It seems the case that once bitten is most definitely twice shy for some individuals. This can be seen in the musical sphere, where there have been a number of different comebacks that have touched us all in different ways. It seems de rigeur nowadays, as more and more artists, as well as bands, attempt to rekindle the adoring fans and hit singles.
According to Andy Warhol, everyone in world will have their fifteen minutes of fame. Yet, since the inception of the World Wide Web, we have seen numerous stars riding the crest of a wave one minute then disappear into thin air the next. This is certainly the case with fame which is considered to be a poison chalice for some with many slipping into obscurity. As the old saying goes, you are only as good as your last piece of work. Whether that is an album or single, the public are a fickle lot. In this way, they will support only those who are in fashion and who they love above all for their influential lyrics and persona.
Take for example, Michael Jackson. In spite of the fact that he has passed away, the King of Pop is still selling a host of records. Granted, you can already see that many comebacks are pure marketing gimmicks aimed at shifting as many records as possible. However, these comebacks are sometimes underestimated, as faded greats return once again to the stage to give it one last go. Here is the roundup of the 10 best musical comebacks of all time.
10. New Kids On The Block
Every kid and young adult alike, was swaying their hands to this 1980s boy band before their split. New Kids On The Block or NKOTB, as they were known, were the godfathers of pop during this particular period. This was way before anyone had heard of the likes of One Direction. Yet, their masses of fans have stayed loyal throughout and New Kids made their comeback. The Block went straight to the Number 1 slot on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart and sold more than 100,000 copies in the first seven days.
9. Take That
One of the all-time great British boy bands, Take That, have had phenomenal success since their split in the 1990s. In fact, helplines had to be set up in order to deal with the hordes of upset fans when Robbie Williams left the group in 1995. Comprising of Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Gary Barlow, they are now one of the highest earning groups on the planet. In addition to this, they are the highest earning boy band in UK chart history. To date, they have sold nearly 50 million records across the globe with an incredible 35 albums at number 1.
8. Backstreet Boys
This all American group have cemented their place in chart history during the last century. We know them of course, as the Backstreet Boys who shot to fame during the 1990s. Comprising of band members AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell, their debut album was entitled, Backstreet Boys. They have sold more than an incredible 130 million records and got back together last year, thanks to the launch of In A World Like This. They are currently embarking on a world tour around the US, UK and Europe.
A popular band who came back out of the dark is Aerosmith. Having experienced a tremendous amount of issues during their early years, such as drug abuse, they faded slowly without trace. It was not until Run DMC sampled their 1977 hit, ‘Walk This Way’ that Tyler and Perry came back into the public persona. It was key in initiating the new rap-rock subcategory, whilst Aerosmith followed this up with “Permanent Vacation” that was to generate huge success for the group. Other notable Aerosmith hits that catapulted them back into the limelight include, ‘Dude (Looks Like a Lady)’ and ‘Rag Doll’.
6. Green Day
Back in 1994, this punk band seemingly became an overnight sensation after they released Dookie. Having produced another three albums, Green Day were struggling to make a mark with their audience and the public. They resumed again almost ten years later to record a brand new album and American Idiot was born. This anti-government song really did hit all the right chords and was certainly of the zeitgeist. In the space of a decade, Green Day went from struggling artists to one of the most popular bands of the early 21st century. Furthermore, they have achieved millions of sales and even won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock album.
Belonging to the rock group Santana, there was a time before ‘Maria’ that Carlos Santana was a relative struggler. His explosive and intricate guitar genius, coupled with Latin grooves, certainly knows no limits. After a spate of success at the end of the 1960s with their self-titled debut album, Santana were performing to many for the best part of two decades. After this, the label dropped Santana from their actual roster and vanished for many years. It was not until the genius of Clive Davis who intervened to bring them back with hits such as “Supernatural” and “Smooth,” that Santana were really back in business. They have now sold in excess of 30 million records and amassed nine Grammy Awards.
4. Stone Roses
The music scene around Manchester during the 1990s was nothing short of epic. As far as the Stone Roses were concerned, they were an integral part of what was known as the Madchester scene. Formed in 1983, they were the leaders of this movement that was taking place across the north west of England. They eventually disbanded in 1994 but nearly twenty years on, they decided to reform again. In 2012, the Stone Roses went on a reunion tour which was played to thousands of people across three separate dates.
These Australian hard rockers have weathered plenty of storms during their turbulent times, but AC/DC have come a long way since ‘Back in Black’ was released. They had a range of hits during the 1970s which sold millions and had legendary status with their 1981 hit entitled, ‘For Those About to Rock We Salute You’. They had minimal influence at the end of the 1990s, but returned with aplomb more recently with ‘Black Ice’ which was their first album for nearly ten years.
This may not be official yet, but there is talk of an Oasis comeback in the pipeline. One of the greatest Brit Pop bands of all time, the Gallagher brothers were formed in 1991. The original line-up composed of consisted of Liam Gallagher, Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs, Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll. Some of their most notable hits include Cigarettes and Alcohol and Rock and Roll Star. Having split in 2009, Oasis are poised for the comeback of all comebacks which could happen in 2016 to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
1. Kate Bush
One of the most iconic performers of the last thirty years, Kate Bush is most famous for hits such as ‘Babooshka’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’ at just 19 years old. She has astonished fans by recently announcing a comeback after such a long time out. Her loyal fans didn’t disappoint as all of the 20 plus dates in London sold out in less than 20 minutes.