Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 1

Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 1

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.


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BEST OF 2010, PART 1

January

Advancing 2-1 on Pop Songs with "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga becomes the first artist in the chart's history to send her first five singles to No. 1. "Just six months ago, 'Bad Romance' was nothing but a dream, a recurring melody, a lyric hidden on a napkin on my tour bus," Lady Gaga tells Billboard. "Now, it's my fifth No. 1 record and a reminder to fans to always follow their dreams. I would like to thank all my beautiful little monsters for the most memorable year of my life" ...

"Consider Me Gone" logs its third week atop Country Songs, granting Reba McEntire the longest reign of her 23 No. 1s. The song bests the two-week commands of four of McEntire's previous leaders: "For My Broken Heart," "Is There Life Out There," "The Heart Won't Lie," with Vince Gill, and "If You See Him/If You See Her," with Brooks & Dunn ...

Susan Boyle
's "I Dreamed a Dream" becomes the first debut collection by a female artist since the Billboard 200's 1956 launch as a weekly survey to arrive at No. 1 and remain on top for six weeks ...

Ke$ha leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with her debut smash "TiK ToK," while her introductory album, "Animal," roars onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1. How rarely have rookie females crowned each chart out-of-the-gate? Ke$ha is just the 12th woman to begin with such double domination ...

Fans show their appreciation for the artistry of Teddy Pendergrass. The R&B icon, who passed away Jan. 13, appears on the Billboard 200 for the first time since 1997, as "The Essential Teddy Pendergrass" enters at No. 136 ...

Taylor Swift storms the Hot 100 at No. 2 with "Today Was a Fairytale," from the film "Valentine's Day," in which she co-stars with Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel and Julia Roberts. The song instantly ties "You Belong With Me" as Swift's highest-charting Hot 100 hit. The new track is her first No. 1, achieved with her 30th entry, on Digital Songs ...

Aziz Ansari's "Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening" debuts at No. 1 on Comedy Albums. The cast member of the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation" relates on the set, "Occasionally I get recognized from TV. Once, a guy said something, but I had my headphones on, so I just went, 'Cool, glad you like the show!' Right after, I realized he hadn't said anything about the show. He went, 'Hey, your fly is down.' And I'd said, 'Cool, glad you like the show!'"

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.


February

Train travels back to the summit of Adult Pop Songs, as "Hey, Soul Sister" rises 3-1. The first single from the album "Save Me San Francisco" is the group's third leader on the list, following "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" (2001) and "Calling All Angels" (2003). "'Hey Soul Sister' has eclipsed the platinum mark! and #7 on the Billboard hot 100!" the band Tweets. "From the bottom of our hearts, we can't thank you enough!" ...

Madonna pads her lead for most Dance/Club Play Songs top 10s, as "Revolver," featuring Lil Wayne, jumps 11-7 to become her 54th. It's her 25th in-a-row, a run that began with "Nothing Really Matters" in 1999 ...

Lady Antebellum begins atop the Billboard 200 with its sophomore set, "Need You Now." The trio is just the third country group to perch atop the list, joining Dixie Chicks (three No. 1s, 1999-2006) and Rascal Flatts (four, 2004-09) ...

The Jazz Songs chart hosts its first No. 1 with vocals, as Sade's "Soldier of Love" marches 2-1. The song follows the tally's 45 previous instrumental leaders, dating to the chart's Oct. 22, 2005, launch ...

Phoenix
's "1901" reaches the Alternative Songs summit in its 31st chart week, marking the longest trip to the top since the ranking premiered Sept. 10, 1988. Released on Glassnote Records, the song is just the fourth leader on an independent label. Says Glassnote president/CEO Daniel Glass, "'1901' received its first spin at radio on March 2, 2009, and, almost a year later, it has reached No. 1. This is a perfect example of our commitment to artist development. We are thrilled and proud" ...

After her astonishing acrobatics at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, P!nk performs a similar highwire act on the Hot 100, as the aptly titled song she sang above the Staples Center floor, "Glitter in the Air," bows at No. 18. The track is the fifth chart entry from P!nk's album "Funhouse," the highest haul of any of her five studio sets ...

25 years after the original version by USA for Africa spent four weeks at No. 1, "We Are the World 25: For Haiti," credited to Artists for Haiti, blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 2. The new recording starts at No. 1 on Digital Songs. Four artists who take turns on lead vocals on the remake - Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas and T-Pain - were not yet born when the first "We Are the World" was released ...

Jimi Hendrix appears atop a Billboard chart for the first time since Nov. 23, 1968, when his landmark "Electric Ladyland" spent its second of two weeks atop the Billboard 200. "Valleys of Neptune" shoots 20-1 on Hot Singles Sales. The song is the title cut to the late legend's March 9 album featuring 12 previously-unreleased studio recordings.

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.


March

Kristine W collects her 15th No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, as "The Power of Music" ascends 2-1. In the chart's archives, she and Mariah Carey trail only Madonna (40) and Janet Jackson (19) for most toppers. "I am so honored to be in the company of these amazing women," the artist born Kristine Weitz tells Billboard. "I've built a fan base one show at a time over years. It has given me a career and fans that feel like my family" ...

Taio Cruz skyrockets 53-1 on the Hot 100 with his maiden chart entry, "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris. The song's ascent to the apex marks the loftiest jump to the top for an artist's first Hot 100 entry, passing Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This," in 2002, by one position ...


Lady Antebellum
's "Need You Now" becomes the second Adult Pop Songs No. 1 to have crossed from Country Songs, following Faith Hill's "Breathe" in 2000. The song's success is not lost on the trio of Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, who tell Billboard, "We could have never even imagined the acceptance we've had to 'Need You Now' and are overcome that it's reaching so many people in so many different places and walks of life. We're pinching ourselves. This is too surreal!" ...

Taylor Swift
lifts 12-10 on Country Songs with the title cut from "Fearless," which becomes the album's fifth top 10 on the tally. Having banked five top 10s from her self-titled debut album, Swift is the first solo female to post five Country Songs top 10s from each of her first two releases ...

Rihanna rules the Hot 100, as "Rude Boy" rides 4-1. The song marks the 10th with the word "boy" in its title to rule, a list started with Paul Anka's "Lonely Boy" in 1959. Rihanna's gender, however, maintains a comfortable lead in No. 1 representation: as of the coronation of "Rude Boy," 21 songs sporting "girl" in their titles have led the Hot 100 ...

Easton Corbin becomes the first solo male to cap Country Songs with a debut single in more than six years, as "A Little More Country Than That" climbs 2-1. The song is the first by a male newcomer to command Country Songs since Dierks Bentley's "What Was I Thinkin' " the week of Sept. 27, 2003.