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 4091
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 921
24Ray Charles 641949 2013 66111
25BB King 641951 2015 3881
26Doris Day 641947 2011 1588
27John Williams 641952 2016 4818
28Elvis Presley 631954 2017 250260
29Tony Bennett 621950 2012 5178
30Muddy Waters 621948 2010 1481
31Dean Martin 611949 2010 4783
32Roy Orbison 611956 2017 4268
33Charles Aznavour 611953 2014 4025
34The Drifters 601953 2013 1674
35Udo Jurgens 601956 2016 4840
36Johnny Cash 591955 2014 8794
37Petula Clark 591949 2008 22114
38Buddy Holly 591953 2012 2553
39Simon & Garfunkel 591957 2016 2434
40James Brown 581956 2014 77151
41Aretha Franklin 581956 2014 5386
42Jerry Lee Lewis 581956 2014 3631
43Andy Williams 571956 2013 5865
44Kenny Rogers 571958 2015 5843
45George Jones 571956 2013 3710
46Johnnie Ray 571951 2008 240
47Johnny Mathis 561957 2013 9049
48Paul Anka 561957 2013 2297
49Jim Reeves 561953 2009 4847
50Shirley Bassey 561953 2009 4738
51Peter Alexander 561955 2011 1552
52Joan Baez 561960 2016 3621
53Jimmy Barnes 561959 2015 166
54Patsy Cline 551957 2012 1816
55Mario Lanza 551949 2004 1715
56Bob Dylan 541962 2016 82110
57Fats Domino 541950 2004 13130
58Barbra Streisand 541962 2016 6955
59Engelbert Humperdinck 541953 2007 3236
60Tony Martin 541938 1992 166
61The Whispers 541955 2009 1624
62Judy Collins 541961 2015 2113
63The Beatles 531963 2016 99168
64Cliff Richard 531958 2011 92171
65The Rolling Stones 531963 2016 88147
66Marvin Gaye 531962 2015 3662
67Glen Campbell 531961 2014 3441
68Paul Simon 531963 2016 2644
69The Platters 531955 2008 945
70Quincy Jones 531957 2010 2027
71The Beach Boys 521961 2013 74107
72The Temptations 521960 2012 5884
73The Four Seasons 521962 2014 3353
74The Everly Brothers 521957 2009 2856
75Herb Alpert 521962 2014 3743
76Merle Haggard 521964 2016 4017
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 70143
85John Lee Hooker 501948 1998 1851
86Die Flippers 501961 2011 4125
87Creedence Clearwater Revival 501968 2018 3029
88The Monkees 501966 2016 2435
89Leonard Cohen 501966 2016 3024
90Dalida 501957 2007 1439
91Vicky Leandros 501965 2015 1240
92Carole King 501962 2012 2130
93Marianne Faithfull 501964 2014 1618
94The Cardigans 501958 2008 720
95Johnny Hallyday 491960 2009 5874
96Pink Floyd 491967 2016 3085
97Adriano Celentano 491959 2008 3774
98Grateful Dead 491967 2016 8225
99Jimi Hendrix 491966 2015 5938
100Van Morrison 491967 2016 4541
101Cher 491964 2013 2856
102Dolly Parton 491969 2018 5129
103Ricky Nelson 491957 2006 1462
104Smokey Robinson 491965 2014 2741
105Bobby Vee 491959 2008 1548
106The Animals 491964 2013 2136
107Jeff Beck 491967 2016 1814
108Del Shannon 491961 2010 626
109The Seekers 491964 2013 1713
110Elton John 481970 2018 49124
111Neil Diamond 481966 2014 6577
112The Kinks 481964 2012 4888
113Status Quo 481968 2016 5072
114Neil Young 481968 2016 5449
115Paul McCartney 481970 2018 3170
116Deep Purple 481968 2016 5641
117Dinah Washington 481944 1992 1178
118Bob Marley 481965 2013 3446
119Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 481966 2014 2251
120James Taylor 481967 2015 2741
121Cat Stevens 481966 2014 2337
122Mireille Mathieu 481966 2014 1644
123Herbie Hancock 481962 2010 3323
124The Detroit Spinners 481961 2009 1935
125Harry Belafonte 481953 2001 2726
126Percy Sledge 481966 2014 824
127Mina 471960 2007 6171
128The Hollies 471963 2010 3183
129Fleetwood Mac 471968 2015 3966
130Tom Jones 471965 2012 4356
131Joe Cocker 471968 2015 3564
132Santana 471969 2016 4645
133The Isley Brothers 471959 2006 3554
134Slade 471958 2005 2164
135Nana Mouskouri 471961 2008 4634
136Will Tura 471959 2006 078
137Howard Carpendale 471969 2016 3443
138Jethro Tull 471968 2015 3739
139Led Zeppelin 471969 2016 2447
140George Benson 471966 2013 2936
141Ray Conniff 471957 2004 5410
142Bobby Darin 471957 2004 1054
143Iggy Pop 471969 2016 1823
144War 471967 2014 2020
145Conway Twitty 471957 2004 1723
146John Barry 471960 2007 2217
147Thelonious Monk 471946 1993 2513
148Rod Stewart 461969 2015 5393
149Bee Gees 461967 2013 4794
150Connie Francis 461955 2001 2494
151Eric Clapton 461970 2016 5066
152Dionne Warwick 461962 2008 4662
153The Shadows 461960 2006 5148
154Roberto Carlos 461960 2006 577
155Linda Ronstadt 461968 2014 3344
156Sam Cooke 461957 2003 1458
157ZZ Top 461970 2016 2741
158Yes 461969 2015 3136
159Black Sabbath 461970 2016 3226
160Rosemary Clooney 461950 1996 442
161Nirvana 461967 2013 1430
162Buck Owens 461960 2006 2215
163Boz Scaggs 461969 2015 1621
164Diana Ross & The Supremes 461967 2013 1717
165Stevie Wonder 451962 2007 31107
166Queen 451973 2018 5086
167Abba 451973 2018 3960
168Chicago 451969 2014 3859
169Roger Whittaker 451967 2012 6522
170Gladys Knight & The Pips 451961 2006 3055
171Peter Maffay 451970 2015 4637
172Alice Cooper 451969 2014 3449
173Claude Francois 451963 2008 2358
174Willie Nelson 451971 2016 6114
175The Ink Spots 451936 1981 471
176Dave Clark Five 451963 2008 2148
177George Harrison 451969 2014 1839
178Gianni Morandi 451962 2007 1739
179The Allman Brothers Band 451969 2014 3024
180Uriah Heep 451970 2015 2824
181The Searchers 451963 2008 2030
182Freddy Quinn 451956 2001 742
183Patti LaBelle 451963 2008 2619
184Three Dog Night 451969 2014 1926
185Ringo Starr 451970 2015 1826
186Bonnie Raitt 451971 2016 2122
187Tommy James & the Shondells 451966 2011 239
188Charley Pride 451968 2013 2411
189The Band 451968 2013 1421
190The Faces 451970 2015 109
191James Last 441967 2011 1315
192Genesis 441970 2014 3161
193Carpenters 441969 2013 3149
194Udo Lindenberg 441972 2016 4318
195Salvatore Adamo 441963 2007 646
196Donny Osmond 441971 2015 1926
197Reinhard Mey 441972 2016 373
198Rick Springfield 441972 2016 1425
199Bill Withers 441971 2015 1521
200Nancy Sinatra 441962 2006 1026
201UFO 441971 2015 2015
202Albert Hammond 441972 2016 618
203Leon Russell 441970 2014 1210
204Michael Jackson 431971 2014 4773
205AC/DC 431975 2018 3152
206The Doors 431967 2010 3149
207Lynyrd Skynyrd 431973 2016 3829
208Steve Miller Band 431968 2011 2529
209John Farnham 431967 2010 1930
210The Righteous Brothers 431963 2006 2028
211The Young Rascals 431965 2008 1127
212Vangelis 431973 2016 2214
213Janis Joplin 431969 2012 1315
214Richard Thompson 431972 2015 204
215Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 431965 2008 517
216Eric Burdon & War 431970 2013 74
217Richard Rodgers 431954 1997 40
218Bruce Springsteen 421973 2015 4591
219Aerosmith 421973 2015 3365
220Kiss 421974 2016 4053
221Jimmie Rodgers 421927 1969 390
222Pat Boone 421955 1997 1274
223Earth, Wind & Fire 421971 2013 3151
224Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 421976 2018 2454
225Rush 421973 2015 3435
226Judas Priest 421974 2016 2838
227Wings 421971 2013 1149
228The Doobie Brothers 421972 2014 1838
229Bette Midler 421972 2014 2526
230Jackson Browne 421972 2014 1832
231Bad Company 421974 2016 1529
232Roberta Flack 421970 2012 1620
233Randy Newman 421968 2010 1222
234Kansas 421974 2016 1516
235Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys 421936 1978 225
236Ry Cooder 421970 2012 195
237Burt Bacharach 421963 2005 154
238Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr 421962 2004 61
239Diana Ross 411970 2011 4883
240Billy Joel 411973 2014 3070
241John Denver 411970 2011 4137
242Mike Oldfield 411973 2014 3740
243John Lennon 411969 2010 2749
244Al Martino 411952 1993 2348
245Bryan Ferry 411973 2014 1750
246Chris de Burgh 411975 2016 3036
247Al Green 411967 2008 3728
248The Ramones 411975 2016 2042
249The O'Jays 411963 2004 2239
250Donovan 411965 2006 2531
251Nazareth 411973 2014 2920
252Lou Reed 411972 2013 3117
253The Mamas & The Papas 411965 2006 1925
254Lulu 411964 2005 1034
255Sandie Shaw 411964 2005 635
256Rainbow 411975 2016 1820
257Frankie Valli 411966 2007 719
258Blue Oyster Cult 411972 2013 1510
259Savage & Akon 411964 2005 02
260Benny Goodman 401931 1971 9150
261Electric Light Orchestra 401972 2012 2768
262Barry Manilow 401974 2014 5242
263Frank Zappa 401966 2006 4528
264The Jackson 5 401969 2009 2645
265Boney M 401975 2015 2444
266Smokie 401975 2015 3334
267Wolfgang Petry 401976 2016 2933
268Heart 401976 2016 2139
269Roxy Music 401972 2012 1941
270The Alan Parsons Project 401976 2016 2230
271Jimmy Buffett 401973 2013 3812
272Sheila 401963 2003 545
273Gordon Lightfoot 401962 2002 2028
274Patti Smith Group 401974 2014 1225
275John Hiatt 401974 2014 224
276Rory Gallagher 401971 2011 220
277John Fogerty 401973 2013 129
278Donna Summer 391974 2013 2469
279Kool & The Gang 391969 2008 3046
280Blondie 391975 2014 1947
281Tina Turner 391975 2014 1646
282Vicente Celestino 391916 1955 058
283Motorhead 391977 2016 3323
284The Commodores 391974 2013 2135
285Roland Kaiser 391977 2016 3025
286Meat Loaf 391977 2016 2429
287Joni Mitchell 391968 2007 2231
288Manfred Mann 391964 2003 1731
289Jean-Michel Jarre 391977 2016 2621
290Cheap Trick 391977 2016 2027
291Jose Feliciano 391968 2007 2025
292Kraftwerk 391970 2009 1232
293Steve Winwood 391971 2010 1222
294The Yardbirds 391964 2003 1020
295Cream 391966 2005 1316
296Art Garfunkel 391973 2012 1116
297The New Seekers 391970 2009 918
298Ted Nugent 391975 2014 178
299Jim Croce 391972 2011 815
300Michael Crawford 391974 2013 122
301Johnny Cash & June Carter 391967 2006 32
302Prince 381978 2016 46117
303Hall & Oates 381973 2011 2550
304The Mills Brothers 381931 1969 369
305Golden Earring 381965 2003 1853
306Kate Bush 381978 2016 1454
307Anne Murray 381970 2008 3630
308Toto 381978 2016 2639
309Carly Simon 381971 2009 2637
310Foreigner 381977 2015 2335
311Natalie Cole 381975 2013 2333
312Tom Waits 381973 2011 2427
313Wolfgang Ambros 381974 2012 3713
314Demis Roussos 381971 2009 2129
315Supertramp 381974 2012 2029
316Luciano Pavarotti 381975 2013 363
317Al Jarreau 381976 2014 1617
318Ben E King 381960 1998 526
319Peter Frampton 381972 2010 1415
320The Small Faces 381965 2003 821
321The Coasters 381956 1994 225
322Midnight Oil 381979 2017 1016
323LOVE 381966 2004 916
324Little Feat 381970 2008 1410
325U2 371980 2017 3289
326The Andrews Sisters 371937 1974 4110
327Michel Sardou 371970 2007 4041
328Peter Gabriel 371977 2014 2752
329Brenda Lee 371957 1994 1861
330T Rex 371968 2005 2353
331Simple Minds 371979 2016 2642
332Van Halen 371978 2015 1650
333Joe Loss Orchestra 371940 1977 454
334Bonnie Tyler 371976 2013 2430
335Thin Lizzy 371972 2009 2330
336Sparks 371971 2008 1536
337Joe Jackson 371978 2015 1829
338The Orioles 371948 1985 146
339Saxon 371979 2016 2420
340Whitesnake 371978 2015 2320
341The Osmonds 371971 2008 1822
342REO Speedwagon 371974 2011 1719
343Boston 371976 2013 717
344Mick Jagger 371970 2007 519
345Mr Big 371977 2014 813
346J J Cale 371972 2009 137
347David Gilmour 371978 2015 69
348Depeche Mode 361981 2017 3469
349Cab Calloway & his Cotton Club Orchestra 361930 1966 094
350Celine Dion 361982 2018 3255
351The Moody Blues 361964 2000 2648
352Olivia Newton-John 361971 2007 2744
353Luther Vandross 361976 2012 2440
354Def Leppard 361979 2015 1739
355Little Richard 361951 1987 748
356Journey 361975 2011 2231
357Exile 361977 2013 744
35810cc 361970 2006 1733
359Yello 361980 2016 1827
360The Stylistics 361971 2007 1529
361George Baker Selection 361969 2005 536
362Pat Metheny Group 361975 2011 2416
363Isaac Hayes 361969 2005 1920
364Emmylou Harris 361975 2011 2612
365Saga 361978 2014 268
366Sammy Hagar 361977 2013 1816
367John Mayall 361965 2001 276
368The Partridge Family 361970 2006 1016
369Rickie Lee Jones 361979 2015 1411
370Blue 361977 2013 617
371Lucinda Williams 361980 2016 138
372Leonard Bernstein 361958 1994 51
373Iron Maiden 351980 2015 4582
374Julio Iglesias 351972 2007 5252
375Scooter 351981 2016 2652
376Phil Collins 351981 2016 2254
377Lawrence Welk 351937 1972 3540
378Bryan Adams 351980 2015 1846
379Eagles 351972 2007 2142
380John Cougar Mellencamp 351979 2014 2240
381Reinhard Fendrich 351981 2016 3122
382Dire Straits 351978 2013 1536
383Dr Hook 351972 2007 2128
384Ultravox 351977 2012 1336
385The Carter Family 351928 1963 345
386Alabama 351980 2015 3313
387America 351972 2007 1729
388Motley Crue 351981 2016 1423
389Enigma 351981 2016 1027
390Sonny Rollins 351952 1987 312
391Dan Fogelberg 351974 2009 1318
392Kate Smith 351931 1966 526
393Marius Muller Westernhagen 351981 2016 255
394Don McLean 351972 2007 1113
395Robert Cray Band 351980 2015 143
396Donny Osmond & Marie Osmond 351974 2009 87
397George Strait 341981 2015 4437
398Red Hot Chili Peppers 341984 2018 1862
399Bobby Vinton 341962 1996 2549
400Sting 341982 2016 2152
401Nena 341982 2016 2938
402Marillion 341982 2016 2539
403New Order 341981 2015 1746
404Duran Duran 341981 2015 2038
405The Sweet 341971 2005 1441
406Steely Dan 341972 2006 1935
407Vic Damone 341947 1981 248
408Gianna Nannini 341980 2014 2425
409Ozzy Osbourne 341980 2014 2224
410Manfred Mann's Earth Band 341972 2006 2125
411King Crimson 341969 2003 2019
412Joan Armatrading 341976 2010 1918
413Billy Ocean 341976 2010 928
414Glenn Frey 341982 2016 618
415Ten Years After 341967 2001 156
416John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 341978 2012 25
417Madonna 331982 2015 27111
418REM 331981 2014 2783
419Elvis Costello 331977 2010 3374
420The Cure 331978 2011 2680
421Metallica 331983 2016 2280
422The Fall 331978 2011 2858
423Chris Rea 331978 2011 2948
424Janet Jackson 331982 2015 1752
425Barry White 331973 2006 3234
426Herbert Gronemeyer 331983 2016 1942
427Otis Redding 331962 1995 1940
428Sarah Vaughan 331946 1979 1841
429George Michael 331984 2017 1146
430Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians 331924 1957 154
431Gary Moore 331979 2012 2727
432David Essex 331973 2006 2133
433Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 331980 2013 1434
434Styx 331972 2005 2027
435Leo Sayer 331973 2006 1530
436The Human League 331978 2011 1332
437Grace Jones 331975 2008 1231
438Suzi Quatro 331973 2006 1033
439Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung 331983 2016 1923
440The Cars 331978 2011 933
441Vikingarna 331975 2008 401
442Ulf Lundell 331976 2009 364
443Billy Idol 331981 2014 1327
444Harry Nilsson 331967 2000 1720
445Stevie Nicks 331981 2014 1221
446Teddy Pendergrass 331977 2010 1814
447Gilbert O'Sullivan 331971 2004 824
448Don Henley 331982 2015 725
449Andrew Lloyd Webber 331971 2004 2011
450The Bay City Rollers 331971 2004 1019
451Mark Knopfler 331982 2015 1116
452Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 331959 1992 917
453Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 331980 2013 1015
454Air 331979 2012 915
455Roger Waters 331984 2017 710
456Accept 331981 2014 142
457Francisco Alves 321920 1952 0141
458Bon Jovi 321984 2016 2568
459The Pet Shop Boys 321984 2016 2565
460Chuck Berry 321955 1987 2464
461Silvio Caldas 321930 1962 083
462INXS 321982 2014 1650
463Pat Benatar 321979 2011 1640
464A-Ha 321984 2016 1638
465Gene Austin 321925 1957 054
466Talking Heads 321977 2009 1339
467Nancy Wilson 321962 1994 3211
468Cyndi Lauper 321984 2016 1228
469The Cult 321984 2016 1325
470Slayer 321983 2015 1423
471Robert Plant 321982 2014 1124
472Queensryche 321983 2015 1913
473WASP 321983 2015 1616
474The Village People 321977 2009 923
475The Waterboys 321983 2015 1318
476The Replacements 321981 2013 1119
477Europe 321983 2015 1514
478Los Lobos 321983 2015 1514
479Asia 321982 2014 1316
480Johnny Nash 321957 1989 623
481The Diamonds 321952 1984 128
482Tangerine Dream 321971 2003 213
483Dexys Midnight Runners 321980 2012 715
484Freddie Mercury 321984 2016 610
485The Clash 311977 2008 1458
486The Smurfs 311978 2009 4721
487Eros Ramazzotti 311984 2015 2246
488Madness 311979 2010 1849
489Bill Haley & his Comets 311950 1981 658
490Dion 311959 1990 1139
491Megadeth 311985 2016 2425
492Sandra 311985 2016 1831
493'Weird Al' Yankovic 311983 2014 1730
494Reba McEntire 311984 2015 2915
495Kenny G 311984 2015 2714
496Eddie Cochran 311957 1988 728
497Steppenwolf 311968 1999 1618
498Frank Ifield 311960 1991 1023
499Prefab Sprout 311982 2013 1023
500Anthrax 311985 2016 1516
501Mannheim Steamroller 311984 2015 300
502Bad Religion 311982 2013 1811
503David Cassidy 311972 2003 1118
504Dio 311983 2014 1510
505Christopher Cross 311980 2011 715
506Sonny Boy Williamson 301935 1965 2141
507UB40 301980 2010 3158
508Kylie Minogue 301988 2018 2949
509Jackie Wilson 301957 1987 1062
510John McCormack 301910 1940 072
511Roxette 301986 2016 1752
512Erasure 301985 2015 2245
513Simply Red 301985 2015 1847
514Kim Wilde 301981 2011 1746
515Zucchero Fornaciari 301986 2016 2133
516The Police 301978 2008 1242
517Michael Bolton 301983 2013 2132
518Lionel Richie 301982 2012 1537
519Helloween 301985 2015 2422
520Huey Lewis & The News 301980 2010 1131
521Crowded House 301987 2017 933
522Primal Scream 301986 2016 1229
523Guns n' Roses 301987 2017 1028
524Sarah Brightman 301983 2013 1817
525Chris Isaak 301985 2015 1415
526Ministry 301983 2013 1315
527Shocking Blue 301968 1998 622
528Alphaville 301984 2014 818
529Ornette Coleman 301958 1988 211
530Donald Fagen 301982 2012 47
531Jelly Roll Morton 291919 1948 178
532Gene Pitney 291961 1990 1858
533The Stranglers 291977 2006 2253
534Morrissey 291988 2017 1848
535Whitney Houston 291985 2014 1844
536Robert Palmer 291974 2003 1741
537The Pretenders 291979 2008 1341
538Enya 291986 2015 1340
539Squeeze 291978 2007 1634
540Peppino di Capri 291959 1988 444
541Ramsey Lewis Trio 291964 1993 2818
542Amy Grant 291985 2014 2619
543Modern Talking 291985 2014 1824
544The B52s 291979 2008 1226
545Suzanne Vega 291985 2014 1028
546Spandau Ballet 291980 2009 1126
547Joy Division 291979 2008 926
548Randy Travis 291986 2015 267
549Chaka Khan 291978 2007 1122
550The Velvet Underground 291966 1995 1023
551The Pixies 291987 2016 1418
552Mike & The Mechanics 291985 2014 1021
553Eddy Grant 291979 2008 1218
554Loreena McKennitt 291985 2014 1217
555Rick Astley 291987 2016 918
556The Bangles 291982 2011 818
557Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP 291982 2011 240
558Frankie Goes To Hollywood 291983 2012 618
559Dwight Yoakam 291986 2015 192
560Guy Lombardo 281927 1955 0226
561The Four Tops 281964 1992 2862
562Green Day 281990 2018 2255
563Carlos Galhardo 281933 1961 073
564Henry Mancini 281957 1985 4624
565Jan Garber 281923 1951 067
566Dierzte 281985 2013 2438
567The Jam 281977 2005 1943
568Hot Chocolate 281970 1998 1644
569The Beastie Boys 281983 2011 1540
570LL Cool J 281985 2013 1435
571The Smiths 281983 2011 1435
572Lou Rawls 281962 1990 2423
573Nine Inch Nails 281989 2017 1628
574Kastelruther Spatzen 281988 2016 401
575Sonny & Cher 281965 1993 1325
576Sade 281984 2012 1028
577Big Country 281983 2011 1324
578Melissa Etheridge 281988 2016 1620
579Underworld 281988 2016 1026
580Stan Kenton 281944 1972 1123
581De La Soul 281988 2016 920
582The Troggs 281966 1994 819
583Patricia Kaas 281988 2016 1610
584Xavier Cugat 281935 1963 323
585The Game 281988 2016 1510
586Tanita Tikaram 281988 2016 814
587The Streets 281983 2011 616
588Joe Satriani 281987 2015 172
589Stevie Ray Vaughan 281983 2011 125
590Tesla 281986 2014 115
591Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris 281987 2015 30
592Tommy Dorsey 271932 1959 1180
593Sammy Kaye 271937 1964 0117
594Woody Herman 271937 1964 375
595Mariah Carey 271990 2017 2055
596BZ 271990 2017 1856
597Sonic Youth 271982 2009 2428
598Falco 271982 2009 2027
599Marty Robbins 271956 1983 1532
600Bananarama 271982 2009 931
601Sinead O'Connor 271987 2014 1227
602The Tragically Hip 271989 2016 1621
603Flaming Lips 271987 2014 1618
604The Boomtown Rats 271977 2004 924
605Traffic 271967 1994 1318
606Richard Marx 271987 2014 921
607Faith No More 271988 2015 821
608Air Supply 271976 2003 919
609Dream Theater 271989 2016 216
610Tracy Chapman 271988 2015 1017
611The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 271977 2004 214
612Steve Earle 271984 2011 187
613Selena 271988 2015 175
614Bill Evans 271956 1983 182
615Mary Chapin Carpenter 271989 2016 146
616Warren Zevon 271976 2003 125
617Brian Wilson 271988 2015 106
618Maurice Jarre 271963 1990 63
619Nat King Cole & Dean Martin 271971 1998 20
620Neil Young & The Bluenotes 271988 2015 20
621Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly 271956 1983 02
622Big Bill Broonzy 261930 1956 1112
623Marion Harris 261916 1942 099
624Billy Vaughn 261955 1981 3040
625Eddy Arnold 261945 1971 1844
626Oasis 261984 2010 1542
627Brook Benton 261958 1984 548
628Jerry Butler 261958 1984 1535
629Richard Clayderman 261978 2004 461
630Level 42 261980 2006 1431
631Kelly Family 261979 2005 1628
632Ray Stevens 261961 1987 1429
633Harry Connick Jr 261989 2015 2616
634Fred Astaire 261929 1955 141
635Phish 261988 2014 365
636Randy Crawford 261979 2005 2021
637Sarah McLachlan 261989 2015 1624
638Victor Young 261931 1957 335
639Ted Weems 261922 1948 035
640Curtis Mayfield 261970 1996 1717
641Nockalm Quintett 261990 2016 320
642Gloria Gaynor 261974 2000 1121
643Offspring 261989 2015 1121
644Luis Miguel 261984 2010 1812
645Babyface 261989 2015 921
646Annie Lennox 261992 2018 723
647The Staple Singers 261959 1985 1217
648Jennifer Rush 261984 2010 1019
649New Kids On The Block 261987 2013 1019
650A Tribe Called Quest 261990 2016 820
651Indigo Girls 261989 2015 189
652Sepultura 261987 2013 149
653Yanni 261990 2016 193
654Vince Gill 261990 2016 164
655Ratt 261984 2010 88
656Lyle Lovett 261986 2012 132
657Rick Wakeman 261973 1999 101
658Henry Burr 251903 1928 098
659Vaughn Monroe 251940 1965 377
660Die Toten Hosen 251988 2013 2843
661Claudio Villa 251947 1972 069
662Bjork 251990 2015 1652
663Mary J Blige 251992 2017 1944
664The Byrds 251965 1990 1943
665Lenny Kravitz 251989 2014 1150
666Alan Jackson 251990 2015 2925
667Ike & Tina Turner 251960 1985 1836
668Shakin' Stevens 251980 2005 1737
669Pur 251990 2015 1631
670Dave Matthews Band 251993 2018 2620
671Teresa Brewer 251950 1975 243
672Blur 251990 2015 1231
673Peter, Paul & Mary 251962 1987 1526
674Seal 251990 2015 1327
675PJ Harvey 251991 2016 1128
676Helmut Lotti 251991 2016 1720
677Al Stewart 251970 1995 1125
678Billy Bragg 251983 2008 1418
679Michael W Smith 251991 2016 255
680Soundgarden 251989 2014 921
681Poison 251986 2011 1316
682Alison Moyet 251984 2009 1019
683Lisa Stansfield 251989 2014 821
684Gerry Rafferty 251978 2003 917
685Inner Circle 251979 2004 618
686The Blues Brothers 251979 2004 118
687Skid Row 251970 1995 514
688Neneh Cherry 251989 2014 612
689Jane's Addiction 251986 2011 710
690Neil Young & Crazy Horse 251987 2012 40
691Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams 251978 2003 22
692Orlando Silva 241935 1959 0114
693Radiohead 241993 2017 1565
694Beck 241993 2017 1167
695The Smashing Pumpkins 241990 2014 1351
696Wilson Pickett 241963 1987 1844
697American Quartet 241900 1924 061
698R Kelly 241992 2016 1545
699Paul Weller 241991 2015 2235
700Gloria Estefan 241989 2013 2135
701Caterina Valente 241954 1978 253
702The Eurythmics 241981 2005 1241
703Wilco 241992 2016 1334
704The Prodigy 241991 2015 1235
705Frankie Vaughan 241953 1977 442
706Die Fantastischen Vier 241992 2016 1926
707Mr Children 241993 2017 935
708Texas 241989 2013 932
709Bob Crosby & his Orchestra 241935 1959 041
710Manhattan Transfer 241975 1999 1624
711Charles Mingus 241954 1978 353
712Andrea Bocelli 241994 2018 299
713Garth Brooks 241990 2014 1919
714Suede 241992 2016 1027
715Bihse Onkelz 241992 2016 297
716Barenaked Ladies 241992 2016 1617
717The Manhattans 241965 1989 1319
718Procol Harum 241967 1991 1218
719Edwin Starr 241965 1989 624
720Paul Hardcastle 241984 2008 422
721Scarface 241991 2015 158
722Pantera 241990 2014 911
723Gary US Bonds 241960 1984 416
724Clint Black 241989 2013 125
725Hoagy Carmichael 241927 1951 017
726Starsound 241981 2005 410
727Paul Whiteman 231920 1943 0320
728Jimmy Dorsey 231935 1958 2105
729Chubby Checker 231959 1982 1247
730The Manic Street Preachers 231991 2014 1542
731Tori Amos 231991 2014 1739
732DJ BoBo 231993 2016 2231
733Laura Pausini 231993 2016 1732
734Mario Reis 231928 1951 049
735Lonnie Donegan 231955 1978 642
736XTC 231977 2000 1532
737Snoop Dogg 231993 2016 1828
738Take That 231991 2014 1233
739Boyz II Men 231991 2014 1526
740Tears For Fears 231982 2005 734
741Paul Young 231983 2006 1129
742Jefferson Airplane 231966 1989 1326
743The Pogues 231984 2007 1224
744Sly & The Family Stone 231964 1987 1125
745Gary Glitter 231972 1995 530
746Culture Club 231982 2005 1024
747Keith Sweat 231988 2011 1419
748Charlie Barnet 231936 1959 329
749Barclay James Harvest 231974 1997 1813
750Alice In Chains 231990 2013 1217
751Peter & Gordon 231964 1987 1118
752Live 231991 2014 919
753Trisha Yearwood 231991 2014 1411
754kd Lang 231988 2011 1312
755Jack Smith 231926 1949 024
756Dr Alban 231991 2014 616
757SWV 231993 2016 612
758Dr Dre 231992 2015 710
759Billy Murray 221903 1925 0134
760Peerless Quartet 221904 1926 0104
761Pearl Jam 221991 2013 4052
762Tim McGraw 221994 2016 2243
763Kenny Chesney 221996 2018 1944
764Toby Keith 221993 2015 2437
765The Foo Fighters 221995 2017 1445
766Nelson Goncalves 221941 1963 059
767Moby 221991 2013 1438
768Percy Faith 221950 1972 1928
769Jan & Dean 221958 1980 1235
770Usher 221994 2016 1136
771Domenico Modugno 221954 1976 343
772Garbage 221995 2017 735
773Martina McBride 221994 2016 1723
774Weezer 221994 2016 1324
775Korn 221994 2016 1521
776Shania Twain 221995 2017 1125
777Ethel Waters 221921 1943 031
778Frankie Avalon 221954 1976 129
779Bill Cosby 221964 1986 227
780Freddy Cannon 221959 1981 127
781Anita Baker 221983 2005 817
782Too Short 221985 2007 159
783Jason Donovan 221988 2010 716
784Soft Cell 221981 2003 715
785Eric Carmen 221975 1997 517
786Jeff Buckley 221994 2016 710
787Wilson Phillips 221990 2012 511
788Dion & The Belmonts 221958 1980 213
789Tachiro Yamashita 221980 2002 81
790Fats Waller 211922 1943 0133
791Patti Page 211947 1968 7102
792Freddy Martin 211933 1954 186
793Russ Morgan 211935 1956 062
794Jay-Z 211996 2017 1941
795Placebo 211995 2016 1343
796Jefferson Starship 211970 1991 1630
797Sheena Easton 211980 2001 936
798Kenny Loggins 211977 1998 1328
799Margaret Whiting 211946 1967 140
800The Chemical Brothers 211995 2016 1128
801Kinki Kids 211997 2018 830
802Hansi Hinterseer 211995 2016 351
803Johnny Tillotson 211958 1979 332
804E-40 211993 2014 267
805Bahiano 211902 1923 033
806TLC 211992 2013 722
807Brian McKnight 211992 2013 1414
808New Edition 211983 2004 819
809Vanessa Williams 211988 2009 819
810The Goo Goo Dolls 211995 2016 1114
811Monica 211995 2016 718
812Average White Band 211973 1994 1212
813Deftones 211995 2016 1014
814Pavement 211989 2010 1013
815David Gray 211993 2014 914
816Wu-Tang Clan 211993 2014 815
817DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 211987 2008 616
818311 211994 2015 156
819Paula Abdul 211988 2009 416
820George McCrae 211974 1995 313
821Joe 211993 2014 130
822Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra 201929 1949 095
823Leo Reisman 201921 1941 079
824Robbie Williams 201996 2016 2251
825The Pointer Sisters 201973 1993 1841
826Shakira 201996 2016 1839
827Lionel Hampton 201936 1956 749
828George Olsen 201925 1945 049
829Ash 201995 2015 739
830Sheryl Crow 201993 2013 1134
831Andre Rieu 201993 2013 394
832The Corrs 201996 2016 1231
833The Charlatans 201990 2010 1428
834Wet Wet Wet 201988 2008 1032
835Rammstein 201995 2015 1229
836Gene Krupa 201936 1956 239
837Arthur Collins 201900 1920 040
838Gastao Formenti 201927 1947 040
839Black Crowes 201990 2010 1325
840NAS 201992 2012 1325
841Snap 201990 2010 829
842The Tremeloes 201963 1983 235
843Bert Williams 201902 1922 036
844Cannonball Adderley 201955 1975 305
845Marilyn Manson 201995 2015 1421
846The Backstreet Boys 201996 2016 1124
847Cal Stewart 201901 1921 035
848Run DMC 201983 2003 1121
849The Three Degrees 201965 1985 923
850Massive Attack 201990 2010 823
851The Sex Pistols 201976 1996 623
852Counting Crows 201994 2014 1216
853Anne Shelton 201941 1961 028
854Ice Cube 201990 2010 1413
855Common 201994 2014 916
856No Doubt 201992 2012 618
857The Roots 201994 2014 139
858Mogwai 201996 2016 1210
859The Shangri-Las 201964 1984 220
860NWA 201987 2007 714
861Johnny Horton 201956 1976 218
862Taylor Dayne 201988 2008 415
863Yumi Matsutoya 201981 2001 143
864In Flames 201996 2016 133
865Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs 201965 1985 411
866Machine Head 201994 2014 104

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12 Aug 2019

Rod Stewart

this Rock Star's career has spanned 55 years his name must be on your list thank you

1) It is. 2) Since his first solo 'hit' was "An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down" which John Peel rated as the best song of 1970, and his last was "Have you ever seen the rain" in 2006 (in Belgium) his career is 46 years.


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.