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.

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 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!'"

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