 2139
267Roxy Music 401972 2012 1941
268The Alan Parsons Project 401976 2016 2230
269Jimmy Buffett 401973 2013 3812
270Sheila 401963 2003 545
271Gordon Lightfoot 401962 2002 2028
272Patti Smith Group 401974 2014 1425
273John Hiatt 401974 2014 224
274Rory Gallagher 401971 2011 220
275John Fogerty 401973 2013 129
276Donna Summer 391974 2013 2469
277AC/DC 391975 2014 3052
278Kool & The Gang 391969 2008 3046
279Blondie 391975 2014 1947
280Tina Turner 391975 2014 1646
281Vicente Celestino 391916 1955 058
282Motorhead 391977 2016 3323
283The Commodores 391974 2013 2135
284Roland Kaiser 391977 2016 3025
285Meat Loaf 391977 2016 2429
286Joni Mitchell 391968 2007 2231
287Manfred Mann 391964 2003 1731
288Jean-Michel Jarre 391977 2016 2621
289Cheap Trick 391977 2016 2027
290Jose Feliciano 391968 2007 2025
291Kraftwerk 391970 2009 1232
292Steve Winwood 391971 2010 1222
293The Yardbirds 391964 2003 1020
294Cream 391966 2005 1316
295Art Garfunkel 391973 2012 1116
296The New Seekers 391970 2009 918
297Ted Nugent 391975 2014 178
298Jim Croce 391972 2011 815
299Michael Crawford 391974 2013 122
300Prince 381978 2016 46117
301Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 381976 2014 2354
302Hall & Oates 381973 2011 2550
303The Mills Brothers 381931 1969 369
304Golden Earring 381965 2003 1853
305Kate Bush 381978 2016 1454
306Anne Murray 381970 2008 3631
307Toto 381978 2016 2639
308Carly Simon 381971 2009 2637
309Foreigner 381977 2015 2335
310Natalie Cole 381975 2013 2333
311Tom Waits 381973 2011 2427
312Wolfgang Ambros 381974 2012 3713
313Demis Roussos 381971 2009 2129
314Supertramp 381974 2012 2029
315Luciano Pavarotti 381975 2013 363
316Al Jarreau 381976 2014 1617
317Ben E King 381960 1998 526
318Peter Frampton 381972 2010 1415
319The Small Faces 381965 2003 821
320The Coasters 381956 1994 225
321Midnight Oil 381979 2017 1016
322LOVE 381966 2004 916
323Little Feat 381970 2008 1410
324U2 371980 2017 3289
325The Andrews Sisters 371937 1974 4110
326Michel Sardou 371970 2007 4041
327Peter Gabriel 371977 2014 2752
328Brenda Lee 371957 1994 1861
329T Rex 371968 2005 2353
330Simple Minds 371979 2016 2642
331Van Halen 371978 2015 1650
332Joe Loss Orchestra 371940 1977 454
333Bonnie Tyler 371976 2013 2430
334Thin Lizzy 371972 2009 2330
335Sparks 371971 2008 1536
336Joe Jackson 371978 2015 1829
337The Orioles 371948 1985 146
338Saxon 371979 2016 2420
339Whitesnake 371978 2015 2320
340The Osmonds 371971 2008 1822
341REO Speedwagon 371974 2011 1719
342Boston 371976 2013 717
343Mick Jagger 371970 2007 519
344Mr Big 371977 2014 813
345J J Cale 371972 2009 137
346David Gilmour 371978 2015 69
347Depeche Mode 361981 2017 3469
348Cab Calloway & his Cotton Club Orchestra 361930 1966 094
349The Moody Blues 361964 2000 2648
350Olivia Newton-John 361971 2007 2744
351Luther Vandross 361976 2012 2440
352Def Leppard 361979 2015 1740
353Little Richard 361951 1987 748
354Journey 361975 2011 2231
355Exile 361977 2013 744
35610cc 361970 2006 1733
357Yello 361980 2016 1827
358The Stylistics 361971 2007 1529
359George Baker Selection 361969 2005 536
360Pat Metheny Group 361975 2011 2416
361Isaac Hayes 361969 2005 1920
362Emmylou Harris 361975 2011 2612
363Saga 361978 2014 268
364Sammy Hagar 361977 2013 1816
365John Mayall 361965 2001 276
366The Partridge Family 361970 2006 1016
367Rickie Lee Jones 361979 2015 1411
368Blue 361977 2013 617
369Lucinda Williams 361980 2016 138
370Leonard Bernstein 361958 1994 51
371Iron Maiden 351980 2015 4582
372Julio Iglesias 351972 2007 5252
373Scooter 351981 2016 2652
374Phil Collins 351981 2016 2254
375Lawrence Welk 351937 1972 3540
376John Cougar Mellencamp 351979 2014 2242
377Bryan Adams 351980 2015 1846
378Eagles 351972 2007 2142
379Reinhard Fendrich 351981 2016 3122
380Dire Straits 351978 2013 1536
381Dr Hook 351972 2007 2128
382Ultravox 351977 2012 1336
383The Carter Family 351928 1963 345
384Alabama 351980 2015 3313
385America 351972 2007 1729
386Motley Crue 351981 2016 1423
387Enigma 351981 2016 1027
388Sonny Rollins 351952 1987 312
389Dan Fogelberg 351974 2009 1318
390Kate Smith 351931 1966 526
391Marius Muller Westernhagen 351981 2016 255
392Don McLean 351972 2007 1113
393Robert Cray Band 351980 2015 143
394Donny Osmond & Marie Osmond 351974 2009 87
395Celine Dion 341982 2016 3155
396George Strait 341981 2015 4437
397Bobby Vinton 341962 1996 2549
398Sting 341982 2016 2152
399Nena 341982 2016 2938
400Marillion 341982 2016 2539
401New Order 341981 2015 1746
402Duran Duran 341981 2015 2038
403The Sweet 341971 2005 1441
404Steely Dan 341972 2006 1935
405Vic Damone 341947 1981 248
406Gianna Nannini 341980 2014 2425
407Ozzy Osbourne 341980 2014 2224
408Manfred Mann's Earth Band 341972 2006 2125
409King Crimson 341969 2003 2019
410Joan Armatrading 341976 2010 1918
411Billy Ocean 341976 2010 928
412Glenn Frey 341982 2016 618
413Ten Years After 341967 2001 156
414John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 341978 2012 25
415Madonna 331982 2015 27111
416REM 331981 2014 2783
417Elvis Costello 331977 2010 3374
418The Cure 331978 2011 2680
419Metallica 331983 2016 2280
420The Fall 331978 2011 2858
421Red Hot Chili Peppers 331984 2017 1862
422Chris Rea 331978 2011 2948
423Janet Jackson 331982 2015 1752
424Barry White 331973 2006 3234
425Herbert Gronemeyer 331983 2016 1942
426Otis Redding 331962 1995 1940
427Sarah Vaughan 331946 1979 1841
428George Michael 331984 2017 1146
429Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians 331924 1957 154
430Gary Moore 331979 2012 2727
431David Essex 331973 2006 2133
432Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 331980 2013 1435
433Styx 331972 2005 2027
434Leo Sayer 331973 2006 1530
435The Human League 331978 2011 1332
436Grace Jones 331975 2008 1331
437Suzi Quatro 331973 2006 1033
438Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung 331983 2016 1923
439The Cars 331978 2011 933
440Vikingarna 331975 2008 401
441Ulf Lundell 331976 2009 364
442Billy Idol 331981 2014 1327
443Harry Nilsson 331967 2000 1720
444Stevie Nicks 331981 2014 1222
445Teddy Pendergrass 331977 2010 1814
446Gilbert O'Sullivan 331971 2004 824
447Don Henley 331982 2015 725
448Andrew Lloyd Webber 331971 2004 2011
449The Bay City Rollers 331971 2004 1019
450Mark Knopfler 331982 2015 1116
451Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 331959 1992 917
452Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 331980 2013 1015
453Air 331979 2012 915
454Roger Waters 331984 2017 710
455Accept 331981 2014 142
456Francisco Alves 321920 1952 0141
457Bon Jovi 321984 2016 2568
458The Pet Shop Boys 321984 2016 2565
459Chuck Berry 321955 1987 2464
460Silvio Caldas 321930 1962 083
461INXS 321982 2014 1650
462Pat Benatar 321979 2011 1640
463A-Ha 321984 2016 1638
464Gene Austin 321925 1957 054
465Talking Heads 321977 2009 1339
466Nancy Wilson 321962 1994 3211
467Cyndi Lauper 321984 2016 1228
468The Cult 321984 2016 1325
469Slayer 321983 2015 1423
470Robert Plant 321982 2014 1124
471Queensryche 321983 2015 1913
472WASP 321983 2015 1616
473The Village People 321977 2009 923
474The Waterboys 321983 2015 1318
475The Replacements 321981 2013 1119
476Europe 321983 2015 1514
477Los Lobos 321983 2015 1514
478Asia 321982 2014 1316
479Johnny Nash 321957 1989 623
480The Diamonds 321952 1984 128
481Tangerine Dream 321971 2003 213
482Dexys Midnight Runners 321980 2012 715
483Freddie Mercury 321984 2016 610
484The Clash 311977 2008 1458
485The Smurfs 311978 2009 4721
486Eros Ramazzotti 311984 2015 2246
487Madness 311979 2010 1849
488Bill Haley & his Comets 311950 1981 658
489Dion 311959 1990 1139
490Megadeth 311985 2016 2425
491Sandra 311985 2016 1831
492'Weird Al' Yankovic 311983 2014 1730
493Reba McEntire 311984 2015 2915
494Kenny G 311984 2015 2714
495Eddie Cochran 311957 1988 728
496Steppenwolf 311968 1999 1618
497Frank Ifield 311960 1991 1023
498Prefab Sprout 311982 2013 1023
499Anthrax 311985 2016 1516
500Mannheim Steamroller 311984 2015 300
501Bad Religion 311982 2013 1811
502David Cassidy 311972 2003 1118
503Dio 311983 2014 1510
504Christopher Cross 311980 2011 715
505Sonny Boy Williamson 301935 1965 2141
506UB40 301980 2010 3158
507Jackie Wilson 301957 1987 1062
508John McCormack 301910 1940 072
509Roxette 301986 2016 1752
510Erasure 301985 2015 2245
511Simply Red 301985 2015 1847
512Kim Wilde 301981 2011 1746
513Zucchero Fornaciari 301986 2016 2133
514The Police 301978 2008 1242
515Michael Bolton 301983 2013 2132
516Lionel Richie 301982 2012 1537
517Helloween 301985 2015 2422
518Huey Lewis & The News 301980 2010 1131
519Crowded House 301987 2017 933
520Primal Scream 301986 2016 1229
521Guns n' Roses 301987 2017 1028
522Sarah Brightman 301983 2013 1817
523Chris Isaak 301985 2015 1415
524Ministry 301983 2013 1315
525Shocking Blue 301968 1998 622
526Alphaville 301984 2014 818
527Ornette Coleman 301958 1988 211
528Donald Fagen 301982 2012 47
529Jelly Roll Morton 291919 1948 178
530Gene Pitney 291961 1990 1858
531The Stranglers 291977 2006 2253
532Morrissey 291988 2017 1848
533Whitney Houston 291985 2014 1844
534Robert Palmer 291974 2003 1741
535The Pretenders 291979 2008 1341
536Enya 291986 2015 1340
537Squeeze 291978 2007 1634
538Peppino di Capri 291959 1988 444
539Ramsey Lewis Trio 291964 1993 2818
540Amy Grant 291985 2014 2619
541Modern Talking 291985 2014 1824
542The B52s 291979 2008 1226
543Suzanne Vega 291985 2014 1028
544Spandau Ballet 291980 2009 1126
545Joy Division 291979 2008 926
546Randy Travis 291986 2015 267
547Chaka Khan 291978 2007 1122
548The Velvet Underground 291966 1995 1023
549The Pixies 291987 2016 1418
550Mike & The Mechanics 291985 2014 1021
551Eddy Grant 291979 2008 1218
552Loreena McKennitt 291985 2014 1217
553Rick Astley 291987 2016 918
554Rick James 291978 2007 1313
555The Bangles 291982 2011 818
556Frankie Goes To Hollywood 291983 2012 618
557Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP 291982 2011 210
558Dwight Yoakam 291986 2015 192
559Guy Lombardo 281927 1955 0226
560The Four Tops 281964 1992 2862
561Carlos Galhardo 281933 1961 073
562Henry Mancini 281957 1985 4624
563Jan Garber 281923 1951 067
564Dierzte 281985 2013 2438
565The Jam 281977 2005 1943
566Hot Chocolate 281970 1998 1644
567The Beastie Boys 281983 2011 1540
568The Smiths 281983 2011 1436
569LL Cool J 281985 2013 1435
570Lou Rawls 281962 1990 2423
571Nine Inch Nails 281989 2017 1628
572Kastelruther Spatzen 281988 2016 401
573Sonny & Cher 281965 1993 1325
574Sade 281984 2012 1028
575Big Country 281983 2011 1324
576Melissa Etheridge 281988 2016 1620
577Underworld 281988 2016 1026
578Stan Kenton 281944 1972 1123
579De La Soul 281988 2016 920
580The Troggs 281966 1994 819
581Patricia Kaas 281988 2016 1610
582Xavier Cugat 281935 1963 323
583The Game 281988 2016 1510
584Tanita Tikaram 281988 2016 814
585The Streets 281983 2011 616
586Joe Satriani 281987 2015 172
587Stevie Ray Vaughan 281983 2011 125
588Tesla 281986 2014 115
589Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris 281987 2015 30
590Tommy Dorsey 271932 1959 1180
591Sammy Kaye 271937 1964 0117
592Woody Herman 271937 1964 375
593Kylie Minogue 271988 2015 2849
594BZ 271990 2017 1856
595Sonic Youth 271982 2009 2428
596Falco 271982 2009 2027
597Marty Robbins 271956 1983 1532
598Bananarama 271982 2009 931
599Sinead O'Connor 271987 2014 1227
600The Tragically Hip 271989 2016 1621
601Flaming Lips 271987 2014 1618
602The Boomtown Rats 271977 2004 924
603Traffic 271967 1994 1318
604Richard Marx 271987 2014 921
605Air Supply 271976 2003 920
606Faith No More 271988 2015 821
607Dream Theater 271989 2016 216
608Tracy Chapman 271988 2015 1017
609The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 271977 2004 214
610Steve Earle 271984 2011 187
611Selena 271988 2015 175
612Bill Evans 271956 1983 182
613Mary Chapin Carpenter 271989 2016 146
614Warren Zevon 271976 2003 125
615Brian Wilson 271988 2015 106
616Maurice Jarre 271963 1990 63
617Nat King Cole & Dean Martin 271971 1998 20
618Neil Young & The Bluenotes 271988 2015 20
619Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly 271956 1983 02
620Big Bill Broonzy 261930 1956 1112
621Marion Harris 261916 1942 099
622Green Day 261990 2016 2155
623Billy Vaughn 261955 1981 3040
624Eddy Arnold 261945 1971 1844
625Gloria Estefan 261987 2013 2136
626Oasis 261984 2010 1542
627Brook Benton 261958 1984 548
628Jerry Butler 261958 1984 1535
629Richard Clayderman 261978 2004 461
630Level 42 261980 2006 1431
631Kelly Family 261979 2005 1628
632Ray Stevens 261961 1987 1429
633Harry Connick Jr 261989 2015 2616
634Fred Astaire 261929 1955 141
635Phish 261988 2014 365
636Randy Crawford 261979 2005 2021
637Sarah McLachlan 261989 2015 1624
638Victor Young 261931 1957 335
639Ted Weems 261922 1948 035
640Curtis Mayfield 261970 1996 1717
641Nockalm Quintett 261990 2016 320
642Gloria Gaynor 261974 2000 1121
643Offspring 261989 2015 1121
644Luis Miguel 261984 2010 1812
645Babyface 261989 2015 921
646The Staple Singers 261959 1985 1217
647Jennifer Rush 261984 2010 1019
648New Kids On The Block 261987 2013 1019
649A Tribe Called Quest 261990 2016 820
650Indigo Girls 261989 2015 189
651Sepultura 261987 2013 149
652Yanni 261990 2016 193
653Vince Gill 261990 2016 164
654Ratt 261984 2010 88
655Lyle Lovett 261986 2012 132
656Rick Wakeman 261973 1999 101
657Henry Burr 251903 1928 098
658Vaughn Monroe 251940 1965 377
659Mariah Carey 251990 2015 2054
660Die Toten Hosen 251988 2013 2843
661Claudio Villa 251947 1972 069
662Bjork 251990 2015 1652
663Mary J Blige 251992 2017 1944
664The Byrds 251965 1990 1943
665Lenny Kravitz 251989 2014 1150
666Alan Jackson 251990 2015 2926
667Ike & Tina Turner 251960 1985 1836
668Shakin' Stevens 251980 2005 1737
669Pur 251990 2015 1631
670Teresa Brewer 251950 1975 243
671Blur 251990 2015 1231
672Peter, Paul & Mary 251962 1987 1526
673Seal 251990 2015 1327
674PJ Harvey 251991 2016 1128
675Helmut Lotti 251991 2016 1720
676Al Stewart 251970 1995 1125
677Billy Bragg 251983 2008 1418
678Michael W Smith 251991 2016 255
679Soundgarden 251989 2014 921
680Poison 251986 2011 1316
681Alison Moyet 251984 2009 1019
682Lisa Stansfield 251989 2014 821
683Gerry Rafferty 251978 2003 917
684Inner Circle 251979 2004 618
685The Blues Brothers 251979 2004 118
686Skid Row 251970 1995 514
687Neneh Cherry 251989 2014 612
688Jane's Addiction 251986 2011 710
689Neil Young & Crazy Horse 251987 2012 40
690Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams 251978 2003 22
691Orlando Silva 241935 1959 0114
692Radiohead 241993 2017 1565
693Beck 241993 2017 1167
694The Smashing Pumpkins 241990 2014 1351
695Wilson Pickett 241963 1987 1844
696American Quartet 241900 1924 062
697R Kelly 241992 2016 1545
698Paul Weller 241991 2015 2335
699Caterina Valente 241954 1978 253
700The Eurythmics 241981 2005 1241
701Wilco 241992 2016 1334
702The Prodigy 241991 2015 1235
703Frankie Vaughan 241953 1977 442
704Die Fantastischen Vier 241992 2016 1926
705Mr Children 241993 2017 935
706Texas 241989 2013 932
707Bob Crosby & his Orchestra 241935 1959 041
708Manhattan Transfer 241975 1999 1624
709Charles Mingus 241954 1978 353
710Garth Brooks 241990 2014 1919
711Suede 241992 2016 1027
712Bihse Onkelz 241992 2016 297
713Barenaked Ladies 241992 2016 1617
714The Manhattans 241965 1989 1319
715Procol Harum 241967 1991 1218
716Edwin Starr 241965 1989 624
717Paul Hardcastle 241984 2008 422
718Scarface 241991 2015 158
719Pantera 241990 2014 911
720Gary US Bonds 241960 1984 416
721Clint Black 241989 2013 125
722Hoagy Carmichael 241927 1951 017
723Starsound 241981 2005 410
724Paul Whiteman 231920 1943 0320
725Jimmy Dorsey 231935 1958 2105
726Chubby Checker 231959 1982 1247
727The Manic Street Preachers 231991 2014 1542
728Tori Amos 231991 2014 1739
729DJ BoBo 231993 2016 2231
730Laura Pausini 231993 2016 1732
731Mario Reis 231928 1951 049
732Lonnie Donegan 231955 1978 642
733XTC 231977 2000 1532
734Snoop Dogg 231993 2016 1828
735Take That 231991 2014 1233
736Boyz II Men 231991 2014 1526
737Tears For Fears 231982 2005 734
738Paul Young 231983 2006 1129
739Jefferson Airplane 231966 1989 1326
740The Pogues 231984 2007 1224
741Sly & The Family Stone 231964 1987 1125
742Gary Glitter 231972 1995 530
743Culture Club 231982 2005 1024
744Keith Sweat 231988 2011 1419
745Charlie Barnet 231936 1959 329
746Barclay James Harvest 231974 1997 1813
747Alice In Chains 231990 2013 1217
748Peter & Gordon 231964 1987 1118
749Annie Lennox 231992 2015 722
750Live 231991 2014 919
751Trisha Yearwood 231991 2014 1411
752kd Lang 231988 2011 1312
753Jack Smith 231926 1949 024
754Dr Alban 231991 2014 616
755SWV 231993 2016 612
756Dr Dre 231992 2015 710
757Billy Murray 221903 1925 0134
758Peerless Quartet 221904 1926 0104
759Pearl Jam 221991 2013 4052
760Tim McGraw 221994 2016 2243
761Toby Keith 221993 2015 2437
762The Foo Fighters 221995 2017 1445
763Nelson Goncalves 221941 1963 059
764Moby 221991 2013 1438
765Percy Faith 221950 1972 1928
766Jan & Dean 221958 1980 1235
767Usher 221994 2016 1136
768Domenico Modugno 221954 1976 343
769Garbage 221995 2017 735
770Martina McBride 221994 2016 1723
771Weezer 221994 2016 1424
772Korn 221994 2016 1521
773Shania Twain 221995 2017 1125
774Ethel Waters 221921 1943 031
775Frankie Avalon 221954 1976 129
776Bill Cosby 221964 1986 227
777Freddy Cannon 221959 1981 127
778Anita Baker 221983 2005 817
779Too Short 221985 2007 159
780Jason Donovan 221988 2010 716
781Soft Cell 221981 2003 715
782Eric Carmen 221975 1997 517
783Jeff Buckley 221994 2016 710
784Wilson Phillips 221990 2012 511
785Dion & The Belmonts 221958 1980 213
786Tachiro Yamashita 221980 2002 81
787Fats Waller 211922 1943 0133
788Patti Page 211947 1968 7102
789Freddy Martin 211933 1954 186
790Kenny Chesney 211996 2017 1943
791Russ Morgan 211935 1956 062
792Jay-Z 211996 2017 1941
793Placebo 211995 2016 1343
794Jefferson Starship 211970 1991 1630
795Sheena Easton 211980 2001 936
796Kenny Loggins 211977 1998 1328
797Margaret Whiting 211946 1967 140
798The Chemical Brothers 211995 2016 1128
799Andrea Bocelli 211994 2015 289
800Hansi Hinterseer 211995 2016 351
801Johnny Tillotson 211958 1979 332
802E-40 211993 2014 267
803Bahiano 211902 1923 033
804TLC 211992 2013 722
805Brian McKnight 211992 2013 1414
806New Edition 211983 2004 819
807Vanessa Williams 211988 2009 819
808The Goo Goo Dolls 211995 2016 1114
809Monica 211995 2016 718
810Average White Band 211973 1994 1212
811Deftones 211995 2016 1014
812Pavement 211989 2010 1013
813David Gray 211993 2014 914
814Wu-Tang Clan 211993 2014 815
815DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 211987 2008 616
816311 211994 2015 156
817Paula Abdul 211988 2009 416
818George McCrae 211974 1995 313
819Joe 211993 2014 130
820Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra 201929 1949 095
821Leo Reisman 201921 1941 079
822Robbie Williams 201996 2016 2251
823The Pointer Sisters 201973 1993 1841
824Shakira 201996 2016 1839
825Lionel Hampton 201936 1956 749
826George Olsen 201925 1945 049
827Ash 201995 2015 739
828Sheryl Crow 201993 2013 1134
829Andre Rieu 201993 2013 394
830The Corrs 201996 2016 1231
831The Charlatans 201990 2010 1428
832Wet Wet Wet 201988 2008 1032
833Rammstein 201995 2015 1229
834Gene Krupa 201936 1956 239
835Arthur Collins 201900 1920 040
836Gastao Formenti 201927 1947 040
837Black Crowes 201990 2010 1325
838NAS 201992 2012 1325
839Snap 201990 2010 829
840The Tremeloes 201963 1983 235
841Marilyn Manson 201995 2015 1422
842Kinki Kids 201997 2017 828
843Bert Williams 201902 1922 036
844Cannonball Adderley 201955 1975 305
845The Backstreet Boys 201996 2016 1124
846Cal Stewart 201901 1921 035
847Run DMC 201983 2003 1122
848The Three Degrees 201965 1985 923
849Massive Attack 201990 2010 823
850The Sex Pistols 201976 1996 623
851Counting Crows 201994 2014 1216
852Anne Shelton 201941 1961 028
853Ice Cube 201990 2010 1413
854Common 201994 2014 916
855No Doubt 201992 2012 618
856Mogwai 201996 2016 1310
857The Roots 201994 2014 139
858The Shangri-Las 201964 1984 220
859NWA 201987 2007 714
860Johnny Horton 201956 1976 218
861Taylor Dayne 201988 2008 415
862Yumi Matsutoya 201981 2001 143
863In Flames 201996 2016 133
864Sky 201979 1999 133
865Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs 201965 1985 411
866Machine Head 201994 2014 104

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12 May 2017

Enrico Caruso 1999???

Enrico Carusos career laster until 1999 He died in 1926 So much for this lists credibility

Plenty of people have hits after they are dead, sometimes dying is a really good career move


6 Sep 2016

where is.

And where is petula clark she is now 83 and a chart hit this week

Our charts are loaded up to aobout 2011. If you want more recent charts look at chart2000.com


26 Feb 2016

Mylène Farmer

Mylène Farmer should be added to this! First LP Cendres de Lune 1986 most recent Interstellaires 2015!

You misunderstand. This list is not edited it is generated, from the data. We can't just add an entry, the source data has to support it.

Mylene Farmer's first hit (in the available data) was "Ainsi Soit-Je" in 1988, "Cendres De Lune" was not a hit until 1989. the last hit album we have was "No. 5 On Tour" in 1989. So she has a career of 21 years. However, the other criteria is that to be in this list the artist must either be in the top 1000 song or album artists, she is well outside that.


7 Oct 2015

Stasys Povilaitis

1962-2015


5 Aug 2015

This list sucks

Nirvana hasn't been around s once the 60s, they started in 1989 and broke upin 93' after Kurt cobain killed himself you stupid assholes

No, the band Nirvana was formed in 1965 and had a hit with "Pentecost Hotel". You could of just clicked on the name to find the details and not sent the insult, but obviously you are the type of American that doesn't do that


27 Jul 2013

Missing

The Backstreet Boys...

Are you claiming that The Backstreet Boys have a career longer than 20 years?

Their first hit was 1996, when they have a hit in 2016 (and it is listed on this site) then they might show up on this page


18 Apr 2013

not quite right

when the top entry, enrico caruso, died well before the end of his recording career, it definitely raises a red flag. also, that is not the only incorrect end of an artists recording career in this list. dunno what the deal is but it ain't right.

tim

This site lists hits in the charts, artists can have hits after they die (indeed for some, like Elvis and Michael Jackson death was a good career move)

Some artists (like Freddie Mercury, John Lennon and Nat King Cole) released new records after they died. Your claim that this is in some way "incorrect" shows your lack of understanding.