Top 20 Hot 100 Songwriters, 2000-Present
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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.

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.

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