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 31162
21Count Basie 661936 2002 2071
22Frankie Laine 651946 2011 999
23Tennessee Ernie Ford 651949 2014 921
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 4840
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 4738
51Peter Alexander 561955 2011 1552
52Joan Baez 561960 2016 3621
53Jimmy Barnes 561959 2015 166
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 166
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 1240
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 1713
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
117Cat Stevens 481966 2014 2337
118Mireille Mathieu 481966 2014 1644
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 1225
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
300Johnny Cash & June Carter 391967 2006 32
301Prince 381978 2016 46117
302Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 381976 2014 2354
303Hall & Oates 381973 2011 2550
304The Mills Brothers 381931 1969 369
305Golden Earring 381965 2003 1853
306Kate Bush 381978 2016 1454
307Anne Murray 381970 2008 3631
308Toto 381978 2016 2639
309Carly Simon 381971 2009 2637
310Foreigner 381977 2015 2335
311Natalie Cole 381975 2013 2333
312Tom Waits 381973 2011 2427
313Wolfgang Ambros 381974 2012 3713
314Demis Roussos 381971 2009 2129
315Supertramp 381974 2012 2029
316Luciano Pavarotti 381975 2013 363
317Al Jarreau 381976 2014 1617
318Ben E King 381960 1998 526
319Peter Frampton 381972 2010 1415
320The Small Faces 381965 2003 821
321The Coasters 381956 1994 225
322Midnight Oil 381979 2017 1016
323LOVE 381966 2004 916
324Little Feat 381970 2008 1410
325U2 371980 2017 3289
326The Andrews Sisters 371937 1974 4110
327Michel Sardou 371970 2007 4041
328Peter Gabriel 371977 2014 2752
329Brenda Lee 371957 1994 1861
330T Rex 371968 2005 2353
331Simple Minds 371979 2016 2642
332Van Halen 371978 2015 1650
333Joe Loss Orchestra 371940 1977 454
334Bonnie Tyler 371976 2013 2430
335Thin Lizzy 371972 2009 2330
336Sparks 371971 2008 1536
337Joe Jackson 371978 2015 1829
338The Orioles 371948 1985 146
339Saxon 371979 2016 2420
340Whitesnake 371978 2015 2320
341The Osmonds 371971 2008 1822
342REO Speedwagon 371974 2011 1719
343Boston 371976 2013 717
344Mick Jagger 371970 2007 519
345Mr Big 371977 2014 813
346J J Cale 371972 2009 137
347David Gilmour 371978 2015 69
348Depeche Mode 361981 2017 3469
349Cab Calloway & his Cotton Club Orchestra 361930 1966 094
350The Moody Blues 361964 2000 2648
351Olivia Newton-John 361971 2007 2744
352Luther Vandross 361976 2012 2440
353Def Leppard 361979 2015 1739
354Little Richard 361951 1987 748
355Journey 361975 2011 2231
356Exile 361977 2013 744
35710cc 361970 2006 1733
358Yello 361980 2016 1827
359The Stylistics 361971 2007 1529
360George Baker Selection 361969 2005 536
361Pat Metheny Group 361975 2011 2416
362Isaac Hayes 361969 2005 1920
363Emmylou Harris 361975 2011 2612
364Saga 361978 2014 268
365Sammy Hagar 361977 2013 1816
366John Mayall 361965 2001 276
367The Partridge Family 361970 2006 1016
368Rickie Lee Jones 361979 2015 1411
369Blue 361977 2013 617
370Lucinda Williams 361980 2016 138
371Leonard Bernstein 361958 1994 51
372Iron Maiden 351980 2015 4582
373Julio Iglesias 351972 2007 5252
374Scooter 351981 2016 2652
375Phil Collins 351981 2016 2254
376Lawrence Welk 351937 1972 3540
377John Cougar Mellencamp 351979 2014 2242
378Bryan Adams 351980 2015 1846
379Eagles 351972 2007 2142
380Reinhard Fendrich 351981 2016 3122
381Dire Straits 351978 2013 1536
382Dr Hook 351972 2007 2128
383Ultravox 351977 2012 1336
384The Carter Family 351928 1963 345
385Alabama 351980 2015 3313
386America 351972 2007 1729
387Motley Crue 351981 2016 1423
388Enigma 351981 2016 1027
389Sonny Rollins 351952 1987 312
390Dan Fogelberg 351974 2009 1318
391Kate Smith 351931 1966 526
392Marius Muller Westernhagen 351981 2016 255
393Don McLean 351972 2007 1113
394Robert Cray Band 351980 2015 143
395Donny Osmond & Marie Osmond 351974 2009 87
396Celine Dion 341982 2016 3155
397George Strait 341981 2015 4437
398Bobby Vinton 341962 1996 2549
399Sting 341982 2016 2152
400Nena 341982 2016 2938
401Marillion 341982 2016 2539
402New Order 341981 2015 1746
403Duran Duran 341981 2015 2038
404The Sweet 341971 2005 1441
405Steely Dan 341972 2006 1935
406Vic Damone 341947 1981 248
407Gianna Nannini 341980 2014 2425
408Ozzy Osbourne 341980 2014 2224
409Manfred Mann's Earth Band 341972 2006 2125
410King Crimson 341969 2003 2019
411Joan Armatrading 341976 2010 1918
412Billy Ocean 341976 2010 928
413Glenn Frey 341982 2016 618
414Ten Years After 341967 2001 156
415John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 341978 2012 25
416Madonna 331982 2015 27111
417REM 331981 2014 2783
418Elvis Costello 331977 2010 3374
419The Cure 331978 2011 2680
420Metallica 331983 2016 2280
421The Fall 331978 2011 2858
422Red Hot Chili Peppers 331984 2017 1862
423Chris Rea 331978 2011 2948
424Janet Jackson 331982 2015 1752
425Barry White 331973 2006 3234
426Herbert Gronemeyer 331983 2016 1942
427Otis Redding 331962 1995 1940
428Sarah Vaughan 331946 1979 1841
429George Michael 331984 2017 1146
430Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians 331924 1957 154
431Gary Moore 331979 2012 2727
432David Essex 331973 2006 2133
433Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 331980 2013 1435
434Styx 331972 2005 2027
435Leo Sayer 331973 2006 1530
436The Human League 331978 2011 1332
437Grace Jones 331975 2008 1231
438Suzi Quatro 331973 2006 1033
439Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung 331983 2016 1923
440The Cars 331978 2011 933
441Vikingarna 331975 2008 401
442Ulf Lundell 331976 2009 364
443Billy Idol 331981 2014 1327
444Harry Nilsson 331967 2000 1720
445Stevie Nicks 331981 2014 1222
446Teddy Pendergrass 331977 2010 1814
447Gilbert O'Sullivan 331971 2004 824
448Don Henley 331982 2015 725
449Andrew Lloyd Webber 331971 2004 2011
450The Bay City Rollers 331971 2004 1019
451Mark Knopfler 331982 2015 1116
452Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 331959 1992 917
453Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 331980 2013 1015
454Air 331979 2012 915
455Roger Waters 331984 2017 710
456Accept 331981 2014 142
457Francisco Alves 321920 1952 0141
458Bon Jovi 321984 2016 2568
459The Pet Shop Boys 321984 2016 2565
460Chuck Berry 321955 1987 2464
461Silvio Caldas 321930 1962 083
462INXS 321982 2014 1650
463Pat Benatar 321979 2011 1640
464A-Ha 321984 2016 1638
465Gene Austin 321925 1957 054
466Talking Heads 321977 2009 1339
467Nancy Wilson 321962 1994 3211
468Cyndi Lauper 321984 2016 1228
469The Cult 321984 2016 1325
470Slayer 321983 2015 1423
471Robert Plant 321982 2014 1124
472Queensryche 321983 2015 1913
473WASP 321983 2015 1616
474The Village People 321977 2009 923
475The Waterboys 321983 2015 1318
476The Replacements 321981 2013 1119
477Europe 321983 2015 1514
478Los Lobos 321983 2015 1514
479Asia 321982 2014 1316
480Johnny Nash 321957 1989 623
481The Diamonds 321952 1984 128
482Tangerine Dream 321971 2003 213
483Dexys Midnight Runners 321980 2012 715
484Freddie Mercury 321984 2016 610
485The Clash 311977 2008 1458
486The Smurfs 311978 2009 4721
487Eros Ramazzotti 311984 2015 2246
488Madness 311979 2010 1849
489Bill Haley & his Comets 311950 1981 658
490Dion 311959 1990 1139
491Megadeth 311985 2016 2425
492Sandra 311985 2016 1831
493'Weird Al' Yankovic 311983 2014 1730
494Reba McEntire 311984 2015 2915
495Kenny G 311984 2015 2714
496Eddie Cochran 311957 1988 728
497Steppenwolf 311968 1999 1618
498Frank Ifield 311960 1991 1023
499Prefab Sprout 311982 2013 1023
500Anthrax 311985 2016 1516
501Mannheim Steamroller 311984 2015 300
502Bad Religion 311982 2013 1811
503David Cassidy 311972 2003 1118
504Dio 311983 2014 1510
505Christopher Cross 311980 2011 715
506Sonny Boy Williamson 301935 1965 2141
507UB40 301980 2010 3158
508Jackie Wilson 301957 1987 1062
509John McCormack 301910 1940 072
510Roxette 301986 2016 1752
511Erasure 301985 2015 2245
512Simply Red 301985 2015 1847
513Kim Wilde 301981 2011 1746
514Zucchero Fornaciari 301986 2016 2133
515The Police 301978 2008 1242
516Michael Bolton 301983 2013 2132
517Lionel Richie 301982 2012 1537
518Helloween 301985 2015 2422
519Huey Lewis & The News 301980 2010 1131
520Crowded House 301987 2017 933
521Primal Scream 301986 2016 1229
522Guns n' Roses 301987 2017 1028
523Sarah Brightman 301983 2013 1817
524Chris Isaak 301985 2015 1415
525Ministry 301983 2013 1315
526Shocking Blue 301968 1998 622
527Alphaville 301984 2014 818
528Ornette Coleman 301958 1988 211
529Donald Fagen 301982 2012 47
530Jelly Roll Morton 291919 1948 178
531Gene Pitney 291961 1990 1858
532The Stranglers 291977 2006 2253
533Morrissey 291988 2017 1848
534Whitney Houston 291985 2014 1844
535Robert Palmer 291974 2003 1741
536The Pretenders 291979 2008 1341
537Enya 291986 2015 1340
538Squeeze 291978 2007 1634
539Peppino di Capri 291959 1988 444
540Ramsey Lewis Trio 291964 1993 2818
541Amy Grant 291985 2014 2619
542Modern Talking 291985 2014 1824
543The B52s 291979 2008 1226
544Suzanne Vega 291985 2014 1028
545Spandau Ballet 291980 2009 1126
546Joy Division 291979 2008 926
547Randy Travis 291986 2015 267
548Chaka Khan 291978 2007 1122
549The Velvet Underground 291966 1995 1023
550The Pixies 291987 2016 1418
551Mike & The Mechanics 291985 2014 1021
552Eddy Grant 291979 2008 1218
553Loreena McKennitt 291985 2014 1217
554Rick Astley 291987 2016 918
555Rick James 291978 2007 1313
556The Bangles 291982 2011 818
557Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP 291982 2011 240
558Frankie Goes To Hollywood 291983 2012 618
559Dwight Yoakam 291986 2015 192
560Guy Lombardo 281927 1955 0226
561The Four Tops 281964 1992 2862
562Carlos Galhardo 281933 1961 073
563Henry Mancini 281957 1985 4624
564Jan Garber 281923 1951 067
565Dierzte 281985 2013 2438
566The Jam 281977 2005 1943
567Hot Chocolate 281970 1998 1644
568The Beastie Boys 281983 2011 1540
569LL Cool J 281985 2013 1435
570The Smiths 281983 2011 1435
571Lou Rawls 281962 1990 2423
572Nine Inch Nails 281989 2017 1628
573Kastelruther Spatzen 281988 2016 401
574Sonny & Cher 281965 1993 1325
575Sade 281984 2012 1028
576Big Country 281983 2011 1324
577Melissa Etheridge 281988 2016 1620
578Underworld 281988 2016 1026
579Stan Kenton 281944 1972 1123
580De La Soul 281988 2016 920
581The Troggs 281966 1994 819
582Patricia Kaas 281988 2016 1610
583Xavier Cugat 281935 1963 323
584The Game 281988 2016 1510
585Tanita Tikaram 281988 2016 814
586The Streets 281983 2011 616
587Joe Satriani 281987 2015 172
588Stevie Ray Vaughan 281983 2011 125
589Tesla 281986 2014 115
590Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris 281987 2015 30
591Tommy Dorsey 271932 1959 1180
592Sammy Kaye 271937 1964 0117
593Woody Herman 271937 1964 375
594Kylie Minogue 271988 2015 2849
595BZ 271990 2017 1856
596Sonic Youth 271982 2009 2428
597Falco 271982 2009 2027
598Marty Robbins 271956 1983 1532
599Bananarama 271982 2009 931
600Sinead O'Connor 271987 2014 1227
601The Tragically Hip 271989 2016 1621
602Flaming Lips 271987 2014 1618
603The Boomtown Rats 271977 2004 924
604Traffic 271967 1994 1318
605Richard Marx 271987 2014 921
606Air Supply 271976 2003 920
607Faith No More 271988 2015 821
608Dream Theater 271989 2016 216
609Tracy Chapman 271988 2015 1017
610The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 271977 2004 214
611Steve Earle 271984 2011 187
612Selena 271988 2015 175
613Bill Evans 271956 1983 182
614Mary Chapin Carpenter 271989 2016 146
615Warren Zevon 271976 2003 125
616Brian Wilson 271988 2015 106
617Maurice Jarre 271963 1990 63
618Nat King Cole & Dean Martin 271971 1998 20
619Neil Young & The Bluenotes 271988 2015 20
620Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly 271956 1983 02
621Big Bill Broonzy 261930 1956 1112
622Marion Harris 261916 1942 099
623Green Day 261990 2016 2155
624Billy Vaughn 261955 1981 3040
625Eddy Arnold 261945 1971 1844
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 2925
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 061
697R Kelly 241992 2016 1545
698Paul Weller 241991 2015 2235
699Gloria Estefan 241989 2013 2135
700Caterina Valente 241954 1978 253
701The Eurythmics 241981 2005 1241
702Wilco 241992 2016 1334
703The Prodigy 241991 2015 1235
704Frankie Vaughan 241953 1977 442
705Die Fantastischen Vier 241992 2016 1926
706Mr Children 241993 2017 935
707Texas 241989 2013 932
708Bob Crosby & his Orchestra 241935 1959 041
709Manhattan Transfer 241975 1999 1624
710Charles Mingus 241954 1978 353
711Garth Brooks 241990 2014 1919
712Suede 241992 2016 1027
713Bihse Onkelz 241992 2016 297
714Barenaked Ladies 241992 2016 1617
715The Manhattans 241965 1989 1319
716Procol Harum 241967 1991 1218
717Edwin Starr 241965 1989 624
718Paul Hardcastle 241984 2008 422
719Scarface 241991 2015 158
720Pantera 241990 2014 911
721Gary US Bonds 241960 1984 416
722Clint Black 241989 2013 125
723Hoagy Carmichael 241927 1951 017
724Starsound 241981 2005 410
725Paul Whiteman 231920 1943 0320
726Jimmy Dorsey 231935 1958 2105
727Chubby Checker 231959 1982 1247
728The Manic Street Preachers 231991 2014 1542
729Tori Amos 231991 2014 1739
730DJ BoBo 231993 2016 2231
731Laura Pausini 231993 2016 1732
732Mario Reis 231928 1951 049
733Lonnie Donegan 231955 1978 642
734XTC 231977 2000 1532
735Snoop Dogg 231993 2016 1828
736Take That 231991 2014 1233
737Boyz II Men 231991 2014 1526
738Tears For Fears 231982 2005 734
739Paul Young 231983 2006 1129
740Jefferson Airplane 231966 1989 1326
741The Pogues 231984 2007 1224
742Sly & The Family Stone 231964 1987 1125
743Gary Glitter 231972 1995 530
744Culture Club 231982 2005 1024
745Keith Sweat 231988 2011 1419
746Charlie Barnet 231936 1959 329
747Barclay James Harvest 231974 1997 1813
748Alice In Chains 231990 2013 1217
749Peter & Gordon 231964 1987 1118
750Annie Lennox 231992 2015 722
751Live 231991 2014 919
752Trisha Yearwood 231991 2014 1411
753kd Lang 231988 2011 1312
754Jack Smith 231926 1949 024
755Dr Alban 231991 2014 616
756SWV 231993 2016 612
757Dr Dre 231992 2015 710
758Billy Murray 221903 1925 0134
759Peerless Quartet 221904 1926 0104
760Pearl Jam 221991 2013 4052
761Tim McGraw 221994 2016 2243
762Toby Keith 221993 2015 2437
763The Foo Fighters 221995 2017 1445
764Nelson Goncalves 221941 1963 059
765Moby 221991 2013 1438
766Percy Faith 221950 1972 1928
767Jan & Dean 221958 1980 1235
768Usher 221994 2016 1136
769Domenico Modugno 221954 1976 343
770Garbage 221995 2017 735
771Martina McBride 221994 2016 1723
772Weezer 221994 2016 1324
773Korn 221994 2016 1521
774Shania Twain 221995 2017 1125
775Ethel Waters 221921 1943 031
776Frankie Avalon 221954 1976 129
777Bill Cosby 221964 1986 227
778Freddy Cannon 221959 1981 127
779Anita Baker 221983 2005 817
780Too Short 221985 2007 159
781Jason Donovan 221988 2010 716
782Soft Cell 221981 2003 715
783Eric Carmen 221975 1997 517
784Jeff Buckley 221994 2016 710
785Wilson Phillips 221990 2012 511
786Dion & The Belmonts 221958 1980 213
787Tachiro Yamashita 221980 2002 81
788Fats Waller 211922 1943 0133
789Patti Page 211947 1968 7102
790Freddy Martin 211933 1954 186
791Kenny Chesney 211996 2017 1943
792Russ Morgan 211935 1956 062
793Jay-Z 211996 2017 1941
794Placebo 211995 2016 1343
795Jefferson Starship 211970 1991 1630
796Sheena Easton 211980 2001 936
797Kenny Loggins 211977 1998 1328
798Margaret Whiting 211946 1967 140
799The Chemical Brothers 211995 2016 1128
800Andrea Bocelli 211994 2015 289
801Hansi Hinterseer 211995 2016 351
802Johnny Tillotson 211958 1979 332
803E-40 211993 2014 267
804Bahiano 211902 1923 033
805TLC 211992 2013 722
806Brian McKnight 211992 2013 1414
807New Edition 211983 2004 819
808Vanessa Williams 211988 2009 819
809The Goo Goo Dolls 211995 2016 1114
810Monica 211995 2016 718
811Average White Band 211973 1994 1212
812Deftones 211995 2016 1014
813Pavement 211989 2010 1013
814David Gray 211993 2014 914
815Wu-Tang Clan 211993 2014 815
816DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 211987 2008 616
817311 211994 2015 156
818Paula Abdul 211988 2009 416
819George McCrae 211974 1995 313
820Joe 211993 2014 130
821Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra 201929 1949 095
822Leo Reisman 201921 1941 079
823Robbie Williams 201996 2016 2251
824The Pointer Sisters 201973 1993 1841
825Shakira 201996 2016 1839
826Lionel Hampton 201936 1956 749
827George Olsen 201925 1945 049
828Ash 201995 2015 739
829Sheryl Crow 201993 2013 1134
830Andre Rieu 201993 2013 394
831The Corrs 201996 2016 1231
832The Charlatans 201990 2010 1428
833Wet Wet Wet 201988 2008 1032
834Rammstein 201995 2015 1229
835Gene Krupa 201936 1956 239
836Arthur Collins 201900 1920 040
837Gastao Formenti 201927 1947 040
838Black Crowes 201990 2010 1325
839NAS 201992 2012 1325
840Snap 201990 2010 829
841The Tremeloes 201963 1983 235
842Kinki Kids 201997 2017 828
843Bert Williams 201902 1922 036
844Cannonball Adderley 201955 1975 305
845Marilyn Manson 201995 2015 1421
846The Backstreet Boys 201996 2016 1124
847Cal Stewart 201901 1921 035
848Run DMC 201983 2003 1122
849The Three Degrees 201965 1985 923
850Massive Attack 201990 2010 823
851The Sex Pistols 201976 1996 623
852Counting Crows 201994 2014 1216
853Anne Shelton 201941 1961 028
854Ice Cube 201990 2010 1413
855Common 201994 2014 916
856No Doubt 201992 2012 618
857The Roots 201994 2014 139
858Mogwai 201996 2016 1210
859The Shangri-Las 201964 1984 220
860NWA 201987 2007 714
861Johnny Horton 201956 1976 218
862Taylor Dayne 201988 2008 415
863Yumi Matsutoya 201981 2001 143
864In Flames 201996 2016 133
865Sky 201979 1999 133
866Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs 201965 1985 411
867Machine 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.