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.
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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
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
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
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 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
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
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.
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.