3. Corey Hart
Corey Hart offered a stern warning in 1983: "Don't switch the blade on the guy in shades, oh no." The world listened, and his synth-driven classic "Sunglasses at Night" flew up the charts. He had an even bigger hit two years later with "Never Surrender," but his fortune in America soon waned. This was not the case in his native Canada. He had huge songs all through the rest of the 1980s and 1990s, only ending when he stopped releasing albums after 1998's Jade. Just last year, a Canadian DJ remixed his 1980s hit "Truth Will Set You Free" and brought it back onto the radio. He's planning a farewell concert in Montreal next year, but if rock history is any precedent, that should only keep him off the stage for a year or two.