THE TOP TEN Pop Music Comebacks 2005
2005 included one of the most phenomenal pop music comebacks of all time...and a significant number of additional impressive ones as well. Here is my guide to the top comebacks of the year:
2005 included one of the most phenomenal pop music comebacks of all time...and a significant number of additional impressive ones as well. Here is my guide t... more
This story is familiar for many. Mariah Carey had a #1 pop hit for every year of the 1990's, and then her career seemed to crumble. She was plagued by embarassing public appearances, and her hits dried up (3 years without top 40 pop hits). Then came her re-invention with The Emancipation of Mimi. It is one of the top 5 albums of the year. The comeback is complete.
Madonna is one of the top pop recording artists of all time, but her 2003 album American Life was the first serious musical flop of her career. Following a powerful live appearance at Live 8 and release of Confessions on a Dance Floor, a #1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic, she is back on top.
Back in 1994, producer Rick Rubin cemented Johnny Cash's status as an American musical icon with the release of the album American Recordings. This year he turned his attention to legendary pop singer Neil Diamond. The album 12 Songs became Diamond's first top 5 pop album since 1981's The Jazz Singer and included some of the best songs of his career.
'The Boss' has never been far from the forefront of popular music in the U.S. However, a 10 year absence from the pop top 40 is unprecedented in his career. After Devils & Dust hit #1 on the pop album chart, he released a grand multi-disc 30th anniversary tribute to Born To Run, and the song "Devils & Dust" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, it's once again clear why he's called 'The Boss.'
Weezer had never really returned to the glory days of their original mid-1990's emergence on the pop-rock scene, until this year. The album Make Believe generated the single "Beverly Hills," the group's first #1 modern rock hit and first top 10 pop hit. Along with Green Day, Weezer proved emo and punk bands could have long-term success.
It is somewhat difficult to refer to an artist releasing only their second album as making a 'comeback,' but Ashlee Simpson's downfall was quick and harsh in the wake of a disastrous Saturday Night Live appearance in 2004. She soldiered on and released a solid album I Am Me in the fall of 2005 while making abundant concert appearances to prove she can sing live.
Heading into 2005 the most prominent living Beatle had not appeared in the pop top 10 with a studio album since 1997. This year the album Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard not only debuted in the pop top 10, it also was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, his 4th time nominated for this award.
With a 5 year gap since their last album, the Backstreet Boys decided to buck the trend against boy bands with the release of a new studio album Never Gone. A #3 album debut and a top 10 pop single "Incomplete" put the boys back in competition.
Heading into 2005 it had been 8 years since a Barbra Streisand album appeared in the pop top 5. Determined to overcome that absence, she got back together with Barry Gibb, collaborator on her landmark album Guilty, and put together a sequel titled Guilty Pleasures. The result was a top 5 pop album, a top 40 adult contemporary hit, and, perhaps most surprisingly, a #2 dance music hit.
Determined to emerge from an image as a relic of the 80's hair band era, Jon Bon Jovi pulled the band back together to put together the album Have a Nice Day. The result was a #2 debut on the pop albums chart and the band's first top 40 hit in 5 years.
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