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post Mar 5 2019, 08:06 PM
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Jonas Brothers had their chart debut in June 2008 with #13 hit 'S.O.S' , over ten years later they're set to get their first top ten hit (ignoring the top 10s from solo projects).

What other acts took this long to get a first top ten smash?

The longest I can think of is AC/DC (35 years, 6 months) - they had their chart debut in June 1978 but only made the top 10 in December 2013 when fans tried to push 'Highway To Hell' to Christmas #1 (it made #4).
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post Mar 5 2019, 08:11 PM
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Gigi D'Agostino:

Bla Bla Bla (1999, #87)
In My Mind (2018, #5)
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post Mar 5 2019, 08:14 PM
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'Bla Bla Bla' didn't impact until 2002 actually so that's 'only' a(n almost) 16 year gap between (and impressively he had no other hits in-between those two).
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post Mar 5 2019, 08:23 PM
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Boris Gardiner got to no.14 in 1970 with Elizabethan Reggae. He had no other hits until he reached no.1 in 1986 with I Want To Wake Up With You.
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post Mar 5 2019, 08:25 PM
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John Otway's only top 10 hit 'Bunsen Burner' was in 2002, nearly 25 years after his first chart hit. That one sticks in my mind for some reason. Just checked Lou Monte but sadly 'Dominick The Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey)' was his first chart appearance, and the same with The Trashmen's 'Surfin' Bird' tongue.gif

I'd actually forgotten that AC/DC never had a top 10 single until the 'Highway To Hell' campaign!
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post Mar 5 2019, 08:28 PM
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Ozzy Osborne (solo) first charted in 1980 then didn't get a top 10 until 'Changes' in 2003. That's cheating a bit I know.
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post Mar 5 2019, 08:34 PM
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Andy Stewart made his chart debut in 1960 but didn't have a top 10 hit until 1989 with 'Donald Where's Your Troosers'.

Still not as long as AC/DC. It's going to be tough thinking of anyone who can beat them.
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post Mar 5 2019, 08:49 PM
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Just opening my book of hit singles at random pages,I've found 21 years for James Brown and 19 years for the Doobie Brothers.
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post Mar 5 2019, 09:10 PM
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QUOTE(Bré @ Mar 5 2019, 08:25 PM) *
John Otway's only top 10 hit 'Bunsen Burner' was in 2002, nearly 25 years after his first chart hit. That one sticks in my mind for some reason. Just checked Lou Monte but sadly 'Dominick The Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey)' was his first chart appearance, and the same with The Trashmen's 'Surfin' Bird' tongue.gif

I'd actually forgotten that AC/DC never had a top 10 single until the 'Highway To Hell' campaign!

Surely John Otway's greatest triumph was to get to a BJSC final (even if it was as an auto-qualifier and he came last).
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post Mar 5 2019, 09:11 PM
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Bobby Vinton made his chart debut in July 1962 with “Roses Are Red (My Love)” but didn't have a Top 10 hit until October 1990, 28 years later, when “Blue Velvet” went to #2.
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post Mar 5 2019, 09:13 PM
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QUOTE(Suedehead2 @ Mar 5 2019, 09:10 PM) *
Surely John Otway's greatest triumph was to get to a BJSC final (even if it was as an auto-qualifier and he came last).


2nd from last even! (that may be the reason I still remember that he even exists)
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post Mar 5 2019, 10:35 PM
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Clash 1977-1991, Doobie Bros 1974-1993
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post Mar 5 2019, 10:43 PM
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Delirious? (the question mark is in the band's name for those that don't know):
White Ribbon Day (#41, 1997)
History Makers (#4, 2010 [1997 track, then called 'History Maker', that charted following a campaign on Facebook])


Ice Cube:

AmeriKKKa's Most (#76, 1990)
You Can Do It (#2, 2004)


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post Mar 5 2019, 10:55 PM
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Marina

ha time will come
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post Mar 5 2019, 11:28 PM
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Ben E King first charted in 1961 with First Taste Of Love. Stand By Me was his first top ten hit 26 years later. It only got to no.27 when it was originally released.
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post Mar 6 2019, 08:13 PM
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Thanks to Bray pointing out on plug.dj

Armin van Buuren (15 years, 3 months)
February 1998: Blue Fear (#45)
May 2013: This Is What It Feels Like (#6)
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Along those lines, Tiesto (14 years, 8 months):

July 1999: Theme From Norejfell (#97)
March 2014: Red Lights (#6)
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post Mar 6 2019, 09:39 PM
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QUOTE(PeteFromLeeds @ Mar 6 2019, 10:19 PM) *
Along those lines, Tiesto (14 years, 8 months):

July 1999: Theme From Norejfell (#97)
March 2014: Red Lights (#6)


He lost his soul long before Red Lights though!
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post Mar 7 2019, 01:16 PM
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Wait, Red Lights was Tiesto's first top 10?! Whaaaaaat
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A few that spring to mind:

B-52's - 1979-1990 (11 years)
Chris Rea - 1978-1989 (11 years)*
Inner Circle - 1979-1993 (14 years)
Journey - 1982-2009 (27 years) with the same song!
MK - 1995-2017 (22 years) under that name, he may have had a hand in a few top 10s before '17'
Oliver Cheatham - 1983-2003 (20 years) the latter as featured artist on a reworking of his former hit

* if The Road To Hell (#10, 1989) had peaked a place lower and Driving Home For Christmas (#11, 2018) a place higher, it would have been 40 years.
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