Eminem, Beyoncé Grab Top Spots On Decade-End Charts
Hip-Hop Vocalist Eminem (aka. Marshall Mathers) performs during Day 1 of the 2009 Voodoo Experience at City Park on October 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. FilmMagic

Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade.

Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1
Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2

Tuesday, Dec. 22: Best of the 2000s, Part 1
Wednesday, Dec. 23: Best of the 2000s, Part 2

Tuesday, Dec. 29: 2009 By-the-Numbers
Wednesday, Dec. 30: 2000s By-the-Numbers

2000

Top Artist: Destiny's Child
Top Billboard 200 Album: 'N Sync, "No Strings Attached"
Top Hot 100 Song: "Breathe," Faith Hill
Top Country Artist: Dixie Chicks
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Sisqo
Top New Artist: Sisqo

Country crossed over in 2000: Faith Hill's "Breathe" was the No. 1 Hot 100 Song of the year, and Lonestar's "Amazed" placed at No. 7. The latter track became the first country song to top the weekly chart (March 4) since 1983 ... The No. 1 Adult Contemporary Song of the year, Savage Garden's "I Knew I Loved You," went on to become the format's top title of the decade. Other notable new artists of 2000: 3 Doors Down, Pink, Nelly and Jessica Simpson.

2001

Top Artist: Destiny's Child
Top Billboard 200 Album: the Beatles, "1"
Top Hot 100 Song: "Hanging By a Moment," Lifehouse
Top Country Artist: Tim McGraw
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: R. Kelly
Top New Artist: Lifehouse

Numerous artists reflected on the unimaginable tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, in Billboard's year-end issue. Said Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, "Our job is to take people out of their reality for an hour or so, to take them to a place that's comforting. It's odd to describe rock music as comforting, but it can be. As you look at a world that's gone mad, and you try to find your way in that world, anything that's familiar can be comforting, even a rock show where you can dance and scream your head off for awhile."

2002

Top Artist: Nelly
Top Billboard 200 Album: Eminem, "The Eminem Show"
Top Hot 100 Song: "How You Remind Me," Nickelback
Top Country Artist: Alan Jackson
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Ashanti
Top New Artist: Ashanti

The initial season of "American Idol" yielded year-end chart spoils. The series' original queen Kelly Clarkson took top honors on Hot 100 Singles Sales with her victory song, "A Moment Like This" ... A year after a rookie rock band led the year-end Hot 100 (Lifehouse), history repeated, as Nickelback claimed the honor in 2002 with "How You Remind Me." Before 2001, a male pop/rock group hadn't earned the top spot on the year-end list since Chicago with "Look Away" in 1989 ... Other notable new artists of 2002: Avril Lavigne, John Mayer and Mario.

2003

Top Artist: 50 Cent
Top Billboard 200 Album: 50 Cent, "Get Rich or Die Tryin' "
Top Hot 100 Song: "In Da Club," 50 Cent
Top Country Artist: Shania Twain
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: 50 Cent
Top New Artist: Justin Timberlake

Two superstar country acts that would be on hiatus from the format by decade's end scored the year's Nos. 3 and 4 albums: Shania Twain ("Up!") and Dixie Chicks ("Home"), respectively ... On the year-end Country Songs tally, memorable duets ranked at Nos. 2 ("Beer for My Horses," Toby Keith with Willie Nelson) and 4 ("It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett). An artist that would segue to country later in the decade, Michelle Branch, sang lead on the top Adult Contemporary song of the year, Santana's "The Game of Love."

2004

Top Artist: Usher
Top Billboard 200 Album: Usher, "Confessions"
Top Hot 100 Song: "Yeah!," Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris
Top Country Artist: Toby Keith
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Usher
Top New Artist: Kanye West

As 2003 was the year of 50 Cent, 2004 belonged to Usher, as each artist claimed Top Artist, R&B/Hip-Hop Artist, Billboard 200 Album and Hot 100 Song of each year. Billboard published its first year-end Digital Tracks chart, a list led by OutKast's "Hey Ya!" ... Other notable new artists of 2004: Ashlee Simpson, Gretchen Wilson, Ciara and JoJo.

2005

Top Artist: 50 Cent
Top Billboard 200 Album: 50 Cent, "The Massacre"
Top Hot 100 Song: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey
Top Country Artist: Toby Keith
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: 50 Cent
Top New Artist: Gwen Stefani

The decade's Top Country Artist, Toby Keith, broke the news in Billboard in 2005 that he had parted ways with his longtime label DreamWorks Records Nashville to form his own label, Show Dog Nashville. The same year, Garth Brooks left Capitol Records Nashville after an historic decade-and-a-half. In radio, a veteran megastar also made headlines for a seismic career transition: Howard Stern departed terrestrial radio to become the centerpiece of Sirius Satellite Radio.

2006

Top Artist: Chris Brown
Top Billboard 200 Album: Carrie Underwood, "Some Hearts"
Top Hot 100 Song: "Bad Day," Daniel Powter
Top Country Artist: Rascal Flatts
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Mary J. Blige
Top New Artist: Chris Brown

2005 "American "Idol" champion Carrie Underwood became the show's first alumnus to claim year-end Top Billboard 200 Album honors, as her debut set "Some Hearts" was No. 1 for 2006. The year's second-best-seller, "High School Musical," became the first TV soundtrack to lead the weekly Billboard 200 since "Miami Vice" 20 years earlier ... The year's top title on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You," led the weekly chart for 15 weeks, establishing the record for most frames in charge since the tally launched in 1958 ... Other notable new artists of 2006: Ne-Yo, the Fray and Fergie.

2007

Top Artist: Akon
Top Billboard 200 Album: Daughtry, "Daughtry"
Top Hot 100 Song: "Irreplaceable," Beyonce
Top Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Beyonce
Top New Artist: Daughtry

Beyonce made her fourth trip to the year-end Hot 100 top 10 with her first entry to crown the chart, "Irreplaceable." In 2003, her "Crazy in Love" finished at No. 4. With Destiny's Child, she ranked at No. 6 in 2000 ("Say My Name") and No. 10 in 2001 ("Independent Women Part 1"). The No. 10 New Artist of 2007, Miley Cyrus, continued a family tradition: her father, "Hannah Montana" co-star Billy Ray, was the No. 4 New Artist of 1992 (the year that Miley was a new everything; she was born that November).

2008

Top Artist: Chris Brown
Top Billboard 200 Album: Alicia Keys, "As I Am"
Top Hot 100 Song: "Low," Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Alicia Keys
Top New Artist: Leona Lewis

With three songs in the year-end Hot 100 top 10, Chris Brown joined only Ace of Base (1994) and the Bee Gees (1978) in potting such a hat trick ... Not only did Madonna earn induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, she enjoyed her best placement on the year-end Hot 100 ("4 Minutes," No. 23) since 2000 ("Music," No. 17) ... Other notable new artists of 2008: Jordin Sparks, Flo Rida, Katy Perry, OneRepublic, David Cook and David Archuleta.

2009

Top Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Billboard 200 Album: Taylor Swift, "Fearless"
Top Hot 100 Song: "Boom Boom Pow," the Black Eyed Peas
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Beyonce
Top New Artist: Lady Gaga

(View Chart Beat's exclusive two-part retrospective of 2009 here).

DECADE

Top Artist: Eminem
Top Billboard 200 Album: 'N Sync, "No Strings Attached"
Top Hot 100 Song: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey
Top Country Artist: Toby Keith
Top Country Album: Carrie Underwood, "Some Hearts"
Top Country Song: "Somebody Like You," Keith Urban
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Alicia Keys
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album: Dr. Dre, "2001"
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song: "Be Without You," Mary J. Blige

Mariah Carey is surely ecstatic to boast the decade's Top Hot 100 song, even if she already experienced the thrill of claiming the same award for the '90s ("One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men). Carey is also the only act to appear in the top 20 on the Top Artists lists of the '90s (No. 1) and 2000s (No. 11) ... Eminem (whom Carey skewered on this year's "Obsessed") is the decade's Top Artist, despite never taking the title in any year during the 2000s ... The decade's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist, Alicia Keys, spent more time atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (41 weeks) than any other performer in the last 10 years ... Not only is he the Top Country Artist of the decade, but Toby Keith is also the span's top country songwriter.

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