5 of the greatest comebacks in music history
After six years of waiting, it’s finally happened: chart star Rihanna is back in music! In October, she released the single “Lift Me Up”, which was included in the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever movie soundtrack. The track reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with nearly eight million streams on its first day alone. Autumn Durald Arkapaw, the director of photography of Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverdirected the music video.
Pulling off a comeback isn’t easy in what is an incredibly competitive industry, so we take a look back at some of the greatest musical comebacks of all time.
Undoubtedly the queen of comebacks, Cher returned to music after a nine-year hiatus with “Believe” in 1998, to great acclaim. It topped the charts in over 20 countries and sold over 10 million copies worldwide. It was her first Billboard number one hit since “Dark Lady” in 1974, and it stayed on the charts for an impressive 31 weeks!
The king of rock ‘n’ roll staged his own return to live performances after a seven-year hiatus with a television special in 1968, which the world will remember as one of the most epic comeback performances of all time. . After this return, Elvis gave us hits such as “Suspicious Minds” and “Burning Love”.
ABBA’s comeback is perhaps the most unique in music history. Forty (!) years after their previous album, ABBA released Travel in 2021. Virtual avatars of the band members as they appeared in 1977 can be seen in concert at a specially designed venue in the UK. A true futuristic blast from the past.
The Spice Girls have a rich history when it comes to comebacks. The band stopped performing together in 2000 but reunited to tour in 2007 – then again in 2019 (without Posh this time), making them the all-female band that has been touring for 20 years. Talk about girl power!
Blink-182 is back! Announced in October, this comeback has just come out of the press. After their number one album Take off your pants and jacket in 2001, they announced an indefinite hiatus in 2005. The band reunited in 2009 for a reunion tour that would stretch through the mid-2010s, when founding member Tom DeLonge announced his departure of the group. Now Blink-182 has reunited with DeLonge, released his comeback single, “Edging,” and announced a tour for 2023.