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Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 4

No. 15: Taylor Swift

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).

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.


November


Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" storms in atop the Billboard 200, logging the biggest sales week since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" in 2005. Her third studio album starts with 1,047,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Ten titles from the set debut on the Hot 100, led by "Sparks Fly" at No. 17. With "Mine," the title cut, "Back to December" and "Mean" having previously charted, each of the 14 songs from "Speak Now" has appeared on the Hot 100. With 11 songs gracing the Nov. 13 list, Swift enjoys the most titles charted simultaneously by a female act ...

Reba McEntire extends her mark for most top 10s among women in the 67-year archives of Country Songs, as "Turn On the Radio" rises 12-10. The song is McEntire's 59th top 10. Dolly Parton ranks second among women with 55 top 10 trips ...

Ke$ha collects the 17th No. 1 debut in the Hot 100's history, as "We R Who We R" charges in at the apex. The lead single from "Cannibal" is Ke$ha's second No. 1, following "TiK ToK," which led for nine weeks beginning in January, the year's longest reign ...

Rihanna's "What's My Name?" vaults 60-1 on the Hot 100 to become her eighth No. 1 (and featured artist Drake's first). The track starts atop Digital Songs, marking Rihanna's ninth No. 1 on the survey, the highest total since the chart's data began contributing to the Hot 100 the week of Feb. 12, 2005 ...

George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold's record for most top 10s on Country Songs, as "The Breath You Take" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 83rd top 10, a sum second only to Arnold's 92, the last of which the late legend collected in 1980. The following year, Strait notched his first top 10, the No. 6-peaking "Unwound" ...

Led by its second top 10, "Teenage Dream" (No. 8), the "Glee" Cast assumes ownership of the second-highest sum of Hot 100 appearances in the chart's 52-year history. The act ups its count to 93 charted titles dating to its arrival June 6, 2009. The troupe passes James Brown (91) and now trails only Elvis Presley (108) for most Hot 100 entries since the list's Aug. 4, 1958, launch ...

Rihanna rewrites the mark for most Pop Songs No. 1s, as "Only Girl (In the World)" rises 2-1. The song is Rihanna's seventh Pop Songs leader, pushing her past Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga, each with six. The track concurrently crowns the Hot 100, making Rihanna the first female artist to tally four Hot 100 No. 1s in a calendar year ...

Following their arrival at the iTunes Store, the Beatles inhabit 39 of the 50 positions on Rock Digital Songs. The fab foursome steamrolls past the prior mark of seven concurrent titles, set by Linkin Park.

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.


December

Mariah Carey's "Oh Santa!" dashes 12-1 in just its second week on Adult Contemporary, marking the quickest coronation since the survey adopted Nielsen BDS-monitored radio airplay data in 1993. Carey collects her seventh Adult Contemporary No. 1 and first since "One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men, led for 13 weeks in 1995-96 ...

Katy Perry's "Firework" rockets to the top of the Hot 100, marking the third No. 1 from "Teenage Dream," following "California Gurls" and the title cut. Perry is the first female artist to collect three No. 1s from an album in the same year since Paula Abdul in 1989. "As we kicked off the decade with high unemployment rates, housing crises and war, pop music has stepped up and lifted everyone's spirits," KIIS assistant program director/music director Julie Pilat told Billboard. "From the Black Eyed Peas and Katy Perry to Taio Cruz and Ke$ha, the biggest songs this year blended pop/dance beats with lyrics about living life, having fun and being happy" ...

Bruno Mars notches his fourth top five to begin his Hot 100 history, as "Grenade" explodes 10-5. The song follows his guest turns on B.o.B's "Nothin' On You" (No. 1, two weeks) and Travie McCoy's "Billionaire" (No. 4) and his own "Just the Way You Are" (No. 1, four weeks). Mars is the first solo male to climb to the Hot 100's top five with his first four chart entries since Richard Marx began with seven straight in 1987-89 ...

The "Glee" Cast becomes the second act in the Hot 100's archives to total at least 100 chart entries. With five new titles, including the Hot Shot Debut, its rendition of Florence + the Machine's "Dog Days Are Over" at No. 22, the ensemble ups its count to 102 visits, a sum second only to Elvis Presley's 108 ...

The Maccabeats' "Candlelight" lifts 2-1 on Comedy Digital Tracks. The Chanukah song parodies Taio Cruz's former No. 2 Hot 100 hit "Dynamite." Sings the group of 14 current and former students at New York's Yeshiva University, "I flip my latkes in the air sometimes, saying 'ay-oh,' spin the dreidel!" ...

The "Glee" Cast wraps 2010 by placing two more songs on the Hot 100, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and "Welcome Christmas." The singers finish the year having placed 80 titles on the chart since January, the most by any act in a year in the Hot 100's history. Swelling its total to 104 Hot 100 entries, the cast begins its Christmas vacation - the series' next new episode airs Feb. 7 - just four hits from matching Presley for most Hot 100 charted titles.