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10 Bands That Should Make a Comeback in 2017

Come on, Gwen, get the band back together.EXPAND
Come on, Gwen, get the band back together.
Lorie Shaull
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Often, we find ourselves reminiscing, overwhelmed by intense feelings of nostalgia for the days when music was what we considered good — when musicians possessed skills that inspired us and composed lyrics that we’d never forget. But over time, more and more of those bands and artists we grew up with unfortunately parted ways for other reasons. Since you’re still brokenhearted about them (and Guns ‘n' Roses isn’t everything), here’s a list of our favorite bands and artists who we’d love to see make a comeback.

Antwan "Big Boi" Patton and André "André 3000" Benjamin were in a league of their own, combining Southern rap with various sounds and lyrical intricacies that resulted in some of hip-hop’s greatest creations. The creative duo released incredible records both together and separately from Outkast, earning themselves six Grammy awards for their work spanning six studio albums. Eventually, things ended with the dastardly “indefinite hiatus” for the duo to continue pursuing their respective side projects, including roles in multiple films outside of music. Big Boi has since teamed up with Phantogram to record and tour as the group Big Grams, and André is still making awesome guest appearances on other people’s tracks. The two teamed up for an underwhelming reunion once already (and seem to genuinely dislike each other), but we’re willing to overlook that for the real thing.

My Chemical Romance
The boys of My Chemical Romance trolled the internet and diehard emo fans pretty hard back in September 2016, when they posted some cryptic tweets, videos, and dates on their social media containing only the date “9/23/16” and the piano intro from “Welcome to the Black Parade.” Naturally, tears were shed and everyone lost their minds, assuming it was all in preparation for a huge tour announcement. But the masters of tugging on all of the heartstrings were at it again, this time simply celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their double platinum record. To ease the pain they knew they’d be inflicting, they simultaneously released a reissue called The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts. Every other emo band from the 2000s is reuniting these days, but we’d give more than three cheers for an MCR reunion.

Alright, so technically we just want to see Pitbull reunite with his old self. Before he became “Mr. Worldwide,” the international lover was just Armando Christian Pérez, an up-and-coming rapper from Miami. Not only did he gift us with jams like “Culo” and “Go Girl,” but his tracks opened the door for guest appearances from old-school Southern rap greats like Lil Jon and the Ying Yang Twins. He’s since traded in his white T-shirts and sexually charged lyrics for tailored suits and less blush-worthy verses. While the proud Cubano certainly deserves the change of pace and global recognition, his dance-inducing reggaeton beats and kinky bilingual rhymes are sorely missed.

Rage Against the Machine
Political activists and heavy rockers Rage Against the Machine disbanded in 2000 after nearly a decade of opening the eyes of corporate captives and oppressed peoples. Following lead singer Zack de la Rocha’s departure, the rest of the band teamed up with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell to form Audioslave, a formidable rock band on its own. After brief reunions in 2007 and again in 2011, it seems like RATM would never see the light of day again. For now, the closest we’ll get is watching the iconic musicians perform their songs with Chuck D and B-Real fronting them under the new moniker Prophets of Rage.

Danity Kane
After watching Aubrey O'Day, Wanita "D. Woods" Woodgett, Shannon Bex, Dawn Richard, and Aundrea Fimbres battle it out against thousands of other girls for a shot at stardom in Diddy’s third season of Making the Band, it was no secret that this R&B bunch was destined for greatness. Their televised beginnings helped launch their career, and they became the first female group in Billboard history to have their first two albums debut at the top of the charts. The group was forced to disband in 2008 by Diddy, but announced in 2013 that they’d be reuniting without Woodgett. That dream was short-lived, as Fimbres departed after the first tour stop, and a physical fight ensued between O’Day and Richard. Even if we had a first-aid kit handy, it wouldn’t be enough to patch the massive rift between this former bunch of talented women.

The Smiths
Morrissey and the Smiths were one of the most influential bands to emerge from the '80s British music scene. However, after releasing four studio albums — each of which landed in the top five on U.K. charts — the tragic band was plagued with so much animosity that they ended up breaking up before they were able to break into the U.S. market. When asked about the possibility of the Smiths reforming, the vegetarian Morrissey was once quoted as saying "I would rather eat my own testicles than re-form the Smiths.” So you’re saying there’s a chance ...

The White Stripes
Ask anyone who’s ever seen Jack White perform live, and they’ll tell you that he’s an incredible artist. But before he became Jack White the solo artist, he was Jack White of the White Stripes, the band consisting of him and his former wife, Meg White. The quirky duo is responsible for monochromatic color themes and “Seven Nation Army,” (the song with that intense bass line that gets played in every sporting arena). The former sweethearts unfortunately separated due to irreconcilable differences, both in their marriage and as a band, but maybe a marriage counselor could save them musically.

Pink Floyd
Psychedelic English rock band Pink Floyd created a sound all their own, and that impression they left on their listeners resulted in more than 250 million records sold worldwide. For almost 30 years, the band endured internal resentment and a rotating lineup of members before inevitably parting ways in 1994. The band reunited in 2005, but the joy was marred by the deaths of two former members. Aside from re-releasing a few projects and attending charity events between 2010 and 2014, it was clear that the band just couldn’t be made whole again.

'N Sync
It’s tearin’ up my heart when news of a possible 'N Sync reunion spreads faster than wildfire in an episode of Game of Thrones, only to be squashed by Justin Timberlake himself. For years, fans have prayed to the pop gods for a new album — heck, they’d even settle for a reunion tour. Sadly, the closest the former boy band has come to reuniting were those fleeting moments during Timberlake’s 2013 MTV VMA Vanguard Award performance when he was joined by JC, Lance, Joey, and Chris on stage for a super quick tribute to the band’s glory days.

No Doubt
If it weren’t for Gwen Stefani going solo, her fanbase would’ve never been introduced to the Japanese Harajuku craze. It’s also safe to assume that there’d be no love lost had she continued to front her '90s rock band, No Doubt, instead. Though the band evolved from its original ska punk roots to various experimental sounds, like reggae and pop rock, ultimately it was those first electrically charged tracks like “Don’t Speak” and “Just A Girl” that blew our minds and had us feeling “Hella Good.”

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