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 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 8334
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 66111
25BB King 641951 2015 3881
26Doris Day 641947 2011 1588
27John Williams 641952 2016 4818
28Dean Martin 631947 2010 4784
29Elvis Presley 621954 2016 249261
30Tony Bennett 621950 2012 5178
31Muddy Waters 621948 2010 1481
32Charles Aznavour 611953 2014 4025
33The Drifters 601953 2013 1674
34Udo Jurgens 601956 2016 4940
35Johnny Cash 591955 2014 8794
36Petula Clark 591949 2008 22114
37Simon & Garfunkel 591957 2016 2534
38James Brown 581956 2014 77151
39Aretha Franklin 581956 2014 5386
40Jerry Lee Lewis 581956 2014 3631
41Andy Williams 571956 2013 5864
42Kenny Rogers 571958 2015 5843
43George Jones 571956 2013 3710
44Johnnie Ray 571951 2008 240
45Johnny Mathis 561957 2013 9049
46Paul Anka 561957 2013 2297
47Jim Reeves 561953 2009 4847
48Shirley Bassey 561953 2009 4838
49Buddy Holly 561956 2012 2651
50Peter Alexander 561955 2011 1552
51Joan Baez 561960 2016 3621
52Jimmy Barnes 561959 2015 186
53Roy Orbison 551956 2011 4168
54Patsy Cline 551957 2012 1816
55Mario Lanza 551949 2004 1715
56Bob Dylan 541962 2016 83109
57Fats Domino 541950 2004 13130
58Stevie Wonder 541962 2016 32108
59Barbra Streisand 541962 2016 6955
60Engelbert Humperdinck 541953 2007 3336
61Tony Martin 541938 1992 165
62The Whispers 541955 2009 1624
63Judy Collins 541961 2015 2113
64The Beatles 531963 2016 100168
65Cliff Richard 531958 2011 92172
66The Rolling Stones 531963 2016 89145
67Marvin Gaye 531962 2015 3662
68Glen Campbell 531961 2014 3441
69Paul Simon 531963 2016 2644
70The Platters 531955 2008 945
71Quincy Jones 531957 2010 2027
72The Beach Boys 521961 2013 73107
73The Temptations 521960 2012 5884
74The Four Seasons 521962 2014 3353
75The Everly Brothers 521957 2009 2856
76Herb Alpert 521962 2014 3743
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 69141
85John Lee Hooker 501948 1998 1851
86Die Flippers 501961 2011 4225
87The Monkees 501966 2016 2434
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 3874
97Grateful Dead 491967 2016 8325
98Jimi Hendrix 491966 2015 5938
99Van Morrison 491967 2016 4541
100Cher 491964 2013 3056
101Ricky Nelson 491957 2006 1462
102Smokey Robinson 491965 2014 2741
103Bobby Vee 491959 2008 1548
104The Animals 491964 2013 2136
105Jeff Beck 491967 2016 1914
106Del Shannon 491961 2010 626
107The Seekers 491964 2013 1813
108Neil Diamond 481966 2014 6677
109The Kinks 481964 2012 4888
110Status Quo 481968 2016 5072
111Neil Young 481968 2016 5446
112Deep Purple 481968 2016 5641
113Dinah Washington 481944 1992 1178
114Bob Marley 481965 2013 3746
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 1936
121Harry Belafonte 481953 2001 2726
122Percy Sledge 481966 2014 824
123Mina 471960 2007 6171
124The Hollies 471963 2010 3184
125Fleetwood Mac 471968 2015 3966
126Tom Jones 471965 2012 4356
127Joe Cocker 471968 2015 3663
128Santana 471969 2016 4644
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
140War 471967 2014 2020
141Conway Twitty 471957 2004 1723
142John Barry 471960 2007 2217
143Thelonious Monk 471946 1993 2513
144Iggy Pop 471969 2016 1820
145Elton John 461970 2016 50125
146Rod Stewart 461969 2015 5392
147Bee Gees 461967 2013 4894
148Connie Francis 461955 2001 2494
149Eric Clapton 461970 2016 5065
150Dionne Warwick 461962 2008 4662
151Paul McCartney 461970 2016 3270
152The Shadows 461960 2006 5148
153Roberto Carlos 461960 2006 576
154Linda Ronstadt 461968 2014 3343
155Sam Cooke 461957 2003 1458
156Yes 461969 2015 3137
157ZZ Top 461970 2016 2741
158Black Sabbath 461970 2016 3226
159Rosemary Clooney 461950 1996 442
160Nirvana 461967 2013 1530
161Buck Owens 461960 2006 2215
162Boz Scaggs 461969 2015 1621
163Diana Ross & The Supremes 461967 2013 1717
164Chicago 451969 2014 4458
165Roger Whittaker 451967 2012 6722
166Peter Maffay 451970 2015 4837
167Gladys Knight & The Pips 451961 2006 3055
168Alice Cooper 451969 2014 3449
169Claude Francois 451963 2008 2358
170Willie Nelson 451971 2016 6114
171The Ink Spots 451936 1981 471
172Dave Clark Five 451963 2008 2148
173George Harrison 451969 2014 1939
174Gianni Morandi 451962 2007 1739
175The Allman Brothers Band 451969 2014 3124
176Uriah Heep 451970 2015 2824
177The Searchers 451963 2008 2030
178Freddy Quinn 451956 2001 742
179Patti LaBelle 451963 2008 2619
180Three Dog Night 451969 2014 1926
181Ringo Starr 451970 2015 1826
182Bonnie Raitt 451971 2016 2121
183Tommy James & the Shondells 451966 2011 239
184Charley Pride 451968 2013 2411
185The Band 451968 2013 1421
186The Faces 451970 2015 109
187James Last 441967 2011 1355
188Genesis 441970 2014 3161
189Carpenters 441969 2013 3149
190Udo Lindenberg 441972 2016 4318
191Salvatore Adamo 441963 2007 646
192Donny Osmond 441971 2015 1926
193Reinhard Mey 441972 2016 373
194Rick Springfield 441972 2016 1425
195Bill Withers 441971 2015 1622
196Nancy Sinatra 441962 2006 1026
197UFO 441971 2015 2015
198Albert Hammond 441972 2016 517
199Leon Russell 441970 2014 129
200Queen 431973 2016 5085
201Michael Jackson 431971 2014 4773
202The Doors 431967 2010 3149
203Lynyrd Skynyrd 431973 2016 3929
204Steve Miller Band 431968 2011 2628
205John Farnham 431967 2010 1930
206The Righteous Brothers 431963 2006 2028
207The Young Rascals 431965 2008 1126
208Vangelis 431973 2016 2213
209Janis Joplin 431969 2012 1315
210Richard Thompson 431972 2015 204
211Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 431965 2008 517
212Eric Burdon & War 431970 2013 74
213Richard Rodgers 431954 1997 40
214Bruce Springsteen 421973 2015 4591
215Aerosmith 421973 2015 3465
216Kiss 421974 2016 4154
217Jimmie Rodgers 421927 1969 390
218Pat Boone 421955 1997 1274
219Earth, Wind & Fire 421971 2013 3152
220Rush 421973 2015 3434
221Judas Priest 421974 2016 2838
222Wings 421971 2013 1249
223The Doobie Brothers 421972 2014 1838
224Bette Midler 421972 2014 2526
225Jackson Browne 421972 2014 1832
226Bad Company 421974 2016 1529
227Roberta Flack 421970 2012 1620
228Randy Newman 421968 2010 1222
229Kansas 421974 2016 1516
230Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys 421936 1978 225
231Ry Cooder 421970 2012 195
232Burt Bacharach 421963 2005 154
233Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr 421962 2004 61
234Diana Ross 411970 2011 4883
235Abba 411973 2014 4060
236Billy Joel 411973 2014 3070
237John Denver 411970 2011 4337
238John Lennon 411969 2010 2748
239Al Martino 411952 1993 2348
240Bryan Ferry 411973 2014 1750
241Chris de Burgh 411975 2016 3036
242Al Green 411967 2008 3728
243The Ramones 411975 2016 2042
244The O'Jays 411963 2004 2239
245Creedence Clearwater Revival 411968 2009 2928
246Donovan 411965 2006 2531
247Nazareth 411973 2014 2920
248Lou Reed 411972 2013 3116
249The Mamas & The Papas 411965 2006 1926
250Lulu 411964 2005 1034
251Sandie Shaw 411964 2005 635
252Rainbow 411975 2016 1820
253Frankie Valli 411966 2007 719
254Blue Oyster Cult 411972 2013 1510
255Savage & Akon 411964 2005 02
256Benny Goodman 401931 1971 9150
257Electric Light Orchestra 401972 2012 2868
258Barry Manilow 401974 2014 5342
259Mike Oldfield 401974 2014 3740
260Frank Zappa 401966 2006 4528
261The Jackson 5 401969 2009 2645
262Boney M 401975 2015 2446
263Smokie 401975 2015 3434
264Roxy Music 401972 2012 2242
265Wolfgang Petry 401976 2016 2933
266Heart 401976 2016 2139
267The Alan Parsons Project 401976 2016 2231
268Jimmy Buffett 401973 2013 3812
269Sheila 401963 2003 545
270Gordon Lightfoot 401962 2002 2028
271Patti Smith Group 401974 2014 1424
272John Hiatt 401974 2014 224
273Rory Gallagher 401971 2011 220
274John Fogerty 401973 2013 129
275Donna Summer 391974 2013 2470
276AC/DC 391975 2014 3152
277Kool & The Gang 391969 2008 3049
278Blondie 391975 2014 1947
279Tina Turner 391975 2014 1646
280Vicente Celestino 391916 1955 058
281Motorhead 391977 2016 3323
282The Commodores 391974 2013 2135
283Roland Kaiser 391977 2016 3025
284Meat Loaf 391977 2016 2529
285Joni Mitchell 391968 2007 2231
286Kraftwerk 391970 2009 1336
287Jean-Michel Jarre 391977 2016 2721
288Manfred Mann 391964 2003 1731
289Cheap Trick 391977 2016 2027
290Jose Feliciano 391968 2007 2025
291Steve Winwood 391971 2010 1322
292The Yardbirds 391964 2003 1020
293Cream 391966 2005 1316
294Art Garfunkel 391973 2012 1216
295The New Seekers 391970 2009 918
296Ted Nugent 391975 2014 178
297Jim Croce 391972 2011 815
298Michael Crawford 391974 2013 122
299Prince 381978 2016 46117
300Hall & Oates 381973 2011 2550
301The Mills Brothers 381931 1969 369
302Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 381976 2014 2348
303Golden Earring 381965 2003 1850
304Kate Bush 381978 2016 1354
305Anne Murray 381970 2008 3629
306Toto 381978 2016 2639
307Carly Simon 381971 2009 2637
308Foreigner 381977 2015 2335
309Natalie Cole 381975 2013 2333
310Demis Roussos 381971 2009 2229
311Wolfgang Ambros 381974 2012 3713
312Tom Waits 381973 2011 2426
313Supertramp 381974 2012 2028
314Luciano Pavarotti 381975 2013 363
315Al Jarreau 381976 2014 1817
316Ben E King 381960 1998 526
317The Small Faces 381965 2003 821
318Peter Frampton 381972 2010 1414
319The Coasters 381956 1994 225
320LOVE 381966 2004 916
321Little Feat 381970 2008 1410
322The Andrews Sisters 371937 1974 4110
323Michel Sardou 371970 2007 4041
324Peter Gabriel 371977 2014 2950
325Brenda Lee 371957 1994 1861
326T Rex 371968 2005 2353
327Simple Minds 371979 2016 2642
328Van Halen 371978 2015 1650
329Joe Loss Orchestra 371940 1977 454
330Bonnie Tyler 371976 2013 2431
331Thin Lizzy 371972 2009 2330
332Sparks 371971 2008 1536
333Whitesnake 371978 2015 2720
334The Orioles 371948 1985 146
335Saxon 371979 2016 2420
336Joe Jackson 371978 2015 1925
337The Osmonds 371971 2008 1822
338REO Speedwagon 371974 2011 1719
339Boston 371976 2013 717
340Mick Jagger 371970 2007 618
341Mr Big 371977 2014 813
342J J Cale 371972 2009 135
343David Gilmour 371978 2015 69
344U2 361980 2016 3386
345Cab Calloway & his Cotton Club Orchestra 361930 1966 094
346The Moody Blues 361964 2000 2748
347Olivia Newton-John 361971 2007 2744
348Luther Vandross 361976 2012 2440
349Def Leppard 361979 2015 1738
350Little Richard 361951 1987 748
351Journey 361975 2011 2330
352Exile 361977 2013 744
35310CC 361970 2006 1733
354Yello 361980 2016 1826
355The Stylistics 361971 2007 1529
356George Baker Selection 361969 2005 536
357Pat Metheny Group 361975 2011 2416
358Isaac Hayes 361969 2005 1920
359Emmylou Harris 361975 2011 2612
360Sammy Hagar 361977 2013 1916
361Saga 361978 2014 268
362John Mayall 361965 2001 276
363The Partridge Family 361970 2006 1016
364Rickie Lee Jones 361979 2015 1411
365Blue 361977 2013 617
366Lucinda Williams 361980 2016 137
367Leonard Bernstein 361958 1994 51
368Iron Maiden 351980 2015 4582
369Julio Iglesias 351972 2007 5251
370Depeche Mode 351981 2016 3568
371Scooter 351981 2016 2652
372Phil Collins 351981 2016 2354
373Lawrence Welk 351937 1972 3540
374Eagles 351972 2007 2142
375Bryan Adams 351980 2015 1844
376John Cougar Mellencamp 351979 2014 2238
377Reinhard Fendrich 351981 2016 3122
378Dire Straits 351978 2013 1536
379Dr Hook 351972 2007 2128
380Ultravox 351977 2012 1336
381The Carter Family 351928 1963 345
382Alabama 351980 2015 3313
383America 351972 2007 1729
384Motley Crue 351981 2016 1423
385Enigma 351981 2016 1027
386Sonny Rollins 351952 1987 312
387Marius Muller Westernhagen 351981 2016 285
388Dan Fogelberg 351974 2009 1318
389Kate Smith 351931 1966 526
390Don McLean 351972 2007 1113
391Robert Cray Band 351980 2015 153
392Donny Osmond & Marie Osmond 351974 2009 87
393Celine Dion 341982 2016 3153
394George Strait 341981 2015 4437
395Bobby Vinton 341962 1996 2549
396Sting 341982 2016 2151
397Nena 341982 2016 2938
398Marillion 341982 2016 2539
399New Order 341981 2015 1744
400Duran Duran 341981 2015 2038
401The Sweet 341971 2005 1441
402Steely Dan 341972 2006 1935
403Vic Damone 341947 1981 248
404Ozzy Osbourne 341980 2014 2224
405Manfred Mann's Earth Band 341972 2006 2123
406King Crimson 341969 2003 2019
407Joan Armatrading 341976 2010 1918
408Billy Ocean 341976 2010 928
409Ten Years After 341967 2001 156
410John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 341978 2012 25
411Madonna 331982 2015 27111
412REM 331981 2014 3183
413The Cure 331978 2011 2978
414Elvis Costello 331977 2010 3373
415Metallica 331983 2016 2278
416The Fall 331978 2011 2858
417Chris Rea 331978 2011 2948
418Janet Jackson 331982 2015 1751
419Barry White 331973 2006 3234
420INXS 331982 2015 1650
421Herbert Gronemeyer 331983 2016 1942
422Otis Redding 331962 1995 1940
423Sarah Vaughan 331946 1979 1841
424Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians 331924 1957 154
425David Essex 331973 2006 2133
426Gary Moore 331979 2012 2726
427Gianna Nannini 331980 2013 2524
428Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 331980 2013 1435
429Styx 331972 2005 2027
430Leo Sayer 331973 2006 1530
431The Human League 331978 2011 1332
432Grace Jones 331975 2008 1331
433Suzi Quatro 331973 2006 1033
434Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung 331983 2016 1923
435The Cars 331978 2011 933
436Vikingarna 331975 2008 401
437Ulf Lundell 331976 2009 364
438Billy Idol 331981 2014 1327
439The Bay City Rollers 331971 2004 1419
440Stevie Nicks 331981 2014 1221
441Teddy Pendergrass 331977 2010 1814
442Gilbert O'Sullivan 331971 2004 824
443Andrew Lloyd Webber 331971 2004 2011
444Don Henley 331982 2015 723
445Mark Knopfler 331982 2015 1116
446Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 331959 1992 917
447Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 331980 2013 1015
448Air 331979 2012 914
449Accept 331981 2014 162
450Francisco Alves 321920 1952 0141
451Bon Jovi 321984 2016 2668
452The Pet Shop Boys 321984 2016 2865
453Chuck Berry 321955 1987 2464
454Silvio Caldas 321930 1962 083
455Red Hot Chili Peppers 321984 2016 1862
456A-Ha 321984 2016 1838
457Pat Benatar 321979 2011 1640
458Gene Austin 321925 1957 054
459Talking Heads 321977 2009 1339
460Nancy Wilson 321962 1994 3211
461Cyndi Lauper 321984 2016 1228
462The Cult 321984 2016 1325
463Slayer 321983 2015 1423
464Robert Plant 321982 2014 1124
465WASP 321983 2015 1616
466The Village People 321977 2009 923
467Queensryche 321983 2015 1912
468The Waterboys 321983 2015 1318
469The Replacements 321981 2013 1119
470Europe 321983 2015 1514
471Los Lobos 321983 2015 1514
472Asia 321982 2014 1316
473Johnny Nash 321957 1989 623
474The Diamonds 321952 1984 128
475Tangerine Dream 321971 2003 213
476Freddie Mercury 321984 2016 610
477The Smurfs 311978 2009 5121
478The Clash 311977 2008 1458
479Madness 311979 2010 1949
480Eros Ramazzotti 311984 2015 2245
481Bill Haley & his Comets 311950 1981 658
482Sandra 311985 2016 1931
483Dion 311959 1990 1139
484Megadeth 311985 2016 2425
485'Weird Al' Yankovic 311983 2014 1730
486Reba McEntire 311984 2015 2915
487Kenny G 311984 2015 2714
488Eddie Cochran 311957 1988 728
489Steppenwolf 311968 1999 1618
490Frank Ifield 311960 1991 1023
491Prefab Sprout 311982 2013 1023
492Anthrax 311985 2016 1516
493Mannheim Steamroller 311984 2015 300
494Bad Religion 311982 2013 1811
495David Cassidy 311972 2003 1118
496Dio 311983 2014 1510
497Christopher Cross 311980 2011 715
498Roger Waters 311984 2015 78
499UB40 301980 2010 3158
500Jackie Wilson 301957 1987 1062
501John McCormack 301910 1940 072
502Roxette 301986 2016 1752
503Simply Red 301985 2015 2048
504Erasure 301985 2015 2245
505Kim Wilde 301981 2011 1745
506George Michael 301984 2014 1147
507The Police 301978 2008 1342
508Lionel Richie 301982 2012 1538
509Zucchero Fornaciari 301986 2016 2230
510Michael Bolton 301983 2013 2130
511Helloween 301985 2015 2622
512Huey Lewis & The News 301980 2010 1230
513Sarah Brightman 301983 2013 1917
514Chris Isaak 301985 2015 1415
515Ministry 301983 2013 1315
516Shocking Blue 301968 1998 622
517Alphaville 301984 2014 818
518They Might Be Giants 301986 2016 176
519Ornette Coleman 301958 1988 211
520Donald Fagen 301982 2012 47
521Jelly Roll Morton 291919 1948 178
522Gene Pitney 291961 1990 1858
523The Stranglers 291977 2006 2253
524Whitney Houston 291985 2014 1945
525Robert Palmer 291974 2003 1839
526The Pretenders 291979 2008 1341
527Enya 291986 2015 1340
528Squeeze 291978 2007 1734
529Peppino di Capri 291959 1988 444
530Ramsey Lewis Trio 291964 1993 2818
531Amy Grant 291985 2014 2617
532Modern Talking 291985 2014 1825
533The B52s 291979 2008 1226
534Suzanne Vega 291985 2014 1028
535Spandau Ballet 291980 2009 1126
536Joy Division 291979 2008 926
537Randy Travis 291986 2015 267
538Chaka Khan 291978 2007 1122
539The Velvet Underground 291966 1995 1023
540The Pixies 291987 2016 1417
541Mike & The Mechanics 291985 2014 1021
542Eddy Grant 291979 2008 1218
543Loreena McKennitt 291985 2014 1217
544Rick Astley 291987 2016 918
545Rick James 291978 2007 1313
546The Bangles 291982 2011 818
547Frankie Goes To Hollywood 291983 2012 618
548Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP 291982 2011 210
549Dwight Yoakam 291986 2015 192
550Guy Lombardo 281927 1955 0226
551Sonny Boy Williamson 281935 1963 1141
552The Four Tops 281964 1992 2862
553Carlos Galhardo 281933 1961 073
554Henry Mancini 281957 1985 4625
555Jan Garber 281923 1951 067
556Dierzte 281985 2013 2439
557The Jam 281977 2005 1943
558Hot Chocolate 281970 1998 1644
559The Beastie Boys 281983 2011 1540
560LL Cool J 281985 2013 1435
561The Smiths 281983 2011 1435
562Lou Rawls 281962 1990 2423
563Kastelruther Spatzen 281988 2016 421
564Crowded House 281987 2015 932
565Sonny & Cher 281965 1993 1325
566Sade 281984 2012 1028
567Big Country 281983 2011 1324
568Melissa Etheridge 281988 2016 1619
569Stan Kenton 281944 1972 1123
570Underworld 281988 2016 1024
571De La Soul 281988 2016 920
572Patricia Kaas 281988 2016 1710
573The Troggs 281966 1994 819
574The Game 281988 2016 1610
575Xavier Cugat 281935 1963 323
576Tanita Tikaram 281988 2016 814
577The Streets 281983 2011 616
578Joe Satriani 281987 2015 172
579Stevie Ray Vaughan 281983 2011 125
580Tesla 281986 2014 115
581Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris 281987 2015 30
582Tommy Dorsey 271932 1959 1180
583Sammy Kaye 271937 1964 0117
584Kylie Minogue 271988 2015 2949
585Woody Herman 271937 1964 375
586Sonic Youth 271982 2009 2428
587Falco 271982 2009 2028
588Marty Robbins 271956 1983 1532
589Primal Scream 271986 2013 1129
590Bananarama 271982 2009 931
591Sinead O'Connor 271987 2014 1227
592Guns n' Roses 271987 2014 1028
593Flaming Lips 271987 2014 1618
594Harry Nilsson 271967 1994 1716
595The Boomtown Rats 271977 2004 924
596The Tragically Hip 271989 2016 1615
597Traffic 271967 1994 1318
598Richard Marx 271987 2014 921
599Faith No More 271988 2015 822
600Air Supply 271976 2003 919
601Tracy Chapman 271988 2015 1017
602Dream Theater 271989 2016 215
603The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 271977 2004 214
604Steve Earle 271984 2011 187
605Selena 271988 2015 175
606Bill Evans 271956 1983 182
607Mary Chapin Carpenter 271989 2016 146
608Michael McDonald 271982 2009 128
609Brian Wilson 271988 2015 136
610Warren Zevon 271976 2003 125
611Maurice Jarre 271963 1990 63
612Nat King Cole & Dean Martin 271971 1998 20
613Neil Young & the Bluenotes 271988 2015 20
614Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly 271956 1983 02
615Big Bill Broonzy 261930 1956 1112
616Marion Harris 261916 1942 099
617Green Day 261990 2016 2254
618Billy Vaughn 261955 1981 3040
619Morrissey 261988 2014 1945
620Eddy Arnold 261945 1971 1844
621Oasis 261984 2010 1642
622Brook Benton 261958 1984 548
623Jerry Butler 261958 1984 1535
624Richard Clayderman 261978 2004 481
625Level 42 261980 2006 1431
626Kelly Family 261979 2005 1628
627Ray Stevens 261961 1987 1429
628Harry Connick Jr 261989 2015 2616
629Fred Astaire 261929 1955 141
630Phish 261988 2014 365
631Randy Crawford 261979 2005 2021
632Sarah McLachlan 261989 2015 1624
633Victor Young 261931 1957 335
634Ted Weems 261922 1948 035
635Curtis Mayfield 261970 1996 1717
636Offspring 261989 2015 1321
637Gloria Gaynor 261974 2000 1122
638Nockalm Quintett 261990 2016 320
639Babyface 261989 2015 1021
640Luis Miguel 261984 2010 1812
641The Staple Singers 261959 1985 1217
642Jennifer Rush 261984 2010 1019
643New Kids On The Block 261987 2013 1019
644Indigo Girls 261989 2015 189
645A Tribe Called Quest 261990 2016 818
646Sepultura 261987 2013 149
647Yanni 261990 2016 193
648Vince Gill 261990 2016 164
649Lyle Lovett 261986 2012 132
650Ratt 261984 2010 87
651Rick Wakeman 261973 1999 101
652Henry Burr 251903 1928 098
653Vaughn Monroe 251940 1965 377
654Mariah Carey 251990 2015 2154
655BZ 251990 2015 1855
656Die Toten Hosen 251988 2013 2843
657Claudio Villa 251947 1972 069
658Bjork 251990 2015 1750
659The Byrds 251965 1990 1943
660Lenny Kravitz 251989 2014 1248
661Alan Jackson 251990 2015 2926
662Shakin' Stevens 251980 2005 1837
663Ike & Tina Turner 251960 1985 1836
664Pur 251990 2015 1631
665Teresa Brewer 251950 1975 243
666Blur 251990 2015 1331
667Peter, Paul & Mary 251962 1987 1526
668Seal 251990 2015 1327
669PJ Harvey 251991 2016 1226
670Helmut Lotti 251991 2016 1720
671Al Stewart 251970 1995 1125
672Billy Bragg 251983 2008 1418
673Michael W Smith 251991 2016 255
674Alison Moyet 251984 2009 1119
675Soundgarden 251989 2014 1020
676Poison 251986 2011 1316
677Lisa Stansfield 251989 2014 821
678Gerry Rafferty 251978 2003 917
679Inner Circle 251979 2004 618
680The Blues Brothers 251979 2004 118
681Skid Row 251970 1995 514
682Neneh Cherry 251989 2014 612
683Jane's Addiction 251986 2011 89
684Neil Young & Crazy Horse 251987 2012 40
685Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams 251978 2003 22
686Orlando Silva 241935 1959 0114
687The Smashing Pumpkins 241990 2014 1647
688Wilson Pickett 241963 1987 1844
689American Quartet 241900 1924 062
690R Kelly 241992 2016 1545
691Paul Weller 241991 2015 2235
692Gloria Estefan 241989 2013 2135
693Caterina Valente 241954 1978 253
694The Eurythmics 241981 2005 1242
695The Prodigy 241991 2015 1434
696Wilco 241992 2016 1433
697Frankie Vaughan 241953 1977 442
698Die Fantastischen Vier 241992 2016 1926
699Nine Inch Nails 241989 2013 1627
700Texas 241989 2013 932
701Bob Crosby & his Orchestra 241935 1959 041
702Manhattan Transfer 241975 1999 1624
703Charles Mingus 241954 1978 353
704Garth Brooks 241990 2014 1919
705Bihse Onkelz 241992 2016 297
706Suede 241992 2016 1125
707The Manhattans 241965 1989 1319
708Barenaked Ladies 241992 2016 1614
709Procol Harum 241967 1991 1218
710Edwin Starr 241965 1989 624
711Paul Hardcastle 241984 2008 422
712Scarface 241991 2015 158
713Pantera 241990 2014 911
714Gary US Bonds 241960 1984 416
715Clint Black 241989 2013 125
716Starsound 241981 2005 512
717Hoagy Carmichael 241927 1951 017
718Paul Whiteman 231920 1943 0320
719Jimmy Dorsey 231935 1958 2105
720Radiohead 231993 2016 1758
721Chubby Checker 231959 1982 1247
722The Manic Street Preachers 231991 2014 1642
723Tori Amos 231991 2014 1739
724DJ BoBo 231993 2016 2231
725Mario Reis 231928 1951 049
726Lonnie Donegan 231955 1978 642
727Snoop Dogg 231993 2016 1928
728XTC 231977 2000 1532
729Take That 231991 2014 1333
730Tears For Fears 231982 2005 735
731Boyz II Men 231991 2014 1526
732Jefferson Airplane 231966 1989 1326
733Paul Young 231983 2006 1128
734The Pogues 231984 2007 1224
735Sly & The Family Stone 231964 1987 1125
736Gary Glitter 231972 1995 530
737Culture Club 231982 2005 1024
738Barclay James Harvest 231974 1997 2013
739Keith Sweat 231988 2011 1419
740Charlie Barnet 231936 1959 329
741Alice In Chains 231990 2013 1417
742Peter & Gordon 231964 1987 1118
743Annie Lennox 231992 2015 722
744Live 231991 2014 917
745Trisha Yearwood 231991 2014 1411
746kd Lang 231988 2011 1312
747Jack Smith 231926 1949 024
748Dr Alban 231991 2014 617
749Wham! 231983 2006 613
750Dr Dre 231992 2015 711
751SWV 231993 2016 612
752Billy Murray 221903 1925 0134
753Peerless Quartet 221904 1926 0104
754Pearl Jam 221991 2013 4449
755Tim McGraw 221994 2016 2243
756Mary J Blige 221992 2014 1943
757Toby Keith 221993 2015 2437
758Nelson Goncalves 221941 1963 059
759Moby 221991 2013 1438
760Percy Faith 221950 1972 1928
761Laura Pausini 221993 2015 1730
762Jan & Dean 221958 1980 1235
763Usher 221994 2016 1135
764Domenico Modugno 221954 1976 343
765Martina McBride 221994 2016 1823
766Weezer 221994 2016 1523
767Korn 221994 2016 1619
768Ethel Waters 221921 1943 031
769Frankie Avalon 221954 1976 129
770Bill Cosby 221964 1986 227
771Freddy Cannon 221959 1981 127
772Anita Baker 221983 2005 817
773Too Short 221985 2007 159
774Jason Donovan 221988 2010 716
775Soft Cell 221981 2003 715
776Eric Carmen 221975 1997 517
777Jeff Buckley 221994 2016 710
778Wilson Phillips 221990 2012 511
779Dion & The Belmonts 221958 1980 213
780Tachiro Yamashita 221980 2002 81
781Fats Waller 211922 1943 0133
782Patti Page 211947 1968 7102
783Freddy Martin 211933 1954 186
784Beck 211993 2014 1163
785Russ Morgan 211935 1956 062
786The Foo Fighters 211995 2016 1937
787Placebo 211995 2016 1838
788Jefferson Starship 211970 1991 1630
789Sheena Easton 211980 2001 936
790Mr Children 211993 2014 933
791Kenny Loggins 211977 1998 1328
792Margaret Whiting 211946 1967 140
793Garbage 211995 2016 930
794Hansi Hinterseer 211995 2016 361
795Andrea Bocelli 211994 2015 289
796Johnny Tillotson 211958 1979 332
797E-40 211993 2014 267
798Bahiano 211902 1923 033
799TLC 211992 2013 722
800Brian McKnight 211992 2013 1414
801New Edition 211983 2004 819
802Vanessa Williams 211988 2009 819
803The Goo Goo Dolls 211995 2016 1114
804Monica 211995 2016 718
805Average White Band 211973 1994 1212
806Pavement 211989 2010 1113
807Deftones 211995 2016 1014
808DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 211987 2008 816
809David Gray 211993 2014 914
810Wu-Tang Clan 211993 2014 815
811311 211994 2015 156
812Paula Abdul 211988 2009 416
813George McCrae 211974 1995 313
814Joe 211993 2014 130
815Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra 201929 1949 095
816Leo Reisman 201921 1941 079
817Robbie Williams 201996 2016 2351
818The Pointer Sisters 201973 1993 1840
819Shakira 201996 2016 1839
820Lionel Hampton 201936 1956 749
821George Olsen 201925 1945 049
822Sheryl Crow 201993 2013 1234
823Rammstein 201995 2015 1728
824Andre Rieu 201993 2013 394
825The Corrs 201996 2016 1231
826Wet Wet Wet 201988 2008 1032
827The Charlatans 201990 2010 1427
828Snap 201990 2010 833
829Gene Krupa 201936 1956 239
830Arthur Collins 201900 1920 040
831Gastao Formenti 201927 1947 040
832NAS 201992 2012 1325
833The Chemical Brothers 201995 2015 1226
834Black Crowes 201990 2010 1522
835Marilyn Manson 201995 2015 1522
836Shania Twain 201995 2015 1225
837The Tremeloes 201963 1983 235
838Bert Williams 201902 1922 036
839Cannonball Adderley 201955 1975 305
840The Backstreet Boys 201996 2016 1124
841Cal Stewart 201901 1921 035
842Run DMC 201983 2003 1122
843The Three Degrees 201965 1985 923
844Massive Attack 201990 2010 921
845The Sex Pistols 201976 1996 623
846Anne Shelton 201941 1961 028
847Ice Cube 201990 2010 1413
848Counting Crows 201994 2014 1215
849Common 201994 2014 916
850No Doubt 201992 2012 618
851The Roots 201994 2014 139
852Dead Or Alive 201983 2003 517
853The Shangri-Las 201964 1984 220
854NWA 201987 2007 714
855Johnny Horton 201956 1976 218
856Taylor Dayne 201988 2008 415
857Yumi Matsutoya 201981 2001 143
858In Flames 201996 2016 133
859Sky 201979 1999 132
860Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs 201965 1985 411
861Machine 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.