2. Pharrell Williams
As a producer, Williams has never really gone away. The man is constantly producing new music for several artists each year. However, the last time his work has seriously dominated the radio was in 2004 when The Neptunes wrote “Hollaback Girl” (Gwen Stefani), “Milkshake” (Kelis) and “She Wants To Move” (N.E.R.D.). Over the summer, Williams was co-wrote and was featured on “Get Lucky” (see: no. 1) and “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. The two songs dominated the Billboard Hot 100 making him the 12th artist in history to simultaneously hold the top two spots.
1. Daft Punk
Arguably the biggest comeback goes to Daft Punk. There was a lot of hype leading up to the release of the electronic duo’s first new album in eight years. Random Access Memories debuted at number one – a first for the group. The album also produced of the biggest songs of their career, “Get Lucky.” The song peaked at number two on Billboard’s Hot 100 and went on to dominate the summer. The group also caused a minor stir when a photographed of them sans helmets surfaced on the internet and, of course, there was the controversy surrounding their appearance at the MTV VMAs.