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Too Short performs as part of the Rock the Bells Tenth Anniversary at San Manuel Amphitheatre on September 8, 2013 in San Bernadino, California.

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The rapper reaches the Hot 100's top 10 after appearing on the chart since 1990. Plus, OneRepublic makes history

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COUNTING 'STARS'

Gary,

I noticed that OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" has finally dropped out of the top 10  on the May 3 edition of the Hot 100 after being a continuous occupant of the region since the week of Nov. 9. Despite its drop, the song has joined an elite group of tunes, becoming one of just nine singles that have each spent 25 weeks or more in the top 10.

Even more  remarkable, the last song to do this was also a OneRepublic song: "Apologize," which, back in 2007-08, also spent 25 weeks in the top 10.

Congratulations to Ryan Tedder and Co. for this noteworthy feat.

Best wishes,

George Lotter

Hi George,

That the song ties the top 10 run of "Apologize" is appropriate, since "Stars" also matched the group's breakthrough hit by peaking at No. 2, marking its best Hot 100 rank.

While the song could still return to the top 10 (it descends 10-11 this week), it's, as you note, already one of the 10 longest-lasting top 10s.

Let's rank the titles with the most weeks spent in the Hot 100's top 10:

Weeks in Hot 100 Top 10, Title, Artist (Peak, Year)
32, "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes (No. 2, 1997)
30, "Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas (No. 1, 12 weeks, 1999)
29, "Party Rock Anthem," LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (No. 1, six, 2011)
28, "You Were Meant for Me"/"Foolish Games," Jewel (No. 2, 1997)
26, "Truly Madly Deeply," Savage Garden (No. 1, two, 1998)
25, "Counting Stars," OneRepublic (No. 2, 2014)
25, "Apologize," Timbaland featuring OneRepublic (No. 2, 2007)
25, "Un-Break My Heart," Toni Braxton (No. 1, 11, 1996)
25, "The Twist," Chubby Checker (No. 1, three, 1960)

Notably, Jewel's title was a double-sided physical single, so its top 10 weeks sum was aided by the consecutive airplay runs of each song; at the time, such singles were listed jointly on the Hot 100. And, Chubby Checker's "The Twist" racked its total over two runs, becoming the only song to top the chart twice in separate release cycles, as well as the Hot 100's all-time No. 1. (It also forever changed the way women and men interact, as the affable Checker explained last year. "What 'The Twist' gave us was, you're dancing in front of her… she's dancing in front of you … You had a chance to exploit your sexuality while being fully dressed. Before, that wasn't happening in music. And, we've been doing the same thing ever since.")

As for OneRepublic, the group is, thus, the only act with two hits that have each spent at least 25 weeks on the chart.

The band moves forward on the Hot 100 this week with its new single, "Love Runs Out," which debuts at No. 81. As Billboard 200 chart manager Keith Caulfield points out, OneRepublic's current album "Native" gains by 159 percent to 12,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and blasts 69-26 on the ranking courtesy of its reissue on April 15 with three new bonus tracks, including "Love." The album was first released on March 26, 2013, and sold 571,000 before its reissue.

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