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Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010.

From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid," Train to "Airplanes" (specifically, a "G6") let's recap the most impressive honors achieved on Billboard surveys this year.

Tuesday, Dec. 14: Best of 2010, Part 1
Wednesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2010, Part 2

Tuesday, Dec. 21: Best of 2010, Part 3
Wednesday, Dec. 22: Best of 2010, Part 4

BEST OF 2010, PART 4

October

As "Guitar Heaven: the Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time" enters the Billboard 200 at No. 5, Santana joins the Rolling Stones as the only acts with top 10 placements in each decade since the '60s. The Rolling Stones extended their streak when the reissued "Exile on Main St." re-entered at No. 2 in June ...

Goo Goo Dolls extend their record for most Adult Pop Songs top 10s, as "Home" becomes their 14th. "I want to say 'thank you' to our audience for keeping us busy for the last 15 years," Goo Goo Dolls' frontman John Rzeznik told Billboard. "It's an honor to be ranked with the other great artists that have dominated this format at radio" ...

The "Glee" Cast pads its total to 75 Billboard Hot 100 chart entries, passing the Beatles (71) for most visits to the survey among non-solo acts. The ensemble that portrays the show choir at Lima, Ohio's McKinley High bests the Fab Four's sum thanks to five Britney Spears remakes and a cover of Paramore's "The Only Exception" ...

Far*East Movement's "Like a G6," featuring Cataracs and Dev, lifts 2-1 on the Hot 100. The group is the first multimember act to lead the list with a debut chart entry since D4L ("Laffy Taffy") in 2006 ...

Rihanna rules Dance Airplay, where "Only Girl (In the World)" rises 2-1 to become her eighth No. 1, lifting her past Madonna for most leaders in the chart's seven-year history. The list launched on the Material Girl's 45th birthday, Aug. 16, 2003 ...

Elton John and Leon Russell bow on the Billboard 200 with "The Union," granting the legendary singer/songwriters their highest ranks on the survey since the '70s. The set is Russell's third top 10, following 1972's "Carney" (No. 2) and 1973's "Leon Live" (No. 9). John scores his 17th top 10 and highest perch since "Blue Moves" reached No. 3 in 1976. He had last ranked in the top 10 with "Rocket Man: Number Ones" (No. 9) in 2007 and last achieved the feat with an album of new material with 1997's "The Big Picture" (No. 9).

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