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 140
2Duke Ellington 871926 2013 34248
3Bing Crosby 861926 2012 24335
4Louis Armstrong 801923 2003 32224
5London Symphony Orchestra 801932 2012 334
6Glenn Miller 751935 2010 27180
7Ella Fitzgerald 751936 2011 4090
8Billie Holiday 751934 2009 20107
9Mantovani 751935 2010 4827
10Disney 741940 2014 11460
11Judy Garland 741936 2010 2337
12Frank Sinatra 731942 2015 125266
13Al Jolson 711912 1983 698
14Vera Lynn 711939 2010 849
15Edith Piaf 701937 2007 1822
16Hank Williams 691947 2016 6085
17Peggy Lee 691941 2010 1858
18Nat King Cole 681940 2008 48187
19Miles Davis 671947 2014 8134
20Perry Como 661943 2009 31164
21Count Basie 661936 2002 2071
22Frankie Laine 651946 2011 999
23Tennessee Ernie Ford 651949 2014 922
24Ray Charles 641949 2013 65111
25BB King 641951 2015 3881
26Doris Day 641947 2011 1588
27John Williams 641952 2016 4518
28Dean Martin 631947 2010 4784
29Tony Bennett 621950 2012 5178
30Muddy Waters 621948 2010 1481
31Elvis Presley 611954 2015 239261
32The Drifters 601953 2013 1674
33Johnny Cash 591955 2014 8594
34Petula Clark 591949 2008 22114
35Simon & Garfunkel 591957 2016 2434
36James Brown 581956 2014 77151
37Aretha Franklin 581956 2014 5386
38Jerry Lee Lewis 581956 2014 3631
39Andy Williams 571956 2013 5864
40Kenny Rogers 571958 2015 5842
41Etta James 571955 2012 2034
42George Jones 571956 2013 3710
43Johnnie Ray 571951 2008 240
44Johnny Mathis 561957 2013 9049
45Paul Anka 561957 2013 2297
46Jim Reeves 561953 2009 4847
47Shirley Bassey 561953 2009 4638
48Buddy Holly 561956 2012 2551
49Jimmy Barnes 561959 2015 186
50Roy Orbison 551956 2011 4068
51Charles Aznavour 551953 2008 3925
52Patsy Cline 551957 2012 1816
53Mario Lanza 551949 2004 1715
54Bob Dylan 541962 2016 77109
55Fats Domino 541950 2004 13130
56Stevie Wonder 541962 2016 31108
57Tony Martin 541938 1992 165
58Engelbert Humperdinck 541953 2007 3233
59The Whispers 541955 2009 1624
60Judy Collins 541961 2015 2113
61Cliff Richard 531958 2011 90168
62Barbra Streisand 531962 2015 6555
63Marvin Gaye 531962 2015 3662
64Glen Campbell 531961 2014 3441
65Paul Simon 531963 2016 2644
66The Platters 531955 2008 945
67Quincy Jones 531957 2010 2026
68The Rolling Stones 521963 2015 70143
69The Beach Boys 521961 2013 72107
70The Temptations 521960 2012 5884
71The Four Seasons 521962 2014 3353
72The Everly Brothers 521957 2009 2856
73Herb Alpert 521962 2014 3743
74Merle Haggard 521964 2016 4017
75The Beatles 511963 2014 94168
76Dusty Springfield 511963 2014 2947
77Neil Sedaka 511958 2009 2154
78John Coltrane 511957 2008 5111
79The Scorpions 511964 2015 3130
80Peter Alexander 511955 2006 948
81Sammy Davis Jr 511954 2005 1530
82The Who 501964 2014 4579
83John Lee Hooker 501948 1998 1851
84The Monkees 501966 2016 2434
85Dalida 501957 2007 1439
86Carole King 501962 2012 2130
87Die Flippers 501961 2011 388
88The Cardigans 501958 2008 720
89David Bowie 491966 2015 66139
90Johnny Hallyday 491960 2009 5874
91Adriano Celentano 491959 2008 3774
92Grateful Dead 491967 2016 8225
93Jimi Hendrix 491966 2015 5938
94Van Morrison 491967 2016 4441
95Cher 491964 2013 2853
96Ricky Nelson 491957 2006 1462
97Smokey Robinson 491965 2014 2741
98Bobby Vee 491959 2008 1548
99The Animals 491964 2013 2136
100Nina Simone 491957 2006 2432
101Leonard Cohen 491966 2015 2723
102Del Shannon 491961 2010 626
103The Seekers 491964 2013 1813
104Neil Diamond 481966 2014 6476
105Dinah Washington 481944 1992 1178
106Bob Marley 481965 2013 3446
107Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 481966 2014 2251
108James Taylor 481967 2015 2741
109Cat Stevens 481966 2014 2337
110Joan Baez 481960 2008 3521
111Herbie Hancock 481962 2010 3323
112The Detroit Spinners 481961 2009 1936
113Harry Belafonte 481953 2001 2526
114Percy Sledge 481966 2014 824
115Jeff Beck 481967 2015 1714
116The Kinks 471964 2011 4788
117Mina 471960 2007 6171
118Pink Floyd 471967 2014 2885
119The Hollies 471963 2010 2982
120Fleetwood Mac 471968 2015 3765
121Neil Young 471968 2015 5346
122The Isley Brothers 471959 2006 3554
123Santana 471969 2016 4344
124Slade 471958 2005 2163
125Will Tura 471959 2006 078
126George Benson 471966 2013 2936
127Ray Conniff 471957 2004 5410
128Bobby Darin 471957 2004 1054
129War 471967 2014 2020
130Conway Twitty 471957 2004 1723
131John Barry 471960 2007 2217
132Thelonious Monk 471946 1993 2513
133Iggy Pop 471969 2016 1620
134Elton John 461970 2016 49125
135Rod Stewart 461969 2015 5289
136Bee Gees 461967 2013 4792
137Connie Francis 461955 2001 2494
138Dionne Warwick 461962 2008 4662
139Eric Clapton 461970 2016 4265
140The Shadows 461960 2006 5148
141Paul McCartney 461970 2016 2968
142Roberto Carlos 461960 2006 576
143Linda Ronstadt 461968 2014 3343
144Sam Cooke 461957 2003 1458
145Rosemary Clooney 461950 1996 442
146Nirvana 461967 2013 1330
147Buck Owens 461960 2006 2215
148Boz Scaggs 461969 2015 1621
149Diana Ross & The Supremes 461967 2013 1717
150Tom Jones 451965 2010 4157
151Chicago 451969 2014 4058
152Gladys Knight & The Pips 451961 2006 3055
153Claude Francois 451963 2008 2358
154Deep Purple 451968 2013 3940
155Dolly Parton 451969 2014 5028
156Willie Nelson 451971 2016 6114
157The Ink Spots 451936 1981 471
158Dave Clark Five 451963 2008 2148
159Yes 451969 2014 2837
160George Harrison 451969 2014 1839
161Gianni Morandi 451962 2007 1739
162The Allman Brothers Band 451969 2014 3024
163The Searchers 451963 2008 2030
164Patti LaBelle 451963 2008 2619
165Three Dog Night 451969 2014 1926
166Ringo Starr 451970 2015 1826
167Bonnie Raitt 451971 2016 2121
168Tommy James & the Shondells 451966 2011 239
169Charley Pride 451968 2013 2411
170The Band 451968 2013 1421
171Marianne Faithfull 451964 2009 1318
172James Last 441967 2011 1125
173Michael Jackson 441971 2015 4472
174Joe Cocker 441968 2012 3358
175Carpenters 441969 2013 3149
176ZZ Top 441970 2014 2241
177Salvatore Adamo 441963 2007 646
178Donny Osmond 441971 2015 1926
179Rick Springfield 441972 2016 1425
180Nancy Sinatra 441962 2006 1026
181Bill Withers 441971 2015 1520
182Leon Russell 441970 2014 129
183Status Quo 431968 2011 4471
184The Doors 431967 2010 3149
185Led Zeppelin 431969 2012 2247
186Black Sabbath 431970 2013 3025
187Steve Miller Band 431968 2011 2528
188The Righteous Brothers 431963 2006 2028
189John Farnham 431967 2010 1829
190The Young Rascals 431965 2008 1126
191Janis Joplin 431969 2012 1215
192Richard Thompson 431972 2015 204
193Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 431965 2008 517
194Richard Rodgers 431954 1997 40
195Bruce Springsteen 421973 2015 3891
196Queen 421973 2015 3985
197Jimmie Rodgers 421927 1969 390
198Pat Boone 421955 1997 1274
199Earth, Wind & Fire 421971 2013 3151
200Alice Cooper 421969 2011 3149
201Rush 421973 2015 3434
202Roger Whittaker 421967 2009 5016
203Lynyrd Skynyrd 421973 2015 3729
204The Doobie Brothers 421972 2014 1838
205Bette Midler 421972 2014 2526
206Jackson Browne 421972 2014 1832
207Bad Company 421974 2016 1529
208Roberta Flack 421970 2012 1620
209Randy Newman 421968 2010 1222
210Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys 421936 1978 225
211Ry Cooder 421970 2012 195
212Burt Bacharach 421963 2005 154
213Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr 421962 2004 61
214Diana Ross 411970 2011 4883
215Billy Joel 411973 2014 3070
216Abba 411973 2014 3559
217John Denver 411970 2011 4137
218John Lennon 411969 2010 2749
219Bryan Ferry 411973 2014 1749
220Al Green 411967 2008 3728
221The O'Jays 411963 2004 2239
222Creedence Clearwater Revival 411968 2009 2828
223Donovan 411965 2006 2531
224Peter Maffay 411970 2011 3315
225Lou Reed 411972 2013 3016
226The Mamas & The Papas 411965 2006 1925
227Lulu 411964 2005 1034
228Sandie Shaw 411964 2005 635
229Kansas 411974 2015 1416
230Frankie Valli 411966 2007 719
231Savage & Akon 411964 2005 02
232Benny Goodman 401931 1971 9150
233Barry Manilow 401974 2014 5242
234Electric Light Orchestra 401972 2012 2767
235Kiss 401974 2014 3650
236Frank Zappa 401966 2006 4428
237The Jackson 5 401969 2009 2644
238Nana Mouskouri 401961 2001 3929
239Heart 401976 2016 2139
240Judas Priest 401974 2014 2237
241Jimmy Buffett 401973 2013 3912
242Sheila 401963 2003 545
243Gordon Lightfoot 401962 2002 2029
244Ennio Morricone 401964 2004 2516
245Patti Smith Group 401974 2014 1424
246John Hiatt 401974 2014 224
247Joe Walsh 401972 2012 129
248John Fogerty 401973 2013 129
249Rory Gallagher 401971 2011 190
250Aerosmith 391973 2012 3265
251Donna Summer 391974 2013 2468
252AC/DC 391975 2014 2950
253Kool & The Gang 391969 2008 2944
254Blondie 391975 2014 1947
255Vicente Celestino 391916 1955 058
256The Commodores 391974 2013 2135
257Joni Mitchell 391968 2007 2231
258Cheap Trick 391977 2016 2027
259Steve Winwood 391971 2010 1320
260Cream 391966 2005 1316
261The New Seekers 391970 2009 918
262Art Garfunkel 391973 2012 1016
263Ted Nugent 391975 2014 178
264Jim Croce 391972 2011 815
265The Faces 391970 2009 99
266Michael Crawford 391974 2013 122
267Prince 381978 2016 44118
268Hall & Oates 381973 2011 2549
269The Mills Brothers 381931 1969 369
270Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 381976 2014 2248
271Golden Earring 381965 2003 1850
272Anne Murray 381970 2008 3629
273Carly Simon 381971 2009 2637
274Natalie Cole 381975 2013 2332
275Foreigner 381977 2015 2034
276Tom Waits 381973 2011 2426
277Demis Roussos 381971 2009 2129
278Motorhead 381977 2015 2623
279Uriah Heep 381970 2008 2421
280UFO 381971 2009 1615
281Al Jarreau 381976 2014 1417
282Ben E King 381960 1998 526
283The Small Faces 381965 2003 821
284The Coasters 381956 1994 225
285Peter Frampton 381972 2010 1313
286LOVE 381966 2004 916
287Little Feat 381970 2008 1410
288The Andrews Sisters 371937 1974 4110
289Genesis 371970 2007 2761
290Michel Sardou 371970 2007 4041
291Brenda Lee 371957 1994 1861
292Peter Gabriel 371977 2014 1849
293Van Halen 371978 2015 1650
294The Ramones 371975 2012 1942
295Toto 371978 2015 2139
296Joe Loss Orchestra 371940 1977 454
297Chris de Burgh 371975 2012 2730
298Thin Lizzy 371972 2009 2230
299Sparks 371971 2008 1436
300The Orioles 371948 1985 146
301The Osmonds 371971 2008 1822
302Johnnie Taylor 371963 2000 1524
303Whitesnake 371978 2015 1820
304REO Speedwagon 371974 2011 1719
305Lonestar 371976 2013 1217
306Boston 371976 2013 717
307Mick Jagger 371970 2007 516
308Mr Big 371977 2014 713
309J J Cale 371972 2009 135
310David Gilmour 371978 2015 69
311Cab Calloway & his Cotton Club Orchestra 361930 1966 094
312The Moody Blues 361964 2000 2648
313Jethro Tull 361968 2004 3239
314Olivia Newton-John 361971 2007 2744
315Luther Vandross 361976 2012 2440
316Def Leppard 361979 2015 1738
317Little Richard 361951 1987 748
318Journey 361975 2011 2230
31910CC 361970 2006 1733
320Exile 361977 2013 643
321The Stylistics 361971 2007 1529
322George Baker Selection 361969 2005 535
323Pat Metheny Group 361975 2011 2316
324Isaac Hayes 361969 2005 1920
325Emmylou Harris 361975 2011 2611
326Luciano Pavarotti 361975 2011 333
327Sammy Hagar 361977 2013 1816
328The Partridge Family 361970 2006 1016
329Rickie Lee Jones 361979 2015 1411
330Albert Hammond 361972 2008 417
331Lucinda Williams 361980 2016 137
332Leonard Bernstein 361958 1994 51
333Iron Maiden 351980 2015 4181
334Julio Iglesias 351972 2007 5149
335Lawrence Welk 351937 1972 3540
336Mike Oldfield 351974 2009 3240
337Eagles 351972 2007 1942
338Tina Turner 351975 2010 1546
339John Cougar Mellencamp 351979 2014 2238
340Bryan Adams 351980 2015 1740
341Wolfgang Ambros 351974 2009 3613
342Meat Loaf 351977 2012 2029
343Dr Hook 351972 2007 2127
344The Carter Family 351928 1963 345
345Nazareth 351973 2008 2720
346Alabama 351980 2015 3313
347America 351972 2007 1728
348Jose Feliciano 351968 2003 2024
349Kraftwerk 351970 2005 1131
350Sonny Rollins 351952 1987 312
351Kate Smith 351931 1966 526
352Dan Fogelberg 351974 2009 1317
353Don McLean 351972 2007 1113
354Donny Osmond & Marie Osmond 351974 2009 87
355U2 341980 2014 3085
356Celine Dion 341982 2016 3052
357George Strait 341981 2015 4437
358Bobby Vinton 341962 1996 2549
359Phil Collins 341981 2015 1749
360Gary Numan 341979 2013 2536
361Duran Duran 341981 2015 1939
362New Order 341981 2015 1642
363Steely Dan 341972 2006 1935
364The Sweet 341971 2005 1240
365Vic Damone 341947 1981 248
366Ozzy Osbourne 341980 2014 2324
367Joe Jackson 341978 2012 1724
368Manfred Mann's Earth Band 341972 2006 2020
369King Crimson 341969 2003 1919
370Billy Ocean 341976 2010 928
371Ten Years After 341967 2001 156
372Blue 341977 2011 515
373Robert Cray Band 341980 2014 133
374John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 341978 2012 25
375Madonna 331982 2015 26109
376REM 331981 2014 2682
377Elvis Costello 331977 2010 3473
378The Fall 331978 2011 2858
379Chris Rea 331978 2011 2948
380Janet Jackson 331982 2015 1751
381Barry White 331973 2006 3234
382INXS 331982 2015 1650
383Kate Bush 331978 2011 1254
384Otis Redding 331962 1995 1940
385Sarah Vaughan 331946 1979 1841
386Smokie 331975 2008 2729
387Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians 331924 1957 154
388David Essex 331973 2006 2133
389Ultravox 331977 2010 1235
390Styx 331972 2005 2026
391Leo Sayer 331973 2006 1529
392Grace Jones 331975 2008 1331
393The Human League 331978 2011 1232
394Suzi Quatro 331973 2006 1132
395The Cars 331978 2011 933
396Vikingarna 331975 2008 401
397Ulf Lundell 331976 2009 364
398Devo 331977 2010 931
399Billy Idol 331981 2014 1326
400Stevie Nicks 331981 2014 1221
401Teddy Pendergrass 331977 2010 1814
402Gilbert O'Sullivan 331971 2004 824
403Andrew Lloyd Webber 331971 2004 2011
404The Bay City Rollers 331971 2004 1318
405Don Henley 331982 2015 724
406Mark Knopfler 331982 2015 1116
407Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 331980 2013 1015
408Air 331979 2012 914
409Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 331959 1992 617
410Accept 331981 2014 142
411Otto Waalkes 331973 2006 130
412Francisco Alves 321920 1952 0141
413Metallica 321983 2015 1876
414Depeche Mode 321981 2013 3162
415Chuck Berry 321955 1987 2464
416The Pet Shop Boys 321984 2016 2460
417Silvio Caldas 321930 1962 083
418Red Hot Chili Peppers 321984 2016 1861
419Boney M 321975 2007 2141
420Roxy Music 321972 2004 1841
421Pat Benatar 321979 2011 1640
422Gene Austin 321925 1957 054
423Talking Heads 321977 2009 1339
424Nancy Wilson 321962 1994 3211
425Cyndi Lauper 321984 2016 1228
426The Cult 321984 2016 1325
427Slayer 321983 2015 1323
428Robert Plant 321982 2014 1124
429Lasse Stefanz 321977 2009 301
430Queensryche 321983 2015 1812
431The Replacements 321981 2013 1119
432Los Lobos 321983 2015 1514
433WASP 321983 2015 1316
434Johnny Nash 321957 1989 623
435The Diamonds 321952 1984 128
436Asia 321982 2014 1115
437Tangerine Dream 321971 2003 213
438Dexys Midnight Runners 321980 2012 715
439Bon Jovi 311984 2015 2463
440The Clash 311977 2008 1358
441Sting 311982 2013 1950
442Madness 311979 2010 1849
443The Smurfs 311978 2009 4718
444Bill Haley & his Comets 311950 1981 658
445Scooter 311981 2012 2043
446Dion 311959 1990 1139
447Megadeth 311985 2016 2425
448'Weird Al' Yankovic 311983 2014 1730
449Bonnie Tyler 311976 2007 2224
450Reba McEntire 311984 2015 2915
451Supertramp 311974 2005 1826
452Kenny G 311984 2015 2614
453Eddie Cochran 311957 1988 728
454Steppenwolf 311968 1999 1618
455Frank Ifield 311960 1991 1023
456Mannheim Steamroller 311984 2015 300
457Anthrax 311985 2016 1416
458David Cassidy 311972 2003 1118
459Roger Waters 311984 2015 78
460The Cure 301978 2008 2476
461UB40 301980 2010 3058
462Jackie Wilson 301957 1987 1062
463John McCormack 301910 1940 072
464Simple Minds 301979 2009 2140
465Wings 301971 2001 1049
466Kim Wilde 301981 2011 1741
467George Michael 301984 2014 945
468The Police 301978 2008 1142
469Michael Bolton 301983 2013 2129
470Lionel Richie 301982 2012 1534
471Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 301980 2010 1333
472Jean-Michel Jarre 301977 2007 2220
473Huey Lewis & The News 301980 2010 1130
474Nena 301982 2012 1326
475Sarah Brightman 301983 2013 1817
476Saxon 301979 2009 1220
477Vangelis 301973 2003 1912
478Chris Isaak 301985 2015 1415
479Shocking Blue 301968 1998 622
480They Might Be Giants 301986 2016 176
481Ornette Coleman 301958 1988 211
482Donald Fagen 301982 2012 47
483Jelly Roll Morton 291919 1948 178
484Gene Pitney 291961 1990 1858
485The Stranglers 291977 2006 2253
486Erasure 291985 2014 2045
487Whitney Houston 291985 2014 1645
488Robert Palmer 291974 2003 1738
489The Pretenders 291979 2008 1341
490Enya 291986 2015 1240
491Squeeze 291978 2007 1734
492Gary Moore 291979 2008 2226
493Peppino di Capri 291959 1988 444
494Manfred Mann 291964 1993 1631
495Ramsey Lewis Trio 291964 1993 2818
496Amy Grant 291985 2014 2617
497Crowded House 291986 2015 932
498The B52s 291979 2008 1227
499Suzanne Vega 291985 2014 1028
500Spandau Ballet 291980 2009 1126
501Joy Division 291979 2008 926
502Randy Travis 291986 2015 267
503Chaka Khan 291978 2007 1122
504The Velvet Underground 291966 1995 1023
505Eddy Grant 291979 2008 1018
506Rick James 291978 2007 1313
507The Bangles 291982 2011 718
508Dwight Yoakam 291986 2015 192
509Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP 291982 2011 200
510Guy Lombardo 281927 1955 0226
511Sonny Boy Williamson 281935 1963 1141
512The Four Tops 281964 1992 2862
513Carlos Galhardo 281933 1961 073
514Henry Mancini 281957 1985 4624
515Jan Garber 281923 1951 067
516The Jam 281977 2005 1943
517Eros Ramazzotti 281984 2012 1844
518The Beastie Boys 281983 2011 1540
519The Smiths 281983 2011 1435
520LL Cool J 281985 2013 1434
521Lou Rawls 281962 1990 2423
522Sonny & Cher 281965 1993 1325
523Sade 281984 2012 1028
524Big Country 281983 2011 1224
525Joan Armatrading 281976 2004 1718
526Herbert Gronemeyer 281983 2011 1421
527Stan Kenton 281944 1972 1123
528Underworld 281988 2016 1023
529John Mayall 281965 1993 266
530The Waterboys 281983 2011 1218
531The Troggs 281966 1994 819
532Xavier Cugat 281935 1963 323
533The Game 281988 2016 1410
534Marius Muller Westernhagen 281981 2009 194
535The Streets 281983 2011 615
536Joe Satriani 281987 2015 162
537Stevie Ray Vaughan 281983 2011 125
538Tesla 281986 2014 115
539Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris 281987 2015 30
540Tommy Dorsey 271932 1959 1180
541Sammy Kaye 271937 1964 0117
542Woody Herman 271937 1964 375
543T Rex 271968 1995 2153
544Kylie Minogue 271988 2015 2348
545Hot Chocolate 271970 1997 1442
546Sonic Youth 271982 2009 2428
547A-Ha 271984 2011 1436
548Dire Straits 271978 2005 1337
549Marty Robbins 271956 1983 1532
550Falco 271982 2009 1926
551Bananarama 271982 2009 931
552Sinead O'Connor 271987 2014 1127
553Motley Crue 271981 2008 1323
554Flaming Lips 271987 2014 1618
555Harry Nilsson 271967 1994 1716
556The Tragically Hip 271989 2016 1615
557Enigma 271981 2008 922
558Prefab Sprout 271982 2009 823
559The Pixies 271987 2014 1317
560Traffic 271967 1994 1316
561Richard Marx 271987 2014 920
562Faith No More 271988 2015 821
563Air Supply 271976 2003 919
564Tracy Chapman 271988 2015 1017
565Steve Earle 271984 2011 187
566Dream Theater 271989 2016 195
567Selena 271988 2015 175
568Dio 271983 2010 1210
569Bill Evans 271956 1983 182
570The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 271977 2004 164
571Michael McDonald 271982 2009 128
572Mary Chapin Carpenter 271989 2016 145
573Warren Zevon 271976 2003 125
574Maurice Jarre 271963 1990 43
575Nat King Cole & Dean Martin 271971 1998 20
576Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly 271956 1983 02
577Big Bill Broonzy 261930 1956 1112
578Marion Harris 261916 1942 099
579Billy Vaughn 261955 1981 2940
580Simply Red 261985 2011 1748
581Roxette 261986 2012 1550
582Morrissey 261988 2014 1845
583Eddy Arnold 261945 1971 1844
584Marillion 261982 2008 1939
585Oasis 261984 2010 1542
586Brook Benton 261958 1984 548
587Jerry Butler 261958 1984 1535
588Zucchero Fornaciari 261986 2012 1828
589Level 42 261980 2006 1431
590Ray Stevens 261961 1987 1429
591Harry Connick Jr 261989 2015 2616
592Fred Astaire 261929 1955 141
593Phish 261988 2014 365
594Richard Clayderman 261978 2004 391
595Sarah McLachlan 261989 2015 1624
596Randy Crawford 261979 2005 1820
597Victor Young 261931 1957 335
598Ted Weems 261922 1948 035
599Curtis Mayfield 261970 1996 1717
600Melissa Etheridge 261988 2014 1418
601Offspring 261989 2015 1121
602Gloria Gaynor 261974 2000 1120
603Babyface 261989 2015 1021
604Luis Miguel 261984 2010 1812
605Mike & The Mechanics 261985 2011 921
606The Staple Singers 261959 1985 1217
607New Kids On The Block 261987 2013 1018
608Indigo Girls 261989 2015 189
609Europe 261983 2009 1114
610Frankie Goes To Hollywood 261983 2009 518
611Yanni 261990 2016 193
612Vince Gill 261990 2016 164
613Alphaville 261984 2010 414
614Lyle Lovett 261986 2012 132
615Ratt 261984 2010 87
616Rick Wakeman 261973 1999 101
617Inoue Positive Water 261973 1999 70
618Henry Burr 251903 1928 098
619Vaughn Monroe 251940 1965 377
620Mariah Carey 251990 2015 2054
621Green Day 251990 2015 2152
622BZ 251990 2015 1855
623Al Martino 251952 1977 2347
624Claudio Villa 251947 1972 069
625Bjork 251990 2015 1650
626The Byrds 251965 1990 1943
627Alan Jackson 251990 2015 2926
628Caterina Valente 251954 1979 253
629Ike & Tina Turner 251960 1985 1836
630Lenny Kravitz 251989 2014 1143
631Shakin' Stevens 251980 2005 1736
632Teresa Brewer 251950 1975 243
633Blur 251990 2015 1131
634Peter, Paul & Mary 251962 1987 1526
635James 251985 2010 1326
636Seal 251990 2015 1225
637PJ Harvey 251991 2016 1126
638Al Stewart 251970 1995 1025
639Billy Bragg 251983 2008 1418
640Michael W Smith 251991 2016 255
641Soundgarden 251989 2014 1020
642The Village People 251977 2002 921
643Poison 251986 2011 1316
644Alison Moyet 251984 2009 1019
645Loreena McKennitt 251985 2010 917
646Inner Circle 251979 2004 617
647Skid Row 251970 1995 514
648The Blues Brothers 251979 2004 98
649Jane's Addiction 251986 2011 89
650Neil Young & Crazy Horse 251987 2012 40
651Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams 251978 2003 22
652Orlando Silva 241935 1959 0114
653The Smashing Pumpkins 241990 2014 1646
654American Quartet 241900 1924 062
655Wilson Pickett 241963 1987 1843
656R Kelly 241992 2016 1543
657Gloria Estefan 241989 2013 2135
658The Eurythmics 241981 2005 1241
659Die Toten Hosen 241988 2012 2126
660The Prodigy 241991 2015 1334
661Frankie Vaughan 241953 1977 442
662Freddy Quinn 241956 1980 341
663Dierzte 241988 2012 1924
664Nine Inch Nails 241989 2013 1527
665Bob Crosby & his Orchestra 241935 1959 041
666Manhattan Transfer 241975 1999 1624
667Sandra 241985 2009 1326
668Charles Mingus 241954 1978 353
669Garth Brooks 241990 2014 1919
670Kastelruther Spatzen 241988 2012 341
671The Manhattans 241965 1989 1319
672Barenaked Ladies 241992 2016 1614
673Procol Harum 241967 1991 1218
674Edwin Starr 241965 1989 624
675Paul Hardcastle 241984 2008 422
676Grover Washington Jr 241972 1996 205
677Dinosaur Jr 241985 2009 915
678Ani DiFranco 241990 2014 185
679Scarface 241991 2015 158
680Pantera 241990 2014 911
681Gary US Bonds 241960 1984 416
682Clint Black 241989 2013 125
683Hoagy Carmichael 241927 1951 017
684Paul Whiteman 231920 1943 0320
685Jimmy Dorsey 231935 1958 2105
686Radiohead 231993 2016 1758
687Chubby Checker 231959 1982 1247
688Tori Amos 231991 2014 1639
689Mario Reis 231928 1951 049
690Lonnie Donegan 231955 1978 642
691XTC 231977 2000 1532
692Snoop Dogg 231993 2016 1828
693Wilco 231992 2015 1333
694Yello 231980 2003 1527
695Boyz II Men 231991 2014 1526
696Tears For Fears 231982 2005 734
697Jefferson Airplane 231966 1989 1326
698The Pogues 231984 2007 1224
699Sly & The Family Stone 231964 1987 1125
700Culture Club 231982 2005 1124
701Gary Glitter 231972 1995 530
702Keith Sweat 231988 2011 1319
703Charlie Barnet 231936 1959 329
704Barclay James Harvest 231974 1997 1713
705Alice In Chains 231990 2013 1317
706Peter & Gordon 231964 1987 1118
707Live 231991 2014 917
708Trisha Yearwood 231991 2014 1411
709kd Lang 231988 2011 1312
710Rick Astley 231987 2010 718
711Jack Smith 231926 1949 024
712Wham! 231983 2006 613
713SWV 231993 2016 612
714Neneh Cherry 231989 2012 512
715Dr Dre 231992 2015 511
716Takeuchi Ball And 231980 2003 71
717Billy Murray 221903 1925 0134
718Peerless Quartet 221904 1926 0104
719Pearl Jam 221991 2013 4349
720Tim McGraw 221994 2016 2243
721Toby Keith 221993 2015 2437
722Mary J Blige 221992 2014 1942
723Nelson Goncalves 221941 1963 059
724Mireille Mathieu 221966 1988 1442
725Moby 221991 2013 1437
726Percy Faith 221950 1972 1928
727Jan & Dean 221958 1980 1235
728Domenico Modugno 221954 1976 343
729Gilberto Alves 221938 1960 042
730Martina McBride 221994 2016 1823
731Primal Scream 221986 2008 1029
732Weezer 221994 2016 1423
733Ethel Waters 221921 1943 031
734Frankie Avalon 221954 1976 129
735Bill Cosby 221964 1986 227
736Annie Lennox 221992 2014 721
737Freddy Cannon 221959 1981 127
738Anita Baker 221983 2005 817
739Too Short 221985 2007 159
740Jason Donovan 221988 2010 716
741Eric Carmen 221975 1997 517
742Soft Cell 221981 2003 615
743Sepultura 221987 2009 109
744Jeff Buckley 221994 2016 710
745Wilson Phillips 221990 2012 511
746Freddie Mercury 221984 2006 510
747Dion & The Belmonts 221958 1980 213
748Tachiro Yamashita 221980 2002 81
749Fats Waller 211922 1943 0133
750Patti Page 211947 1968 7102
751Freddy Martin 211933 1954 186
752Beck 211993 2014 1163
753Russ Morgan 211935 1956 062
754Paul Weller 211991 2012 2035
755The Foo Fighters 211995 2016 1835
756Jefferson Starship 211970 1991 1630
757Usher 211994 2015 1035
758Sheena Easton 211980 2001 936
759Kenny Loggins 211977 1998 1329
760Mr Children 211993 2014 933
761Margaret Whiting 211946 1967 140
762Garbage 211995 2016 830
763Andrea Bocelli 211994 2015 288
764Modern Talking 211985 2006 1422
765Guns n' Roses 211987 2008 828
766Johnny Tillotson 211958 1979 332
767Suede 211992 2013 925
768E-40 211993 2014 267
769Bahiano 211902 1923 033
770TLC 211992 2013 722
771Brian McKnight 211992 2013 1414
772Pur 211991 2012 1512
773New Edition 211983 2004 819
774Vanessa Williams 211988 2009 819
775The Goo Goo Dolls 211995 2016 1114
776Monica 211995 2016 718
777Average White Band 211973 1994 1212
778Pavement 211989 2010 1113
779Deftones 211995 2016 1014
780DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 211987 2008 816
781David Gray 211993 2014 914
782Wu-Tang Clan 211993 2014 814
783311 211994 2015 156
784The Go Gos 211980 2001 516
785Paula Abdul 211988 2009 416
786Pete Townshend 211972 1993 99
787Joe 211993 2014 130
788Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra 201929 1949 095
789Leo Reisman 201921 1941 079
790The Pointer Sisters 201973 1993 1841
791The Manic Street Preachers 201991 2011 1442
792Lionel Hampton 201936 1956 749
793George Olsen 201925 1945 049
794Sheryl Crow 201993 2013 1134
795Take That 201991 2011 1131
796Wet Wet Wet 201988 2008 1032
797The Charlatans 201990 2010 1427
798Gene Krupa 201936 1956 239
799Arthur Collins 201900 1920 040
800Gastao Formenti 201927 1947 040
801NAS 201992 2012 1325
802The Chemical Brothers 201995 2015 1126
803The Tremeloes 201963 1983 235
804Paul Young 201983 2003 927
805Bert Williams 201902 1922 036
806Cannonball Adderley 201955 1975 305
807Black Crowes 201990 2010 1322
808Cal Stewart 201901 1921 035
809Shania Twain 201995 2015 826
810Marilyn Manson 201995 2015 1419
811Rainbow 201975 1995 1320
812The Three Degrees 201965 1985 923
813Funkadelic 201969 1989 1516
814Run DMC 201983 2003 1021
815Massive Attack 201990 2010 821
816The Sex Pistols 201976 1996 623
817Die Fantastischen Vier 201992 2012 1216
818Anne Shelton 201941 1961 028
819Ice Cube 201990 2010 1413
820Counting Crows 201994 2014 1215
821Common 201994 2014 916
822No Doubt 201992 2012 618
823The Roots 201994 2014 139
824Dead Or Alive 201983 2003 517
825The Shangri-Las 201964 1984 220
826NWA 201987 2007 714
827Johnny Horton 201956 1976 218
828Taylor Dayne 201988 2008 414
829Yumi Matsutoya 201981 2001 143
830Sky 201979 1999 132
831Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs 201965 1985 411

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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.