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 2153
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 2737
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 3150
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 2136
257Joni Mitchell 391968 2007 2231
258Cheap Trick 391977 2016 2027
259Steve Winwood 391971 2010 1320
260Cream 391966 2005 1316
261Don Williams 391975 2014 225
262The New Seekers 391970 2009 918
263Art Garfunkel 391973 2012 1016
264Ted Nugent 391975 2014 178
265Jim Croce 391972 2011 815
266The Faces 391970 2009 99
267Michael Crawford 391974 2013 122
268Prince 381978 2016 43118
269Hall & Oates 381973 2011 2549
270The Mills Brothers 381931 1969 369
271Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 381976 2014 2248
272Golden Earring 381965 2003 1850
273Anne Murray 381970 2008 3629
274Carly Simon 381971 2009 2637
275Natalie Cole 381975 2013 2332
276Foreigner 381977 2015 2034
277Motorhead 381977 2015 2723
278Tom Waits 381973 2011 2426
279Demis Roussos 381971 2009 2129
280Uriah Heep 381970 2008 2421
281UFO 381971 2009 1615
282Al Jarreau 381976 2014 1417
283Ben E King 381960 1998 526
284The Small Faces 381965 2003 821
285The Coasters 381956 1994 225
286Peter Frampton 381972 2010 1313
287LOVE 381966 2004 916
288Little Feat 381970 2008 1410
289The Andrews Sisters 371937 1974 4110
290Genesis 371970 2007 2761
291Michel Sardou 371970 2007 4041
292Brenda Lee 371957 1994 1861
293Peter Gabriel 371977 2014 1849
294Van Halen 371978 2015 1650
295The Ramones 371975 2012 1942
296Toto 371978 2015 2139
297Joe Loss Orchestra 371940 1977 454
298Chris de Burgh 371975 2012 2730
299Thin Lizzy 371972 2009 2230
300Sparks 371971 2008 1436
301The Orioles 371948 1985 146
302The Osmonds 371971 2008 1822
303Johnnie Taylor 371963 2000 1524
304Whitesnake 371978 2015 1820
305REO Speedwagon 371974 2011 1719
306Lonestar 371976 2013 1217
307Boston 371976 2013 717
308Mick Jagger 371970 2007 516
309Mr Big 371977 2014 713
310J J Cale 371972 2009 135
311David Gilmour 371978 2015 69
312Cab Calloway & his Cotton Club Orchestra 361930 1966 094
313The Moody Blues 361964 2000 2648
314Jethro Tull 361968 2004 3239
315Olivia Newton-John 361971 2007 2744
316Luther Vandross 361976 2012 2440
317Def Leppard 361979 2015 1738
318Little Richard 361951 1987 748
319Journey 361975 2011 2230
32010CC 361970 2006 1733
321Exile 361977 2013 643
322The Stylistics 361971 2007 1529
323George Baker Selection 361969 2005 535
324Pat Metheny Group 361975 2011 2316
325Isaac Hayes 361969 2005 1920
326Emmylou Harris 361975 2011 2611
327Luciano Pavarotti 361975 2011 333
328Sammy Hagar 361977 2013 1816
329The Partridge Family 361970 2006 1016
330Rickie Lee Jones 361979 2015 1411
331Albert Hammond 361972 2008 417
332Lucinda Williams 361980 2016 137
333Leonard Bernstein 361958 1994 51
334Iron Maiden 351980 2015 4181
335Julio Iglesias 351972 2007 5149
336Lawrence Welk 351937 1972 3540
337Mike Oldfield 351974 2009 3240
338Eagles 351972 2007 1942
339Tina Turner 351975 2010 1546
340John Cougar Mellencamp 351979 2014 2238
341Bryan Adams 351980 2015 1740
342Wolfgang Ambros 351974 2009 3613
343Meat Loaf 351977 2012 2029
344Dr Hook 351972 2007 2127
345The Carter Family 351928 1963 345
346Nazareth 351973 2008 2720
347Alabama 351980 2015 3313
348America 351972 2007 1728
349Jose Feliciano 351968 2003 2024
350Kraftwerk 351970 2005 1131
351Sonny Rollins 351952 1987 312
352Kate Smith 351931 1966 526
353Dan Fogelberg 351974 2009 1317
354Don McLean 351972 2007 1113
355Donny Osmond & Marie Osmond 351974 2009 87
356U2 341980 2014 3085
357George Strait 341981 2015 4437
358Bobby Vinton 341962 1996 2549
359Gary Numan 341979 2013 2536
360Duran Duran 341981 2015 1939
361New Order 341981 2015 1642
362Steely Dan 341972 2006 1935
363The Sweet 341971 2005 1240
364Vic Damone 341947 1981 248
365Ozzy Osbourne 341980 2014 2324
366Joe Jackson 341978 2012 1824
367Manfred Mann's Earth Band 341972 2006 2020
368King Crimson 341969 2003 1919
369Billy Ocean 341976 2010 928
370Ten Years After 341967 2001 156
371Blue 341977 2011 515
372Saga 341978 2012 127
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
382Kate Bush 331978 2011 1254
383Otis Redding 331962 1995 1940
384Sarah Vaughan 331946 1979 1841
385Smokie 331975 2008 2729
386Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians 331924 1957 154
387David Essex 331973 2006 2133
388Ultravox 331977 2010 1235
389Styx 331972 2005 2026
390Leo Sayer 331973 2006 1529
391Grace Jones 331975 2008 1331
392The Human League 331978 2011 1232
393Suzi Quatro 331973 2006 1132
394The Cars 331978 2011 933
395Vikingarna 331975 2008 401
396Ulf Lundell 331976 2009 364
397Billy Idol 331981 2014 1326
398Stevie Nicks 331981 2014 1221
399Teddy Pendergrass 331977 2010 1814
400Gilbert O'Sullivan 331971 2004 824
401Andrew Lloyd Webber 331971 2004 2011
402The Bay City Rollers 331971 2004 1318
403Don Henley 331982 2015 724
404Mark Knopfler 331982 2015 1116
405Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 331980 2013 1015
406Air 331979 2012 914
407Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 331959 1992 617
408Accept 331981 2014 142
409Francisco Alves 321920 1952 0141
410Depeche Mode 321981 2013 3162
411Chuck Berry 321955 1987 2464
412The Pet Shop Boys 321984 2016 2460
413Silvio Caldas 321930 1962 083
414Red Hot Chili Peppers 321984 2016 1861
415INXS 321982 2014 1550
416Boney M 321975 2007 2141
417Roxy Music 321972 2004 1841
418Pat Benatar 321979 2011 1640
419Gene Austin 321925 1957 054
420Talking Heads 321977 2009 1339
421Nancy Wilson 321962 1994 3211
422Cyndi Lauper 321984 2016 1228
423The Cult 321984 2016 1325
424Slayer 321983 2015 1323
425Robert Plant 321982 2014 1124
426Lasse Stefanz 321977 2009 301
427Queensryche 321983 2015 1812
428Los Lobos 321983 2015 1515
429The Replacements 321981 2013 1119
430WASP 321983 2015 1316
431Johnny Nash 321957 1989 623
432The Diamonds 321952 1984 128
433Asia 321982 2014 1115
434Tangerine Dream 321971 2003 213
435Dexys Midnight Runners 321980 2012 715
436Bon Jovi 311984 2015 2363
437Celine Dion 311982 2013 2952
438The Clash 311977 2008 1358
439Sting 311982 2013 1950
440Madness 311979 2010 1849
441The Smurfs 311978 2009 4718
442Bill Haley & his Comets 311950 1981 658
443Scooter 311981 2012 2043
444Dion 311959 1990 1139
445Megadeth 311985 2016 2425
446'Weird Al' Yankovic 311983 2014 1730
447Bonnie Tyler 311976 2007 2224
448Reba McEntire 311984 2015 2916
449Supertramp 311974 2005 1826
450Kenny G 311984 2015 2614
451Eddie Cochran 311957 1988 728
452Steppenwolf 311968 1999 1618
453Frank Ifield 311960 1991 1023
454Mannheim Steamroller 311984 2015 300
455Anthrax 311985 2016 1416
456David Cassidy 311972 2003 1118
457Roger Waters 311984 2015 78
458The Cure 301978 2008 2476
459Metallica 301983 2013 1776
460UB40 301980 2010 3058
461Jackie Wilson 301957 1987 1062
462John McCormack 301910 1940 071
463Simple Minds 301979 2009 2140
464Wings 301971 2001 1049
465Kim Wilde 301981 2011 1741
466George Michael 301984 2014 945
467The Police 301978 2008 1142
468Michael Bolton 301983 2013 2129
469Lionel Richie 301982 2012 1534
470Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 301980 2010 1333
471Jean-Michel Jarre 301977 2007 2220
472Huey Lewis & The News 301980 2010 1130
473Nena 301982 2012 1326
474Sarah Brightman 301983 2013 1817
475Vangelis 301973 2003 1912
476Chris Isaak 301985 2015 1415
477Shocking Blue 301968 1998 622
478They Might Be Giants 301986 2016 176
479Ornette Coleman 301958 1988 211
480Donald Fagen 301982 2012 47
481Jelly Roll Morton 291919 1948 178
482Gene Pitney 291961 1990 1858
483The Stranglers 291977 2006 2253
484Erasure 291985 2014 2045
485Phil Collins 291981 2010 1649
486Whitney Houston 291985 2014 1645
487Robert Palmer 291974 2003 1738
488The Pretenders 291979 2008 1341
489Enya 291986 2015 1240
490Squeeze 291978 2007 1734
491Gary Moore 291979 2008 2226
492Peppino di Capri 291959 1988 444
493Manfred Mann 291964 1993 1631
494Ramsey Lewis Trio 291964 1993 2818
495Amy Grant 291985 2014 2617
496The B52s 291979 2008 1227
497Suzanne Vega 291985 2014 1028
498Spandau Ballet 291980 2009 1126
499Joy Division 291979 2008 926
500Randy Travis 291986 2015 267
501Chaka Khan 291978 2007 1122
502The Velvet Underground 291966 1995 1023
503Eddy Grant 291979 2008 1018
504Rick James 291978 2007 1313
505The Bangles 291982 2011 718
506Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP 291982 2011 210
507Dwight Yoakam 291986 2015 192
508Guy Lombardo 281927 1955 0226
509Sonny Boy Williamson 281935 1963 1141
510The Four Tops 281964 1992 2862
511Carlos Galhardo 281933 1961 073
512Henry Mancini 281957 1985 4624
513Jan Garber 281923 1951 067
514The Jam 281977 2005 1943
515Eros Ramazzotti 281984 2012 1844
516The Beastie Boys 281983 2011 1540
517The Smiths 281983 2011 1435
518LL Cool J 281985 2013 1434
519Lou Rawls 281962 1990 2423
520Sonny & Cher 281965 1993 1325
521Sade 281984 2012 1028
522Big Country 281983 2011 1224
523Joan Armatrading 281976 2004 1718
524Herbert Gronemeyer 281983 2011 1421
525Stan Kenton 281944 1972 1123
526Underworld 281988 2016 1023
527John Mayall 281965 1993 266
528The Waterboys 281983 2011 1218
529The Troggs 281966 1994 819
530Xavier Cugat 281935 1963 323
531The Game 281988 2016 1410
532Marius Muller Westernhagen 281981 2009 194
533The Streets 281983 2011 615
534Joe Satriani 281987 2015 162
535Stevie Ray Vaughan 281983 2011 125
536Tesla 281986 2014 115
537Tommy Dorsey 271932 1959 1180
538Sammy Kaye 271937 1964 0117
539Woody Herman 271937 1964 375
540T Rex 271968 1995 2153
541Kylie Minogue 271988 2015 2348
542Hot Chocolate 271970 1997 1442
543Sonic Youth 271982 2009 2428
544A-Ha 271984 2011 1436
545Dire Straits 271978 2005 1337
546Marty Robbins 271956 1983 1532
547Falco 271982 2009 1926
548Bananarama 271982 2009 931
549Sinead O'Connor 271987 2014 1127
550Motley Crue 271981 2008 1323
551Flaming Lips 271987 2014 1618
552Harry Nilsson 271967 1994 1716
553The Tragically Hip 271989 2016 1615
554Enigma 271981 2008 922
555Prefab Sprout 271982 2009 823
556The Pixies 271987 2014 1317
557Traffic 271967 1994 1316
558Richard Marx 271987 2014 920
559Faith No More 271988 2015 821
560Air Supply 271976 2003 919
561Tracy Chapman 271988 2015 1017
562Steve Earle 271984 2011 187
563Dream Theater 271989 2016 195
564Selena 271988 2015 175
565Dio 271983 2010 1210
566Bill Evans 271956 1983 182
567The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 271977 2004 164
568Michael McDonald 271982 2009 128
569Mary Chapin Carpenter 271989 2016 145
570Warren Zevon 271976 2003 125
571Maurice Jarre 271963 1990 43
572Nat King Cole & Dean Martin 271971 1998 20
573Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly 271956 1983 02
574Big Bill Broonzy 261930 1956 1112
575Marion Harris 261916 1942 099
576Billy Vaughn 261955 1981 2940
577Simply Red 261985 2011 1748
578Roxette 261986 2012 1550
579Morrissey 261988 2014 1845
580Eddy Arnold 261945 1971 1844
581Marillion 261982 2008 1939
582Oasis 261984 2010 1542
583Brook Benton 261958 1984 548
584Jerry Butler 261958 1984 1535
585Zucchero Fornaciari 261986 2012 1828
586Level 42 261980 2006 1431
587Ray Stevens 261961 1987 1429
588Harry Connick Jr 261989 2015 2616
589Fred Astaire 261929 1955 141
590Phish 261988 2014 365
591Richard Clayderman 261978 2004 391
592Sarah McLachlan 261989 2015 1624
593Randy Crawford 261979 2005 1820
594Victor Young 261931 1957 335
595Ted Weems 261922 1948 035
596Curtis Mayfield 261970 1996 1717
597Melissa Etheridge 261988 2014 1418
598Offspring 261989 2015 1121
599Gloria Gaynor 261974 2000 1120
600Babyface 261989 2015 1021
601Luis Miguel 261984 2010 1812
602Mike & The Mechanics 261985 2011 921
603The Staple Singers 261959 1985 1217
604New Kids On The Block 261987 2013 1018
605Indigo Girls 261989 2015 189
606Europe 261983 2009 1114
607Frankie Goes To Hollywood 261983 2009 518
608Yanni 261990 2016 193
609Vince Gill 261990 2016 164
610Alphaville 261984 2010 414
611Lyle Lovett 261986 2012 132
612Ratt 261984 2010 87
613Rick Wakeman 261973 1999 101
614Inoue Positive Water 261973 1999 70
615Henry Burr 251903 1928 098
616Vaughn Monroe 251940 1965 377
617Mariah Carey 251990 2015 2054
618BZ 251990 2015 1855
619Al Martino 251952 1977 2347
620Claudio Villa 251947 1972 069
621Bjork 251990 2015 1650
622The Byrds 251965 1990 1943
623Alan Jackson 251990 2015 2926
624Caterina Valente 251954 1979 253
625Ike & Tina Turner 251960 1985 1836
626Lenny Kravitz 251989 2014 1143
627Shakin' Stevens 251980 2005 1736
628Teresa Brewer 251950 1975 243
629Blur 251990 2015 1131
630Peter, Paul & Mary 251962 1987 1526
631Crowded House 251986 2011 932
632James 251985 2010 1326
633Seal 251990 2015 1225
634PJ Harvey 251991 2016 1126
635Al Stewart 251970 1995 1025
636Billy Bragg 251983 2008 1418
637Michael W Smith 251991 2016 255
638Soundgarden 251989 2014 1020
639The Village People 251977 2002 921
640Poison 251986 2011 1316
641Alison Moyet 251984 2009 1019
642Loreena McKennitt 251985 2010 917
643Inner Circle 251979 2004 617
644Skid Row 251970 1995 514
645The Blues Brothers 251979 2004 98
646Jane's Addiction 251986 2011 89
647Neil Young & Crazy Horse 251987 2012 40
648Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams 251978 2003 22
649Orlando Silva 241935 1959 0114
650Green Day 241990 2014 2052
651The Smashing Pumpkins 241990 2014 1646
652American Quartet 241900 1924 062
653Wilson Pickett 241963 1987 1843
654R Kelly 241992 2016 1543
655Gloria Estefan 241989 2013 2135
656The Eurythmics 241981 2005 1241
657Die Toten Hosen 241988 2012 2126
658The Prodigy 241991 2015 1334
659Frankie Vaughan 241953 1977 442
660Freddy Quinn 241956 1980 341
661Dierzte 241988 2012 1924
662Nine Inch Nails 241989 2013 1527
663Bob Crosby & his Orchestra 241935 1959 041
664Manhattan Transfer 241975 1999 1624
665Sandra 241985 2009 1326
666Charles Mingus 241954 1978 353
667Garth Brooks 241990 2014 1919
668Kastelruther Spatzen 241988 2012 341
669The Manhattans 241965 1989 1319
670Barenaked Ladies 241992 2016 1614
671Procol Harum 241967 1991 1218
672Edwin Starr 241965 1989 624
673Paul Hardcastle 241984 2008 422
674Grover Washington Jr 241972 1996 205
675Dinosaur Jr 241985 2009 915
676Ani DiFranco 241990 2014 185
677Scarface 241991 2015 158
678Pantera 241990 2014 911
679Gary US Bonds 241960 1984 416
680Clint Black 241989 2013 125
681Hoagy Carmichael 241927 1951 017
682Paul Whiteman 231920 1943 0320
683Jimmy Dorsey 231935 1958 2105
684Radiohead 231993 2016 1758
685Chubby Checker 231959 1982 1247
686Tori Amos 231991 2014 1639
687Mario Reis 231928 1951 049
688Lonnie Donegan 231955 1978 642
689XTC 231977 2000 1532
690Snoop Dogg 231993 2016 1828
691Wilco 231992 2015 1333
692Yello 231980 2003 1527
693Boyz II Men 231991 2014 1526
694Tears For Fears 231982 2005 734
695Jefferson Airplane 231966 1989 1326
696The Pogues 231984 2007 1224
697Sly & The Family Stone 231964 1987 1125
698Culture Club 231982 2005 1124
699Gary Glitter 231972 1995 530
700Keith Sweat 231988 2011 1319
701Charlie Barnet 231936 1959 329
702Alice In Chains 231990 2013 1417
703Barclay James Harvest 231974 1997 1713
704Peter & Gordon 231964 1987 1118
705Live 231991 2014 917
706Trisha Yearwood 231991 2014 1411
707kd Lang 231988 2011 1312
708Rick Astley 231987 2010 718
709Jack Smith 231926 1949 024
710Wham! 231983 2006 613
711SWV 231993 2016 612
712Neneh Cherry 231989 2012 512
713Dr Dre 231992 2015 511
714Takeuchi Ball And 231980 2003 71
715Billy Murray 221903 1925 0134
716Peerless Quartet 221904 1926 0104
717Pearl Jam 221991 2013 4349
718Mary J Blige 221992 2014 1944
719Toby Keith 221993 2015 2437
720Nelson Goncalves 221941 1963 059
721Mireille Mathieu 221966 1988 1442
722Moby 221991 2013 1437
723Percy Faith 221950 1972 1928
724Jan & Dean 221958 1980 1235
725Domenico Modugno 221954 1976 343
726Gilberto Alves 221938 1960 042
727Martina McBride 221994 2016 1723
728Primal Scream 221986 2008 1029
729Weezer 221994 2016 1423
730Ethel Waters 221921 1943 031
731Frankie Avalon 221954 1976 129
732Bill Cosby 221964 1986 227
733Annie Lennox 221992 2014 721
734Freddy Cannon 221959 1981 127
735Anita Baker 221983 2005 817
736Too Short 221985 2007 159
737Jason Donovan 221988 2010 716
738Eric Carmen 221975 1997 517
739Soft Cell 221981 2003 615
740Sepultura 221987 2009 109
741Jeff Buckley 221994 2016 710
742Wilson Phillips 221990 2012 511
743Freddie Mercury 221984 2006 510
744Dion & The Belmonts 221958 1980 213
745Tachiro Yamashita 221980 2002 81
746Fats Waller 211922 1943 0133
747Patti Page 211947 1968 7102
748Freddy Martin 211933 1954 186
749Beck 211993 2014 1163
750Tim McGraw 211994 2015 2242
751Russ Morgan 211935 1956 062
752Paul Weller 211991 2012 2035
753The Foo Fighters 211995 2016 1835
754Jefferson Starship 211970 1991 1630
755Sheena Easton 211980 2001 936
756Kenny Loggins 211977 1998 1329
757Mr Children 211993 2014 933
758Margaret Whiting 211946 1967 140
759Garbage 211995 2016 830
760Andrea Bocelli 211994 2015 288
761Modern Talking 211985 2006 1422
762Guns n' Roses 211987 2008 828
763Johnny Tillotson 211958 1979 332
764Suede 211992 2013 925
765E-40 211993 2014 267
766Bahiano 211902 1923 033
767TLC 211992 2013 722
768Brian McKnight 211992 2013 1414
769Pur 211991 2012 1512
770New Edition 211983 2004 819
771Vanessa Williams 211988 2009 819
772The Goo Goo Dolls 211995 2016 1114
773Monica 211995 2016 718
774Average White Band 211973 1994 1212
775Pavement 211989 2010 1113
776Deftones 211995 2016 1014
777DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 211987 2008 816
778David Gray 211993 2014 914
779Wu-Tang Clan 211993 2014 814
780311 211994 2015 156
781Paula Abdul 211988 2009 416
782Steven Curtis Chapman 211995 2016 190
783Joe 211993 2014 130
784Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra 201929 1949 095
785Leo Reisman 201921 1941 079
786The Pointer Sisters 201973 1993 1842
787The Manic Street Preachers 201991 2011 1442
788Lionel Hampton 201936 1956 749
789George Olsen 201925 1945 049
790Sheryl Crow 201993 2013 1134
791Usher 201994 2014 1034
792Take That 201991 2011 1131
793Wet Wet Wet 201988 2008 1032
794The Charlatans 201990 2010 1427
795Gene Krupa 201936 1956 239
796Arthur Collins 201900 1920 040
797Gastao Formenti 201927 1947 040
798NAS 201992 2012 1325
799The Chemical Brothers 201995 2015 1126
800The Tremeloes 201963 1983 235
801Paul Young 201983 2003 927
802Bert Williams 201902 1922 036
803Cannonball Adderley 201955 1975 305
804Black Crowes 201990 2010 1322
805Cal Stewart 201901 1921 035
806Marilyn Manson 201995 2015 1419
807Rainbow 201975 1995 1320
808Shania Twain 201995 2015 825
809The Three Degrees 201965 1985 923
810Funkadelic 201969 1989 1516
811Run DMC 201983 2003 1020
812Massive Attack 201990 2010 821
813The Sex Pistols 201976 1996 623
814Die Fantastischen Vier 201992 2012 1216
815Anne Shelton 201941 1961 028
816Ice Cube 201990 2010 1413
817Counting Crows 201994 2014 1215
818Common 201994 2014 916
819No Doubt 201992 2012 618
820The Roots 201994 2014 139
821Dead Or Alive 201983 2003 517
822The Shangri-Las 201964 1984 220
823NWA 201987 2007 714
824Johnny Horton 201956 1976 218
825Taylor Dayne 201988 2008 414
826Yumi Matsutoya 201981 2001 143
827Sky 201979 1999 132
828Sam 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.