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 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
10Judy Garland 741936 2010 2337
11Frank Sinatra 731942 2015 125266
12Disney 711940 2011 11260
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 3618
28Dean Martin 631947 2010 4784
29Tony Bennett 621950 2012 5178
30Muddy Waters 621948 2010 1481
31Elvis Presley 611954 2015 239260
32The Drifters 601953 2013 1674
33Johnny Cash 591955 2014 8494
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
49Roy Orbison 551956 2011 4068
50Charles Aznavour 551953 2008 3925
51Patsy Cline 551957 2012 1816
52Mario Lanza 551949 2004 1815
53Jimmy Barnes 551959 2014 176
54Bob Dylan 541962 2016 77109
55Fats Domino 541950 2004 13130
56Tony Martin 541938 1992 165
57Engelbert Humperdinck 541953 2007 3233
58The Whispers 541955 2009 1624
59Judy Collins 541961 2015 2113
60Cliff Richard 531958 2011 90168
61Marvin Gaye 531962 2015 3662
62Paul Simon 531963 2016 2644
63The Platters 531955 2008 946
64Quincy Jones 531957 2010 2026
65The Rolling Stones 521963 2015 69143
66The Beach Boys 521961 2013 72108
67The Temptations 521960 2012 5884
68Barbra Streisand 521962 2014 6455
69The Four Seasons 521962 2014 3353
70The Everly Brothers 521957 2009 2856
71Herb Alpert 521962 2014 3743
72Glen Campbell 521961 2013 3440
73Merle Haggard 521964 2016 4017
74The Beatles 511963 2014 94168
75Dusty Springfield 511963 2014 2947
76Neil Sedaka 511958 2009 2154
77John Coltrane 511957 2008 5111
78The Scorpions 511964 2015 3130
79Peter Alexander 511955 2006 948
80Sammy Davis Jr 511954 2005 1530
81David Bowie 501966 2016 65139
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
89Johnny Hallyday 491960 2009 5874
90Adriano Celentano 491959 2008 3774
91Grateful Dead 491967 2016 8225
92Jimi Hendrix 491966 2015 5938
93Van Morrison 491967 2016 4441
94Cher 491964 2013 2853
95Ricky Nelson 491957 2006 1462
96Smokey Robinson 491965 2014 2741
97Bobby Vee 491959 2008 1548
98The Animals 491964 2013 2136
99Nina Simone 491957 2006 2432
100Leonard Cohen 491966 2015 2623
101Del Shannon 491961 2010 626
102The Seekers 491964 2013 1813
103Neil Diamond 481966 2014 6476
104Dinah Washington 481944 1992 1178
105Bob Marley 481965 2013 3445
106Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 481966 2014 2251
107James Taylor 481967 2015 2741
108Cat Stevens 481966 2014 2337
109Joan Baez 481960 2008 3521
110Herbie Hancock 481962 2010 3323
111The Detroit Spinners 481961 2009 1936
112Harry Belafonte 481953 2001 2526
113Jeff Beck 481967 2015 1814
114Percy Sledge 481966 2014 824
115The Kinks 471964 2011 4788
116Mina 471960 2007 6171
117Pink Floyd 471967 2014 2885
118The Hollies 471963 2010 2982
119Neil Young 471968 2015 5346
120The Isley Brothers 471959 2006 3554
121Santana 471969 2016 4344
122Slade 471958 2005 2163
123Will Tura 471959 2006 078
124George Benson 471966 2013 2936
125Ray Conniff 471957 2004 5410
126Bobby Darin 471957 2004 1054
127Conway Twitty 471957 2004 1724
128War 471967 2014 2020
129Thelonious Monk 471946 1993 2513
130Iggy Pop 471969 2016 1620
131John Barry 471960 2007 1517
132Elton John 461970 2016 49125
133Rod Stewart 461969 2015 5289
134Bee Gees 461967 2013 4792
135Connie Francis 461955 2001 2494
136Dionne Warwick 461962 2008 4662
137Eric Clapton 461970 2016 4265
138The Shadows 461960 2006 5148
139Paul McCartney 461970 2016 2968
140Roberto Carlos 461960 2006 576
141Linda Ronstadt 461968 2014 3343
142Sam Cooke 461957 2003 1458
143Rosemary Clooney 461950 1996 442
144Nirvana 461967 2013 1330
145Buck Owens 461960 2006 2215
146Boz Scaggs 461969 2015 1621
147Diana Ross & The Supremes 461967 2013 1717
148Stevie Wonder 451962 2007 31109
149Fleetwood Mac 451968 2013 3665
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 2620
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
173Joe Cocker 441968 2012 3358
174Carpenters 441969 2013 3149
175ZZ Top 441970 2014 2241
176Salvatore Adamo 441963 2007 646
177Donny Osmond 441971 2015 1926
178Rick Springfield 441972 2016 1425
179Nancy Sinatra 441962 2006 1026
180Bill Withers 441971 2015 1520
181Leon Russell 441970 2014 129
182Status Quo 431968 2011 4471
183Michael Jackson 431971 2014 4372
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 3791
196Jimmie Rodgers 421927 1969 390
197Pat Boone 421955 1997 1274
198Earth, Wind & Fire 421971 2013 3151
199Alice Cooper 421969 2011 3149
200Rush 421973 2015 3434
201Roger Whittaker 421967 2009 5016
202Lynyrd Skynyrd 421973 2015 3729
203The Doobie Brothers 421972 2014 1838
204Bette Midler 421972 2014 2526
205Jackson Browne 421972 2014 1832
206Bad Company 421974 2016 1529
207Roberta Flack 421970 2012 1620
208Randy Newman 421968 2010 1222
209Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys 421936 1978 225
210Ry Cooder 421970 2012 195
211Burt Bacharach 421963 2005 134
212Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr 421962 2004 61
213Diana Ross 411970 2011 4883
214Queen 411973 2014 3885
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 43118
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
356George Strait 341981 2015 4437
357Bobby Vinton 341962 1996 2549
358Gary Numan 341979 2013 2536
359Duran Duran 341981 2015 1939
360New Order 341981 2015 1642
361Steely Dan 341972 2006 1935
362The Sweet 341971 2005 1240
363Vic Damone 341947 1981 248
364Ozzy Osbourne 341980 2014 2324
365Joe Jackson 341978 2012 1724
366Manfred Mann's Earth Band 341972 2006 2020
367King Crimson 341969 2003 1919
368Billy Ocean 341976 2010 928
369Ten Years After 341967 2001 156
370Blue 341977 2011 515
371Saga 341978 2012 127
372Robert Cray Band 341980 2014 133
373John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 341978 2012 25
374Madonna 331982 2015 26109
375REM 331981 2014 2682
376Elvis Costello 331977 2010 3473
377The Fall 331978 2011 2858
378Chris Rea 331978 2011 2948
379Janet Jackson 331982 2015 1751
380Barry White 331973 2006 3234
381Kate Bush 331978 2011 1254
382Otis Redding 331962 1995 1940
383Sarah Vaughan 331946 1979 1841
384Smokie 331975 2008 2729
385Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians 331924 1957 154
386David Essex 331973 2006 2133
387Ultravox 331977 2010 1235
388Styx 331972 2005 2026
389Leo Sayer 331973 2006 1529
390Grace Jones 331975 2008 1331
391The Human League 331978 2011 1232
392Suzi Quatro 331973 2006 1132
393The Cars 331978 2011 933
394Vikingarna 331975 2008 401
395Ulf Lundell 331976 2009 364
396Billy Idol 331981 2014 1326
397Stevie Nicks 331981 2014 1221
398Teddy Pendergrass 331977 2010 1814
399Gilbert O'Sullivan 331971 2004 824
400Andrew Lloyd Webber 331971 2004 2011
401The Bay City Rollers 331971 2004 1318
402Don Henley 331982 2015 724
403Mark Knopfler 331982 2015 1116
404Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 331980 2013 1015
405Air 331979 2012 914
406Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 331959 1992 617
407Accept 331981 2014 142
408Francisco Alves 321920 1952 0141
409Depeche Mode 321981 2013 3162
410Chuck Berry 321955 1987 2464
411The Pet Shop Boys 321984 2016 2460
412Silvio Caldas 321930 1962 083
413Red Hot Chili Peppers 321984 2016 1861
414INXS 321982 2014 1550
415Boney M 321975 2007 2141
416Roxy Music 321972 2004 1841
417Pat Benatar 321979 2011 1640
418Gene Austin 321925 1957 054
419Talking Heads 321977 2009 1339
420Nancy Wilson 321962 1994 3211
421Cyndi Lauper 321984 2016 1228
422The Cult 321984 2016 1325
423Slayer 321983 2015 1323
424Robert Plant 321982 2014 1124
425Lasse Stefanz 321977 2009 301
426Queensryche 321983 2015 1812
427Los Lobos 321983 2015 1515
428The Replacements 321981 2013 1119
429WASP 321983 2015 1316
430Johnny Nash 321957 1989 623
431The Diamonds 321952 1984 128
432Asia 321982 2014 1115
433Tangerine Dream 321971 2003 213
434Dexys Midnight Runners 321980 2012 715
435Bon Jovi 311984 2015 2363
436Celine Dion 311982 2013 2952
437The Clash 311977 2008 1358
438Sting 311982 2013 1950
439Madness 311979 2010 1849
440The Smurfs 311978 2009 4718
441Bill Haley & his Comets 311950 1981 658
442Scooter 311981 2012 2043
443Dion 311959 1990 1139
444Megadeth 311985 2016 2425
445'Weird Al' Yankovic 311983 2014 1730
446Bonnie Tyler 311976 2007 2224
447Reba McEntire 311984 2015 2916
448Supertramp 311974 2005 1826
449Kenny G 311984 2015 2614
450Eddie Cochran 311957 1988 728
451Steppenwolf 311968 1999 1618
452Frank Ifield 311960 1991 1023
453Mannheim Steamroller 311984 2015 300
454Anthrax 311985 2016 1416
455David Cassidy 311972 2003 1118
456Roger Waters 311984 2015 78
457The Cure 301978 2008 2476
458Metallica 301983 2013 1776
459UB40 301980 2010 3058
460Jackie Wilson 301957 1987 1062
461John McCormack 301910 1940 071
462Simple Minds 301979 2009 2140
463Wings 301971 2001 1049
464Kim Wilde 301981 2011 1741
465George Michael 301984 2014 945
466The Police 301978 2008 1142
467Michael Bolton 301983 2013 2129
468Lionel Richie 301982 2012 1534
469Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 301980 2010 1333
470Jean-Michel Jarre 301977 2007 2220
471Huey Lewis & The News 301980 2010 1130
472Nena 301982 2012 1326
473Sarah Brightman 301983 2013 1817
474Vangelis 301973 2003 1912
475Chris Isaak 301985 2015 1415
476Shocking Blue 301968 1998 622
477They Might Be Giants 301986 2016 176
478Ornette Coleman 301958 1988 211
479Donald Fagen 301982 2012 47
480Jelly Roll Morton 291919 1948 178
481Gene Pitney 291961 1990 1858
482The Stranglers 291977 2006 2253
483Erasure 291985 2014 2045
484Phil Collins 291981 2010 1649
485Whitney Houston 291985 2014 1645
486Robert Palmer 291974 2003 1738
487The Pretenders 291979 2008 1341
488Enya 291986 2015 1240
489Squeeze 291978 2007 1734
490Gary Moore 291979 2008 2226
491Peppino di Capri 291959 1988 444
492Manfred Mann 291964 1993 1631
493Ramsey Lewis Trio 291964 1993 2818
494Amy Grant 291985 2014 2617
495The B52s 291979 2008 1227
496Suzanne Vega 291985 2014 1028
497Spandau Ballet 291980 2009 1126
498Joy Division 291979 2008 926
499Randy Travis 291986 2015 267
500Chaka Khan 291978 2007 1122
501The Velvet Underground 291966 1995 1023
502Eddy Grant 291979 2008 1018
503Rick James 291978 2007 1313
504The Bangles 291982 2011 718
505Dwight Yoakam 291986 2015 192
506Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP 291982 2011 200
507Guy Lombardo 281927 1955 0226
508Sonny Boy Williamson 281935 1963 1141
509The Four Tops 281964 1992 2862
510Carlos Galhardo 281933 1961 073
511Henry Mancini 281957 1985 4624
512Jan Garber 281923 1951 067
513The Jam 281977 2005 1943
514Eros Ramazzotti 281984 2012 1844
515The Beastie Boys 281983 2011 1540
516The Smiths 281983 2011 1435
517LL Cool J 281985 2013 1434
518Lou Rawls 281962 1990 2423
519Sonny & Cher 281965 1993 1325
520Sade 281984 2012 1028
521Big Country 281983 2011 1224
522Joan Armatrading 281976 2004 1718
523Herbert Gronemeyer 281983 2011 1421
524Stan Kenton 281944 1972 1123
525Underworld 281988 2016 1023
526John Mayall 281965 1993 266
527The Waterboys 281983 2011 1218
528The Troggs 281966 1994 819
529Xavier Cugat 281935 1963 323
530The Game 281988 2016 1410
531Marius Muller Westernhagen 281981 2009 194
532The Streets 281983 2011 615
533Joe Satriani 281987 2015 162
534Stevie Ray Vaughan 281983 2011 125
535Tesla 281986 2014 115
536Tommy Dorsey 271932 1959 1180
537Sammy Kaye 271937 1964 0117
538Woody Herman 271937 1964 375
539T Rex 271968 1995 2153
540Kylie Minogue 271988 2015 2348
541Hot Chocolate 271970 1997 1442
542Sonic Youth 271982 2009 2428
543A-Ha 271984 2011 1436
544Dire Straits 271978 2005 1337
545Marty Robbins 271956 1983 1532
546Falco 271982 2009 1926
547Bananarama 271982 2009 931
548Sinead O'Connor 271987 2014 1127
549Motley Crue 271981 2008 1323
550Flaming Lips 271987 2014 1618
551Harry Nilsson 271967 1994 1716
552The Tragically Hip 271989 2016 1615
553Enigma 271981 2008 922
554Prefab Sprout 271982 2009 823
555The Pixies 271987 2014 1317
556Traffic 271967 1994 1316
557Richard Marx 271987 2014 920
558Faith No More 271988 2015 821
559Air Supply 271976 2003 919
560Tracy Chapman 271988 2015 1017
561Steve Earle 271984 2011 187
562Dream Theater 271989 2016 195
563Selena 271988 2015 175
564Dio 271983 2010 1210
565Bill Evans 271956 1983 182
566The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 271977 2004 164
567Michael McDonald 271982 2009 128
568Mary Chapin Carpenter 271989 2016 145
569Warren Zevon 271976 2003 125
570Maurice Jarre 271963 1990 43
571Nat King Cole & Dean Martin 271971 1998 20
572Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly 271956 1983 02
573Big Bill Broonzy 261930 1956 1112
574Marion Harris 261916 1942 099
575Billy Vaughn 261955 1981 2940
576Simply Red 261985 2011 1748
577Roxette 261986 2012 1550
578Morrissey 261988 2014 1845
579Eddy Arnold 261945 1971 1844
580Marillion 261982 2008 1939
581Oasis 261984 2010 1542
582Brook Benton 261958 1984 548
583Jerry Butler 261958 1984 1535
584Zucchero Fornaciari 261986 2012 1828
585Level 42 261980 2006 1431
586Ray Stevens 261961 1987 1429
587Harry Connick Jr 261989 2015 2616
588Fred Astaire 261929 1955 141
589Phish 261988 2014 365
590Richard Clayderman 261978 2004 391
591Sarah McLachlan 261989 2015 1624
592Randy Crawford 261979 2005 1820
593Victor Young 261931 1957 335
594Ted Weems 261922 1948 035
595Curtis Mayfield 261970 1996 1717
596Melissa Etheridge 261988 2014 1418
597Offspring 261989 2015 1121
598Gloria Gaynor 261974 2000 1120
599Babyface 261989 2015 1021
600Luis Miguel 261984 2010 1812
601Mike & The Mechanics 261985 2011 921
602The Staple Singers 261959 1985 1217
603New Kids On The Block 261987 2013 1018
604Indigo Girls 261989 2015 189
605Europe 261983 2009 1114
606Frankie Goes To Hollywood 261983 2009 518
607Yanni 261990 2016 193
608Vince Gill 261990 2016 164
609Alphaville 261984 2010 414
610Lyle Lovett 261986 2012 132
611Ratt 261984 2010 87
612Rick Wakeman 261973 1999 101
613Inoue Positive Water 261973 1999 70
614Henry Burr 251903 1928 098
615Vaughn Monroe 251940 1965 377
616Mariah Carey 251990 2015 2054
617BZ 251990 2015 1855
618Al Martino 251952 1977 2347
619Claudio Villa 251947 1972 069
620Bjork 251990 2015 1650
621The Byrds 251965 1990 1943
622Alan Jackson 251990 2015 2926
623Caterina Valente 251954 1979 253
624Ike & Tina Turner 251960 1985 1836
625Lenny Kravitz 251989 2014 1143
626Shakin' Stevens 251980 2005 1736
627Teresa Brewer 251950 1975 243
628Blur 251990 2015 1131
629Peter, Paul & Mary 251962 1987 1526
630Crowded House 251986 2011 932
631James 251985 2010 1326
632Seal 251990 2015 1225
633PJ Harvey 251991 2016 1126
634Al Stewart 251970 1995 1025
635Billy Bragg 251983 2008 1418
636Michael W Smith 251991 2016 255
637Soundgarden 251989 2014 1020
638The Village People 251977 2002 921
639Poison 251986 2011 1316
640Alison Moyet 251984 2009 1019
641Loreena McKennitt 251985 2010 917
642Inner Circle 251979 2004 617
643Skid Row 251970 1995 514
644The Blues Brothers 251979 2004 98
645Jane's Addiction 251986 2011 89
646Neil Young & Crazy Horse 251987 2012 40
647Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams 251978 2003 22
648Orlando Silva 241935 1959 0114
649Green Day 241990 2014 2052
650The Smashing Pumpkins 241990 2014 1646
651American Quartet 241900 1924 062
652Wilson Pickett 241963 1987 1843
653R Kelly 241992 2016 1543
654Gloria Estefan 241989 2013 2135
655The Eurythmics 241981 2005 1241
656Die Toten Hosen 241988 2012 2126
657The Prodigy 241991 2015 1334
658Frankie Vaughan 241953 1977 442
659Freddy Quinn 241956 1980 341
660Dierzte 241988 2012 1924
661Nine Inch Nails 241989 2013 1527
662Bob Crosby & his Orchestra 241935 1959 041
663Manhattan Transfer 241975 1999 1624
664Sandra 241985 2009 1326
665Charles Mingus 241954 1978 353
666Garth Brooks 241990 2014 1919
667Kastelruther Spatzen 241988 2012 341
668The Manhattans 241965 1989 1319
669Barenaked Ladies 241992 2016 1614
670Procol Harum 241967 1991 1218
671Edwin Starr 241965 1989 624
672Paul Hardcastle 241984 2008 422
673Grover Washington Jr 241972 1996 205
674Dinosaur Jr 241985 2009 915
675Ani DiFranco 241990 2014 185
676Scarface 241991 2015 158
677Pantera 241990 2014 911
678Gary US Bonds 241960 1984 416
679Clint Black 241989 2013 125
680Hoagy Carmichael 241927 1951 017
681Paul Whiteman 231920 1943 0320
682Jimmy Dorsey 231935 1958 2105
683Radiohead 231993 2016 1758
684Chubby Checker 231959 1982 1247
685Tori Amos 231991 2014 1639
686Mario Reis 231928 1951 049
687Lonnie Donegan 231955 1978 642
688XTC 231977 2000 1532
689Snoop Dogg 231993 2016 1828
690Wilco 231992 2015 1333
691Yello 231980 2003 1527
692Boyz II Men 231991 2014 1526
693Tears For Fears 231982 2005 734
694Jefferson Airplane 231966 1989 1326
695The Pogues 231984 2007 1224
696Sly & The Family Stone 231964 1987 1125
697Culture Club 231982 2005 1124
698Gary Glitter 231972 1995 530
699Keith Sweat 231988 2011 1319
700Charlie Barnet 231936 1959 329
701Alice In Chains 231990 2013 1417
702Barclay James Harvest 231974 1997 1713
703Peter & Gordon 231964 1987 1118
704Live 231991 2014 917
705Trisha Yearwood 231991 2014 1411
706kd Lang 231988 2011 1312
707Rick Astley 231987 2010 718
708Jack Smith 231926 1949 024
709Wham! 231983 2006 613
710SWV 231993 2016 612
711Neneh Cherry 231989 2012 512
712Dr Dre 231992 2015 511
713Takeuchi Ball And 231980 2003 71
714Billy Murray 221903 1925 0134
715Peerless Quartet 221904 1926 0104
716Pearl Jam 221991 2013 4349
717Mary J Blige 221992 2014 1944
718Toby Keith 221993 2015 2437
719Nelson Goncalves 221941 1963 059
720Mireille Mathieu 221966 1988 1442
721Moby 221991 2013 1437
722Percy Faith 221950 1972 1928
723Jan & Dean 221958 1980 1235
724Domenico Modugno 221954 1976 343
725Gilberto Alves 221938 1960 042
726Martina McBride 221994 2016 1723
727Primal Scream 221986 2008 1029
728Weezer 221994 2016 1423
729Ethel Waters 221921 1943 031
730Frankie Avalon 221954 1976 129
731Bill Cosby 221964 1986 227
732Annie Lennox 221992 2014 721
733Freddy Cannon 221959 1981 127
734Anita Baker 221983 2005 817
735Too Short 221985 2007 159
736Jason Donovan 221988 2010 716
737Eric Carmen 221975 1997 517
738Soft Cell 221981 2003 615
739Sepultura 221987 2009 109
740Jeff Buckley 221994 2016 710
741Wilson Phillips 221990 2012 511
742Freddie Mercury 221984 2006 510
743Dion & The Belmonts 221958 1980 213
744Tachiro Yamashita 221980 2002 81
745Fats Waller 211922 1943 0133
746Patti Page 211947 1968 7102
747Freddy Martin 211933 1954 186
748Beck 211993 2014 1163
749Tim McGraw 211994 2015 2242
750Russ Morgan 211935 1956 062
751Paul Weller 211991 2012 2035
752The Foo Fighters 211995 2016 1835
753Jefferson Starship 211970 1991 1630
754Sheena Easton 211980 2001 936
755Kenny Loggins 211977 1998 1329
756Mr Children 211993 2014 933
757Margaret Whiting 211946 1967 140
758Garbage 211995 2016 830
759Andrea Bocelli 211994 2015 288
760Modern Talking 211985 2006 1422
761Guns n' Roses 211987 2008 828
762Johnny Tillotson 211958 1979 332
763Suede 211992 2013 925
764E-40 211993 2014 267
765Bahiano 211902 1923 033
766TLC 211992 2013 722
767Brian McKnight 211992 2013 1414
768Pur 211991 2012 1512
769New Edition 211983 2004 819
770Vanessa Williams 211988 2009 819
771The Goo Goo Dolls 211995 2016 1114
772Monica 211995 2016 718
773Average White Band 211973 1994 1212
774Pavement 211989 2010 1113
775Deftones 211995 2016 1014
776DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 211987 2008 816
777David Gray 211993 2014 914
778Wu-Tang Clan 211993 2014 814
779311 211994 2015 156
780Paula Abdul 211988 2009 416
781Steven Curtis Chapman 211995 2016 190
782Joe 211993 2014 130
783Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra 201929 1949 095
784Leo Reisman 201921 1941 079
785The Pointer Sisters 201973 1993 1842
786The Manic Street Preachers 201991 2011 1442
787Lionel Hampton 201936 1956 749
788George Olsen 201925 1945 049
789Sheryl Crow 201993 2013 1134
790Usher 201994 2014 1034
791Take That 201991 2011 1131
792Wet Wet Wet 201988 2008 1032
793The Charlatans 201990 2010 1427
794Gene Krupa 201936 1956 239
795Arthur Collins 201900 1920 040
796Gastao Formenti 201927 1947 040
797NAS 201992 2012 1325
798The Chemical Brothers 201995 2015 1126
799The Tremeloes 201963 1983 235
800Paul Young 201983 2003 927
801Bert Williams 201902 1922 036
802Cannonball Adderley 201955 1975 305
803Black Crowes 201990 2010 1322
804Cal Stewart 201901 1921 035
805Marilyn Manson 201995 2015 1419
806Rainbow 201975 1995 1320
807Shania Twain 201995 2015 825
808The Three Degrees 201965 1985 923
809Funkadelic 201969 1989 1516
810Run DMC 201983 2003 1020
811Massive Attack 201990 2010 821
812The Sex Pistols 201976 1996 623
813Die Fantastischen Vier 201992 2012 1216
814Anne Shelton 201941 1961 028
815Ice Cube 201990 2010 1413
816Counting Crows 201994 2014 1215
817Common 201994 2014 916
818No Doubt 201992 2012 618
819The Roots 201994 2014 139
820Dead Or Alive 201983 2003 517
821The Shangri-Las 201964 1984 220
822NWA 201987 2007 714
823Johnny Horton 201956 1976 218
824Taylor Dayne 201988 2008 414
825Yumi Matsutoya 201981 2001 143
826Sky 201979 1999 132
827Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs 201965 1985 411

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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.