The Longest Careers

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Here is a list of the artists that have more than 20 years between the first and last entry in the charts. Beware that this table tracks the name of the artist, so multiple artists with the same name (like Jimmie Rodgers) will be listed with their total length of career, see the individual artist's pages for details. The "most hits" page shows the same information but ordered by the number of hits each artist has.

# Artist Career Length From Year To Year # Albums # Songs
1Enrico Caruso 951904 1999 139
2Duke Ellington 871926 2013 34248
3Bing Crosby 861926 2012 24334
4Louis Armstrong 801923 2003 32224
5London Symphony Orchestra 801932 2012 334
6Glenn Miller 751935 2010 26180
7Ella Fitzgerald 751936 2011 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 8134
20Perry Como 661943 2009 31163
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
37Buddy Holly 591953 2012 2553
38Simon & Garfunkel 591957 2016 2534
39James Brown 581956 2014 77151
40Aretha Franklin 581956 2014 5386
41Jerry Lee Lewis 581956 2014 3631
42Andy Williams 571956 2013 5864
43Kenny Rogers 571958 2015 5843
44George Jones 571956 2013 3710
45Johnnie Ray 571951 2008 240
46Johnny Mathis 561957 2013 9049
47Paul Anka 561957 2013 2297
48Jim Reeves 561953 2009 4847
49Shirley Bassey 561953 2009 4838
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 82110
57Fats Domino 541950 2004 13130
58Stevie Wonder 541962 2016 32108
59Barbra Streisand 541962 2016 6955
60Engelbert Humperdinck 541953 2007 3236
61Tony Martin 541938 1992 165
62The Whispers 541955 2009 1624
63Judy Collins 541961 2015 2113
64The Beatles 531963 2016 99168
65Cliff Richard 531958 2011 92171
66The Rolling Stones 531963 2016 88147
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 74107
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 3333
82John Coltrane 511957 2008 5111
83Sammy Davis Jr 511954 2005 1530
84David Bowie 501966 2016 69142
85John Lee Hooker 501948 1998 1851
86Die Flippers 501961 2011 4125
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 1814
106Del Shannon 491961 2010 626
107The Seekers 491964 2013 1813
108Neil Diamond 481966 2014 6577
109The Kinks 481964 2012 4888
110Status Quo 481968 2016 5072
111Neil Young 481968 2016 5449
112Deep Purple 481968 2016 5641
113Dinah Washington 481944 1992 1178
114Bob Marley 481965 2013 3446
115Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 481966 2014 2251
116James Taylor 481967 2015 2741
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 3564
128Santana 471969 2016 4645
129The Isley Brothers 471959 2006 3554
130Slade 471958 2005 2164
131Nana Mouskouri 471961 2008 4634
132Dolly Parton 471969 2016 5128
133Will Tura 471959 2006 078
134Howard Carpendale 471969 2016 3443
135Jethro Tull 471968 2015 3739
136Led Zeppelin 471969 2016 2447
137George Benson 471966 2013 2936
138Ray Conniff 471957 2004 5410
139Bobby Darin 471957 2004 1054
140Iggy Pop 471969 2016 1823
141War 471967 2014 2020
142Conway Twitty 471957 2004 1723
143John Barry 471960 2007 2217
144Thelonious Monk 471946 1993 2513
145Elton John 461970 2016 48125
146Rod Stewart 461969 2015 5394
147Bee Gees 461967 2013 4794
148Connie Francis 461955 2001 2494
149Eric Clapton 461970 2016 5065
150Dionne Warwick 461962 2008 4662
151Paul McCartney 461970 2016 3070
152The Shadows 461960 2006 5148
153Roberto Carlos 461960 2006 576
154Linda Ronstadt 461968 2014 3345
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 1430
161Buck Owens 461960 2006 2215
162Boz Scaggs 461969 2015 1621
163Diana Ross & The Supremes 461967 2013 1717
164Chicago 451969 2014 3859
165Roger Whittaker 451967 2012 6522
166Gladys Knight & The Pips 451961 2006 3055
167Peter Maffay 451970 2015 4637
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 1839
174Gianni Morandi 451962 2007 1739
175The Allman Brothers Band 451969 2014 3024
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 1315
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 618
199Leon Russell 441970 2014 129
200Queen 431973 2016 5086
201Michael Jackson 431971 2014 4773
202The Doors 431967 2010 3149
203Lynyrd Skynyrd 431973 2016 3829
204Steve Miller Band 431968 2011 2529
205John Farnham 431967 2010 1930
206The Righteous Brothers 431963 2006 2028
207The Young Rascals 431965 2008 1127
208Vangelis 431973 2016 2214
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 4592
215Aerosmith 421973 2015 3365
216Kiss 421974 2016 4053
217Jimmie Rodgers 421927 1969 390
218Pat Boone 421955 1997 1274
219Earth, Wind & Fire 421971 2013 3151
220Rush 421973 2015 3434
221Judas Priest 421974 2016 2838
222Wings 421971 2013 1153
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
235Billy Joel 411973 2014 3071
236Abba 411973 2014 3960
237John Denver 411970 2011 4137
238John Lennon 411969 2010 2749
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 3117
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 2769
258Barry Manilow 401974 2014 5242
259Mike Oldfield 401974 2014 3740
260Frank Zappa 401966 2006 4528
261The Jackson 5 401969 2009 2645
262Boney M 401975 2015 2444
263Smokie 401975 2015 3334
264Wolfgang Petry 401976 2016 2933
265Roxy Music 401972 2012 1942
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 1425
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 3046
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 2430
285Joni Mitchell 391968 2007 2231
286Jean-Michel Jarre 391977 2016 2721
287Manfred Mann 391964 2003 1731
288Kraftwerk 391970 2009 1236
289Cheap Trick 391977 2016 2027
290Jose Feliciano 391968 2007 2025
291Steve Winwood 391971 2010 1222
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 46119
300Hall & Oates 381973 2011 2551
301Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 381976 2014 2349
302The Mills Brothers 381931 1969 369
303Golden Earring 381965 2003 1853
304Kate Bush 381978 2016 1455
305Anne Murray 381970 2008 3629
306Toto 381978 2016 2639
307Carly Simon 381971 2009 2637
308Foreigner 381977 2015 2335
309Natalie Cole 381975 2013 2333
310Tom Waits 381973 2011 2427
311Wolfgang Ambros 381974 2012 3713
312Demis Roussos 381971 2009 2129
313Supertramp 381974 2012 2029
314Luciano Pavarotti 381975 2013 363
315Al Jarreau 381976 2014 1617
316Ben E King 381960 1998 526
317Peter Frampton 381972 2010 1415
318The Small Faces 381965 2003 821
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 2752
325Brenda Lee 371957 1994 1861
326T Rex 371968 2005 2353
327Simple Minds 371979 2016 2644
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
333Joe Jackson 371978 2015 1929
334Whitesnake 371978 2015 2720
335The Orioles 371948 1985 146
336Saxon 371979 2016 2420
337The Osmonds 371971 2008 1822
338REO Speedwagon 371974 2011 1719
339Mick Jagger 371970 2007 619
340Boston 371976 2013 717
341Mr Big 371977 2014 813
342J J Cale 371972 2009 137
343David Gilmour 371978 2015 69
344U2 361980 2016 3188
345Depeche Mode 361981 2017 3470
346Cab Calloway & his Cotton Club Orchestra 361930 1966 094
347The Moody Blues 361964 2000 2648
348Olivia Newton-John 361971 2007 2744
349Luther Vandross 361976 2012 2440
350Def Leppard 361979 2015 1739
351Little Richard 361951 1987 748
352Journey 361975 2011 2230
353Exile 361977 2013 744
35410cc 361970 2006 1733
355Yello 361980 2016 1827
356The Stylistics 361971 2007 1529
357George Baker Selection 361969 2005 536
358Pat Metheny Group 361975 2011 2416
359Isaac Hayes 361969 2005 1920
360Emmylou Harris 361975 2011 2612
361Sammy Hagar 361977 2013 1916
362Saga 361978 2014 268
363John Mayall 361965 2001 276
364The Partridge Family 361970 2006 1016
365Rickie Lee Jones 361979 2015 1411
366Blue 361977 2013 617
367Lucinda Williams 361980 2016 138
368Leonard Bernstein 361958 1994 51
369Iron Maiden 351980 2015 4582
370Julio Iglesias 351972 2007 5250
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
387Dan Fogelberg 351974 2009 1318
388Kate Smith 351931 1966 526
389Marius Muller Westernhagen 351981 2016 255
390Don McLean 351972 2007 1114
391Robert Cray Band 351980 2015 143
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 2152
397Nena 341982 2016 2938
398Marillion 341982 2016 2540
399New Order 341981 2015 1747
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 2125
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 2783
413The Cure 331978 2011 2980
414Elvis Costello 331977 2010 3374
415Metallica 331983 2016 2280
416The Fall 331978 2011 2858
417Chris Rea 331978 2011 2948
418Janet Jackson 331982 2015 1751
419INXS 331982 2015 1651
420Barry White 331973 2006 3234
421Herbert Gronemeyer 331983 2016 1942
422Otis Redding 331962 1995 1940
423Sarah Vaughan 331946 1979 1841
424Gary Moore 331979 2012 2728
425Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians 331924 1957 154
426David Essex 331973 2006 2133
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
439Harry Nilsson 331967 2000 1720
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 724
445The Bay City Rollers 331971 2004 1019
446Mark Knopfler 331982 2015 1116
447Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 331959 1992 917
448Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 331980 2013 1015
449Air 331979 2012 915
450Roger Waters 331984 2017 710
451Accept 331981 2014 142
452Francisco Alves 321920 1952 0141
453Bon Jovi 321984 2016 2568
454The Pet Shop Boys 321984 2016 2566
455Chuck Berry 321955 1987 2464
456Silvio Caldas 321930 1962 083
457Red Hot Chili Peppers 321984 2016 1763
458Pat Benatar 321979 2011 1640
459A-Ha 321984 2016 1638
460Gene Austin 321925 1957 054
461Talking Heads 321977 2009 1339
462Nancy Wilson 321962 1994 3211
463Cyndi Lauper 321984 2016 1228
464The Cult 321984 2016 1325
465Slayer 321983 2015 1423
466Robert Plant 321982 2014 1124
467WASP 321983 2015 1616
468The Village People 321977 2009 923
469Queensryche 321983 2015 1912
470The Waterboys 321983 2015 1318
471The Replacements 321981 2013 1119
472Europe 321983 2015 1514
473Los Lobos 321983 2015 1514
474Asia 321982 2014 1316
475Johnny Nash 321957 1989 623
476The Diamonds 321952 1984 128
477Tangerine Dream 321971 2003 213
478Dexys Midnight Runners 321980 2012 715
479Freddie Mercury 321984 2016 610
480The Smurfs 311978 2009 5121
481The Clash 311977 2008 1458
482Madness 311979 2010 1951
483Eros Ramazzotti 311984 2015 2246
484Bill Haley & his Comets 311950 1981 658
485Sandra 311985 2016 1931
486Dion 311959 1990 1139
487Megadeth 311985 2016 2425
488'Weird Al' Yankovic 311983 2014 1730
489Reba McEntire 311984 2015 2915
490Kenny G 311984 2015 2714
491Eddie Cochran 311957 1988 728
492Steppenwolf 311968 1999 1618
493Frank Ifield 311960 1991 1023
494Prefab Sprout 311982 2013 1023
495Anthrax 311985 2016 1516
496Mannheim Steamroller 311984 2015 300
497Bad Religion 311982 2013 1811
498David Cassidy 311972 2003 1118
499Dinosaur Jr 311985 2016 1115
500Dio 311983 2014 1510
501Christopher Cross 311980 2011 715
502UB40 301980 2010 3158
503Jackie Wilson 301957 1987 1062
504John McCormack 301910 1940 072
505Roxette 301986 2016 1752
506Simply Red 301985 2015 2048
507Erasure 301985 2015 2245
508Kim Wilde 301981 2011 1746
509George Michael 301984 2014 1047
510The Police 301978 2008 1243
511Zucchero Fornaciari 301986 2016 2131
512Lionel Richie 301982 2012 1537
513Michael Bolton 301983 2013 2130
514Helloween 301985 2015 2422
515Primal Scream 301986 2016 1229
516Huey Lewis & The News 301980 2010 1130
517Sarah Brightman 301983 2013 1817
518Chris Isaak 301985 2015 1415
519Ministry 301983 2013 1315
520Shocking Blue 301968 1998 622
521Alphaville 301984 2014 818
522Ornette Coleman 301958 1988 211
523Donald Fagen 301982 2012 47
524Jelly Roll Morton 291919 1948 178
525Gene Pitney 291961 1990 1858
526The Stranglers 291977 2006 2253
527Morrissey 291988 2017 1848
528Whitney Houston 291985 2014 1845
529Robert Palmer 291974 2003 1840
530The Pretenders 291979 2008 1341
531Enya 291986 2015 1340
532Squeeze 291978 2007 1634
533Peppino di Capri 291959 1988 444
534Ramsey Lewis Trio 291964 1993 2818
535Amy Grant 291985 2014 2617
536Modern Talking 291985 2014 1824
537The B52s 291979 2008 1226
538Spandau Ballet 291980 2009 1127
539Suzanne Vega 291985 2014 1028
540Joy Division 291979 2008 926
541Randy Travis 291986 2015 267
542Chaka Khan 291978 2007 1122
543The Velvet Underground 291966 1995 1023
544The Pixies 291987 2016 1418
545Mike & The Mechanics 291985 2014 1021
546Eddy Grant 291979 2008 1218
547Loreena McKennitt 291985 2014 1217
548Rick Astley 291987 2016 918
549Rick James 291978 2007 1313
550The Bangles 291982 2011 818
551Frankie Goes To Hollywood 291983 2012 618
552Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP 291982 2011 210
553Dwight Yoakam 291986 2015 192
554Guy Lombardo 281927 1955 0226
555Sonny Boy Williamson 281935 1963 1141
556The Four Tops 281964 1992 2862
557Carlos Galhardo 281933 1961 073
558Henry Mancini 281957 1985 4625
559Jan Garber 281923 1951 067
560Dierzte 281985 2013 2438
561The Jam 281977 2005 1943
562Hot Chocolate 281970 1998 1644
563The Beastie Boys 281983 2011 1541
564The Smiths 281983 2011 1436
565LL Cool J 281985 2013 1435
566Lou Rawls 281962 1990 2423
567Nine Inch Nails 281989 2017 1628
568Crowded House 281987 2015 933
569Kastelruther Spatzen 281988 2016 401
570Sonny & Cher 281965 1993 1325
571Sade 281984 2012 1028
572Big Country 281983 2011 1324
573Underworld 281988 2016 1026
574Melissa Etheridge 281988 2016 1619
575Stan Kenton 281944 1972 1123
576De La Soul 281988 2016 920
577Patricia Kaas 281988 2016 1710
578The Troggs 281966 1994 819
579Xavier Cugat 281935 1963 323
580The Game 281988 2016 1510
581Tanita Tikaram 281988 2016 814
582The Streets 281983 2011 616
583Joe Satriani 281987 2015 172
584Stevie Ray Vaughan 281983 2011 125
585Tesla 281986 2014 115
586Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris 281987 2015 30
587Tommy Dorsey 271932 1959 1180
588Sammy Kaye 271937 1964 0117
589Woody Herman 271937 1964 375
590Kylie Minogue 271988 2015 2849
591Sonic Youth 271982 2009 2428
592Falco 271982 2009 2027
593Marty Robbins 271956 1983 1532
594Bananarama 271982 2009 932
595Sinead O'Connor 271987 2014 1228
596Guns n' Roses 271987 2014 928
597Flaming Lips 271987 2014 1618
598The Boomtown Rats 271977 2004 924
599The Tragically Hip 271989 2016 1615
600Traffic 271967 1994 1318
601Richard Marx 271987 2014 921
602Faith No More 271988 2015 821
603Air Supply 271976 2003 919
604Dream Theater 271989 2016 216
605Tracy Chapman 271988 2015 1017
606The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 271977 2004 214
607Steve Earle 271984 2011 187
608Selena 271988 2015 175
609Bill Evans 271956 1983 182
610Mary Chapin Carpenter 271989 2016 146
611Michael McDonald 271982 2009 128
612Warren Zevon 271976 2003 125
613Maurice Jarre 271963 1990 63
614Nat King Cole & Dean Martin 271971 1998 20
615Neil Young & The Bluenotes 271988 2015 20
616Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly 271956 1983 02
617Big Bill Broonzy 261930 1956 1112
618Marion Harris 261916 1942 099
619Green Day 261990 2016 2155
620Billy Vaughn 261955 1981 3040
621Eddy Arnold 261945 1971 1844
622Oasis 261984 2010 1543
623Brook Benton 261958 1984 548
624Jerry Butler 261958 1984 1535
625Richard Clayderman 261978 2004 461
626Level 42 261980 2006 1431
627Kelly Family 261979 2005 1628
628Ray Stevens 261961 1987 1429
629Harry Connick Jr 261989 2015 2616
630Fred Astaire 261929 1955 141
631Phish 261988 2014 365
632Randy Crawford 261979 2005 2021
633Sarah McLachlan 261989 2015 1624
634Victor Young 261931 1957 335
635Ted Weems 261922 1948 035
636Curtis Mayfield 261970 1996 1717
637Nockalm Quintett 261990 2016 320
638Gloria Gaynor 261974 2000 1121
639Offspring 261989 2015 1121
640Babyface 261989 2015 1021
641Luis Miguel 261984 2010 1812
642The Staple Singers 261959 1985 1217
643Jennifer Rush 261984 2010 1019
644New Kids On The Block 261987 2013 1019
645Indigo Girls 261989 2015 189
646A Tribe Called Quest 261990 2016 818
647Sepultura 261987 2013 149
648Yanni 261990 2016 193
649Vince Gill 261990 2016 164
650Lyle Lovett 261986 2012 132
651Ratt 261984 2010 87
652Rick Wakeman 261973 1999 101
653Henry Burr 251903 1928 098
654Vaughn Monroe 251940 1965 377
655Mariah Carey 251990 2015 2054
656BZ 251990 2015 1855
657Die Toten Hosen 251988 2013 2843
658Claudio Villa 251947 1972 069
659Bjork 251990 2015 1650
660Mary J Blige 251992 2017 1944
661The Byrds 251965 1990 1943
662Lenny Kravitz 251989 2014 1150
663Alan Jackson 251990 2015 2926
664Ike & Tina Turner 251960 1985 1836
665Shakin' Stevens 251980 2005 1737
666Pur 251990 2015 1631
667Teresa Brewer 251950 1975 243
668Blur 251990 2015 1331
669Peter, Paul & Mary 251962 1987 1526
670Seal 251990 2015 1327
671Helmut Lotti 251991 2016 1720
672PJ Harvey 251991 2016 1126
673Al Stewart 251970 1995 1125
674Billy Bragg 251983 2008 1418
675Michael W Smith 251991 2016 255
676Alison Moyet 251984 2009 1119
677Soundgarden 251989 2014 921
678Poison 251986 2011 1316
679Lisa Stansfield 251989 2014 821
680Gerry Rafferty 251978 2003 917
681Inner Circle 251979 2004 618
682The Blues Brothers 251979 2004 118
683Skid Row 251970 1995 514
684Neneh Cherry 251989 2014 612
685Jane's Addiction 251986 2011 710
686Neil Young & Crazy Horse 251987 2012 40
687Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams 251978 2003 22
688Orlando Silva 241935 1959 0114
689Radiohead 241993 2017 1564
690Beck 241993 2017 1165
691The Smashing Pumpkins 241990 2014 1351
692Wilson Pickett 241963 1987 1844
693American Quartet 241900 1924 062
694R Kelly 241992 2016 1545
695Paul Weller 241991 2015 2335
696Gloria Estefan 241989 2013 2135
697The Eurythmics 241981 2005 1244
698Caterina Valente 241954 1978 253
699The Prodigy 241991 2015 1235
700Wilco 241992 2016 1333
701Frankie Vaughan 241953 1977 442
702Die Fantastischen Vier 241992 2016 1926
703Texas 241989 2013 932
704Bob Crosby & his Orchestra 241935 1959 041
705Manhattan Transfer 241975 1999 1624
706Charles Mingus 241954 1978 353
707Garth Brooks 241990 2014 1919
708Suede 241992 2016 1027
709Bihse Onkelz 241992 2016 297
710The Manhattans 241965 1989 1319
711Barenaked Ladies 241992 2016 1614
712Procol Harum 241967 1991 1218
713Edwin Starr 241965 1989 624
714Paul Hardcastle 241984 2008 422
715Scarface 241991 2015 158
716Pantera 241990 2014 911
717Gary US Bonds 241960 1984 416
718Clint Black 241989 2013 125
719Hoagy Carmichael 241927 1951 017
720Starsound 241981 2005 410
721Paul Whiteman 231920 1943 0320
722Jimmy Dorsey 231935 1958 2105
723Chubby Checker 231959 1982 1247
724The Manic Street Preachers 231991 2014 1542
725Tori Amos 231991 2014 1739
726DJ BoBo 231993 2016 2231
727Mario Reis 231928 1951 049
728Lonnie Donegan 231955 1978 642
729XTC 231977 2000 1532
730Snoop Dogg 231993 2016 1828
731Take That 231991 2014 1233
732Boyz II Men 231991 2014 1526
733Tears For Fears 231982 2005 734
734Paul Young 231983 2006 1129
735Jefferson Airplane 231966 1989 1326
736The Pogues 231984 2007 1224
737Sly & The Family Stone 231964 1987 1125
738Gary Glitter 231972 1995 530
739Culture Club 231982 2005 1024
740Keith Sweat 231988 2011 1419
741Charlie Barnet 231936 1959 329
742Barclay James Harvest 231974 1997 1813
743Alice In Chains 231990 2013 1217
744Peter & Gordon 231964 1987 1118
745Annie Lennox 231992 2015 722
746Live 231991 2014 918
747Trisha Yearwood 231991 2014 1411
748kd Lang 231988 2011 1312
749Jack Smith 231926 1949 024
750Dr Alban 231991 2014 616
751Wham! 231983 2006 613
752Dr Dre 231992 2015 711
753SWV 231993 2016 612
754Billy Murray 221903 1925 0134
755Peerless Quartet 221904 1926 0104
756Pearl Jam 221991 2013 4051
757Tim McGraw 221994 2016 2243
758Toby Keith 221993 2015 2437
759Nelson Goncalves 221941 1963 059
760The Foo Fighters 221995 2017 1345
761Moby 221991 2013 1438
762Percy Faith 221950 1972 1928
763Laura Pausini 221993 2015 1730
764Jan & Dean 221958 1980 1235
765Usher 221994 2016 1135
766Domenico Modugno 221954 1976 343
767Garbage 221995 2017 735
768Martina McBride 221994 2016 1723
769Weezer 221994 2016 1424
770Korn 221994 2016 1521
771Ethel Waters 221921 1943 031
772Frankie Avalon 221954 1976 129
773Bill Cosby 221964 1986 227
774Freddy Cannon 221959 1981 127
775Anita Baker 221983 2005 817
776Too Short 221985 2007 159
777Jason Donovan 221988 2010 716
778Soft Cell 221981 2003 715
779Eric Carmen 221975 1997 517
780Jeff Buckley 221994 2016 710
781Wilson Phillips 221990 2012 511
782Dion & The Belmonts 221958 1980 213
783Tachiro Yamashita 221980 2002 81
784Fats Waller 211922 1943 0133
785Patti Page 211947 1968 7102
786Freddy Martin 211933 1954 186
787Russ Morgan 211935 1956 062
788Jay-Z 211996 2017 1941
789Placebo 211995 2016 1343
790Jefferson Starship 211970 1991 1630
791Sheena Easton 211980 2001 936
792Mr Children 211993 2014 933
793Kenny Loggins 211977 1998 1328
794Margaret Whiting 211946 1967 140
795The Chemical Brothers 211995 2016 1129
796Andrea Bocelli 211994 2015 289
797Hansi Hinterseer 211995 2016 351
798Johnny Tillotson 211958 1979 332
799E-40 211993 2014 267
800Bahiano 211902 1923 033
801TLC 211992 2013 722
802Brian McKnight 211992 2013 1414
803New Edition 211983 2004 819
804Vanessa Williams 211988 2009 819
805The Goo Goo Dolls 211995 2016 1114
806Monica 211995 2016 718
807Average White Band 211973 1994 1212
808Pavement 211989 2010 1113
809Deftones 211995 2016 1014
810DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 211987 2008 816
811David Gray 211993 2014 914
812Wu-Tang Clan 211993 2014 815
813311 211994 2015 156
814Paula Abdul 211988 2009 416
815George McCrae 211974 1995 313
816Joe 211993 2014 130
817Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra 201929 1949 095
818Leo Reisman 201921 1941 079
819Robbie Williams 201996 2016 2251
820The Pointer Sisters 201973 1993 1840
821Shakira 201996 2016 1839
822Lionel Hampton 201936 1956 749
823George Olsen 201925 1945 049
824Ash 201995 2015 739
825Sheryl Crow 201993 2013 1134
826Andre Rieu 201993 2013 394
827The Corrs 201996 2016 1231
828The Charlatans 201990 2010 1428
829Wet Wet Wet 201988 2008 1032
830Rammstein 201995 2015 1229
831Gene Krupa 201936 1956 239
832Arthur Collins 201900 1920 040
833Gastao Formenti 201927 1947 040
834Snap 201990 2010 831
835Black Crowes 201990 2010 1325
836NAS 201992 2012 1325
837Shania Twain 201995 2015 1225
838The Tremeloes 201963 1983 235
839Marilyn Manson 201995 2015 1422
840Bert Williams 201902 1922 036
841Cannonball Adderley 201955 1975 305
842The Backstreet Boys 201996 2016 1124
843Cal Stewart 201901 1921 035
844Run DMC 201983 2003 1122
845Massive Attack 201990 2010 923
846The Three Degrees 201965 1985 923
847The Sex Pistols 201976 1996 623
848Counting Crows 201994 2014 1216
849Anne Shelton 201941 1961 028
850Ice Cube 201990 2010 1413
851Common 201994 2014 916
852No Doubt 201992 2012 618
853Mogwai 201996 2016 1310
854The Roots 201994 2014 139
855The Shangri-Las 201964 1984 220
856NWA 201987 2007 714
857Johnny Horton 201956 1976 218
858Taylor Dayne 201988 2008 414
859Yumi Matsutoya 201981 2001 143
860In Flames 201996 2016 133
861Sky 201979 1999 132
862Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs 201965 1985 411
863Machine 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.