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Top five musical crimes perpetuated by Stevie Wonder in the ’80s and ’90s. Go. Sub-question: is it in fact unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter day sins, is it better to burn out or fade away?  – High Fidelity

A quick and fun post today. These are my top 5 favourite comeback singles. I have broadly defined a comeback single as a significant hit for a band or artist that has been away from the limelight for a while, either through a hiatus from music or having fallen off the public’s radar. I love these records because they show that good music is good music whoever it is by and if you ignore what the mainstream radio stations and music magazines tell you, you can often come across some wonderful stuff.

If you would like to share your top 5 favourite singles why not share the above photograph on your blog, Facebook page or wherever and encourage others to share their favourite records as well. Perhaps when you have done this you can share the link to your post in the comments section below, I’d love to hear from you.

Anyway here are my top 5 for you to hopefully enjoy;

5 . Lovestruck by Madness

4. Patience by Take That

3. Maria by Blondie

Debbie Harry has still “got it” at almost 70 years of age. And the band Blondie could certainly teach up and coming bands a thing or two if their recent Glastonbury gig is anything to go by.

2. Whatever Gets You thru the Night by John Lennon

This song reaching number one in the US prompted Lennon to make a brief live comeback during an Elton John concert.

1. You Got It by Roy Orbison

What a voice and what a comeback. This was the Big O’s first hit for over 20 years and it was co-written by Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty, his fellow Traveling Wilburys. Orbison’s resurgence was sadly cut short by his death in 1988.

 

Honourable mentions go to George Harrison’s massive hit single Got My Mind Set on You from his 1989 comeback album Cloud 9 and Come Dancing by The Kinks. The Kinks didn’t make it on the list because although from the British public’s point of view this was a comeback single, for the rest of us Kinks fans they never went away, in fact they had a string of hit albums in the States and Come Dancing was a belated recognition by the UK that the Kinks still existed and as ever were still great. To find out more about The Kinks success in the US you can check out my Delayed Perspective posts covering their albums from this period.

 

©John de Gruyther 2014. All words and pictures on this blog are the copyright of John de Gruyther unless otherwise stated.

 

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