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
69Creedence Clearwater Revival 531968 2021 3029
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
77Merle Haggard 521964 2016 4017
78Ennio Morricone 521964 2016 2817
79The Who 511964 2015 4879
80Dusty Springfield 511963 2014 2947
81Neil Sedaka 511958 2009 2154
82The Scorpions 511964 2015 3332
83John Coltrane 511957 2008 5111
84Sammy Davis Jr 511954 2005 1530
85Randy Newman 511968 2019 1223
86David Bowie 501966 2016 70143
87John Lee Hooker 501948 1998 1851
88Die Flippers 501961 2011 4125
89The Monkees 501966 2016 2435
90Leonard Cohen 501966 2016 3024
91Dalida 501957 2007 1439
92Vicky Leandros 501965 2015 1240
93Carole King 501962 2012 2130
94Marianne Faithfull 501964 2014 1618
95The Cardigans 501958 2008 720
96Elton John 491970 2019 49125
97Johnny Hallyday 491960 2009 5874
98Pink Floyd 491967 2016 3085
99Adriano Celentano 491959 2008 3774
100Grateful Dead 491967 2016 8225
101Jimi Hendrix 491966 2015 5938
102Van Morrison 491967 2016 4541
103Cher 491964 2013 2856
104Dolly Parton 491969 2018 5129
105Ricky Nelson 491957 2006 1462
106Smokey Robinson 491965 2014 2741
107Bobby Vee 491959 2008 1548
108The Animals 491964 2013 2136
109Jeff Beck 491967 2016 1814
110Del Shannon 491961 2010 626
111The Seekers 491964 2013 1713
112Neil Diamond 481966 2014 6577
113The Kinks 481964 2012 4888
114Status Quo 481968 2016 5072
115Neil Young 481968 2016 5449
116Paul McCartney 481970 2018 3170
117Deep Purple 481968 2016 5641
118Dinah Washington 481944 1992 1178
119Bob Marley 481965 2013 3446
120Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 481966 2014 2251
121James Taylor 481967 2015 2741
122Cat Stevens 481966 2014 2337
123Mireille Mathieu 481966 2014 1644
124Herbie Hancock 481962 2010 3323
125The Detroit Spinners 481961 2009 1935
126Harry Belafonte 481953 2001 2726
127Percy Sledge 481966 2014 824
128Mina 471960 2007 6171
129The Hollies 471963 2010 3183
130Fleetwood Mac 471968 2015 3966
131Tom Jones 471965 2012 4356
132Joe Cocker 471968 2015 3564
133Santana 471969 2016 4645
134The Isley Brothers 471959 2006 3554
135Slade 471958 2005 2164
136Nana Mouskouri 471961 2008 4634
137Will Tura 471959 2006 078
138Howard Carpendale 471969 2016 3443
139Jethro Tull 471968 2015 3739
140Led Zeppelin 471969 2016 2447
141George Benson 471966 2013 2936
142Ray Conniff 471957 2004 5410
143Bobby Darin 471957 2004 1054
144Iggy Pop 471969 2016 1823
145War 471967 2014 2020
146Conway Twitty 471957 2004 1723
147John Barry 471960 2007 2217
148Thelonious Monk 471946 1993 2513
149Rod Stewart 461969 2015 5393
150Bee Gees 461967 2013 4794
151Queen 461973 2019 5186
152Connie Francis 461955 2001 2494
153Eric Clapton 461970 2016 5066
154Dionne Warwick 461962 2008 4662
155The Shadows 461960 2006 5148
156Roberto Carlos 461960 2006 577
157Linda Ronstadt 461968 2014 3344
158Sam Cooke 461957 2003 1458
159ZZ Top 461970 2016 2741
160Yes 461969 2015 3136
161Black Sabbath 461970 2016 3226
162Rosemary Clooney 461950 1996 442
163Nirvana 461967 2013 1430
164Buck Owens 461960 2006 2215
165Boz Scaggs 461969 2015 1621
166Diana Ross & The Supremes 461967 2013 1717
167Stevie Wonder 451962 2007 31107
168Abba 451973 2018 3960
169Chicago 451969 2014 3859
170Roger Whittaker 451967 2012 6522
171Gladys Knight & The Pips 451961 2006 3055
172Peter Maffay 451970 2015 4637
173Alice Cooper 451969 2014 3449
174Claude Francois 451963 2008 2358
175Willie Nelson 451971 2016 6114
176The Ink Spots 451936 1981 471
177Dave Clark Five 451963 2008 2148
178George Harrison 451969 2014 1839
179Gianni Morandi 451962 2007 1739
180The Allman Brothers Band 451969 2014 3024
181Uriah Heep 451970 2015 2824
182The Searchers 451963 2008 2030
183Freddy Quinn 451956 2001 742
184Patti LaBelle 451963 2008 2619
185Three Dog Night 451969 2014 1926
186Ringo Starr 451970 2015 1826
187Bonnie Raitt 451971 2016 2122
188Tommy James & the Shondells 451966 2011 239
189Charley Pride 451968 2013 2411
190The Band 451968 2013 1421
191The Faces 451970 2015 109
192James Last 441967 2011 1315
193Genesis 441970 2014 3161
194Carpenters 441969 2013 3149
195Udo Lindenberg 441972 2016 4318
196Salvatore Adamo 441963 2007 646
197Donny Osmond 441971 2015 1926
198Reinhard Mey 441972 2016 373
199Rick Springfield 441972 2016 1425
200Bill Withers 441971 2015 1521
201Nancy Sinatra 441962 2006 1026
202UFO 441971 2015 2015
203Albert Hammond 441972 2016 618
204Leon Russell 441970 2014 1210
205Michael Jackson 431971 2014 4772
206AC/DC 431975 2018 3152
207The Doors 431967 2010 3149
208Lynyrd Skynyrd 431973 2016 3829
209Steve Miller Band 431968 2011 2529
210John Farnham 431967 2010 1930
211The Righteous Brothers 431963 2006 2028
212The Young Rascals 431965 2008 1127
213Vangelis 431973 2016 2214
214Janis Joplin 431969 2012 1315
215Richard Thompson 431972 2015 204
216Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 431965 2008 517
217Eric Burdon & War 431970 2013 74
218Richard Rodgers 431954 1997 40
219Bruce Springsteen 421973 2015 4591
220Aerosmith 421973 2015 3365
221Kiss 421974 2016 4053
222Jimmie Rodgers 421927 1969 390
223Pat Boone 421955 1997 1274
224Earth, Wind & Fire 421971 2013 3151
225Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 421976 2018 2453
226Rush 421973 2015 3435
227Judas Priest 421974 2016 2838
228Wings 421971 2013 1149
229The Doobie Brothers 421972 2014 1838
230Bette Midler 421972 2014 2526
231Jackson Browne 421972 2014 1832
232Bad Company 421974 2016 1529
233Roberta Flack 421970 2012 1620
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 45117
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 2230
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 2278
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 2131
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 1739
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 1434
572Lou Rawls 281962 1990 2423
5732Pac 281991 2019 2025
574Nine Inch Nails 281989 2017 1628
575Kastelruther Spatzen 281988 2016 401
576Sonny & Cher 281965 1993 1325
577Sade 281984 2012 1028
578Big Country 281983 2011 1324
579Melissa Etheridge 281988 2016 1620
580Underworld 281988 2016 1026
581Stan Kenton 281944 1972 1123
582De La Soul 281988 2016 920
583The Troggs 281966 1994 819
584Patricia Kaas 281988 2016 1610
585Xavier Cugat 281935 1963 323
586The Game 281988 2016 1510
587Tanita Tikaram 281988 2016 814
588The Streets 281983 2011 616
589Joe Satriani 281987 2015 172
590Stevie Ray Vaughan 281983 2011 125
591Tesla 281986 2014 115
592Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris 281987 2015 30
593Tommy Dorsey 271932 1959 1180
594Sammy Kaye 271937 1964 0117
595Woody Herman 271937 1964 375
596Mariah Carey 271990 2017 2055
597BZ 271990 2017 1856
598Sonic Youth 271982 2009 2428
599Falco 271982 2009 2027
600Marty Robbins 271956 1983 1532
601Bananarama 271982 2009 931
602Sinead O'Connor 271987 2014 1227
603The Tragically Hip 271989 2016 1621
604Flaming Lips 271987 2014 1618
605The Boomtown Rats 271977 2004 924
606Traffic 271967 1994 1318
607Richard Marx 271987 2014 921
608Faith No More 271988 2015 821
609Air Supply 271976 2003 919
610Dream Theater 271989 2016 216
611Tracy Chapman 271988 2015 1017
612The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 271977 2004 214
613Steve Earle 271984 2011 187
614Selena 271988 2015 175
615Bill Evans 271956 1983 182
616Mary Chapin Carpenter 271989 2016 146
617Warren Zevon 271976 2003 125
618Brian Wilson 271988 2015 106
619Maurice Jarre 271963 1990 63
620Nat King Cole & Dean Martin 271971 1998 20
621Neil Young & The Bluenotes 271988 2015 20
622Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly 271956 1983 02
623Big Bill Broonzy 261930 1956 1112
624Marion Harris 261916 1942 099
625Billy Vaughn 261955 1981 3040
626Eddy Arnold 261945 1971 1844
627Oasis 261984 2010 1542
628Brook Benton 261958 1984 548
629Jerry Butler 261958 1984 1535
630Richard Clayderman 261978 2004 461
631Level 42 261980 2006 1431
632Kelly Family 261979 2005 1628
633Ray Stevens 261961 1987 1429
634Harry Connick Jr 261989 2015 2616
635Fred Astaire 261929 1955 141
636Phish 261988 2014 365
637Randy Crawford 261979 2005 2021
638Sarah McLachlan 261989 2015 1624
639Victor Young 261931 1957 335
640Ted Weems 261922 1948 035
641Curtis Mayfield 261970 1996 1717
642Nockalm Quintett 261990 2016 320
643Gloria Gaynor 261974 2000 1121
644Offspring 261989 2015 1121
645Luis Miguel 261984 2010 1812
646Babyface 261989 2015 921
647Annie Lennox 261992 2018 723
648The Staple Singers 261959 1985 1217
649Jennifer Rush 261984 2010 1019
650New Kids On The Block 261987 2013 1019
651A Tribe Called Quest 261990 2016 820
652Indigo Girls 261989 2015 189
653Sepultura 261987 2013 149
654Yanni 261990 2016 193
655Vince Gill 261990 2016 164
656Ratt 261984 2010 88
657Lyle Lovett 261986 2012 132
658Rick Wakeman 261973 1999 101
659Henry Burr 251903 1928 098
660Vaughn Monroe 251940 1965 377
661Die Toten Hosen 251988 2013 2843
662Claudio Villa 251947 1972 069
663Bjork 251990 2015 1652
664Mary J Blige 251992 2017 1944
665The Byrds 251965 1990 1943
666Lenny Kravitz 251989 2014 1150
667Alan Jackson 251990 2015 2925
668Ike & Tina Turner 251960 1985 1836
669Shakin' Stevens 251980 2005 1737
670Pur 251990 2015 1631
671Dave Matthews Band 251993 2018 2620
672Teresa Brewer 251950 1975 243
673Blur 251990 2015 1231
674Peter, Paul & Mary 251962 1987 1526
675Seal 251990 2015 1327
676PJ Harvey 251991 2016 1128
677Helmut Lotti 251991 2016 1720
678Al Stewart 251970 1995 1125
679Billy Bragg 251983 2008 1418
680Michael W Smith 251991 2016 255
681Soundgarden 251989 2014 921
682Poison 251986 2011 1316
683Alison Moyet 251984 2009 1019
684Lisa Stansfield 251989 2014 821
685Gerry Rafferty 251978 2003 917
686Inner Circle 251979 2004 618
687The Blues Brothers 251979 2004 118
688Skid Row 251970 1995 514
689Neneh Cherry 251989 2014 612
690Jane's Addiction 251986 2011 710
691Neil Young & Crazy Horse 251987 2012 40
692Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams 251978 2003 22
693Orlando Silva 241935 1959 0114
694Radiohead 241993 2017 1565
695Beck 241993 2017 1167
696The Smashing Pumpkins 241990 2014 1351
697Wilson Pickett 241963 1987 1844
698American Quartet 241900 1924 061
699R Kelly 241992 2016 1545
700Paul Weller 241991 2015 2235
701Gloria Estefan 241989 2013 2135
702Caterina Valente 241954 1978 253
703The Eurythmics 241981 2005 1241
704Wilco 241992 2016 1334
705The Prodigy 241991 2015 1235
706Frankie Vaughan 241953 1977 442
707Die Fantastischen Vier 241992 2016 1926
708Mr Children 241993 2017 935
709Rammstein 241995 2019 1329
710Texas 241989 2013 932
711Bob Crosby & his Orchestra 241935 1959 041
712Manhattan Transfer 241975 1999 1624
713Charles Mingus 241954 1978 353
714Andrea Bocelli 241994 2018 299
715Garth Brooks 241990 2014 1919
716Suede 241992 2016 1027
717Bihse Onkelz 241992 2016 297
718Barenaked Ladies 241992 2016 1617
719The Manhattans 241965 1989 1319
720Procol Harum 241967 1991 1218
721Edwin Starr 241965 1989 624
722Paul Hardcastle 241984 2008 422
723Scarface 241991 2015 158
724Pantera 241990 2014 911
725Gary US Bonds 241960 1984 416
726Clint Black 241989 2013 125
727Hoagy Carmichael 241927 1951 017
728Starsound 241981 2005 410
729Paul Whiteman 231920 1943 0320
730Jimmy Dorsey 231935 1958 2105
731Chubby Checker 231959 1982 1246
732The Manic Street Preachers 231991 2014 1542
733Tori Amos 231991 2014 1739
734DJ BoBo 231993 2016 2231
735Laura Pausini 231993 2016 1732
736Mario Reis 231928 1951 049
737Lonnie Donegan 231955 1978 642
738XTC 231977 2000 1532
739Snoop Dogg 231993 2016 1828
740Take That 231991 2014 1233
741Boyz II Men 231991 2014 1526
742Tears For Fears 231982 2005 734
743Paul Young 231983 2006 1129
744Jefferson Airplane 231966 1989 1326
745The Pogues 231984 2007 1224
746Sly & The Family Stone 231964 1987 1125
747Gary Glitter 231972 1995 530
748Culture Club 231982 2005 1024
749Keith Sweat 231988 2011 1419
750Charlie Barnet 231936 1959 329
751Barclay James Harvest 231974 1997 1813
752Alice In Chains 231990 2013 1217
753Peter & Gordon 231964 1987 1118
754Live 231991 2014 919
755Trisha Yearwood 231991 2014 1411
756kd Lang 231988 2011 1312
757Jack Smith 231926 1949 024
758Dr Alban 231991 2014 616
759SWV 231993 2016 612
760Dr Dre 231992 2015 710
761Billy Murray 221903 1925 0134
762Peerless Quartet 221904 1926 0104
763Pearl Jam 221991 2013 4051
764Tim McGraw 221994 2016 2243
765Kenny Chesney 221996 2018 1944
766Toby Keith 221993 2015 2437
767The Foo Fighters 221995 2017 1445
768Nelson Goncalves 221941 1963 059
769Moby 221991 2013 1438
770Percy Faith 221950 1972 1928
771Jan & Dean 221958 1980 1235
772Usher 221994 2016 1136
773Domenico Modugno 221954 1976 343
774Garbage 221995 2017 735
775Martina McBride 221994 2016 1723
776Weezer 221994 2016 1324
777Korn 221994 2016 1521
778Shania Twain 221995 2017 1125
779Ethel Waters 221921 1943 031
780Frankie Avalon 221954 1976 129
781Bill Cosby 221964 1986 227
782Freddy Cannon 221959 1981 127
783Anita Baker 221983 2005 817
784Too Short 221985 2007 159
785Jason Donovan 221988 2010 716
786Soft Cell 221981 2003 715
787Eric Carmen 221975 1997 517
788Jeff Buckley 221994 2016 710
789Wilson Phillips 221990 2012 511
790Dion & The Belmonts 221958 1980 213
791Tachiro Yamashita 221980 2002 81
792Fats Waller 211922 1943 0133
793Patti Page 211947 1968 7102
794Freddy Martin 211933 1954 186
795Eminem 211999 2020 1751
796Russ Morgan 211935 1956 062
797Jay-Z 211996 2017 1941
798Placebo 211995 2016 1341
799Jefferson Starship 211970 1991 1630
800Sheena Easton 211980 2001 936
801Kenny Loggins 211977 1998 1328
802Margaret Whiting 211946 1967 140
803The Chemical Brothers 211995 2016 1128
804Kinki Kids 211997 2018 830
805Hansi Hinterseer 211995 2016 351
806Johnny Tillotson 211958 1979 332
807E-40 211993 2014 267
808Bahiano 211902 1923 033
809TLC 211992 2013 722
810Brian McKnight 211992 2013 1414
811New Edition 211983 2004 819
812Vanessa Williams 211988 2009 819
813The Goo Goo Dolls 211995 2016 1114
814Monica 211995 2016 718
815Average White Band 211973 1994 1212
816Deftones 211995 2016 1014
817Pavement 211989 2010 1013
818David Gray 211993 2014 914
819Wu-Tang Clan 211993 2014 815
820DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 211987 2008 616
821311 211994 2015 156
822Paula Abdul 211988 2009 416
823George McCrae 211974 1995 313
824Joe 211993 2014 130
825Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra 201929 1949 095
826Leo Reisman 201921 1941 079
827Robbie Williams 201996 2016 2251
828Coldplay 202000 2020 1353
829The Pointer Sisters 201973 1993 1840
830Shakira 201996 2016 1839
831Lionel Hampton 201936 1956 749
832George Olsen 201925 1945 049
833Ash 201995 2015 739
834Sheryl Crow 201993 2013 1134
835Andre Rieu 201993 2013 394
836The Corrs 201996 2016 1231
837The Charlatans 201990 2010 1428
838Wet Wet Wet 201988 2008 1032
839Gene Krupa 201936 1956 239
840Arthur Collins 201900 1920 040
841Gastao Formenti 201927 1947 040
842Black Crowes 201990 2010 1325
843NAS 201992 2012 1325
844Snap 201990 2010 829
845The Tremeloes 201963 1983 235
846Bert Williams 201902 1922 036
847Cannonball Adderley 201955 1975 305
848Marilyn Manson 201995 2015 1421
849The Backstreet Boys 201996 2016 1124
850Cal Stewart 201901 1921 035
851Run DMC 201983 2003 1121
852The Three Degrees 201965 1985 923
853Massive Attack 201990 2010 823
854The Sex Pistols 201976 1996 623
855Counting Crows 201994 2014 1216
856Anne Shelton 201941 1961 028
857Ice Cube 201990 2010 1413
858Common 201994 2014 916
859No Doubt 201992 2012 618
860The Roots 201994 2014 139
861Mogwai 201996 2016 1210
862The Shangri-Las 201964 1984 220
863NWA 201987 2007 714
864Johnny Horton 201956 1976 218
865Taylor Dayne 201988 2008 414
866Yumi Matsutoya 201981 2001 143
867In Flames 201996 2016 133
868Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs 201965 1985 411
869Machine Head 201994 2014 104

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14 Apr 2022

nirvana did form in 1987 because then kurt would've been ONE when the bandformed

Read the text


22 Jul 2020

Ronnie james dio+

Lead singer of Elf, rainbow ,dio, black sabbath and heaven and hell and didtons of solo projects started recorded his 1st album in 1957 which was released in 1958 and he ended his career with the release of the rods single in 2011 metal will never die .thats a real 54 year of new material. Also a ton of this list is very in accurate, unless ur counting +releases and remixes like on some of these older artists.


8 Dec 2019

Oasis

First single was Supersonic in 1994. If the last hit was 2010, that's only 16years.

Yes, that looks like a mistake


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.