15 Biggest Musical Comebacks
OK, maybe 16: Kylie, Johnny Cash, Justin Timberlake, Cher, Green Day, Cee Lo, more
Practically everyone can remember the lyrics to Green Day's 1997 single "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)," but since "Nimrod." only made it to No. 10, it started to look like Green Day's commercial success was waning. 200's "Warning:" faired only a little better, and didn't yield any crossover hits. Little-known collections like "International Superhits!" and "Shenanigans" came and went, tours flew by. Another album was made, but then its masters were stolen and instead of trying to recreate it, Green Day started over. That do-over: "American Idiot," which bowed at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Huge hits like the title track, "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" put Green Day on the radar of a whole new generation.
- Katie Hasty