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PET SOUNDS: Dog days are just beginning atop the Billboard Hot 100, as Pitbull celebrates his first No. 1 with "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer.

In anticipation of the Miami rapper's ascension to the apex, Chart Beat reader and frequent contributor Pablo Nelson of Berkeley, Calif., looked into "What else? ... artists with animal names that have reached No. 1 on the Hot 100.

"In terms of canine-related artist names that have led the chart," notes Nelson, "Pitbull joins Three Dog Night, Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg ... and, 'Toto,' too."

With Nelson having doggedly searched each man's best friend to have topped the tally, here is an updated look at a zoo's worth of animal-inspired artists that have clawed their way to the top of the Hot 100 (with leeway allowed for alternate spellings):

The Teddy Bears ("To Know Him Is to Love Him," 1958)
The Chipmunks with David Seville ("The Chipmunk Song," 1958)
Marty Robbins ("El Paso," 1960)
The Beatles (20 No. 1s, 1964-70)
Herman's Hermits (two No. 1s, 1965)
The Byrds (two No. 1s, 1965)
The Monkees (three No. 1s, 1966-67)
The Turtles ("Happy Together," 1967)
Three Dog Night (four No. 1s, 1970-74)
The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones featuring David Cassidy ("I Think I Love You," 1970)
Eagles (five No. 1s, 1975-79)
John Cougar ("Jack & Diane," 1982)
Def Leppard ("Love Bites," 1988)
Seal ("Kiss From a Rose," 1995)
50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg ("21 Questions," 2003)
Jamie Foxx (two No. 1s, 2004-05)
Snoop Dogg (three No. 1s, 2006-10)
Owl City ("Fireflies," 2009)
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer ("Give Me Everything," 2011)

Honorable mentions to the Animals, who reigned with "The House of the Rising Sun" for three weeks in 1964; the Pet Shop Boys, who led with "West End Girls" in 1986; and the chart's two highest-flying "Jays": -Z and Sean. Jay-Z has tallied four No. 1s (1999-2009) and Jay Sean sent "Down" to the uppermost spot in 2009.

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