12 Older Musicians That Are Popular Again


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In the ever-evolving landscape of the entertainment industry, many older musicians and celebrities who were once household names have since faded from the limelight. But thanks to social media and shifting interests among younger generations, some of them have managed to make impressive comebacks. From rockstars like Steven Tyler and Paul McCartney to pop divas like Cher and Madonna, these legendary figures have found new ways to connect with audiences and stay relevant.

Whether it’s due to the release of new music, taking a public stance on important social issues, or reinventing their careers, here are 12 older musicians that are popular once again, proving that true talent never dies. 

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1. Willie Nelson

The iconic country music star and staunch marijuana supporter has seen a resurgence in popularity thanks to his continued release of new music. His active participation in advocating for the legalization of cannabis has also played a significant role among younger audiences. Nelson’s timeless appeal, charisma, and distinctive voice also resonate with both old and new fans.

Nelson’s recent collaborations with contemporary artists have also introduced his music to a broader listener base. His legendary status is further cemented by his activism and outspokenness on issues such as the environment and farmers’ rights.

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2. Steven Tyler

The dynamic frontman of the band Aerosmith has reclaimed the spotlight through his solo ventures into country music and television. Tyler’s charismatic and quirky presence on shows like “American Idol” and “Howard Stern on Demand” also helped showcase his personality to a new generation. In addition, his continued performances with Aerosmith have helped keep the band’s music relevant. 

Tyler’s philanthropy work, particularly in supporting victims of abuse, has also earned him widespread respect and admiration among Hollywood’s elite. 

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3. Paul McCartney

At 81, the former Beatle remains a global music icon by consistently engaging fans with new tours and music. McCartney’s collaborations with mainstream artists like Kanye West and Rihanna have helped to bridge the generational gap with younger fans. His presence on social media and in documentaries has also kept his legacy alive by introducing his vast catalog to new generations. 

McCartney’s advocacy for animal rights and vegetarianism also resonates with modern audiences that value sustainability and ethical living. 

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4. Dolly Parton

The country music icon has experienced a renaissance in popularity due to her philanthropic efforts and savvy use of social media. Parton’s funding of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine endeared her to millions, who praised her for using her wealth and influence to improve public health. Her recent Netflix specials and release of new music have also kept her relevant in pop culture and among younger audiences. 

Parton’s genuine and endearing personality also continues to attract fans of all ages. Her openness about her life, humble beginnings, and down-to-earth nature have made her a relatable figure for fans of all ages and backgrounds. 

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5. Elton John

Elton John’s biopic “Rocketman” introduced his incredible life story and music to a new audience. His farewell tour was a massive success, drawing in fans from all different ages and walks of life. John’s collaboration with modern younger artists, such as his duet with Dua Lipa on the hit song “Cold Heart,” have also helped keep his music edgy and relevant among younger fans. 

His advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights has also also drawn acclaim. Through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, he has raised millions for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. 

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6. Cher

At 72, Cher shows no signs of slowing down. Her return to music charts with her ABBA cover album and her role in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” brought her back into the spotlight. The singer and actor’s active and witty presence on social media platforms like X (formerly known as Twitter) also helps connect her with younger fans. Cher’s iconic style, unique voice, and unapologetic personality continue to captivate and resonate with both old and new fans. 

Her commitment to various social causes, including animal rights and climate change, have also helped solidify her relevance among younger audiences. 

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7. Julie Andrews

Dame Julie Andrews, born Julia Elizabeth Wells, has experienced a resurgence in popularity through her recent projects and continuous influence in the entertainment industry. Known for her iconic roles in “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music,” Julie Andrews has also captivated new generations through her voice acting in popular animated films, including her role as Marlena Gru in the “Despicable Me” series and in “Aquaman.” 

Andrews’ resurgence is also marked by her engaging memoirs and her work as a children’s book author, which have received critical acclaim and commercial success. Her enduring talent, grace, and commitment to the arts have solidified her as a cherished figure across all age groups and nationalities. 

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8. Stevie Nicks

As the lead singer of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks has found new popularity through social media platforms like TikTok, where viral videos have featured her songs. In 2020, a man went viral on social media for skateboarding in California while drinking cranberry juice and lip-syncing to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” The video sparked a renewed interest in the band’s music. (We must admit the song is indeed a banger). 

Nicks’ distinctive voice and bohemian style remain iconic, with her recent solo work and Fleetwood Mac reunion tours drawing in younger fans. Nicks’ candid discussions about her life and career also continue to inspire new generations.

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9. Phil Collins

Phil Collins’ music saw a resurgence when his solo hits and work with rock band Genesis found new life on streaming platforms. The accessibility of his music allowed both longtime fans and newcomers to rediscover classics like “In the Air Tonight” and “Against All Odds.” His memoir, “Not Dead Yet,” also provided an intimate look at his life and career, which brought renewed interest to his musical achievements. 

Despite facing health challenges, Collins insisted on continuing to tour, demonstrating his enduring commitment to his fans. His distinctive drumming style and emotive lyrics also continue to resonate with both new and older listeners. 

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10. Madonna

Often known as the “Queen of Pop,” Madonna remains a pop culture fixture through her constant reinvention and relevance in the fashion and music industries. Despite the challenges of competing with newer artists, her latest albums, such as “Madame X” and “Under the Covers,” showcase her willingness to experiment with different genres and collaborate with younger musicians. 

Madonna’s provocative social media presence has also played a role in keeping her in the public eye. Her bold and unapologetic posts often spark conversations and keep her relevant in a world dominated by digital interactions. Her advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and other social issues also resonate with younger audiences. 

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11. Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen’s continued touring and storytelling ability as evidenced in his autobiographical Broadway show “Springsteen on Broadway” and his memoir “Born to Run” have captivated fans old and new. His ability to connect with audiences through heartfelt performances makes him a beloved figure in the musical world. Songs like “American Skin (41 Shots)” also address issues like police violence, while other tracks explore themes of loss, resilience, and the American experience.

His working-class anthems remain timeless, resonating across generations. Songs like “Born to Run,” “Thunder Road,” and “The River” capture the struggles, hopes, and dreams of everyday people, making them relatable to listeners from all walks of life.

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12. Celine Dion

Known as the “Queen of Power Ballads,” Celine Dion, has experienced a resurgence that can be attributed to her viral moments and fashion-forward presence on social media. Dion’s Las Vegas residency, which spanned 16 years, drew massive crowds and introduced her to new fans. Known for her powerful belting voice and emotional performances, she continues to captivate audiences worldwide. 

Her involvement in charitable causes also enhances her appeal and visibility. Dion has been actively involved in various philanthropic efforts, including supporting cancer research, disaster relief, and children’s hospitals. 

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